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Jaguars vs. Giants: Madden Prediction for Week 1

Zach Goodall

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You’ve been waiting on content like this since the day Locked On Jaguars went from being a dream to becoming reality.

Cole Hartley (you know, that video guy from BigCatCountry.com), has agreed to join me on a weekly segment, predicting the outcome of every 2018 Jacksonville Jaguars game… by playing a game of Madden NFL 19.

In order to interact with Jaguars fans during the prediction game, we are live streaming every matchup via Mixer. You can find all future streams at Mixer.com/nighthawk4190. Unfortunately, no recording was saved of the first Madden Prediction, but we are working on saving future streams (I’m not good at technology).

With that, let’s get to the summary of the game.

Jaguars vs. Giants: Week 1 Madden Prediction

This game was about as Jaguars-y as it could possibly have been. All defense, little offense, the only touchdown coming from running back Leonard Fournette.

The Jaguars made a bunch of key stops on defense. Marcell Dareus and Calais Campbell both recorded sacks and Jalen Ramsey, Barry Church, and A.J. Bouye made notably pass break ups. Myles Jack came down and played the run better than he ever has, and the defense as a whole held Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley to -2 yards on eight carries.

Through three quarters of play, kickers Josh Lambo and Aldrick Rosas put the only points on the board, with the Giants leading the Jaguars by a score of 6-3. Blake Bortles threw three interceptions, one of which coming when the Jaguars were driving themselves into scoring position. He finished 11-21 for 159 yards on the day, with the three interceptions hurting the Jaguars offense.

Shortly after the fourth quarter began, Fournette rushed for a 16 yard touchdown. With 4:37 left in the game and a 9-6 lead, I was feeling confident the Jaguars defense could continue to limit the Giants to, at worst, a field goal and send the game to overtime. Oh, how wrong I was…

Cole began to drive the field slowly and take time off the clock, with backup RB Jonathan Stewart tallying three carries for 19 yards and some other chunk plays. With 19 seconds left to play, Manning completed a 17 yard touchdown pass to WR Sterling Shephard.

I put together an impressive drive with 19 seconds left on the clock, moving the ball from my own 25 to the Giants 29 yard line over the course of four plays. With four seconds remaining, Bortles targeted TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins up the seam, and while he contested the ball, two Giants defenders closed on the ball and broke up the pass.

Game over. Giants win 13-9 in a nailbiter.

Hopefully, this isn’t how the real game plays out on Sunday. But this was a lot of fun, and I look forward to continuing to predict Jaguars games with Cole on Madden for the rest of the season. Be sure to check it out next week!

Zach Goodall covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for the Locked On Jaguars podcast and website. Follow him on Twitter @zach_goodall.

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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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