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FILM ROOM: Is Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue Taking Another Step Forward?

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Jul 26, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) runs a protection route during training camp at the Dream Finder Homes practice facility outside of TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Although he was selected in the top 100 at 69th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, there were not many expectations for former Maryland Terrapin Yannick Ngakoue, who finished his junior season with 13.5 sacks. He entered his rookie season as a backup to Dante Fowler Jr., the Jaguars’ third overall pick the year prior, who was fresh off of an ACL tear that kept him off the field entirely during that year. Ngakoue was thought of as nothing more than an extra pass rusher who would be used sparingly.

Almost immediately, however, Ngakoue began to outshine former third overall pick Dante Fowler by usurping him as a starter in Week Two of the 2016 regular season. Now entering his third year, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue has made a name for himself around the league with for his cross-chop pass rush move and recording a 12-sack season, including a league-leading seven forced fumbles that earned him his first Pro Bowl selection in 2017.

After an offseason of training with All-Pro linebacker Von Miller, Ngakoue looks to be on the brink of taking yet another leap in play after his encouraging 2018 preseason.

 

Between the Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence and Ngakoue, you won’t find a better cross-chop. Lined up against freshly extended left tackle Jake Matthews, Ngakoue deploys his signature move and makes Matthews look foolish. If it were not for the left guard’s vision catching the pass rusher last second, Ngakoue would have gotten home.

 

Later in the game, Ngakoue once again gets past Matthews with the chop but unlike the first play, he gets home with blitzing corner D.J. Hayden and forces a throwaway. You can tell in the slow-motion part if this GIF that the tackle was lost by the speed of Ngakoue’s premier pass-rushing move.

 

 

Now going against Riley Reiff, Ngakoue displays a pass rushing move we haven’t seen much in his career, if at all: The bull rush. At first, Ngakoue is waiting to see if the fullback chips him. After the fullback releases into the flat, Ngakoue carries forward with his rush, doing a great job at getting his hands into the chest of Reiff and creating powerful leverage by having his hand above his head leading to a pressure on Kirk Cousins.

 

Once more, Ngakoue uses his esteemed cross shop, this time on backup Aviante Collins. Although he beats Collins clean, he can’t get home on Trevor Siemian.

After setting the record for most sacks by a Jaguars player in their first two seasons and being named to a Pro Bowl, it could certainly be plausible that there will be a slump forthcoming or a ceiling that Ngakoue can’t surpass, yes? One would think, however, if you follow Ngakoue or the Jaguars, in general, you would know that Ngakoue’s go-getter personality and work ethic makes his ever flowering potential boundless. Despite not being an athletic anomaly like fellow budding superstar Danielle Hunter, Ngakoue continues to exceed expectations and solidify himself as a force in the NFL.

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Jaguars Activate Tackle Josh Wells, Release Niles Paul from IR

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Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a couple more roster moves this Friday after releasing Strong Safety Barry Church. The Jaguars have finally activated Tackle Josh Wells. Wells was placed on short-term injured reserve after week five with a groin injury.

This move comes at an opportune time as the Jaguars will be without Right Tackle Jermey Parnell. Wells will more than likely start at Right Tackle this week against the Redskins.

The Jaguars have also released Niles Paul from injured reserve, signed Lyndon Johnson from the teams practice squad, and placed OL Josh Walker on injured reserve.

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Jaguars vs. Redskins: Friday Injury Report, Parnell Out, Lambo in Doubt

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Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Washington Redskins have released their Friday final status/injury report of the week ahead of their week fifteen matchup at TIAA Bank Field. For the Jaguars, they will be without Jermey Parnell, D.J. Chark, and Josh Walker.

All three players are listed as out with various injuries. The Jaguars have a move they could potentially make in activating Tackle Josh Wells who has been practicing the past couple of weeks. D.J. Chark will miss his fourth consecutive game making his rookie season disappointing in the end, unfortunately.

The other major area of concern is kicker Josh Lambo being listed as Questionable. A little later in the day, the Jaguars signed Kicker Kai Forbath which suggests he will probably be out this Sunday against the Redkins. We will revisit this on Sunday when the inactive players are released.

Below are both teams status reports:

JAGUARS:

WR D.J. Chark Jr. (Quadricep): Out

RT Jermey Parnell (Knee): Out

OL Josh Walker (Ankle): Out

LB Lerentee McCray (Illness): Questionable

K Josh Lambo (Right Groin): Questionable

REDSKINS:

LB Ryan Anderson (Hamstring): Out

TE Jordan Reed (Ankle/Foot): Out

WR Josh Doctson (Concussion): Questionable

DE Matt Ioannidis (Shin): Questionable

OT Ty Neskhe (Knee): Questionable

OT Mogan Moses (Ankle): Questionable

LS Nick Sundberg (Back): Questionable

S Monte Nicholson (Illness): Questionable

RB Chris Thompson (Illness): Questionable

The Redskins have a much more lengthy status report than the Jaguars which is remarkable given how the Jaguars injuries have gone this season. Washington will be without at least a couple of starters including their starting Linebacker and Tight End. They also more than likely will be without a starting wide receiver in Josh Doctson.

Their Long Snapper Nick Sundberg has a high possibility of missing the game this Sunday as well because of a back injury. They have brought in a few long snappers to work out in the event he is not able to go.

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Jaguars sign Kicker Kai Forbath in Wake of Josh Lambo Injury

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a roster move in wake of the Josh Lambo right-groin injury. They have signed former Redskins and Vikings Kicker Kai Forbath. Forbath has a career FG% of 85.9% which is at the very least respectable in a league where kickers seem to be missing routine kicks daily now.

With Lambo potentially out the Jaguars were forced into a move. This could always be more of a cautionary move in the case Lambo does not play, but generally speaking, if a team signs a kicker near the end of the week it is not a good sign. We will see what happens when the last injury report comes out.

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