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Jaguars vs. Colts: Thursday Injury Report, Telvin Smith Limited

Demetrius Harvey

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Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Indianapolis Colts have released their Thursday injury report ahead of their week Ten matchup at Lucas Oil Stadium. For the Jaguars, they will be without at least two of their corners this week. One of the most important players on defense, A.J. Bouye ruled himself out yesterday.

The only new additions fo the Jaguars injury report has been Telvin Smith (Shoulder) limited, and Eli Ankou (Calf). For the Jaguars linebacker, it does not seem too serious, however, it is something to watch for as we progress through this week and the season.

Ankou has yet to be active for the Jaguars this season, however, he is quality depth on the defensive line in the event Dareus or Jones go down. For the rest of the Jaguars on the injury report, it is still the usual suspects. The Jaguars hope to potentially get back tight end James O’Shaughnessy after missing him for the past few weeks with a hip injury. The Jaguars will also get back running back Leonard Fournette and nickel D.J. Hayden.

Unfortunately, Quenton Meeks may not be playing this week which will mean either Hayden or Patmon will make the start outside along with Jalen Ramsey.

Below are the teams’ injury reports:

*Bold Indicates a change from previous day*

JAGUARS:

CB A.J. Bouye (Calf): Did Not Participate

CB Quenton Meeks (Knee): Did Not Participate

DT Eli Ankou (Calf): Did Not Participate

LB Lerentee McCray (Hamstring): Limited Participation

TE James O’Shaughnessy (Hip): Limited Participation

LB Telvin Smith (Shoulder): Limited Participation

QB Blake Bortles (Left Shoulder): Full Participation

CB D.J. Hayden (Toe): Full Participation

RB Leonard Fournette (Hamstring): Full Participation

COLTS:

TE Ryan Hewitt (Ankle): Did Not participate

S Mike Mitchell (Calf): Did Not Participate

TE Erik Swoope (Knee): Did Not Participate

DE Kemoko Turay (Neck): Did Not Participate

WR Ryan Grant (Ankle): Limited Participation

CB Nate Hairston (Ankle): Limited Participation

S Malik Hooker (Hip): Limited Participation

RB Marlon Mack (Foot): Limited Participation

G Braden Smith (Hand): Full Participation

S Clayton Geathers (Knee): Full Participation

DT Hassan Ridgeway (Illness): Full Participation

RB Robert Turbin (Shoulder): Full Participation

For the Colts there is good news and bad news. Rookie defensive end Kemoko Turay was downgraded from limited to not participating in Thursday’s practice. However, the Colts got Clayton Geathers back at full participation, as well as Robert Turbin. The Colts are looking relatively healthy against the Jaguars, and the Jaguars are also looking relatively healthy against the Colts. It should be a solid matchup. However, we will wait until Friday’s report for final status updates.

Demetrius Harvey is a Locked on Jaguars writer focusing on game breakdowns as well as breaking news. Demetrius is a lifelong Jaguars fan. You can follow him at @Demetrius82 on twitter.

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Jaguars finalize coaching staff after landing offensive coordinator

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Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have finalized their 2019 coaching staff. They’ve officially hired their offensive coordinator as well as other staff members. John DeFilippo was the headliner for today as the replacement for Nathaniel Hackett as offensive coordinator.

The Jaguars also announced the remainder of their staff. As we covered in the past couple of weeks they have hired several position coaches, including Terry Robiskie as running backs coach, George Warhop as the offensive line coach, and Tim Walton as the secondary coach.

The rest of the staff was a mystery until today. The Jaguars announced they will be promoting assistant defensive line coach Jason Rebrovich to defensive line coach, and they have hired David Merritt as their assistant defensive line coach. Merritt spent the past season as the Arizona Cardinals defensive backs coach. Joe Danna will be promoted as well and will be coaching the safeties. Danna has been on the Jaguars staff as an assistant secondary coach since 2017. John Donovan, another assistant coach for the Jaguars, will be promoted to assistant running backs coach.

It is worth noting in today’s presser Marrone stated Tim Walton will coach the cornerbacks, and Joe Danna will coach the safeties. “I thought we could get more out of our coaches and players if we split the secondary,” Marrone said. This is worth noting as Walton actually held a similar role with the Giants for the past couple of seasons.

Scott Milanovich will remain on staff as the quarterbacks coach. Milanovich was the play-caller for the final five weeks of the season. Milanovich has been with the Jaguars as a QB coach since 2017.

There were no other major coaching changes on the Jaguars roster as the rest of the staff will stay intact.

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Jaguars will retain quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich

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Nov 26, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars will retain Scott Milanovich as their quarterbacks coach, according to head coach Doug Marrone.

Milanovich filled in as interim offensive coordinator after Nate Hackett was fired midseason, but the offense saw no improvement with the QB coach calling plays. However, the team appears confident that the former Grey Cup-winning CFL head coach can handle the responsibilities of quarterbacks coach, a position Milanovich has held since Doug Marrone was named head coach in 2017.

The team hired John DeFilippo as their offensive coordinator earlier today. You can read why he was a fantastic hire here. Marrone mentioned during his press conference today that Milanovich and DeFilippo have a previous relationship in Maryland.

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Jaguars to hire John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator, per report

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Credit: 247Sports.com

The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to hire John DeFilippo as their offensive coordinator, per report.

DeFilippo was the Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator during the 2018 season, but was fired during Week 15, apparently due to a conflict of play-calling interests with head coach Mike Zimmer, who wanted to focus more on the run game than DeFilippo’s strengths with the pass game.

However, despite a lack of calling the run, Vikings quarterback had a historic season as a passer when it came to efficiency, being the first QB in NFL history to throw for 4000+ yards, 30+ touchdowns, 10 or fewer interceptions, and complete at least 70% of his passes. Much of this can be credited to DeFilippo’s influence in the passing game.

Previous to Minnesota, DeFilippo was the Philadelphia Eagles QBs coach during their 2017-18 Super Bowl run, where he was key to the development of Carson Wentz and rejuvenation of Nick Foles’ career after Wentz tore his ACL. He also served as offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns in 2015, where then-36 year old Josh McCown posted the second most touchdown passes of his 13 year career with 12 in eight games, along with 2109 passing yards, a 63.7 completion percentage, and only four interceptions.

DeFilippo’s first NFL coaching job came in 2005 as an offensive quality control coach under then New York Giants head coach and current EVP of Football Operations for the Jaguars, Tom Coughlin. So there’s a definite connection to the team in ths hire.

At the end of the day, the Jaguars number one priority this offseason has to be, and will be, fixing their passing game woes. Quarterback Blake Bortles needs to be replaced, and the team’s next signal caller must be groomed into a successful QB. DeFilippo has proven with Cousins, Foles/Wentz, as well as Josh McCown in Cleveland during the 2015 season, that he’s capable of doing just that.

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