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Jaguars To Be Without Three Key Players Against the Vikings

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May 22, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars offensive guard Andrew Norwell (68) waits for his turn to run a drill during organized team activities at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

In addition to All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey and defensive end Dante Fowler Jr.,  both suspended, missing this week’s preseason game against the Vikings, the Jaguars will be without three key players for this week’s joint practice as well as the game itself.

According to Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone via ESPN’s Michael DiRocco, the Jaguars will be without left guard Andrew Norwell (calf), defensive end Dawuane Smoot (foot), and defensive tackle Eli Ankou (knee).

Norwell sat out of last Thursday’s game against the Saints with calf tightness that came during pre-game warm-ups. Smoot and Ankou have been out for quite some time now. Unfortunately, Jaguars fans will have to wait until at least preseason week 3 against the Falcons to get their first look at big-time free agent acquisition in Norwell to see how he will improve the Jaguars run game. Fortunately for the Jaguars, these games do not matter much.

One positive note is neither defensive end/tackle Taven Bryan nor Calais Campbell were listed with these players, so one could assume they should be able to give it a go this week.

Bryan has been out for a week with an abdominal injury but came back to practice this week. Campbell has been out with a calf injury since the team’s scrimmage nearly two weeks ago. In addition to Bryan and Campbell, right tackle Jermey Parnell was also not listed, after being inactive last week (knee).

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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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?’”

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