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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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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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