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Jaguars vs Giants: Week One Game Preview and Information

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Aug 22, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5)makes a pass during first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars @ New York Giants

Sunday, 9/9/18 @ 1 P.M., Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey.

You can watch the game on FOX30.

Odds: Jaguars (-3, per Bovada)

Preview

It’s here. Week one is finally upon us. The Jaguars will open up their season with an intriguing matchup against the New York Giants.

The majority of sports media labels the Giants as a bad team. One of the worst teams in football, to be exact, due to their horrendous 3-13 campaign last season. This isn’t necessarily the case. The Giants roster is studded with talent. DT Damon “Snacks” Harrison ranked as the #3 interior defensive lineman in 2017, according to Pro Football Focus. WR Odell Beckham Jr. is widely considered one of the most talented WRs in football. Saquon Barkley was the most prolific college running back in recent history. S Landon Collins, TE Evan Engram, CB Janoris Jenkins, LT Nate Solder, LG Will Hernandez, and DL Dalvin Tomlinson are names to take note of as well.

The Giants got off to a cold start in 2017 after they dropped their first five games (losing three by only one possession). Head Coach Ben McAdoo was placed on the hotseat and subsequently fired in week 13. Player suspensions and locker room controversy plagued the Giants, who had seemingly completely lost their focus from football by halfway through the season. Keep in mind that the Giants were a wild-card playoff team not even a year earlier. This was a decent team that performed drastically below their talent level.

While I don’t expect the Giants to make the playoffs, or even to beat the Jaguars, they aren’t as hopeless as the national perception surrounding them indicates. New Head Coach Pat Shurmur brings hope. Saquon Barkley brings hope. A new regime brings hope. There is a chance that the Giants could give the Jaguars a run for their money.

But it won’t be easy.

Headlining at right tackle is former first round pick, and consensus bust, Ereck Flowers. Flowers is the human equivalent of a turnstile, giving up 17 sacks in three years. For comparison, Jaguars RT Jeremy Parnell has only given up 11.5 sacks in seven years. While Flowers showed flashes of competence in 2017, ‘slightly competent’ won’t cut it against DEs Calais Campbell or Yannick Ngakoue, who combined for a whopping 26.5 sacks last season.

Giants QB Eli Manning will have to evade this incoming pressure and toss the ball into an unforgiving Jaguars secondary. Manning will have his #1 target, Odell Beckham Jr., back and healthy. However, Beckham will have to battle for his yards against an ultra-competitive and physical CB Jalen Ramsey.

What the Giants do have is big-play potential. Engram, Barkley and Beckham all possess great speed for their respective position groups and can amass huge YAC numbers if they get in the open. All it takes is for the Jaguars defense to slack on one play and the Giants are back in the game. We saw this scenario too many times in 2017: the Jaguars defense getting comfortable, giving up big plays, and allowing teams to make comebacks.

Switching sides, the Jaguars offense should dominate, at least on paper. Pass rusher Olivier Vernon being sidelined means the Giants pass-rush is abysmal and QB Blake Bortles should have plenty of time to sit in the pocket and wait for receivers to create seperation. The bolstered offensive line should be able to create holes for RB Leonard Fournette. WRs D.J. Chark, Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook should be able to beat the inconsistent Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple.

While all these hypothetical’s should happen, it doesn’t mean they will. The NFL is at its most volatile in week one, and there is no guarantee that the Jaguars will execute.  Overall, the Jaguars are the better team. If they can stay disciplined, you can reasonably expect the Jags to win. If not, the Giants absolutely have the talent to upset the Jags in week one.

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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