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Four Jaguars undrafted rookies to watch during rookie minicamp

Demetrius Harvey



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.

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Jaguars vs. Saints: Five observations from Sunday’s 6-13 loss

Demetrius Harvey



Oct 13, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (right) and quarterback Nick Foles (left) look on during the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars had their most brutal game offensively against the Saints yesterday and were simply outmatched at the end of the day in their 6-13 loss on Sunday.

The Jaguars will have to regroup and figure out a way to play consistently both offensively and defensively down the stretch if they want an opportunity to play in the playoffs this January. For now, they are a team with pieces to get them there but have not played like a complete unit except for their week three win against the Tennessee Titans.

Jaguars’ head coach Doug Marrone took the blame for Sunday’s loss during his post-game press conference.

“It starts with me. I’ve got to do a better job. I told the team [that] I like their effort, playing hard, we’ve just got to perform better, really.”

1. Gardner Minshew hadn’t played like a rookie — until Sunday

Jaguars rookie quarterback Garnder Minshew has been the talk of the town over the first six weeks of the regular season for his play since taking over for an injured Nick Foles. Before yesterday, Minshew completed 110 out of 165 of his passes for 1,279 yards, nine touchdowns, and one interception.

Yesterday, however, was simply not his day. Minshew completed only 14 of his 29 attempts for 163 yards and an interception.

After the game, Minshew placed the majority of the blame on himself, saying “Yeah it was a tough day; they are a good team. I missed some balls that I can’t miss. They played good coverage at times and got after us upfront at times. We’ll go look at the film and figure out what we need to fix.”

Much of the rookie’s issues stemmed from what the Saints did defensively. This included taking the Jaguars out of a position of strength by containing Minshew within the pocket and taking his most reliable receiver — DJ Chark Jr. — out of the game by bracketing him and placing their best cornerback, Marshon Lattimore on him.

Minshew will need to step his game up in the coming weeks, especially if the Saints laid out a blueprint on how to stop him. When Minshew did try to step up in the pocket, he was unable to get anywhere.

2. Jaguars defense played extraordinary on Sunday

The Jaguars defense was the talk of the town exiting their loss against the Carolina Panthers a week ago where they allowed 285 rushing yards — the second-most in franchise history. This week, the Jaguars were able to rebound on defense, allowing only 104 yards on the ground.

Saints’ running back Alvin Kamara gained only 31 yards on 11 attempts. Easily his worst day at the office this season on the ground. Multiple players including, Taven Bryan, Josh Allen, and D.J. Hayden were major pieces to the puzzle on Sunday.

While they did give up some yardage through the air — 240 yards on 24 completions –, the Jaguars did well in stopping the Saints. New Orleans converted only 5 out of 13 (38%) of their third-downs yesterday.

“We played good ball, but we didn’t capitalize off when we needed to,” Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye said yesterday after the game. “Our mentality is if offense puts up points, then we have to stop them. We gave them some X plays and runs that we couldn’t finish off. We played good red zone defense which made it a little hard for them to get in the end zone and score on us. This is a learning experience. We are going to come in tomorrow and watch film and work on the areas we were slow to cover.”

3. Jaguars need to find a number two receiver, and fast

Yesterday, it was clear the Jaguars had no answer for the Saints pass defense which blanketed DJ Chark Jr. for much of the day. Chark Jr. was only able to get free on a couple of designed routes towards the middle of the field.

Receiver Dede Westbrook was able to get free for a few catches (three for 53 yards on the day), however, for much of the afternoon, he was slowed considerably, forcing Minshew to check down to running back Leonard Fournette who led the team in receptions with six receptions for 43 yards.

Chris Conley — another featured receiver — was unable to get anything going after being targeted three times. Conley had zero receptions on the day and failed to create much separation.

After the game, Conley voiced his frustrations going against the Saints’ defense stating, “Yeah, that is frustrating. We knew how they were going to play the game today. We knew that DJ [Chark Jr.] was going to draw double-coverage, and we have to execute in other spots. They played a little different than what we expected. We expected them to double DJ, but we didn’t expect them to play two-man all-day basically. We have to win versus two-man [coverage].”

The Jaguars will have to learn how to maneuver around tough situations and especially cover two-man coverage moving forward. If they do not find a receiver who can win against single coverage all day, they are in for a long remainder of the season.

4. Nickel corner DJ Hayden is the Jaguars’ best defender

As a player who does not receive nearly as much praise as he deserves, Hayden is playing the most consistent football out of any player on the Jaguars’ defense. Hayden was able to make multiple plays on the ball in yesterday’s contest and executes open-field to perfection.

On one key play, Hayden stopped Kamara in the open field on a screen which almost assuredly would have been a big gain. Hayden is playing injured with a sore foot and has continuously performed well on the field. Jaguars’ defensive coordinator Todd Wash praised Hayden for his toughness just last week as he battled the foot injury, getting him in the game against Carolina.

“It was bothering him a lot last week,” Wash said. “And I think our training staff and our doctors have done a real good job of rehabbing him and getting him in position to be able to play this week.”

5. Leonard Fournette is playing his best brand of football

Fournette is playing fantastic football on the ground for the Jaguars and has consistently been one of their best players despite his poor showing against the Tennessee Titans. Finding his groove, Fournette ran hard and got tough yards with an offensive line that continues to have consistency issues.

For the year, Fournette has run 115 times for 584 yards and one touchdown. He has also added 26 receptions for 189 yards. If the Jaguars offense has any bright spot exiting week six, it is him.

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Minshew Magic fades as Jaguars offense falters in 13-6 loss to Saints

Demetrius Harvey



Oct 13, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) scrambles with the ball against New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Shy Tuttle (99) during the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars struggle to get anything going in a “must-win” game at home in their 13-6 loss to New Orleans Saints. 

In what was the most disappointing performance of his short career, Jaguars’ rookie quarterback Garnder Minshew struggled mightily to get anything going in the passing game in what was likely due to how the Saints’ defense played the Jaguars receivers and the Jaguars’ signal-caller throughout the game.

Indecisiveness, happy-feet in the pocket, and inaccurate throws were all on display this week for Minshew. Minshew completed 14 out of 29 of his passes for 163 yards and an interception on the day. Zero touchdowns marked the first time all season the rookie quarterback was not able to get the ball in the endzone.

Where the passing game struggled, so did the Jaguars’ rushing attack. Jaguars’ running back Leonard Fournette only accounted for 20 carries for 72 yards (3.6 yards-per-carry) which ended his streak of 100-yard rushing performances at only two.

Receiver DJ Chark Jr. spoke about the defense he saw against the Saints today in the post-game open locker room stating, “When they covered us, they were in Cover 2 man [coverage] throughout the game. Personally, on my end, Marshon Lattimore did a very good job by covering me along with the safety which made it harder for me to run my routes on my end of the field. ”

The Jaguars will have to figure out a way to move the ball better than they did against the Saints today, and part of it comes from coaching. Jaguars’ head coach Doug Marrone said in his post-game press conference that the coaches have to do a better job schematically when the receivers are struggling to get any separation.

In what is a form of a role-reversal for the Jaguars, the Jaguars played extremely well defensively which has not been their calling card the past two weeks. The team has only played one complete game all season where the Jaguars’ offense and defense seemed to be in sync the entire game — against the Tennessee Titans.


After opting to defer to begin the game, the Jaguars’ defense was ready to contain the Saints’ offense throughout the entire game. The longest play allowed by the Jaguars’ defense was a 27-yard pass in the first quarter to Saints’ wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. For the most part, the Jaguars’ defense was able to completely shut down the Saints opening few series, and pretty much the entire game.

The Jaguars defense bagan the day by forcing the Saints to punt twice before having to settle for a field goal, which would be the team’s first points of the game. This wasn’t a game of many offensive plays as both teams struggled to move the ball with any urgency throughout the entire game.

The Jaguars’ first points of the game would come on a 22-yard Josh Lambo field goal near the end of the third quarter, tying the game 3-3 at halftime in what could only be described as a defensive struggle at that point in the contest.

Not being able to get anything going offensively, Minshew would add insult to injury by throwing an ill-adviced interception only three plays into the third quarter to Marcus Lattimore. After the game, Minshew said he and Chark, had a sort of miscommunication which led to an errant throw. Chark stopped on his route and expected the ball to be placed inside, and Minshew threw the ball outside. It was the rookie’s first interception since week one of the regular season.

Able to capitalize on the Jaguars’ mistake, the New Orleans Saints would drive down a short field to score a 21-yard Will Lutz field goal, taking the lead for the second time today. Needing to recover from the interception, Minshew would go on to conduct his best drive of the day completing three out of four of his next passes for 37 yards driving the ball deep into Saints territory. A Cameron Jordan sack stopped any thought of the Jaguars scoring a touchdown and they instead would be forced to settle for another field goal, tying the game at six, deep into the third quarter.

The Jaguars’ defense would come up big during the day as they limited Saints’ running back Alvin Kamara to only 31 rushing yards on 11 carries. A complete 180 from last week when they allowed 285 rushing yards to Christian McCaffrey and the Carolina Panthers.

The Saints’ next scoring possession would come at the start of the fourth quarter when quarterback Teddy Bridgewater would find Jared Cook over the middle of the field for a four-yard touchdown putting the Saints lead to — what seemed like — an insurmountable 13-6 lead.  The closet the Jaguars would get to the end zone would come on the drive right after. On a fourth-and-two, instead of electing to kick a field goal or punt the football at the Saints’ 40-yard line, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone went for it.

A Minshew incompletion would stop the Jaguars from getting any further, and ultimately would be the team’s last opportunity to score. The Jaguars did get the ball one more time but amounted to only four yards on a late fourth-quarter drive.

The Jaguars will have to regroup for their contest next week against the Cincinnati Bengals. Both teams are struggling currently, and if the Jaguars want to have any chance at making the playoffs this year, they will need to steal a win in Cincy.

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Jaguars vs. Saints inactives: Ramsey out for third-straight game

Demetrius Harvey



Aug 15, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) warms up prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars will be without one of their star players for a third-straight week when they kickoff against the New Orleans Saints in a little over an hour. 

]Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey will be inactive for a third-straight week today after being listed as questionable. Ramsey has not played for the past two weeks due to a back injury and practiced on a very limited basis leading up to today’s game.

Jaguars defensive end Lerentee McCray came into Sunday as questionable with an oblique injury. However, after fully practicing on Friday he will be suiting up for the Jaguars today. McCray is an important piece to the Jaguars’ special teams unit.

Somewhat surprising, the Jaguars have benched rookie linebacker Quincy Williams in favor of veteran linebacker Najee Goode. Williams struggled mightily last week against Christian McCaffrey and the Carolina Panthers.

The Jaguars will need a fantastic performance today out of second-year cornerback Tre Herndon as he goes up against Saints’ star receiver Michael Thomas.

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