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Jaguars Season Wraps up with 20-3 Loss to Texans, Secure Top 10 Pick

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Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

JAGUARS GAME RECAP

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Houston Texans kicked off today for their Regular season finale at NRG Stadium. For the Jaguars, they had nothing to play for other than a draft pick. For the Texans, it was for the AFC South Title.

Leonard Fournette would miss his 8th game of the season in what would be probably the most disappointing season of his football career. The Jaguars will have to reevaluate the position in the offseason.

The Jaguars started the day on defense, which set the tone early with a quick three-and-out.  After the Jaguars got the ball back on offense, they proceeded to have a three-and-out of their own. However, during the punt to Houston, the Jaguars would somehow get the ball back. D.J. Chark was blocked into the punt returner which in turn forced a muffed punt. Jaguars ball at the 10-yard line.

Unfortunately, the Jaguars would only secure three points after a batted pass from Blake Bortles which was almost intercepted on third down. 3-0 Jaguars.

The Texans would kick it into overdrive on their ensuing possession. Effortlessly moving down the field on the heels of Deshaun Watson‘s legs. After a long reception by DeAndre Hopkins, the Texans would get it all the way down to the Jaguars three-yard line.

In what looked like a Deshaun Watson touchdown, the ruling on the field was overturned. The Texans would not be able to punch it in on third down and after a false start, were forced to kick a field goal. 3-3 tied ball game.

The Texans would get the ball back after a Jaguars three-and-out and would go down the field and score stemming from a pass interference by Tre Herndon to bring the Texans’ to the 7-yard line. The Texans would score on a Watson designed-run quickly after. 10-3 Texans.

The Jaguars finally got their first, first down of the game after receiving the ball following a missed opportunity by the Texans to add more to their lead off of a muffed punt by Dede Westbrook.

It was all Texans today as they would once again effortlessly score a touchdown by way of a Lamar Miller rushing touchdown. The Jaguars had no chance today, and for some, that was a good thing. The score was 17-3 Texans with two minutes to go in the first half.

Blake Bortles did absolutely nothing to give the Jaguars any confidence going into the 2019 season as he had only 29 yards passing in the entire first half. As reported before, the Jaguars are very likely to simply move on from Bortles and eat the dead money.

From our brothers over at BigCatCountry.com:

Basically, that was how the second half was going for the Jaguars, and nothing of note was happening on the Texans’ side of things either.

It was not all bad news for the Jaguars on defense at least. Calais Campbell extended his sack lead to 10.5 sacks on the season. He was the first Jaguars player in history to have back-to-back double-digit sack seasons. Yannick Ngakoue also got in on the party extending his sack total to 9. Taven Bryan also had his first career sack at the start of the fourth quarter.

The Texans finally got back on the board with a short field goal after being shut out for the second half of the game. 20-3 Texans.

The Jaguars could get nothing going on offense even in garbage time. Around the six-minute mark, Blake Bortles overthrew another open receiver, this time it was picked off by a waiting Texans player as Keelan Cole fell down.

The Jaguars would go onto lose the game 20-3. They secured a top ten pick in the NFL draft and a 5-11 record after being in the AFC title game just last week. The Houston Texans win the AFC South.

THREE PLAYS OF THE GAME

  • D.J. Chark forces a muffed punt
    Although it was almost a complete accident, D.J. Chark continued to be a stud on special teams in his return.
  • Calais Campbell gets another sack
    Calais Campbell is likely the MVP of the Jaguars this season, possibly tied with Jalen Ramsey. With his 10th sack of the season today he’s the only player in Jaguars history to have back-to-back double-digit sack seasons.
  • Yannick Ngakoue gets 30th career sack
    Ngakoue continued to be a menace for opposing quarterbacks after recording 1.5 sacks today getting his total to 9.5 on the season. That is 30 for his career and the most in Jaguars history in a 3-year span.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

The player of the game goes to two players this week. Yannick Ngakoue and Calais Campbell. Campbel has been impressive the entire season, and the season finale was no different.

FINAL WHISTLE

The Jaguars finished the season 5-11 with this loss to the Texans and will go into the NFL draft with a top-10 pick. It is nearly finalized as pick #7 as other teams finish their games today. Unfortunately for the Jaguars, this may not be enough to secure an elite talent in this year’s draft or a quarterback barring a trade up.

This more than likely was Blake Bortles’ last game as a Jacksonville Jaguar and he did not impress going only 15/28 107 yards and an interception.

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 to open seven training camp practices to fans in 2019

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Jul 26, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark (17) signs autographs during training camp at the Dream Finder Homes practice facility outside of TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced today they will be opening seven practices during training camp to the public. The first four training camp practices will be open to the public. Practice on Saturday, July 27, is open exclusively to Jags365 Season Ticket Members and is scheduled for 8:45 a.m.

The team’s first practice in full pads will also be open to fans on Sunday, July 28 at 8:45 a.m. All seven of the Jaguars’ Florida Blue open practices are scheduled to take place at the Dream Finders Homes Practice Complex on the northwest corner of TIAA Bank Field.

2019 JAGUARS OPEN TRAINING CAMP PRACTICES

Thursday, July 25 8:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Friday, July 26 8:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Saturday, July 27 8:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Open exclusively to Jags 365 Season Ticket Members
Sunday, July 28 8:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Tuesday, July 30 8:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Wednesday, July 31 8:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
Thursday, August 1 8:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.

Fans are required to register here for each training camp session and tickets will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Gates will open to fans at 8:15 a.m., 30 minutes prior to the start of practice.

Parking is available in Lots M and N, and concessions and merchandise will be available for purchase on-site Limited player autograph availability will occur following each practice.

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Jaguars 2019 position group breakdown: Running Backs

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Dec 23, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) runs down the field during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Similar to their quarterback situation, the Jacksonville Jaguars have attempted to answer some questions in terms of the run game in this year’s offseason. Jacksonville went through a full remodel in an attempt to add veteran presence that can sustain the ground attack if injury strikes the team yet again in 2019. 

Two years ago, the Jaguars were a team that led the NFL in rushing at 527 attempts throughout the regular season. Nearly 50 carries ahead of any other team in the league. On those 527 attempted the Jaguars saw heights in production not seen since the Maurice Jones-Drew. 

That production staggered in yardage and overall sustainability of the offense with their lackluster quarterback play last season. This was all due to the injuries of star running back Leonard Fournette and the majority of the offensive line. Without Fournette, the Jaguars only accumulated half the yardage in 2018 Fournette produced in 2017 with T.J. Yeldon and Carlos Hyde leading the affair. 

Being a strong part of the offensive system, the Jaguars win total saw a sharp decrease and the team swagger that carried them to the 2017 AFC playoffs had vanished.

Jacksonville looked to replenish their running back room and get back to the strong, effective run game they saw in 2017 that made them so successful. 

Adding Alfred Blue, Benny Cunningham, Thomas Rawls and more through free agency, as well as, drafting former Temple running back, Ryquell Armstead the Jaguars made a good move in adding reliable to back up Fournette in the backfield. 

Projected Running Back Depth Chart:
*italicized indicates starter, underline indicates picked up via draft/free agency
Leonard Fournette, Alfred Blue, Benny Cunningham, Ryquell Armstead.

Leading the pack coming into 2019 is Leonard Fournette. Fournette is a player that has all the major attributes to be a star player in the NFL if he could just stay healthy. Fournette missed eight games last season and seven due to injury which caused the Jaguars offense to stall in his absence. 

He is a player that combines strong downhill running with game-breaking speed. Abilities not many can combine nevertheless replace. He is a generational talent who looks to return to his rookie form in 2019. 

Fournette looks to be getting back on track this season and “refocused on football.” Him being able to stay on the field will be a huge plus for a Jaguars team that has struggled offensively for many years. 

The next two players on the depth chart are veteran backs Alfred Blue and Benny Cunningham. 

Blue being a signee from the Houston Texans roster and an experienced back who knows how to get yardage necessary to sustain drives. While receiving very little touches in the Houston offense he played the backup role well and was a reliable source of receiving out of the backfield.

Blue will be used more as a third-down back in the Jaguars offense. 

The same goes for Cunningham. Coming over from the Bears, which last season saw two top-caliber running backs in Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen sharing carries, Cunningham got lost in the shuffle. Cunningham is a great receiving threat out of the backfield and can play solid minutes in his role on his new team. 

Having two players that can play roles, and play them well is vital for any team in the NFL. Taking fatigue and potential injury into account getting Cunningham and Blue was one of the more important moves the Jaguars made this offseason. The Jaguars acquired two reliable backs for new quarterback Nick Foles to work with on downs where Fournette is not in the game. 

Next on the team’s depth chart is the Jaguars 2019 fifth-round pick out of Temple, Ryquell Armstead. In his senior year, Armstead scored 13 touchdowns and averaged nearly 6.5 yards per carry. Armstead’s progression through his college career was a sight to see. After starting his career as a bulkier strong runner, Armstead slimmed down to become a more complete back and utilized his opportunity at Temple to make it to the NFL. 

Posting 2,987 yards and 34 touchdowns over his career, Armstead looks to carry on those impressive numbers at the next level. Armstead is a runner with great field vision and patience behind the line of scrimmage. He bursts through the open hole and is willing to lower the shoulder to gain extra yardage. Armstead says that he models his game after former Giants running back Brandon Jacobs. 

He describes himself as an angry runner. “I run angry, I run violent. I look for contact— that’s something that makes me unique.” Armstead stated in an interview with CBS sports. 

The type of physical running Armstead brings to the table is something the Jaguars have had success within recent memory. That willingness to create contact and run hard for his team to succeed is an attribute any team would love to have with their running back. 

A player that very strongly resembles Leonard Fournette in terms of running style was a guy the Jaguars looked at as a potential steal in the fifth round. An aggressive, one-cut runner who can run over opponents or bounce it to the outside and take off down the sideline. 

Armstead had the second-fastest time in the 40-yard dash among eligible running backs at the 2019 NFL combine at 4.49 seconds. Being a player with blazing speed mixed with a downhill running style, Armstead could see minutes directly behind Fournette later in the season. Armstead is an intriguing prospect but his development as a pass-catcher out of the backfield will need to improve for him to solidify the playing time this season. 

While the Jaguars have many running backs on the roster, all of them cannot stay. Unless there is a huge jump of progression when training camp starts later in the month, Thomas Rawls and Taj McGowan have very little shot of making the team. 

After last season, the Jaguars have done whatever it takes to assure they have depth at this position. Being able to provide multiple sources of production is important for any team. By providing this depth, the Jaguars hope it can get the job done and they can return to the success seen in the running game just two seasons ago. 

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REPORT: Jaguars to sign former WVU WR Marcus Simms

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Oct 13, 2018; Ames, IA, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Marcus Simms (8) runs the football against the Iowa State Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have made a roster move signing former West Virginia WR Marcus Simms according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. Simms was slated to participate in the supplemental draft after filing the paperwork on June 20th.

Simms will make for interesting competition for the Jaguars as we inch closer to training camp. Simms accumulated 87 receptions for 1457 yards and eight touchdowns in his three-year career at West Virginia. Simms has also made his name known in the return game totaling 992 yards as a kick returner. According to reports, Simms ran the 40-yard dash in 4.4-4.49 seconds, with a vertical jump of 36″, a broad jump of 10-2 and three-cone time of 6.91 seconds. After his physical tomorrow, the Jaguars will have to make a corresponding move.

Simms will look to compete for a bottom-of-the-roster position with players such as Terrelle Pryor and Keelan Cole. If the Jaguars intend on retaining six receivers Simms will have a good shot at making the roster. By all accounts, Simms was a draftable player.

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