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Jaguars should do their due diligence on defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah

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Dec 11, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Emmanuel Ogbah (90) before the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Bengals won 23-10. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have made very few moves this offseason on the defensive side of the ball. In fact, the Jaguars have only brought in one new face on defense in linebacker Jake Ryan, and have released two long-time starters in Tashuan Gipson, and Malik Jackson.

Recently, there has been a report of the availability of Browns defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah. After the acquisition of pass rusher Oliver Vernon from the New York Giants, the Cleveland Browns have seemed more willing to part ways with the former second-round pick. Ogbah reportedly did not report to the Browns for their initial OTAs which began today with the belief of being traded sooner rather than later.

Ogbah has had a modest career as a pass rusher in the past three seasons accumulating only 12.5 sacks with his sack total dropping from year-to-year. However, according to ProFootballFocus, Ogbah has accumulated 68 hurries in the past three years. 30 of those 68 hurries came during his rookie season before the Browns acquired Myles Garrett. For reference, Yannick Ngakoue has accumulated 33 pressures. Where Ogbah truly shines is in his run stopping ability. Ogbah has accumulated 62 stops against the run in the past three seasons to contrast Ngakoue’s 57 in their respective careers.

The Jaguars depth chart after the starters along the defensive line is perhaps on par with the running back position. Currently, Dawuane Smoot is slated to be the Jaguars primary backup at the “big end” position for the Jaguars currently held by Calais Campbell. If the Jaguars decided to bring in Ogbah, he would assume that role allowing the Jaguars to not have to rely on Smoot as much as they did last season.

Trading for Ogbah would also come at very minimal monetary consequences as Ogbah is only slated to count ~$2.1M against the 2019 salary cap according to OverTheCap.com. Affordability is key to the Jaguars this offseason as they only have so much in cap space after the acquisition of quarterback Nick Foles.

The Jaguars could potentially obtain Ogbah for a day three pick depending on his demand around the NFL, as well as the Browns’ willingness to trade the young pass rusher. It would behoove the Jaguars to make some sort of move along the defensive line so they are not forced to play their hand in that area too early during the draft.

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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