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Jaguars vs. Dolphins: Thursday Injury Report, Chark Still Out

Demetrius Harvey

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Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins have released their Thursday injury report for this week. For the Jaguars, they have a few key players still unavailable and it looks as though receiver D.J. Chark will yet again miss Sunday’s game. Chark has not played since he injured his quad in the game against Pittsburgh. It is not yet known whether or not Chark will be available for the season finale next week, but the Jaguars have kept him off of injured reserve this long already.

As for the rest of the Jaguars injuries, they will still be without kicker Josh Lambo as he is recovering from a right groin injury. Kicker Kai Forbath will assume the starting kicker role for at least another week. Meanwhile, Jermey Parnell was seen working on the side at practice today so that is a better indication of his health. It is still not yet known, however, if he will suit up for this weeks game or next weeks game.

Leonard Fournette practiced fully today for the second consecutive game with a foot injury. Fournette’s career as a Jaguar running back has been marred with injuries and suspensions (2 games total over his first two years). Unfortunately, there seems to be a reoccurring theme now with Fournette and injuries. Nevertheless, Fournette will likely suit up this week.

Below are both teams injury reports:

JAGUARS:

RB Leonard Fournette (Foot): Full Participation

S Jerrod Wilson (Perosnal): Full Participation

K Josh Lambo (Right Groin): Did Not Participate

WR D.J. Chark Jr. (Quad): Did Not Participate

OL Jermey Parnell (Knee): Did Not Participate

DOLPHINS:

WR Danny Amendola (Knee): Full Participation

CB Cornell Armstrong (Ankle): Full Participation

WR DeVante Parker (Shoulder): Full Participation

S Reshad Jones (Shoulder): Full Participation

RB Kalen Ballage (Hip): Full Participation

RB Kenyan Drake (Shoulder): Full Participation

C Travis Swanson (Ankle): Full Participation

T Ja’Wuan James (Shoulder): Full Participation

LS John Denney (Finger/Hamstring): Full Participation

QB Ryan Tannehill (R.Shoulder/Ankle): Limited Participation

CB Xavian Howard (Knee): Limited Participation

DT Ziggy Hood (Hamstring): Limited Participation

LB Kiko Alonso (Knee/Hamstring): Limited Participation

T Laremy Tunsil (Knee): Limited Participation

S T.J. McDonald (Ankle): Did Not Participate

DT Kendrick Norton (Ankle): Did Not Participate

For the Dolphins, they were able to get a couple people back at practice including receiver Danny Amendola. However, they also were still limited with Kiko Alonso (their starting MLB). T.J. McDonald, the Dolphins starting Strong Safety did not participate for the second consecutive day. This indicates he will not suit up on Sunday against the Jaguars.

Cornerback Xavian Howard, who recently stated if he had one, he would not waive a no-trade clause to come to the Jaguars, was limited in practice again today. The Dolphins do not yet know if he will be able to play this Sunday.

Ryan Tannehill was limited in practice for the second consecutive day. If he cannot suit up, the Dolphins will once again turn to Brock Osweiler as their starting quarterback. A Quarterback which the Jaguars know all too well.

 

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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