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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?’”

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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What should Jaguars fans expect during mandatory minicamp?

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Jun 14, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) and running back Leonard Fournette (27) walk to the field during mini camp at the Dream Finders Homes Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars are officially starting their three-day mandatory minicamp session to cap off the offseason. After minicamp, the Jaguars players and coaches will take a much-needed vacation until training camp. Of course, players will continue to stay in shape, and train on their own as well as study, they will no longer be mandated to attend mandatory — or voluntary — offseason training sessions.

The Jaguars will need to fine-tune their team as much as possible heading into the extending break in order to head into training camp with a full head of steam. So what should the Jaguars, and fans be looking for as they wrap up of the offseason?

1. No injuries

This is the most important aspect of any offseason workouts. No injuries. The Jaguars have already ruled out several players who are dealing with past injuries or even most recent injuries including DE Josh Allen, RB Ryquell Armstead, OT Cam Robinson, and WR Marqise Lee along with a few others.

As for the rookies — Allen and Armstead — their injuries are not considered anything major and will simply be closely monitored as they progress into training camp. The Jaguars are smart to be overly cautious when it comes to any sort of injuries due to the plague which was cast on the team just last season.

If the Jaguars exit rookie minicamp without any injuries, it should be considered a win across the board. Far too often are players injured participating in offseason training.

2. Jalen Ramsey is back, Yannick Ngakoue is not

One of the most talked about players on the Jacksonville Jaguars roster since the 2016 NFL draft has officially returned to the team after training in Nashville during the Jaguars voluntary period. Jalen Ramsey will be participating in the Jaguars three-day mandatory minicamp session. There was some speculation amongst fans, and the media, that Jalen Ramsey would skip everything this offseason as he awaits a contract extension, however that simply was never going to be the case.

Ramsey had his fifth-year option picked up earlier this offseason, which will lock the pro-bowl corner with the team until at least through the 2020 season. This means, even if Ramsey were to want a new contract it would not behoove him to skip — at least not yet. Look for Ramsey to bring a different “swagger” to the Jaguars defense during minicamp, and show the Jaguars coaches why choosing to workout away from the team is the better move for them and Ramsey himself.

The same cannot be said for Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue. Ngakoue announced yesterday he will not be attending the Jaguars mandatory minicamp as he and the Jaguars work out a long-term contract extension. Ngakoue’s incentive to skipping any of the Jaguars activities are validated by point number one in this article. Unlike Ramsey, Ngakoue is on the last year of his deal, and there is no reason for him to attend until he has to or signs an extension.

The Jaguars will almost assuredly be making a grave mistake if they do not extend Ngakoue.

3. Players continuing to separate themselves

During the voluntary portion of the Jaguars offseason, there have been many glowing reviews of various Jaguars players. This includes third-round picks TE Josh Oliver, and LB Quincy Williams. Oliver — by all accounts — has looked fantastic catching the football as well as improving on his blocking mechanics. This will need to continue as we get closer to training camp. The Jaguars offense will run through the tight-end position very often, and with the FB no longer in the discussion, it will be even more pivotal.

Jaguars rookie LB Quincy Williams has also begun to make a name for himself as he has been getting some first-team reps with the Jaguars defense in place of Telvin Smith. This will be an ongoing competition with Ramik Wilson looking to be the man in direct competition with Williams.

Along with the rookies, there are several veterans who need to continue to establish their roles on the team. Including DT Taven Bryan. Bryan was brought in last season during the 2018 NFL Draft as a potential replacement for DE Calais Campbell in the future. As it turns out he will be looking to replace DT Malik Jackson instead in his more natural role at 3T.

Although Bryan will still be playing DE a good deal during the 2019 season, Bryan has remained focused on mastering the DT position. Daniel Popper of The Athletic recently sat down with Taven Bryan and discussed the transition and why big things are expected from the second-year player. By all accounts, Bryan has been off to a great start.

There will be many battles to watch as we get closer to training camp, and establishing who is a pretender or a contender will take some time. This week will be the start of that.

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