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Jaguars LB Donald Payne taking advantage of Myles Jack’s limited role at OTAs

Zach Goodall

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Dec 10, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Donald Payne (52) looks on from the sidelines during the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars entered this offseason with linebacker depth on their list of needs, but despite adding a linebacker Leon Jacobs in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft, they appear to be developing a key depth piece that was already on the roster.

According to Mike Kaye of First Coast News, second year linebacker Donald Payne has been receiving first team reps at middle linebacker with incumbent starter Myles Jack being limited during the voluntary team workouts. Payne, who was claimed by the Jaguars last September after being signed as an undrafted free agent by the Baltimore Ravens last year, transitioned to linebacker from safety out of Stetson University, less than two hours south of Jacksonville.

Payne saw some snaps as a reserve in Jacksonville’s defense in 2017, but he saw the majority of his playing time on special teams. He recorded 13 tackles in 13 games.

This is what Payne told Kaye about receiving first team reps:

“Working with the [first team] is definitely a blessing being out there, so I’m just trying to maximize every opportunity that I get. I’ve been getting a lot of reps out there, so I’m just trying to improve every day … just show the coaches I can learn.

It makes you learn better because as a [middle linebacker], I have to know everybody’s position on the field, know what everybody is doing. It makes it easier for me, knowing [what other players] are doing, so helps me know what my job is. At the same time, it’s a lot of responsibility at MIKE.”

Payne seems to be maximizing the opportunities he’s being given, and Jaguars’ head coach Doug Marrone has noticed:

“I think he has done a good job [so far]”, Marrone said when asked about Payne after yesterday’s practice. “You can see he has picked up the communication. He has picked up the system well. Now, it is just a matter of when we go to training camp, can he get out there and actually make the plays? You simulate as a coach during this time of year. You see a player out there and you are like, ‘Oh, he made that play. Can he make that play when it counts or when it is live?’ I think that Donald has done a good job of putting himself in that position.”

Being that these practices are voluntary, news like this is to be taken for what it’s worth. However, Payne certainly seems to be growing and comfortable in this defense, and if he can continue playing well and taking advantage of his opportunites, he could earn himself a kep depth role in the Jaguars’ defense going forward.

Zach Goodall covers the Jacksonville Jaguars on the Locked On Jaguars Podcast and on BigCatCountry.com. Follow him on Twitter @zach_goodall.

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Jaguars vs. Patriots Week Two Inactives: Fournette Out, Campbell Starts

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Aug 18, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Calais Campbell (93) reacts during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the New England Patriots have released their inactive lists for the game today.  For the Jaguars star running back, Leonard Fournette is out today with a hamstring injury. However, Calais Campbell who was added late to the injury report with a knee injury is expected to start today.

There was speculation before the game that Campbell could be out. It is possible the Jaguars limit his snaps this week.

Jaguars running back TJ Yeldon will start ahead of Fournette. Corey Grant will also look to get in on the fun after only having one touch last week against the Giants.

JAGUARS INACTIVE REPORT

One surprise on the Jaguars inactive list is rookie linebacker, Leon Jacobs. Although he was injured this week with the ankle injury, he was thought to have been progressing. Look for linebacker Larentee McCray to take his place at SAM linebacker.

 

PATRIOTS INACTIVE REPORT

 

For the Patriots they are without their starting right tackle in Marcus Cannon. They also get back their starting running back in Rex Burkhead as well as their first-round pick, rookie running back Sony Michel.

 

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Jaguars Promote Running Back Brandon Wilds, Release WR Rashad Greene

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Aug 30, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back runs the ball Brandon Wilds (38) in the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

According to Mark Long of the Associated Press, the Jacksonville Jaguars today have promoted Running Back Brandon Wilds from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. As a corresponding move, the Jaguars have released veteran Wide Receiver Rashad Greene Sr.

This move should not come as too much of a surprise as starting running back Leonard Fournette has been nursing an injured hamstring all week, and TJ Yeldon was added to the injury report yesterday with an ankle injury.

The move might indicate that either Fournette will not be playing in tomorrows matchup against the New England Patriots, or Wilds will simply be insurance in case the star running back goes down again. Either way, it is something to keep an eye on as the Jaguars announce their inactive report around 90 minutes prior to kickoff tomorrow.

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Jaguars vs. Patriots: Friday Injury Reports, Fournette Questionable

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Aug 9, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) takes a handoff from quarterback Blake Bortles (5) during the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the New England Patriots have officially released their Friday game status injury reports ahead of their week two matchup in Jacksonville, Florida. For the Jaguars coming into this game against the Patriots, all eyes have been on star running back Leonard Fournette as he nurses a hamstring injury. Today, the Jaguars officially listed him as questionable. Fournette has not been able to practice the entire week and will have to prove to the Jaguars training staff as well as the coaching staff he is good to go.

If Fournette is not cleared look for TJ Yeldon to take over as the Jaguars starting running back this weekend. It is also likely the Jaguars would elevate running back Brandon Wilds from the practice squad as they currently only have two running backs besides Fournette on the 53-man roster. Corey Grant would also more than likely receive his bulk of the carries in the event Fournette cannot go.

As for the rest of the Jaguars players, the only player who was a late addition to the Jaguars injury report was running back TJ Yeldon. He, however, will play this Sunday as that injury has seemingly been deemed minor.

Below are the Jaguars and Patriots official gameday statuses:

JAGUARS:

 

PATRIOTS:

QUESTIONABLE
RB Rex Burkhead – Concussion (Limited participant)
T Marcus Cannon – Calf (Limited participant)
DB Keion Crossen – Hamstring (Limited participant)
RB Sony Michel – Knee (Limited participant)

For the Patriots their most notable players on the injury report are running backs Burkhead and Michel along with tackle Marcus Cannon. Burkhead being out this week against the Jaguars for the Patriots is notable due to the lack of weapons at the running back position. If Burkhead and Michel cannot go the Patriots will likely lean on running back James White for the bulk of the carries. I would, however, anticipate at least one of the two running backs to be active this Sunday.

If Marcus Cannon is out this week, then the Patriots will turn to LaAdrian Waddle at the right tackle position. Waddle is a journeyman and more than likely would struggle against the Jaguars front four.

For the Jaguars as well as the Patriots both teams are relatively healthy. The areas to watch will continue to be the running back positions and how the Jaguars, as well as the Patriots, handle the situation. With Fournette as a true game-time decision, keep a close eye on the Jaguars inactive report 90 minutes before kickoff this Sunday.

 

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