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Jaguars Outplayed and Outcoached in 30-14 Loss to Chiefs

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Oct 7, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) reacts after breaking up a pass intended for Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

JAGUARS GAME RECAP

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Kansas City Chiefs faced off as the battle of the #1s as the Chiefs offense ranks first in the NFL, as does the Jaguars defense. The Jaguars offense got off to a shaky start as the rain poured down on Blake Bortles and company, while the rain let up on the Chiefs first drive and they were able to take the ball nearly effortlessly down the field to score the opening touchdown.

The Jaguars thus far were being outcoached on defense throughout the first quarter. Although Blake Bortles and the offense were able to get close into field goal range with a nice deep ball (38-yards) to D.J. Chark, they were not able to muster up anything on that drive and were forced to punt.

The Chiefs absolutely dominated the first quarter on offense,  putting together another long scoring drive to take the team up 10-0.

Just when the Jaguars offense was finally putting together a great looking drive, Nathanial Hackett and the Jaguars offense got a bit too cute. The Jaguars had a 13-play drive all the way to the Chiefs 4-yard line only to come away with zero points as the Jaguars went for it on 4th down after throwing a low-percentage fade route to Donte Moncrief. Maddening.

The Jaguars defense was able to bail out the Jaguars offense on the next possession via a beautiful interception by safety Tashaun Gipson. This was Patrick Mahomes’ first interception of the season and the Jaguars’ secondaries first interception of the season.

This would be short-lived as Dee Ford was able to turn the corner and strip sack Blake Bortles on the next play.

The Jaguars terrible play would continue as Blake Bortles would go on to throw a pick-6 putting the Jaguars down 20-0 going into halftime. Before halftime, Blake Bortles would throw another pick. This time it did not go for six as it was in the Chiefs end zone. Bortles bounced the pass off guard A.J. Cann’s helmet. This would be the theme for the Jaguars today.

The Jaguars defense was able to get a nice stop at the start of the second half, but the Jaguars offense again could not get anything out of a drive that looked to be going well.

After the Jaguars finally got something going on offense en route to a nice pass from Blake Bortles to T.J. Yeldon, the Jaguars defense completely faded away and let the Chiefs offense effortlessly march down the field and get it to 30-7.

The Jaguars were able to put together another drive for a Blake Bortles touchdown. After recovering the onside kick, the Jaguars were about two yards short of making this game very interesting.

THREE PLAYS OF THE GAME

  • D.J. Chark shows why he was selected in the second round with his speed on the 38 yard deep ball.
  • Tashaun Gipson gets the Jaguars secondary their first interception of the season
  • Josh Lambo executes a perfect onside kick. Although the Jaguars were not able to do anything with it, as Keelan Cole came up short on 4th.

JAGUARS PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jalen Ramsey and the Buffalo Bills

Jalen Ramsey is your Jaguars player of the game. Before the game, Jalen Ramsey and Tyreek Hill exchanged some words via their weekly press conferences. Ramsey was able to talk the talk and walk the walk this week. He played Hill man-to-man for much of the day and allowed next to nothing for most of it.

He did allow Hill to beat him deep one time at the end of the third quarter, but for the most part he did his job.

The Bills are listed here as they were able to kick a last-second field goal to beat the Tennessee Titans making the Jaguars still tied for the division lead.

FINAL WHISTLE

This was a very disappointing day for the Jacksonville Jaguars. A team that came into the game all systems firing after their win against the Jets last week laid a near-complete egg today. Specifically, on offense, the Jaguars were simply not able to execute much of anything in the red zone.

While the score shows 30 points on the Chiefs side, only 23 came against the Jaguars defense (pick six), and the Jaguars defense was able to hold Mahomes to zero touchdown passes and two interceptions on the day. This was easily the worst game of the young quarterback’s career, even in a win.

The Jaguars were completely outcoached and outplayed today. It really was as simple as that. Unfortunately, they could not pull off any late-game heroics. It was just not their day at all, and they lost to the better team. Blake Bortles must be better next week.

The Jaguars will head to Dallas next week for a 1 PM game. That game will be a must win.

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 DE Yannick Ngakoue has plenty of leverage, wont use it

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Jul 26, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) runs a protection route during training camp at the Dream Finder Homes practice facility outside of TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

As the Jaguars began voluntary OTAs today there was at least one major storyline. Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue was present at practice today and plans to be present for the entire offseason. With Ngakoue ready for a new contract, many speculated he would be holding out until the contract is signed. That is not the case and Ngakoue stated today at his media presser, “I don’t have to be here, but I chose to be here.”

Showing up for voluntary OTAs is significant as it is typically a time when a player up for a contract would be almost expected to sit out due to the risk of injury. Jalen Ramsey, for example, works out in Nashville where he is most comfortable. Although he would be in Nashville regardless of contract, it is still an incentive to stay away for now.

“Just trying to build some team camaraderie, being a leader — that’s the main reason I came back” Ngakoue stated when asked why he was back for voluntary OTAs. Ngakoue taking more of a leadership role this offseason is already off to a roaring start. Showing up and leading by example for young players such as Josh Allen, Taven Bryan, etc, will pay dividends for the Jaguars future.

Earlier this offseason two players — Frank Clark and Demarcus Lawrence — earned contracts of upwards to $100M and Ngakoue is prepared to accept the same. Although he will ultimately let his agent perform the heavy lifting. When asked about the contracts of Clark and Lawrence and the prospect of getting a similar $100M contract, Ngakoue said, “It’s not a secret, we all can go on the computer and see what they did — that money don’t mean nothing but I know what I’m worth.”

This is great for the Jaguars and sets the tone for a potential future extension for Ngakoue. He is saying all of the right things, and this should give Jaguars fans something good to feel about as they continue throughout the offseason. Ngakoue is entering his fourth year and has accumulated 29.5 sacks through his first three seasons in the NFL. Ngakoue has shown the Jaguars no reason not to pay him as soon as possible. And they absolutely should.

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Five significant Jaguars storylines heading into OTAs

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Jul 26, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) runs with the ball following a catch as Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack (44) runs behind during training camp at the Dream Finder Homes practice facility outside of TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The first of the Jaguars ten Organized Team Activities (OTAs) are starting today.  As the players get set to hit the field, there will be a multitude of storylines worth watching. This will be the first time the Jaguars coaches and their players can take part in 11 on 11 activities. Although there will be no pads for any of these practices.

The Jaguars will use this time to get better in terms of on-the-field performance, but their camaraderie as they get set to go with an abundance of new players, including the starting QB will be just as important.

The team’s OTAs will begin Tuesday (Today), May 21 and conclude on Friday, June 7, while the Jaguars’ three-day mandatory minicamp will take place June 11 – 13.

1. Nick Foles and the Jaguars offense

The Jaguars entered the 2019 offseason with a splash; signing quarterback Nick Foles to the highest guaranteed money a Jaguars player has ever received. Since then, they have made moves to allow for him to succeed, such as selecting tight end Josh Oliver and right tackle Jawaan Taylor in the draft just last month.

Quarterback is the most important position group on the team, and with Nick Foles at the center, all eyes will be on him from now on. It will be important for the Jaguars — and their fans —  to get a good look at the new offense under offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, and how well Foles can execute it. Although many fans feel the Jaguars did not adequately address the weapons on offense, there is a possibility the quarterback was holding the team back.

With Marqise Lee not ready yet, Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook, and D.J. Chark will be the only Jaguars receivers on the Jaguars roster last season participating. It will be interesting to see their connection with Foles even as early as today.

2. How will the linebacker group shake out?

This storyline has almost as much intrigue as the quarterback situation. This is because of Telvin Smith posting an impromptu Instagram post revealing his intentions to sit out the 2019 season. The Jaguars have addressed the position during the offseason seemingly as a response to Smith not being in contact with the team prior to the draft. Selecting LB Quincy Williams at the bottom of the third round was the icing on the cake.

The Jaguars will look for a new weak-side linebacker and there have been plenty of questions of whether they will turn to a rookie, a new vet, or even Myles Jack to take over the position. Who takes over will be very important and we should get an answer sooner rather than later.

3. Rookies

The rookies are always a storyline and with the Jaguars selecting two premier players — Josh Allen and Jawaan Taylor — all eyes will be on them. Rookies are not typically thrust into starting positions too early, so do not it will not be a shock if Taylor is taking second-team reps or if Allen is not out there with the defensive line/linebacker group. However, it will be important to see exactly what position Allen plays as there has been speculation of him playing SAM since they drafted him.

Rookie TE Josh Oliver will be someone worth watching on offense. As mentioned earlier, he was a part of the Jaguars plan to get an influx of talent on offense. Quincy Williams, as previously mentioned, might be one of the more underrated rookies to watch for. How he plays during the offseason could change the entire linebacker group.

Obviously all eyes will be on the Jaguars rookies during the 10 OTAs starting today, however, these are the most important to keep an eye out on how they perform.

4. Safety situation

Probably one of the most talked about situations as far as depth on the roster this offseason has been safety. Before the end of the 2018 season, the Jaguars released strong safety Barry Church and circled back to release Tashaun Gipson earlier this offseason. This allowed then-rookie Ronnie Harrison to start in place of Church, and Jarrod Wilson to start in place of Gipson. How Wilson performs in this new role will be vital to the Jaguars success at free safety.

The Jaguars in this offseason have not addressed the safety position at all besides signing former AAF safety Josh Brown. How Jaguars undrafted rookies and other depth players attack this position will be important to watch out for as we begin OTAs.

5. No injuries, please

Seriously. If there is one thing the Jaguars cannot afford, it is an injury to a pivotal position. These practices are not supposed to be extensive but as we have seen in the past, anything can happen. If the Jaguars come out of these OTAs with no injuries, it will be a huge win entering mandatory minicamp in June, and training camp in July.

Keep a close eye on Jaguars players who are already injured. Players such as Marqise Lee, Jake Ryan, and Cam Robinson will be going through various levels of rehab. Lee will not be on the field, however, Ryan or Robinson might be closer to returning.

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Should the Jaguars sign Gerald McCoy when he’s released?

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Dec 24, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) reacts after a sack in the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive tackle  Gerald McCoy has recently been informed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers according to Adam Schefter at ESPN. According to Schefter, the Jaguars are one of the spots that “make sense”. This list includes the Patriots, Browns, Cowboys, and Chargers. McCoy wants to sign with a playoff team and the Jaguars were in the AFC Championship game in the 2017-2018 season.

There are a variety of factors to take into account if the Jaguars do intend to do their due diligence on Gerald McCoy. McCoy has been one of the most dominant defensive tackles since he was drafted third overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010. Last season, McCoy accounted for 28 combined tackles and six sacks in 14 games. Although his sack production has not fallen off yet, he is 31 years old and has not been as dominant as he was in his younger days.

In 2018, the Jaguars drafted Taven Bryan in the first-round, and due to the salary cap, they released veteran defensive tackle Malik Jackson who immediately signed with the Philidelphia Eagles. If the Jaguars were to bring in McCoy the cost would almost assuredly be steep, and although they have ways to manipulate the cap, the question would be if Dave Caldwell or EVP Tom Coughlin would be willing to pay.

With Taven Bryan already locked into the starting role, it would also come down to how the Jaguars feel about the depth at the defensive tackle — specifically three-tech — position. The Jaguars only have Taven Bryan, Marcell Dareus, and Abry Jones entering this season at DT who have played significant roles. Calais Campbell also plays a role on specific downs.

Would Gerald McCoy make sense for the Jaguars? In theory, sure, but only at the right cost and if the player falls in their laps. The Jaguars released Malik Jackson due to cap reasons. Jackson is a younger player who — although he had a down year in 2018 — has had similar production to Gerald McCoy in recent years. Would they be willing to spend on the older player instead?

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