Connect with us

Jacksonville Jaguars

Four Jaguars undrafted rookies to watch during rookie minicamp

Demetrius Harvey

Published

on

Nov 3, 2017; Boca Raton, FL, USA; Marshall Thundering Herd wide receiver Tyre Brady (8) makes a catch in front of Florida Atlantic Owls cornerback Shelton Lewis (3) during the first half at FAU Football Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars rookie minicamp begins tomorrow, and although it will not be open to the public, there are still some important decisions the Jaguars will need to make following the weekend. Depending on how players perform it could be their last days as Jaguars or even their first as there are several tryout players who have been invited as well.

Here is the full list of players competing this weekend:

There are a few names on this list who will surely be showcased. Since the practices will mostly be a glorified orientation there will be minimal contact. It will be tough for the coaching staff to get a full evaluation of the offensive and defensive lines, however, where the Jaguars can evaluate will be at the defensive back and wide receiver positions especially.

Besides the drafted rookies, the ones to keep an eye out as far as making the team are WR Tyre Brady (Marshall), CB Saivion Smith (Alabama), WR Dredrick Snelson (UCF), and S Andrew Wingard (Wyoming).

Tyre Brady, WR, Marshall 

Tyre Brady, 6’3″ 211 went undrafted following two seasons at Marshall. Brady originally held a scholarship with the University of Miami, however — after a couple of suspensions — he left the program following his freshman year looking for a better opportunity to see the field. Following a redshirt year at Marshall, Brady finally got his opportunity and proceeded to produce. Brady accumulated 133 receptions for 1944 yards and 17 touchdowns at Marshall.

Marshall went undrafted likely due to a combination of the level of competition in CUSA and poor testing. Although he has the size of a good outside receiver, Brady only ran a 4.74 40-yard dash and tested poorly on all other athletic drills. Brady certainly seems to play better than his testing numbers, however that proved to not be enough for a team to draft him. He will get his first opportunity to showcase his talent at the Jaguars minicamp this weekend.

Brady may not have the athletic testing numbers one would hope for out of a wide receiver, but he does have everything else. Hands, concentration, route running, and circus-catch ability. The Jaguars have missed a receiver who can be a true “go up and get it” guy since allowing WR Allen Robinson to walk via free agency in 2018.

Here Brady shows off his athleticism to make an incredible catch over the defender. The Jaguars can use a guy who can run routes and present a reliable target for Nick Foles.

Brady does a good job here showing off his route running ability, and his RAC ability all in one play. Although his breakaway speed is lacking, he is still nimble enough to get away from a would-be tackle there and take it 65 more yards for a touchdown.

Brady’s ability to adjust to the football has been something which popped out while watching him. His ability to concentrate on the football and just go up and get 50-50 balls will be pivotal in his efforts to stay on the team this weekend.

CB Saivion Smith, Alabama

Saivion Smith, 6’1″ 199 lbs, is an interesting prospect out of Alabama. Smith was originally a highly touted 4-star recruit at LSU. After being pushed down the depth chart, he decided to transfer and subsequently found himself at a Mississippi JUCO (Mississippi Gulf Coast CC) for one season while he waited for eligibility.

Once eligible, Alabama offered Smith and the rest is history. Smith may have fallen in the draft due to being raw — 2018 was the only season he started at the FBS level — and due to his poor athletic testing. Similarly to Brady, Smith has solid size for his position, but poor athleticism according to his testing.


Smith racked up 60 solo tackles and three interceptions in his one year at Alabama. He has plenty of tools to become a cover three corner with the Jaguars or the possibility of moving to safety due to his lack of speed.

Smith seems to have solid instincts and ball skills here, however, his season at Alabama was — by some accounts — very inconsistent.

Another interception, although seemingly more of being in the right place at the right time. Smith has the ball skills to succeed at the next level, which will be an important factor if he is to make the Jaguars.

Some speculated that Smith left for the NFL too early. With only one real season under his belt, it is hard to disagree. I didn’t get a chance to fully evaluate Smith but based on a few plays I have seen he is intriguing enough to potentially stick around.

WR Dredrick Snelson, UCF

Snelson, 5’11 189″ is one of the smaller receivers signed by the Jaguars following the draft. Although he has an average height, he fits more on the inside as he has a small frame.

Snelson was a three-year starter at UCF choosing to leave early after his junior season. Snelson accumulated 109 receptions, 1519 yards, and 15 touchdowns in his time at UCF. Snelson likely fell out of the draft due to his athletic testing and size.


Snelson is an interesting prospect as he has the route running and quick movement skills to fit in the slot with a lot of teams in the NFL. However, because of his 4.55 speed — although he likely disagrees — he was seen as more of a middling slot player who possessed no special traits to succeed in the NFL. Snelson possesses great quickness and speed on the field, which is all that matters.

Snelson possesses solid route running and quickness to separate at the top of his routes — a trait the Jaguars should be used to with Dede Westbrook.

Snelson’s ability to adjust to the ball is another one of his more impressive traits. Although he is not as good a catcher as Brady seems to be, he does possess serious ball skills which will be important as he transitions to the NFL.

S Andrew Wingard, Wyoming

Wingard, 6’0″ 209 lbs, was one of the most productive safeties in the FBS during his career at Wyoming in terms of tackles. He ranks 11th all-time for tackles in the FBS with 454 total tackles.

Primarily a box safety, Wingard possesses the size and athleticism needed to compete for at the very least a special teams spot or backup safety role. Wingard had a 7.15 RAS per @MathBomb on twitter.


Wingard doesn’t utilize his speed much on the field, however, he is always sure to be involved in every opportunity he gets.

Although Wingard needs to work on his tackling technique, his instincts and quickness are evident here against Iowa. He’s able to see a ball carrier and attack the play with a quickness. Wingard also posted the No.1 run defense grade in the draft at safety with 49 stops according to Pro Football Focus.

While not overly impressive on tape, his size and numbers speak for themselves. If Wingard can show anything during the rookie minicamp and heading into training camp this summer, he has great potential to make the team.


It will be interesting to see who ends up getting praise from the rookie minicamp. And although nothing crazy generally occurs during the glorified rookie orientation, it is still important as it will be the Jaguars first look at all of their new players.

Demetrius Harvey is the lead editor for the Locked on Jaguars website covering breaking news, breakdowns, and more. You can follow him at @Demetrius82 on twitter.

Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Jacksonville Jaguars

What should the Jaguars do at linebacker with Myles Jack?

Demetrius Harvey

Published

on

Oct 14, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack (44) warms up prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Due to the unexpected leave of absence by Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith, the Jaguars have found themselves in a precarious situation. Telvin Smith had been the Jaguars starting weak-side linebacker since his rookie year in 2014. Starting 69 games since 2014 Smith has accumulated a total of 445 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and nine interceptions.

The Jaguars are going to absolutely struggle to replace his production, regardless of how anyone felt about how he played during the 2018-2019 season. The first name which comes to mind in discussing what should happen at the weak-side linebacker position is Myles Jack.

Prior to 2018, Jack started all over the field for the Jaguars. During the 2017 season, Jack was the Jaguars starting middle linebacker in nickel situations — splitting time with former Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny in base formations. Finally being allowed to start full time for the Jaguars, Jack had a solid season by all accounts accumulating 107 combined tackles, 2.5 sacks and one interception — his best season statistically as a Jaguar.

One of the primary issues the Jaguars have had on defense has been communication issues. Communication issues can come from any level of the defense, however, the middle linebacker is essentially the quarterback. He calls the plays in the huddle or just prior to the snap, and lines everyone up. Having someone more experienced or as experienced as Jack at this position is crucial. This begs the question — should Myles Jack move to weak-side linebacker?

Jack recently spoke out against the idea of moving to Will talking to John Reid of Jacksonville.com and other local media members at Calais Campbell’s second annual bowling classic event, “I’m playing Mike ’backer, there’s no question about it,” Jack stated. “Obviously, there’s no secret we’re going to have to find a Will (weak-side linebacker). As for me, I’m playing Mike until my time up here in Jacksonville is done.″

It is completely understandable why Jack would not want to change positions as he has his entire career thus far in Jacksonville. The Jaguars should think long and hard about which configuration is best for the football team. Having to throw in someone new such as Jake Ryan immediately into the fray could potentially ruin any good momentum you already had at the position.

One of the best possible outcomes would be for rookie third-round pick Quincy Williams to win the weak-side linebacker battle outright. Although he is obviously very raw coming out of Murray State, the Jaguars stated in their post-draft presser that Williams has “starter traits”. If they have to move Jack, there will be potentially three completely new starters for the Jaguars at the linebacker positions on opening day. The Jaguars will likely want to keep the defense intact going into the 2019 season.

Jake Ryan was signed by the Jaguars earlier this offseason. And although he has plenty of experience at inside linebacker — two years starting with the Packers –, he is not even one year removed from a torn ACL. Not only will Ryan be behind in terms of on-field play, but he is also brand new to the Jaguars defense — although it is someone vanilla. All of the struggles Jack had at MLB last year may be amplified with Ryan this year.

Potential Starting Combinations:

WLB — Quincy Williams
MLB — Myles Jack
SLB — Jake Ryan

Pros:

  • Myles Jack stays at one position for longer than a season
  • Jaguars can get Jake Ryan on the field in some capacity

Cons:

  • Rookie weak-side linebacker

WLB — Quincy Williams
MLB — Myles Jack

SLB — Josh Allen

Pros:

  • Myles Jack at a consistent position
  • Josh Allen playing a primary role on defense
  • The speed at the LB position

Cons:

  • Lack of experience at two LB spots
  • Myles Jack possibly not at “natural” position

WLB — Myles Jack
MLB — Jake Ryan

SLB — Josh Allen

Pros:

  • Myles Jack moves back to his natural position
  • Jake Ryan offers veteran experience and leadership at MLB position
  • Josh Allen gains experience at linebacker in year one

Cons:

  • Myles Jack moving positions again
  • Jake Ryan first-year Jaguars MLB coming off a torn ACL

Solution: 

The Jaguars may feel the best configuration for their initial starting lineup at linebacker will be to allow Myles Jack to start his contract year at middle linebacker. Jack — having a full year starting at MLB — will be much more comfortable and allow the Jaguars to have some continuity at the position for the first time in three years. This leaves Quincy Williams as the starter at weak-side linebacker in his rookie year.

Whether it be Jake Ryan starting out at SAM or Josh Allen, the Jaguars should be happy about the production coming from the strong-side linebacker position. Josh Allen may not start out right away due to being primarily in a pass-rushing role during his rookie year, however — with experience –, he may be able to give the Jaguars no choice in the matter.

The most uncomfortable part of this formation would be the Jaguars starting two rookies on their defense. Inexperience on the Jaguars defense could be their Achilles heel. If the Jaguars were to start both rookies at linebacker, the Jaguars would have a combined 10 starts between four starters in the Jaguars defense. Jarrod Wilson and Ronnie Harrison have started 10 games together.

Whatever the Jaguars choose initially with their starting combination at linebacker, it could very easily be changed before the regular season begins. The Jaguars did not want to have to make this many changes to their defense in such a short period, however, Telvin Smith has forced their hand.

Continue Reading

Jacksonville Jaguars

REPORT: Jaguars workout free agent RB Mike Gillislee

Demetrius Harvey

Published

on

Aug 9, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots running back Mike Gillislee (35) stiff arms Washington Redskins linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton (51) during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

As the Jaguars prepare to open up voluntary OTAs next week, they are still forming their ideal 90-man roster. A position which has been completely revamped has been the RB position. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Jaguars brought in former Patriots and Saints RB Mike Gillislee for a workout.

Gillislee most recently played for the New Orleans Saints only seeing action in four games accumulating 43 yards on 16 attempts and zero touchdowns. His most successful season came as a member of the Buffalo Bills where he accumulated 576 yards on 101 attempts and nine touchdowns.

The Jaguars attempted to sign him last year, however, he signed with the Saints. The Jaguars may want to simply do their due diligence on a running back they had a prior interest in, just in case.

Continue Reading

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jaguars 53-Man Roster Prediction: Undrafted city of the south?

Connor Neal

Published

on

Sep 11, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; A view of the Jacksonville Jaguars stadium during the second half of a football game at EverBank Field.The Green Bay Packers won 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

May 9th was a busy day for the Jaguars. On top of Telvin Smith announcing that he will step away from football for the 2019 season, they also finalized their 90-man roster. I wanted to take a deeper dive into each position to see who will make the final roster. There is a lot of talent the Jaguars will have to part within these coming months.

I will be breaking down each position individually.

Quarterback (3): 

Nick Foles (Starter), Gardner Minshew (Backup), Alex McGough (3rd String)

The true battle here is between Alex McGough and Tanner Lee for a roster spot.

Runningback (4):

Leonard Fournette (Starter), Ryquell Armstead (Backup), Alfred Blue (3rd String), Benny Cunningham (4th String)

I believe Ryquell Armstead will earn the backup position to Leonard Fournette before the season starts. Once Fournette goes down with an injury, don’t be surprised if Armstead blows you away with his talent. Thomas Rawls isn’t likely to make the roster but the Jaguars could give him a roster spot over Benny Cunningham if they so choose.

Wide Receiver (6):

Dede Westbrook (Starter), Marqise Lee (Starter), Chris Conley (Starter), DJ Chark Jr (Backup), Keelan Cole (3rd String), Tyre Brady (4th String)

Tyre Brady is a player who could jeopardize Keelan Cole’s roster spot if he shines in rookie camp. Cole’s performance last year was disappointing, especially after he stood out as an undrafted rookie. Chris Conley, currently, is better than DJ Chark. DJ Chark has the potential to be a good starting wide receiver in the NFL, but he has to develop first.

Tight End (3):

Josh Oliver (Starter), Geoff Swaim (Backup), James O’Shaughnessy (3rd String)

Josh Oliver, Jaguars third-round pick out of San Jose State, will likely be the starter. However, because Oliver has virtually no blocking skills Geoff Swaim will be the lead blocking tight end on the team.

Offensive Tackle (4):

Cam Robinson (Starter), Jawaan Taylor (Starter), Will Richardson (Backup), Josh Wells (Backup)

There aren’t many surprises at this position. The Jaguars former second-round pick, Cam Robinson, and this year’s first-round pick, Jawaan Taylor, will be starters. Jawaan Taylor will compete with Will Richardson for the starting right tackle position. However, it shouldn’t be hard for Taylor to secure that starting spot.

Offensive Guard (4):

Andrew Norwell (Starter), AJ Cann (Starter), KC McDermott (Backup), Donnell Greene (Backup)

AJ Cann could make right guard the biggest need for the Jaguars this coming season. Cann is a bad offensive lineman, who will have the starting role because of lack of competition. It was surprising the Jaguars didn’t draft a guard during the 2019 NFL Draft. Keep an eye out for Donnell Greene, an undrafted free agent out of Minnesota.

Center (2):

Brandon Linder (Starter), Tyler Shatley (Backup)

Brandon Linder, a converted guard, has been outstanding thus far through his career as a center. His starting spot will not be at risk.

Defensive Tackle (5):

Calais Campbell (Starter), Marcell Dareus (Starter), Taven Bryan (Backup), Abry Jones (Backup), Dontavius Russell (3rd String)

In this scenario, I have the Jaguars pushing Calais Campbell inside to defensive tackle. If they chose to start Josh Allen at EDGE, Campbell should be pushed inside as he will beat out Taven Bryan with ease. It isn’t likely the Jaguars chose to do this, but if they do, their defensive line will be scary good.

Defensive End (4):

Yannick Ngakoue (Starter), Josh Allen (Starter), Dawuane Smoot (Backup), Lerentee McCray (Backup)

As I mentioned earlier, I have the Jaguars starting Josh Allen at EDGE instead of Campbell. If the Jaguars decide to start Campbell at EDGE, which is likely, Allen could start for the Jaguars at linebacker if they want to utilize him instantly.

Linebacker (5):

Myles Jack (Starter), Jake Ryan (Starter), Quincy Williams (Starter), Leon Jacobs (Backup), Joe Giles-Harris (Backup)

Quincy Williams, the shocking third-round pick, has a good chance to start since Telvin Smith will not play football in this upcoming season. If the Jaguars choose to play Josh Allen at linebacker, he would fit best at strong-side linebacker. So, they could shift Myles Jack over to weak-side linebacker and have Jake Ryan start at middle linebacker instead. If that happens, Quincy Williams will not start. Once Telvin Smith broke the news that he will not return this year, the chances of Joe Giles-Harris’s chances of making the roster skyrocketed. Giles-Harris is a player I personally would have been fine with the Jaguars taking in the third-round over Quincy Williams.

Cornerback (6): 

Jalen Ramsey (Starter), AJ Bouye (Starter), DJ Hayden (Starter), Quenton Meeks (Backup), Saivion Smith (Backup), Tre Herndon (3rd String)

The Jaguars starters here are incredible, that can’t be said about the depth. Quentin Meeks was an undrafted free agent last year who, last season, started in 1 game and played in 8. If the Jaguars chose to sign Saivion Smith and Tre Herndon after rookie camp, there would be 3 undrafted free agents that would be serving as the Jaguars depth. Two of those free agents, Meeks and Smith, were expected to be drafted in the mid rounds of their respective drafts.

Safety (4):

Ronnie Harrison (Starter), Jarrod Wilson (Starter), Cody Davis (Backup), Zedrick Woods (Backup)

Ronnie Harrison played great last season after he beat out Barry Church for the starting strong safety position. Jarrod Wilson is an intriguing player as he has only started 2 games for the Jaguar in his 3 years on the team. Free safety was a position many expected the Jaguars to address in the 2019 NFL Draft, but the Jaguars felt safe with Wilson as the starting free safety. Wilson has the potential to be a good starter, but we will have to wait and see how he turns out.

Kicker (1):

Josh Lambo (Starter)

Punter (1):

Logan Cooke (Starter)

Long snapper (1):

Matt Overton (Starter)

Kick Returner:

DJ Chark (Starter)

Punt Returner:

Dede Westbrook (Starter)

Moves I wouldn’t be shocked to see happen:

QB: Tanner Lee as the 3rd string quarterback over Alex McGough.

RB: Thomas Rawls beating out Benny Cunningham for the 4th string running back position.

WR: The Jaguars dropping Keelan Cole and keeping undrafted free agents Tyre Brady or Dredrick Snelson to fill in his role as a 3rd string wide receiver.

OL: Donnell Greene beating out AJ Cann for the starting right guard position before the season is over with.

DL: The Jaguars utilizing Josh Allen at both EDGE and linebacker.

LB: Joe Giles-Harris starting at weak-side linebacker over Quincy Williams.

CB: The Jaguars signing undrafted free agent Tae Hayes over fellow undrafted free agent Tre Herndon as the 3rd string cornerback.

S: The Jaguars choosing to keep Andrew Wingard over the speedster, Zedrick Woods, as a backup safety.

Continue Reading

Trending