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Jaguars Decline DE Dante Fowler Jr’s Fifth Year Option

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Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars have decided to forego defensive end, Dante Fowler Jr’s fifth-year option per Mike Garafolo.

Statement from Jaguars Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Tom Coughlin: “We do like Dante and we feel that he’s on the verge of having a great season, but we did not pick up his fifth year option at this time.

He is making good progress and we like how he practices, and how he plays, as he did in the AFC championship game, and we want him to have a great season and earn a long term contract with us this year.”

In doing so, Fowler will become an unrestricted free agent following the upcoming the 2018-19 NFL season barring any premature cuts or an extension.

Fowlers’ career got off to a rocky start when he tore his ACL the first day of rookie minicamp his rookie year. In his first full year in the NFL, Fowler had 23 tackles and four sacks. In his second year, this past season, he had 18 tackles but doubled his sack total to eight on the year.

Despite being the 3rd overall pick in 2015, Fowler has only started one game for the Jaguars and has been relegated to a backup role since the emergence of DE Yannick Ngakoue.

The Jaguars not taking up Fowlers’ fifth-year option makes perfect business sense as the option was going to have a price tag of around $14.2 million. By not granting Fowler his fifth-year option, the Jaguars are currently slated to be $14,670,897 over the cap, per Over The Cap, next year, which can be fixed with a few notable cuts, and a Fowler option would nearly double the deficit going into next year.

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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Jaguars sign WR Rashad Greene, place LT Cam Robinson on IR

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Aug 9, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Rashad Greene (13) runs during the second half against the New Orleans Saints at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

That didn’t last long: The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed wide receiver Rashad Greene to their 53 man roster after releasing him last week, per the team. In order to create a roster spot for Greene, the team officially placed left tackle Cam Robinson on injured reserve, which comes as no surprise.

Robinson tore his ACL yesterday against the New England Patriots in the first quarter. Josh Wells will start in his place for the foreseeable future.

Greene was drafted by the Jaguars in the 5th round of the 2015 Draft. His rookie season was his only fully healthy year, as he was placed on IR late in 2016 and early in 2017. He has recorded 24 catches for 125 yards and 2 TDs as a Jaguar.

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Jaguars Lose LT Cam Robinson for the Season

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Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Jaguars LT Cam Robinson has suffered a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2018 NFL Season.

Robinson left early during the Jaguars 31-20 win over the New England Patriots. The Jaguars will now look to backup LT Josh Wells, who surprisingly played well in place of Robinson against the Patriots. However, the team will also likely look for outside options, given the struggles Wells has had in the past. Still a big blow to a Jaguars offensive line that was poised for another big year.

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Bortles, Jaguars get their revenge over the Patriots, 31-20

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Sep 16, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) attempts a pass against the New England Patriots during the first half at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the New England Patriots took off quickly for their rematch of the AFC title game just last season. The Jaguars were without star running back Leonard Fournette as he nurses a hamstring injury.

After the Patriots missed on their opening drive field goal, the Jaguars would drive 56 yards on the heels of Corey Grant, TJ Yeldon, and Blake Bortles to score a go-ahead 4-yard touchdown pass from Bortles to Donte Moncrief, who made a beautiful grab over Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

The Jaguars defense came in to force a 3-and-out only for the Jaguars and Blake Bortles to drive down the field again and score a beautiful 20-yard touchdown to Keelan Cole.

After the Jaguars’ second punt of the game to the Patriots 6-yard line, the Patriots would take eight minutes and 16 seconds off the clock only to come up for a field goal. The Jaguars defense played a little bend-but-don’t-break, which allowed Brady and company to drive down the field.

With around a two minutes and 45 seconds to go until halftime, the Jaguars and quarterback Blake Bortles would take the ball 75-yards for a beautiful 4-yard touchdown pass to end the half. Perfectly executed.

Blake Bortles would end the first half with a great stat line. Going 17 for 25 with 200 yards and three touchdowns. Nearly a perfect game for the Jaguars and their star quarterback. The Jaguars would go into halftime with a 21-3 lead over the New England Patriots.

After the second half kickoff to the Jaguars offense, they would drive down the field to the Patriots seven-yard line, however, they were unable to come up with a touchdown this time, settling for an easy field goal for Josh Lambo.

What was looking to be another scoring drive by the Jaguars turned into a fumble by rookie wide receiver DJ Chark. The Patriots and Tom Brady would, of course, turn that short field into a touchdown. 24-10 Jaguars.

After a Blake Bortles interception the Patriots looked poised to score again, however, this time the Jaguars defense came to play. Dante Fowler Jr. had a great burst on the edge beating his man for a strip-sack. Jaguars recover.

After the Patriots were forced to punt, Blake Bortles did what he has done all game. Find the open receiver and let them make a play. Dede Westbrook took a short slant route pass from Bortles 61-yards for a touchdown. 31-13 Jaguars. The Patriots would go on to score a garbage time touchdown at the end of the game. 31-20 final score.

THREE BIG PLAYS:

Keelan Cole makes the catch of the year.

No additional comment needed. See for yourself.

Move over OBJ.

Dante Fowler Jr. comes up big with a strip-sack on Tom Brady

Following a Blake Bortles ill-advised interception late in the 4th quarter, the Jaguars defense needed a stop, and they came up huge with Dante Fowler Jr. beating his man around the edge for a strip-sack/recover on quarterback Tom Brady. This was Fowler’s first game of the year after being suspended week one.

Dede Westbrook takes a Blake Bortles pass 61-yards for a touchdown

All the receivers came to play today but this Westbrook touchdown was a thing of beauty. Westbrook took a simple slant route from Blake Bortles 61-yards for a touchdown. Great blocking and an amazing way to seal the victory for the Jaguars.

PLAYER OF THE GAME:

Never a doubt. Blake Bortles is absolutely your player of the game today. Blake’s stat line for today: 29/45 for 377 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. The Boat (Blake Bortles) was on fire today. The Patriots defense had no answers for him and the Jaguars passing offense. This was easily the best game of his career.

FINAL WHISTLE:

The Jaguars did it. They got their revenge in the best possible way as they took on the Patriots and laid one on ‘em to earn a victory. There were very few times throughout the game where the Jaguars did not seem to have complete control of this game, and they played aggressively. No longer were the Jaguars simply three yards and a cloud of dust. Blake Bortles, Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook, TJ Yeldon, Corey Grant, the list goes on. Nearly everyone on offense had themselves a day. The Jaguars beat the Patriots through the air effortlessly.

The Jaguars will take on the Tennessee Titans (1-1) at home next week.

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