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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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What should the Jaguars do at linebacker with Myles Jack?

Demetrius Harvey

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Oct 14, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack (44) warms up prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Due to the unexpected leave of absence by Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith, the Jaguars have found themselves in a precarious situation. Telvin Smith had been the Jaguars starting weak-side linebacker since his rookie year in 2014. Starting 69 games since 2014 Smith has accumulated a total of 445 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and nine interceptions.

The Jaguars are going to absolutely struggle to replace his production, regardless of how anyone felt about how he played during the 2018-2019 season. The first name which comes to mind in discussing what should happen at the weak-side linebacker position is Myles Jack.

Prior to 2018, Jack started all over the field for the Jaguars. During the 2017 season, Jack was the Jaguars starting middle linebacker in nickel situations — splitting time with former Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny in base formations. Finally being allowed to start full time for the Jaguars, Jack had a solid season by all accounts accumulating 107 combined tackles, 2.5 sacks and one interception — his best season statistically as a Jaguar.

One of the primary issues the Jaguars have had on defense has been communication issues. Communication issues can come from any level of the defense, however, the middle linebacker is essentially the quarterback. He calls the plays in the huddle or just prior to the snap, and lines everyone up. Having someone more experienced or as experienced as Jack at this position is crucial. This begs the question — should Myles Jack move to weak-side linebacker?

Jack recently spoke out against the idea of moving to Will talking to John Reid of Jacksonville.com and other local media members at Calais Campbell’s second annual bowling classic event, “I’m playing Mike ’backer, there’s no question about it,” Jack stated. “Obviously, there’s no secret we’re going to have to find a Will (weak-side linebacker). As for me, I’m playing Mike until my time up here in Jacksonville is done.″

It is completely understandable why Jack would not want to change positions as he has his entire career thus far in Jacksonville. The Jaguars should think long and hard about which configuration is best for the football team. Having to throw in someone new such as Jake Ryan immediately into the fray could potentially ruin any good momentum you already had at the position.

One of the best possible outcomes would be for rookie third-round pick Quincy Williams to win the weak-side linebacker battle outright. Although he is obviously very raw coming out of Murray State, the Jaguars stated in their post-draft presser that Williams has “starter traits”. If they have to move Jack, there will be potentially three completely new starters for the Jaguars at the linebacker positions on opening day. The Jaguars will likely want to keep the defense intact going into the 2019 season.

Jake Ryan was signed by the Jaguars earlier this offseason. And although he has plenty of experience at inside linebacker — two years starting with the Packers –, he is not even one year removed from a torn ACL. Not only will Ryan be behind in terms of on-field play, but he is also brand new to the Jaguars defense — although it is someone vanilla. All of the struggles Jack had at MLB last year may be amplified with Ryan this year.

Potential Starting Combinations:

WLB — Quincy Williams
MLB — Myles Jack
SLB — Jake Ryan

Pros:

  • Myles Jack stays at one position for longer than a season
  • Jaguars can get Jake Ryan on the field in some capacity

Cons:

  • Rookie weak-side linebacker

WLB — Quincy Williams
MLB — Myles Jack

SLB — Josh Allen

Pros:

  • Myles Jack at a consistent position
  • Josh Allen playing a primary role on defense
  • The speed at the LB position

Cons:

  • Lack of experience at two LB spots
  • Myles Jack possibly not at “natural” position

WLB — Myles Jack
MLB — Jake Ryan

SLB — Josh Allen

Pros:

  • Myles Jack moves back to his natural position
  • Jake Ryan offers veteran experience and leadership at MLB position
  • Josh Allen gains experience at linebacker in year one

Cons:

  • Myles Jack moving positions again
  • Jake Ryan first-year Jaguars MLB coming off a torn ACL

Solution: 

The Jaguars may feel the best configuration for their initial starting lineup at linebacker will be to allow Myles Jack to start his contract year at middle linebacker. Jack — having a full year starting at MLB — will be much more comfortable and allow the Jaguars to have some continuity at the position for the first time in three years. This leaves Quincy Williams as the starter at weak-side linebacker in his rookie year.

Whether it be Jake Ryan starting out at SAM or Josh Allen, the Jaguars should be happy about the production coming from the strong-side linebacker position. Josh Allen may not start out right away due to being primarily in a pass-rushing role during his rookie year, however — with experience –, he may be able to give the Jaguars no choice in the matter.

The most uncomfortable part of this formation would be the Jaguars starting two rookies on their defense. Inexperience on the Jaguars defense could be their Achilles heel. If the Jaguars were to start both rookies at linebacker, the Jaguars would have a combined 10 starts between four starters in the Jaguars defense. Jarrod Wilson and Ronnie Harrison have started 10 games together.

Whatever the Jaguars choose initially with their starting combination at linebacker, it could very easily be changed before the regular season begins. The Jaguars did not want to have to make this many changes to their defense in such a short period, however, Telvin Smith has forced their hand.

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REPORT: Jaguars workout free agent RB Mike Gillislee

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Aug 9, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots running back Mike Gillislee (35) stiff arms Washington Redskins linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton (51) during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

As the Jaguars prepare to open up voluntary OTAs next week, they are still forming their ideal 90-man roster. A position which has been completely revamped has been the RB position. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Jaguars brought in former Patriots and Saints RB Mike Gillislee for a workout.

Gillislee most recently played for the New Orleans Saints only seeing action in four games accumulating 43 yards on 16 attempts and zero touchdowns. His most successful season came as a member of the Buffalo Bills where he accumulated 576 yards on 101 attempts and nine touchdowns.

The Jaguars attempted to sign him last year, however, he signed with the Saints. The Jaguars may want to simply do their due diligence on a running back they had a prior interest in, just in case.

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Jaguars 53-Man Roster Prediction: Undrafted city of the south?

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Sep 11, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; A view of the Jacksonville Jaguars stadium during the second half of a football game at EverBank Field.The Green Bay Packers won 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

May 9th was a busy day for the Jaguars. On top of Telvin Smith announcing that he will step away from football for the 2019 season, they also finalized their 90-man roster. I wanted to take a deeper dive into each position to see who will make the final roster. There is a lot of talent the Jaguars will have to part within these coming months.

I will be breaking down each position individually.

Quarterback (3): 

Nick Foles (Starter), Gardner Minshew (Backup), Alex McGough (3rd String)

The true battle here is between Alex McGough and Tanner Lee for a roster spot.

Runningback (4):

Leonard Fournette (Starter), Ryquell Armstead (Backup), Alfred Blue (3rd String), Benny Cunningham (4th String)

I believe Ryquell Armstead will earn the backup position to Leonard Fournette before the season starts. Once Fournette goes down with an injury, don’t be surprised if Armstead blows you away with his talent. Thomas Rawls isn’t likely to make the roster but the Jaguars could give him a roster spot over Benny Cunningham if they so choose.

Wide Receiver (6):

Dede Westbrook (Starter), Marqise Lee (Starter), Chris Conley (Starter), DJ Chark Jr (Backup), Keelan Cole (3rd String), Tyre Brady (4th String)

Tyre Brady is a player who could jeopardize Keelan Cole’s roster spot if he shines in rookie camp. Cole’s performance last year was disappointing, especially after he stood out as an undrafted rookie. Chris Conley, currently, is better than DJ Chark. DJ Chark has the potential to be a good starting wide receiver in the NFL, but he has to develop first.

Tight End (3):

Josh Oliver (Starter), Geoff Swaim (Backup), James O’Shaughnessy (3rd String)

Josh Oliver, Jaguars third-round pick out of San Jose State, will likely be the starter. However, because Oliver has virtually no blocking skills Geoff Swaim will be the lead blocking tight end on the team.

Offensive Tackle (4):

Cam Robinson (Starter), Jawaan Taylor (Starter), Will Richardson (Backup), Josh Wells (Backup)

There aren’t many surprises at this position. The Jaguars former second-round pick, Cam Robinson, and this year’s first-round pick, Jawaan Taylor, will be starters. Jawaan Taylor will compete with Will Richardson for the starting right tackle position. However, it shouldn’t be hard for Taylor to secure that starting spot.

Offensive Guard (4):

Andrew Norwell (Starter), AJ Cann (Starter), KC McDermott (Backup), Donnell Greene (Backup)

AJ Cann could make right guard the biggest need for the Jaguars this coming season. Cann is a bad offensive lineman, who will have the starting role because of lack of competition. It was surprising the Jaguars didn’t draft a guard during the 2019 NFL Draft. Keep an eye out for Donnell Greene, an undrafted free agent out of Minnesota.

Center (2):

Brandon Linder (Starter), Tyler Shatley (Backup)

Brandon Linder, a converted guard, has been outstanding thus far through his career as a center. His starting spot will not be at risk.

Defensive Tackle (5):

Calais Campbell (Starter), Marcell Dareus (Starter), Taven Bryan (Backup), Abry Jones (Backup), Dontavius Russell (3rd String)

In this scenario, I have the Jaguars pushing Calais Campbell inside to defensive tackle. If they chose to start Josh Allen at EDGE, Campbell should be pushed inside as he will beat out Taven Bryan with ease. It isn’t likely the Jaguars chose to do this, but if they do, their defensive line will be scary good.

Defensive End (4):

Yannick Ngakoue (Starter), Josh Allen (Starter), Dawuane Smoot (Backup), Lerentee McCray (Backup)

As I mentioned earlier, I have the Jaguars starting Josh Allen at EDGE instead of Campbell. If the Jaguars decide to start Campbell at EDGE, which is likely, Allen could start for the Jaguars at linebacker if they want to utilize him instantly.

Linebacker (5):

Myles Jack (Starter), Jake Ryan (Starter), Quincy Williams (Starter), Leon Jacobs (Backup), Joe Giles-Harris (Backup)

Quincy Williams, the shocking third-round pick, has a good chance to start since Telvin Smith will not play football in this upcoming season. If the Jaguars choose to play Josh Allen at linebacker, he would fit best at strong-side linebacker. So, they could shift Myles Jack over to weak-side linebacker and have Jake Ryan start at middle linebacker instead. If that happens, Quincy Williams will not start. Once Telvin Smith broke the news that he will not return this year, the chances of Joe Giles-Harris’s chances of making the roster skyrocketed. Giles-Harris is a player I personally would have been fine with the Jaguars taking in the third-round over Quincy Williams.

Cornerback (6): 

Jalen Ramsey (Starter), AJ Bouye (Starter), DJ Hayden (Starter), Quenton Meeks (Backup), Saivion Smith (Backup), Tre Herndon (3rd String)

The Jaguars starters here are incredible, that can’t be said about the depth. Quentin Meeks was an undrafted free agent last year who, last season, started in 1 game and played in 8. If the Jaguars chose to sign Saivion Smith and Tre Herndon after rookie camp, there would be 3 undrafted free agents that would be serving as the Jaguars depth. Two of those free agents, Meeks and Smith, were expected to be drafted in the mid rounds of their respective drafts.

Safety (4):

Ronnie Harrison (Starter), Jarrod Wilson (Starter), Cody Davis (Backup), Zedrick Woods (Backup)

Ronnie Harrison played great last season after he beat out Barry Church for the starting strong safety position. Jarrod Wilson is an intriguing player as he has only started 2 games for the Jaguar in his 3 years on the team. Free safety was a position many expected the Jaguars to address in the 2019 NFL Draft, but the Jaguars felt safe with Wilson as the starting free safety. Wilson has the potential to be a good starter, but we will have to wait and see how he turns out.

Kicker (1):

Josh Lambo (Starter)

Punter (1):

Logan Cooke (Starter)

Long snapper (1):

Matt Overton (Starter)

Kick Returner:

DJ Chark (Starter)

Punt Returner:

Dede Westbrook (Starter)

Moves I wouldn’t be shocked to see happen:

QB: Tanner Lee as the 3rd string quarterback over Alex McGough.

RB: Thomas Rawls beating out Benny Cunningham for the 4th string running back position.

WR: The Jaguars dropping Keelan Cole and keeping undrafted free agents Tyre Brady or Dredrick Snelson to fill in his role as a 3rd string wide receiver.

OL: Donnell Greene beating out AJ Cann for the starting right guard position before the season is over with.

DL: The Jaguars utilizing Josh Allen at both EDGE and linebacker.

LB: Joe Giles-Harris starting at weak-side linebacker over Quincy Williams.

CB: The Jaguars signing undrafted free agent Tae Hayes over fellow undrafted free agent Tre Herndon as the 3rd string cornerback.

S: The Jaguars choosing to keep Andrew Wingard over the speedster, Zedrick Woods, as a backup safety.

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