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Former Jaguars beat writer offers unique perspective on Nick Foles

Demetrius Harvey

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Jan 13, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) gestures during the first quarter of a NFC Divisional playoff football game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars are currently in a tough spot when it comes to the quarterback position, and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles seems to be square in the middle of all discussions surrounding it.

The Jaguars can either sign/and or trade for Foles, or they can go a completely different route via the NFL Draft and a stop-gap quarterback via free agency.

Mike Kaye, former beat writer for the Jaguars, and current beat writer for the Philidelphia Eagles at NJ.com can offer a very unique perspective on the situation. Kaye was the Jaguars beat writer for three years until leaving this season to cover the Eagles. For that reason, he can speak on both sides of the equation.

Kaye wrote about the reasons why it may or may not make sense for Foles to go to the Jaguars. Part of why the Jaguars may be interested in Foles, Kaye writes:

“The Jaguars have a defense that is ready to contend in the playoffs but the offense needs a quarterback to help get them there. Foles is clearly a guy with a résumé that would lead one to believe he could assist in those efforts.”

And while this is true, there does seem to be a disconnect amongst fans as well as some in the media on if Foles can bring the same juice to the Jaguars offense as he was able to with the Eagles.

Foles would, as Kaye put it, “be entering a franchise that has never had a superstar quarterback.” The Jaguars have tried and tried again to build their own franchise quarterback – from Byron Leftwich, to David Garrard, to Blaine Gabbert, to most recently Blake Bortles, things have just has not come to fruition. Even Mark Brunell was not touted as a superstar quarterback in his day. Back then, Jaguars were known more for their resilient defense and star power at the running back and offensive line positions.

If the Jaguars were to land Foles, he absolutely would be the most high-profile quarterback they have had in franchise history. All of that is nice, but that simply does not add much in the way of on-field ability and how he could come in and fix a struggling offense.

While Kaye was able to give a few notes on why the Jaguars and Foles marriage makes sense, he also gave the cold, hard truth on why it could be a mistake. Kaye stated in his article a variety of reasons in which I agree with, why the Jaguars/Nick Foles marriage simply does not makes sense.

For starters, in Jacksonville, “he would be faced with playing behind an offensive line that will be in a state of flux. Right guard A.J. Cann and right tackle Jermey Parnell could be headed elsewhere, while left guard Andrew Norwell, left tackle Cam Robinson and center Brandon Linder are all coming off season-ending injuries.” Kaye writes.

The Jaguars do not have the offensive line the Eagles have. And perhaps their greatest worry regarding their offensive line is that they still have to figure out a way to fix it. Whether it be during the draft or free agency, it will not be fixed in a year. And if the Jaguars take a shot at Foles, they should be expected to go to the playoffs.

Jacksonville doesn’t have the talent on offense currently to help Foles, as a whole. Their number one receiver is Dede Westbrook, and while he is an up-and-coming number one target, he does not offer the dynamic ability as a guy like Zach Ertz does. Foles targeted Ertz a staggering 65 times in seven games last season during the regular season and the playoffs. This connection resulted in 44 receptions for 391 yards and two touchdowns. If they want to have the same results with Foles as the Eagles did, they need to find a consistently dynamic target for him to rely on.

Kaye also spoke about Foles and where he is best used in the passing game: Out of the shotgun. If the Jaguars are going to get yet another shotgun quarterback, they need to figure out how they are going to use RB Leonard Fournette. Fournette has not shown much ability to run out of the shotgun formation. The Jaguars would still be in the same position they were in with Blake Bortles and the running game.

One of the major points offered by Kaye was the Jaguars salary cap situation. Kaye states, “While the team is expected to do some heavy lifting to free up cap space before free agency, the Jaguars are currently $4.3 million over the league’s threshold.” For those expecting more splash signings to go along with Foles, you may want to reconsider. The Jaguars can easily, as Kaye put it, drop “$30 million in salary cap space”, however, most of this would then be used to acquire Foles anyways. It is also worth noting the Jaguars have to do some re-signing of their own with guys like Jalen Ramsey, Yannick Ngakoue, and Myles Jack who are up next contract extensions in the near future.

The Jaguars want to win now, and in the future, and in my opinion they simply cannot win now with Foles behind center if you factor in the offensive weapons, offensive line, and the salary cap space. It just does not make much sense as of right now.

Demetrius Harvey is a Locked on Jaguars writer focusing on game breakdowns as well as breaking news. Demetrius is a lifelong Jaguars fan. You can follow him at @Demetrius82 on twitter.

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

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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

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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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