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Jaguars DC Todd Wash: “We’re a 4-3”, Josh Allen to play DE

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Nov 26, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars wrapped up their fifth day of OTAs today with defensive coordinator Todd Wash speaking to the media. One thing was made clear today — the Jaguars will not be moving to a 3-4 defense, and Josh Allen will remain at defensive end.

There was a lot of speculation on whether or not the Jaguars will sprinkle in more 3-4 elements to their defense with the addition of senior defensive assistant Dom Capers. This much was completely shut down by Wash today stating “No, we are a 4-3. We are a 4-3. That is what we always have been. As long as I’m here, that’s what we will be.”

The Jaguars have always been a 4-3 defensive under defensive coordinator Todd Wash and former head coach Gus Bradley. That much will not change at all.

Another point of contention throughout the offseason since the NFL Draft was where Jaguars rookie DE/OLB (as listed by the team) Josh Allen will play. Todd Wash apparently has that figured out already. When asked if Allen would be playing any strongside linebacker, Wash stated “No. Josh Allen was drafted to be a defensive end.” Allen played plenty of outside linebacker and thrived at the position while at Kentucky.

It seems as though he will not be asked to do any of that, and specifically will not be dropping into coverage nearly as much as a Jaguar. Todd Wash shut any idea of Allen playing as much in coverage as he did at Kentucky down very quickly saying, “Yes. He did a real nice job of dropping in college. I honestly can’t say being a d-line coach that I get too excited about a 15-sack guy dropping into coverage. Hopefully, you won’t see too damn much of that.”

If the Jaguars are intending to use Allen strictly as a defensive end, he will more than likely be playing in Calais Campbell’s spot more often with Campbell moving inside on third down or will be coming off the bench for veteran defensive end Yannick Ngakoue.

On how excited he is about Josh Allen’s ability and the opportunity to move him around, Wash stated he’s “Excited.  Very excited. I don’t know how much we’ll move him around.  He’s a defensive end so him and Yannick [Ngakoue] play the same position, obviously opposite each other on rush downs, but you’ve got a lot of ability to drop him, rush him and all that kind of stuff.  We’re excited.  We didn’t think we’d get him at seven [in the draft], and he was there so obviously we’ve got to take advantage of it.”

The Jaguars still want to get the most out of each player so allowing Allen to play more will likely be a priority. Being creative with players has not necessarily been the Jaguars MO when it comes to defense, however, Allen may be a special case.

More from Jaguars DC Todd Wash:

(On his first impressions of Josh Allen) “Very detailed. He wants to know everything. He has a good base knowledge, especially in some of the stuff we ask him to do as a defensive end, which is an outside linebacker in some of the things that we do. He has a real good base knowledge of everything. I think he’s going to learn how to play with his hand on the ground. We have seen an adjustment early on and then obviously this little tweak that he has going … I think the work ethic and the desire are there and that’s what you have to have to be successful in this league.”

To listen to the full interview from defensive coordinator Todd Wash click here.

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 linebacker Telvin Smith apparently fined by team

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Dec 2, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith (50) reacts during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have apparently fined LB Telvin Smith for missing three days of mandatory minicamp. This amount, according to Telvin Smith on Instagram, was for a total of $88,650. Telvin Smith decided to leave the game of football for a year last month and has not shown up to any team activities since the season ended in January.

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Smith stated in his Instagram post “Oh y’all  thght [sic] it was a game!!! You say you wanna sit & get ya life right. . . they say nah […] you pay me!!!” also stating “It’s still love!!”

The Jaguars have every right to fine Smith under the current CBA signed in 2011 regarding mandatory participation in team activities. Smith has not yet informed the Jaguars officially of his intentions for the 2019 season, thus he is still considered a part of the team and on the 90-man roster.

It is not yet known whether or not the team has opted to fine DE Yannick Ngakoue who was also missing from mandatory minicamp last week as he resolves his contract with the team.

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REPORT: Jaguars sign WR Tre McBride and DT Kalani Vakameilao

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The Jacksonville Jaguars announced today the signings of WR Tre McBride and Rookie DT Kalani Vakameilalo. Both players had a tryout during yesterday’s minicamp practice. They have waived LB Nick DeLuca and LS Christian Kuntz to make room.

McBride has played for the Tennesee Titans, Chicago Bears, and the New York Jets during his time in the NFL. In 2017 he hauled in eight receptions for 144 yards. His lone touchdown came in 2015 with the Tennesee Titans. The Jaguars currently have 12 WRs on the roster including McBride. They will enter training camp for a battle for possibly five or six spots. Currently, it would be a surprise if McBride makes the team.

Vakameilao went undrafted out of Oregon State where he posted 75 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss.

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Jaguars finalize draft class with signing of LB Quincy Williams

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have officially wrapped up their 2019 NFL Draft class with the signing of third-round pick Quincy Williams the team has announced today. Williams played college football at Murray State as a linebacker and safety and will be playing LB with the Jaguars.

Following the departure of WLB Telvin Smith, the Jaguars needed to find a replacement, and they hope Williams can eventually develop into that role. During OTAs and mandatory minicamp, Williams has taken some first-team reps at LB along with LB Ramik Wilson. The WLB battle will be one to watch during training camp later this summer.

Williams spoke briefly following the signing of his contract stating, “I’ve been dreaming on this and waiting on this moment my whole life,” Williams said. “I’m just here to answer the question of, ‘Who is Quincy Williams?’”

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