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Jaguars’ Defenders Compared to Classic Hit Songs

Christopher Thornton

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The offseason is a long and boring stretch in the NFL calendar, however, in this period of the NFL season, important questions arise. Some of the questions include but are not limited to:

  • Is Jalen Ramsey the best corner in the NFL?
  • Was Myles Jack actually down?
  • “Alexa, how do you spell Posluszny?”
  • If Taven Bryan were a hit song, which hit song would he be?

For the first three questions, we already have the answers: Yes, no and irrelevant. With those respectively out of the way, we move to what we think is the most pressing question of the offseason, what classic hit songs best personify the Jaguars’ defense?

Taven Bryan – Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne 

Come on; you can’t tell me that this song isn’t on a continuous loop in Bryan’s head, both on and off the football field. The song embodies everything that Taven Bryan is; his nickname is the Wyoming Wildman, that should be enough evidence. I can almost guarantee that from now on when you hear Crazy Train, the image of Taven Bryan throwing up the peace sign and the crazy hair will pop into your mind.

 

Calais Campbell – Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves

We like to picture that as Campbell walks out of the locker room and heads to the practice field, or maybe even when he’s grabbing groceries, a song similar to this is always playing in his head. Calais Campbell is #DUUUVAL’s own Jolly “Teal” Giant. Never have I encountered Calais when he wasn’t a big, lovable teddy bear of a man. It won’t surprise me if Campbell has a morning routine similar to that of Spongebob Squarepants, where he wakes up every morning with a giant smile on his face and greets everything and everyone in his path with a grin.

 

Malik Jackson – Gold Digger by Kanye West

Now, I ain’t saying he’s a gold digger, but he ain’t messing with no broke… franchises. Immediately following his Superbowl victory in Denver, Jackson jumped ship from the sinking boat known as the Broncos and was saved by the U.S.S Khan. Khan and Co rewarded Jackson with a six-year $85.5 million contract. However, out of all of this, one thing indeed happened. For Jackson, you will see him on any given Sunday, he won the Superbowl and might or might not have driven off in a Hyundai.

 

Dec 3, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) keeps Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett (7) from making a first down during the second quarter at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

 

Yannick Ngakoue – Eye of the Tiger by Survivor

Ngakoue might easily be one of the most hungry and motivated members of the Jaguars defense. His twitter is a standing testament to his will to prove everyone who has ever doubted him or passed on him. The only thing that could make this song choice more perfect for Ngakoue would be if it were “Eye of the Jaguar.” Other than that, Ngakoue and “Eye of the Tiger” go hand in hand. This is undoubtedly a comparison that Yannick could get behind.

 

Jan 21, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks (14) drops a pass behind Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) and cornerback A.J. Bouye (21) during the third quarter in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

 

Jalen Ramsey + A.J Bouye – We Belong Together by Mariah Carey

A cornerback duo made in heaven. Bouye, an undrafted player, grinding his way to the top, paired with Ramsey, a top-five talent still learning the ropes of the NFL. The technician and the athlete. When Bouye stepped onto the scene in Jacksonville, the two seemed to have hit it off right away. Together, Ramsey and Bouye paired to be the best cornerback duo in the entire NFL. It’s hard at this point now to not picture these two on the same defense; we didn’t even have to witness this during the Pro Bowl as both played together on that defense as well. Mariah Carey said it best for Ramsey and Bouye, “Who’s gonna take your place? There ain’t nobody better. Oh, baby baby, we belong together.”

Myles Jack – California Love by 2Pac 

Now before we dig into this one, I do want to answer the question on everyone’s minds. Myles Jack wasn’t down. Now that that’s out of the way let us all dive into the man who, although not born in California, became known there. Myles Jack, who hailed from the University of California, Los Angeles, arrived in the REAL sunshine state that is Florida (Even though 2Pac claimed California is the sunshine state, we know that is #False). The song both in the name and all around by the beat and rhythm, personify Jack quite well. The beat of the song is a chill but up-tempo beat which seems to showcase Jack on and off the field. Off the field, Jack is well mannered, and kind of quiet whereas on the field is a whole different being. He’s energetic, he’s loud, and his presence is known. Picturing Myles Jack with sunglasses on, cruising down Jacksonville Beach in a convertible seems to be the only way.

 

Telvin Smith – X Gon’ Give It To Ya by DMX

Telvin Smith was always knocked down coming into the NFL about his size and that he wouldn’t be able to stand his ground in the NFL because of it. Smith has proven all of his critics wrong, cementing himself as a top 10 linebacker in the league. Smith is a playmaker and puts his body on the line to help his team win. X Gon’ Give It To Ya is a perfect example of an “I’m coming for you, so get ready” type song and is geared for Telvin Smith. Smith gon’ give it to ya.

 

Honorable Mentions

Although these players are no longer with the Jaguars, some songs are just too perfect not to get used, and for that, we present the honorable mentions portion of our list.

 

Aaron Colvin – Should I Stay or Should I Go? by The Clash

Aaron Colvin and the Jaguars were in a difficult situation this past offseason. Aaron Colvin wanted to get paid as well as play a higher role in another defense. The Jaguars wanted to retain Colvin for the right price and to keep him at the nickel cornerback position. Colvin receives two similar offers: One from the Jacksonville Jaguars and one from the rival Houston Texans. Colvin gets offered a more significant role in Houston as a starting corner, but if he remains in Jacksonville, he stays apart of one of the best secondaries in the NFL. Colvin has himself a real life “should I stay or should I go?” type moment. We know the outcome of that question.

 

Paul Posluszny – End of the Road by Boyz II Men

Longtime Jaguars linebacker, Paul Posluszny, announced his retirement this offseason which means it’s likely the end of the road for his NFL career, barring any sudden Brett Favre-isms. This song acts almost as a tribute to Posluszny who had to play for some very bad football teams in his NFL career but nonetheless, it’s the end of the road.

 

How’d we do? Did we miss any obvious songs? Don’t agree with some of our choices? Feel free to give us your opinions on Twitter at the following handles: @Mistochristopho and @LockedOn Jaguars.

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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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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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