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If I Were the GM – Early ’19 Off Season Prediction

Christopher Thornton



It’s Halloween. The Jaguars are 3-5 in the bye week, and the team just got another 3rd round pick for the 2019 draft. Let’s get hypothetical.


The Jaguars are slated to have -$8,228,866 in cap next season


The Cuts

Oct 28, 2018; London, United Kingdom; Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long (56) sakes Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) in the second quarter during an NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars trim a lot of veteran fat and cap in the 2019 off-season, getting rid of several key players.


QB Blake Bortles

This is a move the Jaguars have to make this off-season, and while the $16.5M in dead cap looks scary, you need to move on from the BB5 experiment and look forward. By cutting Bortles you save $4.5M on the books and finally admit, you did a wrong. The cap is now -$3,728,866

DE/DT Calais Campbell 

Calais has been an absolute fan favorite ever since arriving in Jacksonville. He led the charge defensively in 2017 by shattering Jaguars sack records, earning him the title “Mayor of Sacksonville.” However, Campbell, while still having a decent impact on the field, brings a hefty price tag and after the ’18 season, has an out in his contract the Jaguars should use, saving the team $9.5M and $15M on the books the next two seasons. The cap is now $5,771,134

DT Marcell Dareus

I cut Dareus simply for his hefty price tag. Releasing him saves you around $10.5M on the books but don’t worry, this isn’t the end. The cap is now $16,356,134

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins

This cut could go either way. I went ahead and cut the cord to save the additional $4.75M on the books, but if the Jaguars were to keep him, I don’t think it’d be the end of the world. The cap is now $21,106,134

SS Barry Church

Barry Church should be benched at this point in the season. With rookie S Ronnie Harrison playing strong in his limited snaps on defense, he should get the nod going forward. Church’s play has been subpar this season and likely is an easy candidate for getting the ax next offseason. Cutting Church saves $6.25M on the books. The cap is now $27,356,134

RT Jeremy Parnell

Parnell has been up and down his entire career with the Jaguars, some games flashing excellent right tackle play and others looking like a bottom of the league tackle. The Jaguars drafted Will Richardson in the 2018 draft as a likely heir to Parnell’s throne. Cutting Parnell will save the Jaguars $4.0M on the books. The cap is now $31,356,134

DE Dawuane Smoot

Drafted in the 3rd round only last year, Smoot has been disappointing. Hopefully, with the team letting go DC Todd Wash, the big end will be no more. Cutting Smoot saves the team $571,460. The cap is now $31,927,594


Extensions/Re-Signing Free Agents

Sep 30, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars punter Josh Lambo (4) kicks a field goal during the first half against the New York Jets at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Although the team will likely re-sign a bunch of lower roster players, I went ahead and highlighted the two biggest names.


DT Marcell Dareus

He’s back! While the Jaguars could restructure Dareus to save cash, I am not that smart with the cap to do those calculations, so I just went ahead and cut and re-sign as the value I think Dareus could come back to. I re-signed Dareus to a Three-Year, $19.5M deal with $12M being guaranteed. The cap is now $25,427,594

K Josh Lambo

Statistically this season, Josh Lambo has been the best kicker in the NFL, and for that, he earns himself a nice payday and a nice extension. Lambo signs a Four-Year, $12M deal with $6M being guaranteed. The cap is now $22,427,594


Free Agency

I didn’t go crazy in free agency as the Jaguars have some names they need to start worrying about extending + these cap numbers are far from entirely accurate. However, after all the cuts they made, they will have some spending cash to make a decent signing for two in free agency, especially with the way Idzik can work the books.


QB Teddy Bridgewater

When free agency opens, I’m left with essentially two viable options for the Jaguars to sign as a bridge quarterback. Teddy Bridgewater and Tyrod Taylor. I offered both quarterbacks one year deals with varying values. Tyrod wouldn’t go cheap, so Teddy Bridgewater was the selection. Who wouldn’t want a bridge quarterback with the word bridge in the name? (Me but whatever, it’s the best option.) Bridgewater signs another One-Year, $10M contract that is fully guaranteed. The cap is now $15,427,594


The Draft

I dove little into these players so the analysis will be short but gets the point across.


First Round 

Sep 22, 2018; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bulls quarterback Tyree Jackson (3) throw a pass against Rutgers Scarlet Knights during first half at High Point Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

1(13)- QB Tyree Jackson, Buffalo

Jackson has incredible size and a cannon of an arm. With some development, the Jaguars could finally have a gunslinger, who can make almost all the throws, at the helm. However. Jackson isn’t a day one starter, leading to Bridgewater getting signed in free agency.


Second Round

2(45)- RG Chris Lindstrom, Boston College

Lindstrom is a powerful run blocker and has an anchor in pass protection. With A.J Cann now out of the picture, the Jaguars look to get actual competent guard play on the right side.


Third Round

3(76)- TE Kaden Smith, Stanford

Smith has the ability to be a great receiving TE between his size and catching ability. However, as noted by Benjamin Solak, Smith can be disrupted with light contact, something he will need to work on. Route running could improve but could be a great weapon for the Jaguars.

3(95)- DE Carl Granderson, Wyoming

Another edge piece to replace Dante Fowler Jr, Duwuane Smoot, and Calais Campbell. Could use some development but could be a good piece to complement opposite of Yannick Ngakoue.


Fourth Round 

Oct 6, 2018; Dallas, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Marquise Brown (5) runs for a touchdown against Texas Longhorns defensive back P.J. Locke III (11) in the third quarter at the Cotton Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

4(115)- WR Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, Oklahoma

Brown is a homerun ready to happen and could be the perfect compliment to future Jags QB Tyree Jackson as his deep vertical threat. Brown’s speed allows him to take the top off of defenses but is also a great route runner inside and can be moved around. Could be a poor mans Tyreek Hill and Patrick Mahomes.


Fifth Round

N/A- Pick traded to Cleveland in exchange for RB Carlos Hyde


Sixth Round

Oct 17, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Oregon Ducks cornerback Ugo Amadi (14) intercepts a pass intended for Washington Huskies wide receiver Brayden Lenius (81) during the fourth quarter at Husky Stadium. Oregon defeated Washington, 26-20. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

6(187)- CB Ugochukwu Amadi, Oregon

The Jaguars like CB’s Quenton Meeks and Tre Herndon, but so far the Jaguars defensive back group has been decimated with injury. After talking to a few people about Amadi, they said thing like “good instinctual player and a fantastic leader.” Amadi is a smart player and can bait QB’s and will trust his instincts to make a play. Could be a great piece as a nickel CB for the Jaguars.


Seventh Round

7(234)- RB Lexington Thomas, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Not a whole lot to say. Thomas could be a change of pace back but with Carlos Hyde and Leonard Fournette dominating the backfield, will be hard for any rookie to see the field for any significant amount of snaps.

Christopher Thornton Is the Co-host for Locked On Jaguars. Christopher lives in Jacksonville and is currently a season ticket holder for the Jacksonville Jaguars. You can find me on Twitter (@Mistochristopho) and contact me at [email protected]



  1. Dime Al Ghul

    October 31, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Tyree Jackson? QB’s that tall don’t succeed in the NFL.

    • cliff nauenburg

      October 31, 2018 at 6:38 pm

      **University of Nevada Las Vegas**

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2019 NFL Draft: Jacksonville Jaguars Senior Bowl Wish-List

Zach Goodall



Sep 21, 2018; Orlando, FL, USA; UCF Knights running back Taj McGowan (4) reacts after his rushing touchdown during the second half against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Spectrum Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Senior Bowl, an annual NFL Draft prospect all-star game in Mobile, Alabama, has sent out its first wave of invitations for their 2019 exhibition. NFL scouts from every team will be in attendance, as the NCAA’s best senior football players will be putting their abilities on display.

Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell has a strong history of liking Senior Bowl prospects. Last year, the team drafted two players they watched in Mobile in WR D.J. Chark (2nd round) from LSU and QB Tanner Lee (6th round) from Nebraska. Caldwell has also selected DE Dawuane Smoot, TE Ben Koyack, OL Brandon Linder, LB Telvin Smith, CB Aaron Colvin, RB Denard Robinson, CB Dwayne Gratz, and SS Johnathan Cyprien after watching them at the bowl game.

The 2019 Senior Bowl will be packed with talent that the Jaguars will need to keep a close eye on. Chris Thornton and I will be attending the week of practice and game, reporting on who the Jaguars meet with and eyeing prospects to watch for for the 2019 NFL Draft.

As invites continue to go out and get accepted, here is my wish-list of players who should be at the Senior Bowl, from a Jaguars need and fit perspective. For players who I haven’t watched in depth yet, I trust the scouts of The Draft Network’s analysis and have linked their scouting reports.

QB: Daniel Jones, Duke

There will be plenty of intriguing QB prospects in Mobile, and if Daniel Jones can graduate on time as a redshirt junior, he may be the most intriguing of the pack. The three-year starter comes from the Manning branch of QBs, as his head coach David Cutcliffe coached both Peyton and Eli during their college days and has the brothers attend the Duke offseason program yearly.

Jones is a West-Coast passing offense fit, which meshes perfectly with what the Jaguars run in a power-run offense. Jones doesn’t have as high of a ceiling as passers such as Justin Herbert (Oregon) and Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State), which drops his stock for me to the late first/early second round, but in what is regarded generall as a weak QB class, Jones could skyrocket up draft boards this offseason. Here is an in-depth scouting report that I did on Jones last week.

RB: Taj McGowan, UCF

Taj McGowan has never been a starter during his four-year career at UCF, but he’s flashed enough to warrant a prospect bowl invitation for teams to see more of what he offers. The 6-1, 209 lb senior RB runs with a bruising style, and receives the buld of UCF’s goal-line and short-yardage carries. He has posted a career stat-line of 239 carries for 988 yards and 17 touchdowns.

McGowan fits the Jaguars power-run style of offense where backs mainly receive the ball and target the interior offensive line. While he won’t get drafted high at all come April, he deserves a chance to prove himself and potentially find a way to get his name called on Day 3, or at worst get signed as an undrafted free agent. The Senior Bowl can provide that opportunity.

WR: Anthony Johnson, Buffalo

While Tyree Jackson gets all the hype out of the University of Buffalo, Anthony Johnson is a draftable prospect from the MAC program and is Jackson’s No. 1 target in the pass game. The 6-2, 207 receiver is impressive at making sideline catches and adjusts to poorly thrown passes well, however isn’t overly athletic and has a limited route tree. He would be a bit of a developental prospect, but his size and ability to make plays are intriguing.

TE: Tommy Sweeney, Boston College

While watching guard Chris Lindstrom from Boston College, Tommy Sweeney caught my eye with his size and ability as a pass-catcher. He stands at 6-5, 255 and comes from a power-running system so he is familiar with in-line blocking, which he excels at.

He’s not going to win contested catches, but finds wasy to get open and bring the ball in with few drops. He’s not the most dynamic or intriguing tight end in this class, but he appears to be a high-floor type of prospect who could serve as a solid No. 2 behind Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

OL: Chris Lindstrom, Boston College

A true old-fashioned, power scheme guard who eats defenders alive in the run game, Lindstrom is the ideal A.J. Cann replacement and one of my favorite Jaguars-fit prospects in this draft. Lindstrom is a fantastic, athletic pull-blocker who understands man-responsibility and has a strong anchor and constantly drives through linemen when down-blocking. He mirrors well in pass protection as well but his pass block punches can be inconsistent. Lindstrom is a dream lead-blocker along the interior for a running back in any power scheme, so he’d become Leonard Fournette’s best friend in Jacksonville.

iDL: Cortez Broughton, Cincinnati

While working on a film room piece for for the upcoming UCF vs. Cincinnati game, one player that stood out to me on the Bearcats defense was tackle Cortez Broughton. The 6-2, 290 lb senior has recorded 17.5 tackles for loss through ten games this year, which is more than several projected first round picks such as Alabama’s Quinnen Williams (14), BC’s Zach Allen (13.5), FSU’s Brian Burns (13.5), and Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell (13).

Broughton is a great run-stuffer who usually takes on and beats double-team down blocks while maintaining ap responsibility. He isn’t an overly agile pass rusher and won’t “wow” you with his moves, but he could provide valuable depth as a rotating, run-defending nose tackle at the next level.

EDGE: Jalen Jelks, Oregon

Jelks is a big-bodied EDGE defender at 6-5, 245 lbs, who is considered a bit of a project among draft analysts, but has desireable traits with quickness off of the line of scrimmage and raw power.

This sounds similar to what we heard about Taven Bryan as a prospect last year, and the Jaguars clearly feel comfortable adding these types of project players to their defensive line. Jelks could immediately provide pressure as a Dante Fowler Jr. replacement at defensive end and develop into a long-term starter if Taven Bryan were to move back to defensive tackle (where I believe he belongs).

LB: T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin

I never thought I’d say this, but the Jaguars are missing the presence of Paul Posluzny on defense. Not from a play standpoint, as he truly had slown down in the final years of his career which led to bad pursuit of runners and blown coverages in the middle of the field, but as communicator and gap shooter vs. the run.

That mold is what Edwards provides. The 6-1, 248 lb linebacker is a natural run-stopper and physical defender who controls the playing field and offers four years of valuable paying experience, where he has recorded 34.5 tackles for loss and nine interceptions. He isn’t considered rangy in pass coverage, but serviceable.

CB: Michael Jackson, Miami

The Jaguars are in need of outside cornerback depth, with the position getting banged up this year and keeping two undrafted free agents on the roster as the current depth. Jackson fits that mold and is also an excellent special teamer. He stands at 6-0, 205 lbs, plays physical in coverage and coming down to make a tackle, and has recorded four career interceptions and nine defended passes. He hasn’t recorded an INT this year, which may be concerning, but the Jaguars don’t need to go cornerback early so Jackson dropping down draft boards could be in their favor if they are interested in his services.

S: Ugochukwu Amadi, Oregon

The 5-9, 197 lb safety is a little short, but he’s incredibly fluid and athletic in space as a guy who can roam and get the ball. A rangy coverage defender, Amadi can be the heir apparent to free safety Tashaun Gipson a la Ronnie Harrison to Barry Church at strong safety for the Jaguars.

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Jaguars vs. Steelers: Friday Injury Report, A.J. Cann Questionable

Demetrius Harvey



Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Pittsburgh Steelers have released their Friday injury report ahead of their matchup at TIAA Bank Field this weekend. The Jaguars will most likely be without Left Tackle Josh Walker as he is listed as doubtful. The Jaguars will be without Rookie Corner Quenton Meeks as he is listed as OUT for Sunday’s game. Ereck Flowers will start in Walker’s place at left tackle with Patrick Omameh very likely being his immediate backup.

Luckily for the Jaguars, although they will not have Meeks, they will have A.J. Bouye back from his calf injury suffered shortly before the Eagles matchup a couple of weeks ago. This should be a boost to the Jaguars secondary.

Nose Tackle Eli Ankou will also likely miss this Sunday’s game, which was worth keeping an eye on due to the fact that Marcell Dareus was battling an injury of his own and is listed as questionable this week. Luckily, Dareus will likely be able to at least suit up for the Jaguars this Sunday.

Guard A.J. Cann is questionable this week as well, and if he cannot play, the Jaguars will likely turn to either Chris Reed to start in his place or to newly signed guard/tackle Patrick Omameh.

Bouye, Gipson, and Telvin Smith are not listed on this weeks status report indicating they are good to go for this Sunday’s game.

Below are the teams’ injury reports:


CB Quenton Meeks (Knee): Out

OL Josh Walker (Foot/Ankle): Doubtful

DT Eli Ankou (Calf): Doubtful

OL A.J. Cann (Hamstring): Questionable

DT Marcell Dareus (Triceps/Back): Questionable


DE Stephon Tuitt (Elbow): Out

OL Marcus Gilbert (Knee): Out

For the Steelers, they will be without tackle Marcus Gilbert for the fourth straight week, and they will also be without tackle Marcus Gilbert. James Conner, who practiced fully all of this week, will be good to go.

Because of the injuries the Jaguars will face a familiar face on the Steelers defensive line in DE Tyson Alualu. The Steelers will start Matt Feiler. This will be the fourth consequtive start for Feiler.

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Jaguars vs. Steelers: Thursday Injury Report, Josh Walker likely Out

Demetrius Harvey



Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Pittsburgh Steelers have released their Thursday injury reports ahead of this Sunday’s game at TIAA Bank Field. For the Jaguars, they are finally back healthy after weeks of having several starters miss practice during the week. Although they are not *fully* healthy, the Jaguars starters that are on the injury report will more than likely play, and will be practicing in some capacity today.

The only key injury worth noting this week has been to Left Tackle Josh Walker. Walker has started for the Jaguars for several weeks after Josh Wells went down with an injury. All indications point to Ereck Flowers starting for the Jaguars this week. He will have his hands full with T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree.

Jaguars Cornerback A.J. Bouye, who missed the past two games with a calf injury, looks good to go this week as he has so far been able to tough it out in practice.

The only additions to this weeks injury reports have been  Tashaun Gipson with a wrist injury and Marcell Dareus with a triceps injury. Neither of those injuries appears to be bad enough to miss this Sunday’s game, however, we will keep a close eye on the status report to be released tomorrow.

A late addition to the Jaguars injury report this afternoon was OL A.J. Cann. Cann suffered a hamstring injury and was limited today.

If the Jaguars miss Cann this week they are potentially in big trouble. Omameh would likely start for Cann.

Below are the teams’ injury reports:


CB A.J. Bouye (Calf): Full Participation

S Tashaun Gipson (Wrist): Full Participation

LB Lerentee McCray (Hamstring): Full Participation

LB Telvin Smith (Shoulder): Full Participation

OL Ereck Flowers (Knee): Limited Participation

DT Marcell Dareus (Triceps): Limited Participation

OL A.J. Cann (Hamstring): Limited Participation

CB Quenton Meeks (Knee): Did Not Participate

DT Eli Ankou (Calf): Did Not Participate

OL Josh Walker (Foot/Ankle): Did Not Participate


QB Ben Roethlisberger (Coaches Decision): Full Participation

RB James Conner (Concussion): Full Participation

G Ramon Foster (Coaches Decision): Did Not Participate

OT Marcus Gilbert (Knee): Did Not Participate

DE Stephon Tuitt (Elbow): Did Not Participate

The Steelers will more than likely be without two key starters, and neither of those starters will be James Conner. Conner entered this week in the concussion protocol and the past two practices he has been able to practice fully.

Conner will suit up for his first start against the Jaguars defense that has to be hungry after completely ruining the Jaguars chance at victory last week.

The Steelers will be without Stephon Tuitt and Marcus Gilbert most likely.  No one else on the Steelers small injury report is in danger of missing the game.

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