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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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NFLPA seemingly responds to Jaguars, Coughlin about the word ‘voluntary’

Demetrius Harvey

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May 26, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin (center) looks on during organized team activities at Everbank Field. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars today issued their annual state of the franchise address to fans and media alike. During the press conference, Tom Coughlin addressed the audience regarding the status of the football team. During his speech, Coughlin spoke about the player’s attendance to voluntary offseason workouts which began on Monday. Only two players were missing from the workouts — Jalen Ramsey and Telvin Smith –, and Coughlin’s message was clear when he stated: “We’re very close to 100 percent attendance – and quite frankly, all our players should be here.”

One statement which stood out by Coughlin was made directly afterward “Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish and insensitive to the real values of the team. The hard work that many try to avoid is the major building block for the development of an outstanding football team.” This statement creates a sort of cloudy vision of what exactly voluntary means which is why the NFLPA decided to issue their own statement on what voluntary means to them:

Listen. Everyone would love if the Jaguars had 100% attendance at these sort of voluntary workouts. There is no doubt that great strides can be made in all facets of the offseason, however, there is a reason why these workouts have been made voluntary. NFL players have been overworked, and collectively bargained with the NFL in an effort to limit the workload over the offseason in order to produce a better product on the field in the fall.

Whether or not Jalen Ramsey or Telvin Smith show up for the few-week period of voluntary workouts should have no impact. Both athletes have proven themselves over the years plenty of times. Jalen Ramsey works out with his father in Tennesee every offseason. This has no changed, nor do I expect it to anytime soon.

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Jacksonville Jaguars official 2019 NFL Schedule revealed

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Dec 31, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Fireworks are shot over the stadium after game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the North Carolina State Wolfpack at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL has released all 32 teams’ schedules ahead of the 2019 NFL season. We can finally get a closer look at when the Jaguars will play each opponent. The Jaguars have one prime time game this upcoming season on  Thursday Night Football at home against the Titans (week 3). The Jaguars open up against the Kansas City Chiefs at home. The Jaguars lost to the Chiefs last season 30-14.

Earlier today the Jaguars announced they will be playing in London on November 2nd against the Houston Texans. Last season the Jaguars played in London on October 28th.

As for the Jaguars bye week, it will once again come directly after the Jaguars London journey which is to be expected as they have had a similar schedule the past two seasons. The bye week will occur during week 10 after their matchup against the Texans in London.

The Jaguars will be closing out the season at home for the first time since 2011. They play the Indianapolis Colts.

Jaguars 2019 NFL Schedule:

Week 1: vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, September 8

Week 2: @ Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, September 15

Week 3: vs. Tennessee Titans, 8:20 p.m., NFL Network, Thursday, September 19

Week 4: @ Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m., CBS, Sunday, September 29

Week 5: @ Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 6

Week 6: vs. New Orleans Saints, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 13

Week 7: @ Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 20

Week 8: vs. New York Jets, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, October 27

Week 9: vs. Houston Texans (London), 9:30 a.m., NFL Network, Sunday, November 3

Week 10: BYE

Week 11: @ Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, November 17

Week 12: @ Tennessee Titans, 4:05 p.m., CBS, Sunday, November 24

Week 13: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 1

Week 14: vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 8

Week 15: @ Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m., CBS, Sunday, December 15

Week 16: @ Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 p.m., FOX, Sunday, December 22

Week 17: vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1:00 p.m., CBS, Sunday, December 29

*All times are in EST

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REPORT: Jaguars claim former Cowboys guard Parker Ehinger

Zach Goodall

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Credit: DallasCowboys.com

According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Jacksonville Jaguars have added former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Parker Ehinger off of waivers.

Ehinger spent the 2018 season with the Cowboys following two with the Kansas City Chiefs. The former 4th round pick in 2016 was traded to Dallas last preseason, but spent the majority of the season on injured reserve with a knee injury suffered in practice. He also tore his ACL, MCL, and meniscus as a rookie in 2016.

The 6-6, 310 lb guard has played in six career games, starting in five.

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