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Jaguars 53-Man Roster Projection: Post Draft Edition

Christopher Thornton

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We are only days removed from the 2018 NFL Draft, and we now know who the future faces of the Jaguars can be. However, who makes the cut? Here are some way too early roster predictions.

Quarterback (3):

Blake Bortles

Cody Kessler

Tanner Lee (R)

The Jaguars drafted Tanner Lee in the 6th round as well as trading for Cody Kessler for a conditional 2019 7th round pick, so the team isn’t necessarily invested in either guy. Likely this list is to be trimmed to two QB’s but at the moment they stick with both and have three QB’s on the roster come week one.

Running Back (3):

Leonard Fournette

T.J Yeldon

Corey Grant

This positional group is most likely to increase to four, especially if any other veteran RB’s or UDFA make it deeper into camp. However, as it stands, the Jaguars go into week one with three running backs in Fournette, Yeldon, and Grant.

Fullback (1):

Tommy Bohanon

Fullbacks are people too.

Wide Receiver (6):

Marqise Lee

D.J Chark (R)

Donte Moncrief

Dede Westbrook

Keelan Cole

Allen Lazard (R)

The Jaguars made a splash in the draft by drafting star WR D.J Chark out of LSU. Chark has the potential to become the #1 receiver by seasons’ end and shake up the WR room. Allen Lazard is an interesting UDFA with his size, coming in at 6’5. Some might believe he moves to TE, but I believe he stays at his original position of WR.

Tight End (3):

Austin Sefarian-Jenkins

Ben Koyack

Niles Paul

The Jaguars released veteran Marcedes Lewis this offseason, which seemed to set the Jaguars up to draft a tight end. In the 2018 NFL draft, however, the Jaguars did the opposite and decided to stick with its’ current tight end room.

Offensive Tackle (4):

Jeremy Parnell

Cam Robinson

Will Richardson (R)

Chris Reed

Offensive Guard/Center (5):

Andrew Norwell

A.J Cann

Tyler Shatley

Tony Adams (R)

Brandon Linder

The Jaguars upgraded the guard positional by signing the all-pro left guard, Andrew Norwell in free agency.

Defensive Tackle (5):

Taven Bryan (R)

Malik Jackson

Marcell Dareus

Abry Jones

Eli Ankou

The Jaguars took DT Taven Bryan at 29 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. Taven Bryan is most likely to be the heir to the DT group when the Jaguars inevitably get rid of DT’s Malik Jackson and Marcell Dareus.

Defensive End (4):

Calais Campbell

Yannick Ngakoue

Dante Fowler Jr.

Dawuane Smoot

Not much of a change to the defensive end room in 2018.

Linebacker (5):

Telvin Smith

Myles Jack

Leon Jacobs (R)

Blair Brown

Lerentee McCray

The Jaguars lost veteran MLB Paul Posluszny this offseason to retirement. The Jaguars drafted a linebacker in Leon Jacobs in the 6th round. The Jaguars had a higher grade on Jacobs, and he fell to them, which says to me if he produces well in camp, he should have a solid shot at making the roster.

Cornerback (6):

Jalen Ramsey

A.J Bouye

Quenton Meeks (R)

D.J Hayden

Tyler Patmon

Jalen Myrick

Aaron Colvin was lost in free agency to the divisional rival, Houston Texans. The Jaguars attempted to patch this up by signing CB D.J Hayden. However, the Jaguars landed a gem in Quenton Meeks as a UDFA which could make training camp very interesting for the nickel cornerback spot.

Safety (5):

Don Carey

Tashaun Gipson

Barry Church

Ronnie Harrison (R)

Cody Davis

The Jaguars and special teams coordinator Joe Decamillis overhauled the special teams unit in free agency, which leads to a surplus of safeties on the roster this year. Guys like Don Carey and Cody Davis are versatile and can move around the secondary. Newly drafted S Ronnie Harrison is likely to be the heir S Barry Church.

Long Snapper (1):

Carson Tinker

Duh.

Kicker (1):

Josh Lambo

We went from Jason Myers to a freakin’ Lambo. Life is good.

Punter (1):

Logan Cooke (R)

This one was slightly shocking as just days after drafting Cooke, the Jaguars parted ways with veteran P Brad Nortman, paving the way for Logan Cooke to become the primary punter in the offseason.

(R) Denotes rookie player

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]

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  1. Eduardo

    May 6, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    This looks pretty good, although I’d expect Tanner Lee to be on the Practice Squad and the addition of a fourth running back, maybe Tim Cook or someone released by another team.

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New York Jets Call Jaguars About Dante Fowler Jr.

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The New York Jets appear to be interested in trading for a pass rusher, and have reportedly called the Jacksonville Jaguars about fourth year DE Dante Fowler Jr.’s availability, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

Fowler Jr. offers potential as a full-time EDGE, as he has accumulated 12 sacks (14, including postseason) as a rotational pass rusher over the past two years. The Jaguars selected Fowler Jr. with the third

However, Fowler Jr. has a history of drama. He was most recently suspended for a week for fighting in practice, and will miss Week 1 due to a suspension for a misdemeanor battery charge from 2017.

We wrote last week that the Jets would be a team that’d make most sense if Fowler Jr. was on the trade block, which you can read here.

We will update this story as details emerge.

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Jaguars Victorious Over Vikings Despite Penalties, Lack of Offense

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Aug 18, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) reacts to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty during the first quarter against Jacksonville Jaguars at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Game recap

The Jacksonville Jaguars took their talents to Minnesota this week, facing the Vikings in their second preseason game after a week of joint practices.

Before the game, several Jaguars starters were ruled out including TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, CB Jalen Ramsey (suspension), FS Tashaun Gipson, LG Andrew Norwell, RT Jeremy Parnell, and DT Marcel Dareus. DE Taven Bryan, FS Cody Davis, DE Dante Fowler Jr. (suspension), LB Brooks Ellis, DE Dawuane Smoot, and DT Eli Ankou would also not play.

The game started off quickly as the Jags defense was able to get an instant three and out against Kirk Cousins’ Vikings. The defensive line has never looked better, and although Dareus was out, they still stood up strong against the Vikings offensive line creating penetration all game, sacks, and forced fumbles. At the end of it all Kirk Cousins ended his day going just 3 of 8 passing for 12 yards.

It is fair to say, however, both first team offenses struggled mightily during the game.

The Jaguars first two offensive drives went about as poor as they could have. Following a three and out, Blake Bortles threw his first interception of the preseason. He seemingly did not see Vikings’ safety Harrison Smith right in front of the receiver on the play. Nevertheless, the Jaguars offense was finally able to piece together a decent drive ending in a 1-yard touchdown by running back Leonard Fournette later on.

Blake Bortles and most of the Jaguars starting players would play the entire first half. Even still, besides the early touchdown by Fournette, the Jaguars could not get anything done. A lot of the Jaguars struggles were due to penalties. 10 penalties for 100 yards in the first half alone and a key holding call on a Dede Westbrook would-be 51-yard punt return was nullified. Blake and the Jaguars offense could not get much of anything going all day long and that would be the theme for the day, for both teams.

The play of the game came very late in the 4th quarter when wide receiver Rashad Greene took a punt 51-yards to the Vikings 4-yard line, setting up a game-winning touchdown by Brandon Wilds. After the Vikings got the ball back, the Jaguars backups needed a stop on defense to win the game. On the Vikings last drive of the game, the Jaguars defense got yet another stop, this time on 4th down to win the game.

Three plays of the game

  • DE Yannick Ngakoue does his best Key and Peele impersonation after his sack. He should know better than to do 3-pumps, but this was pretty funny.

  • After the Blake Bortles interception, Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson was able to force a fumble on the Vikings running back Latavius Murray. The Jaguars defensive line came to play.
  • Logan Cooke made one of the most beautiful punts I have seen a Jaguars punter make in years. From around the Jaguars 45-yard line, the rookie punter punted 56 yards to the Minnesota 5 and the Jaguars special teams unit only allowed a 7-yard return from there. The Jaguars finally have a “weapon” in their punter.

Player of the Game

The player of the day is by far Yannick Ngakoue. This man came into this season on a clear mission: To seek and destroy. Ngakoue started the game off strong with a sack, although nullified because of a celebration penalty afterward, the defensive end made his presence known from the very start. For much of the game, Ngakoue kept the pressure on and was consistently in the Vikings backfield. He was a part of jackson’s forced fumble after Bortles’ interception. If this game is any indication, Ngakoue could very well be an all-pro.

Final Whistle

For most of the game, the Jaguars just couldn’t get anything going on offense..  The biggest issue with the Jaguars today was their inability to overcome penalties. The team accounted for a total of 13 penalties 140 yards.

The bright spot for the Jaguars was easily their defense for both the starters and the backups. They held Kirk Cousins to only 12 yards on 8 passes, and the Vikings backups barely made any plays of note. The Jaguars offense, particularly the starters, will need to have a much better game next week as they head into their regular season warm up against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Jaguars vs Vikings: Game Preview and Information

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Dec 11, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (left) and Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (right) pose for a photo after exchanging jerseys at EverBank Field. The Minnesota Vikings won 25-16. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars at Minnesota Vikings

Thursday, 8/17/18 @ 1pm EST, U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN

You can watch the game on CBS47/FOX30, NFL Network, as well as on the team’s live stream in select markets.

Preview:

The Jaguars and Vikings joint practice sessions have come to a close, the two teams will meet on the field to end the second week of preseason. The Jaguars and Vikings are similar teams in many ways, as both possess fearsome defensive units and solid running attacks. With that being said, here’s a few things to watch for in Saturday’s game:

Blake Bortles. Blake Bortles. Blake Bortles.

Bortles’ play and development will be a reoccurring story-line each week, but Saturday will bring his biggest test of the preseason. After an impressive training camp and first preseason game against the Saints, Bortles had a couple of rough outings during joint practice sessions, going 4/13 during 11 on 11 drills on day one.

The Vikings defense, while tough, is a blessing for the Jaguars offense and Blake. The match-up gives Bortles the chance to test a historically good passing defense, without any regular season record implications. He has the opportunity to take chances, learn from his mistakes, and compete against several All-Pro defensive backs such as Harrison Smith and Xavier Rhodes.

Cam Robinson will be put to the test against feisty Vikings edge rushers, mainly Danielle Hunter, who has recorded 19.5 sacks over the past two seasons. Vikings All-Pro DE Everson Griffen will most likely be inactive for Saturday’s game due to an infected leg wound.

Robinson’s play seems to be improving from 2017, which could, along with the addition of Andrew Norwell, elevate the Jaguars’ offensive line to being a top unit in the league.

The continuing battle for the nickel cornerback spot seems to be leaning in the favor of D.J. Hayden, after he intercepted Kirk Cousins in a joint practice session earlier in the week. With the absence of suspended CB Jalen Ramsey, Tyler Patmon should get the go-ahead at outside corner, giving Hayden plenty of snaps in the slot. He will be tasked with covering Adam Thielen, one of the better slot receivers in the league. A solid showing for Hayden would help cement his spot at nickel corner.

Sophomore RB Dalvin Cook may see his first action of 2018, pending on a decision by Vikings HC Mike Zimmer. The former Seminole had a promising start to his rookie year before going down with an ACL tear early in the 2017 season. Cook would be an interesting test for the Jaguars DL and LB corps, namely SAM LB Leon Jacobs, who shined in run defense against the Saints.

WR Rashad Greene’s job may be in jeopardy after muffing a punt against the Saints in week one. If Greene is still turnover-prone as a punt returner, he will have to find success as a receiver to make it past roster cuts. Look for Shane Wynn or Dede Westbrook to also see time as punt returners.

 

 

 

 

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