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Jaguars 2018 Position Group Breakdown: Tight End

Demetrius Harvey

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May 22, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Niles Paul (81) runs during organized team activities at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars tight end group is one of the more fluid position groups on the team. The group has been completely revamped this season adding tight ends Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Jets), and Niles Paul (Redskins) in free agency. The Jaguars opted to not address the position at all in the 2018 NFL draft.

Last season the tight-end group consisted of Ben Koyack, James O’Shaughnessy, and Marcedes Lewis. The group accounted for a total of 79 catches, for 505 yards and six touchdowns.

In a somewhat surprising move this offseason the Jaguars released 12-year veteran Marcedes Lewis to clear cap space and give Seferian-Jenkins and Paul the opportunity to share more of the workload at that position. I broke down what ASJ can provide for the Jaguars here.

So, how will the Jaguars tight-end depth chart look this year?

Projected tight-end depth chart

*Note: Italics = starter, Underline = Acquired in 2018 FA/Draft

TE: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Niles Paul/Ben Koyack, James O’Shaughnessy

Last season the Jaguars carried 3-4 tight-ends throughout the entire season, and here I am projecting them to do the same with ASJ, Paul, Koyack, and O’Shaughnessy. The Jaguars this offseason have been working towards building the offense from the middle of the field out, and ASJ is one of the better middle-of-the-field tight-ends in the NFL. According to Mike Kaye of First Coast News, Blake Bortles and ASJ have built a rapport during OTAs this May/June.

The bulk of the snaps for the tight end group will most likely come from ASJ and either Niles Paul or Ben Koyack. Koyack, last season only accounted for 5 receptions for 38 yards, however he accounted for 413 snaps which was 16% more snaps than O’Shaughnessy accounted for at 236. As of right now I would project Koyack to remain the TE2 strictly for his blocking, as when Lewis departed that left a major void in that area.

The Jaguars really like what James O’Shaughnessy can bring to the table as a receiver within the group. However, he currently is listed fourth on my projected depth chart only because of the limited amount of work he has with Blake Bortles as well as the offense in general. He was acquired last season off waivers from the New England Patriots, and was rarely used in the Jaguars offense. This season, however he could see his snap count as well as targets go up as the major focus for the offense will be within the middle of the field.

Niles Paul will be focusing most of his efforts on special teams, as that was the primary role for him with the Redskins after his devastating ankle injury a few seasons ago. However, do not be fooled, he has shown ability in the receiving game and should provide a sort of H-back type role like James O’Shaughnessy.

The Jaguars major focus this off season has been essentially rebuilding the weapons on offense, particularly at any receiver position, whether that be wide receivers or tight ends. For the 2018 season look for the Jaguars to utilize the middle of the field more often than they have before as they finally have tight-ends who specialize in that area. While Julius Thomas did not work out for the Jaguars a couple of seasons ago, ASJ seems to be a more hungry and talented threat and should provide a massive upgrade in the position group.


Check out our previous roster breakdowns for wide receivers, running backs, and quarterbacks.

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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Jaguars finalize coaching staff after landing offensive coordinator

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Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have finalized their 2019 coaching staff. They’ve officially hired their offensive coordinator as well as other staff members. John DeFilippo was the headliner for today as the replacement for Nathaniel Hackett as offensive coordinator.

The Jaguars also announced the remainder of their staff. As we covered in the past couple of weeks they have hired several position coaches, including Terry Robiskie as running backs coach, George Warhop as the offensive line coach, and Tim Walton as the secondary coach.

The rest of the staff was a mystery until today. The Jaguars announced they will be promoting assistant defensive line coach Jason Rebrovich to defensive line coach, and they have hired David Merritt as their assistant defensive line coach. Merritt spent the past season as the Arizona Cardinals defensive backs coach. Joe Danna will be promoted as well and will be coaching the safeties. Danna has been on the Jaguars staff as an assistant secondary coach since 2017. John Donovan, another assistant coach for the Jaguars, will be promoted to assistant running backs coach.

It is worth noting in today’s presser Marrone stated Tim Walton will coach the cornerbacks, and Joe Danna will coach the safeties. “I thought we could get more out of our coaches and players if we split the secondary,” Marrone said. This is worth noting as Walton actually held a similar role with the Giants for the past couple of seasons.

Scott Milanovich will remain on staff as the quarterbacks coach. Milanovich was the play-caller for the final five weeks of the season. Milanovich has been with the Jaguars as a QB coach since 2017.

There were no other major coaching changes on the Jaguars roster as the rest of the staff will stay intact.

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Jaguars will retain quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich

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Nov 26, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars will retain Scott Milanovich as their quarterbacks coach, according to head coach Doug Marrone.

Milanovich filled in as interim offensive coordinator after Nate Hackett was fired midseason, but the offense saw no improvement with the QB coach calling plays. However, the team appears confident that the former Grey Cup-winning CFL head coach can handle the responsibilities of quarterbacks coach, a position Milanovich has held since Doug Marrone was named head coach in 2017.

The team hired John DeFilippo as their offensive coordinator earlier today. You can read why he was a fantastic hire here. Marrone mentioned during his press conference today that Milanovich and DeFilippo have a previous relationship in Maryland.

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Jaguars to hire John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator, per report

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Credit: 247Sports.com

The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to hire John DeFilippo as their offensive coordinator, per report.

DeFilippo was the Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator during the 2018 season, but was fired during Week 15, apparently due to a conflict of play-calling interests with head coach Mike Zimmer, who wanted to focus more on the run game than DeFilippo’s strengths with the pass game.

However, despite a lack of calling the run, Vikings quarterback had a historic season as a passer when it came to efficiency, being the first QB in NFL history to throw for 4000+ yards, 30+ touchdowns, 10 or fewer interceptions, and complete at least 70% of his passes. Much of this can be credited to DeFilippo’s influence in the passing game.

Previous to Minnesota, DeFilippo was the Philadelphia Eagles QBs coach during their 2017-18 Super Bowl run, where he was key to the development of Carson Wentz and rejuvenation of Nick Foles’ career after Wentz tore his ACL. He also served as offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns in 2015, where then-36 year old Josh McCown posted the second most touchdown passes of his 13 year career with 12 in eight games, along with 2109 passing yards, a 63.7 completion percentage, and only four interceptions.

DeFilippo’s first NFL coaching job came in 2005 as an offensive quality control coach under then New York Giants head coach and current EVP of Football Operations for the Jaguars, Tom Coughlin. So there’s a definite connection to the team in ths hire.

At the end of the day, the Jaguars number one priority this offseason has to be, and will be, fixing their passing game woes. Quarterback Blake Bortles needs to be replaced, and the team’s next signal caller must be groomed into a successful QB. DeFilippo has proven with Cousins, Foles/Wentz, as well as Josh McCown in Cleveland during the 2015 season, that he’s capable of doing just that.

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