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Jaguars vs. Giants: Play of the game belongs to Myles Jack

Zach Goodall

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Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack (44) returns an interception for a touchdown in front of defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

In a game highlighted by the defense and special teams units, the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-15 win over the New York Giants didn’t offer a ton of plays worthy of a “play of the game” mention.

Except… you know… a play from the Jaguars defense.

Middle linebacker Myles Jack’s pick-six wins the honor of the “play of the game” for the Jaguars, as Locked On Jaguars will feature a “play of the game” post following every game of the 2018 season.

This play was a perfect summary of the Jaguars defense as a whole – playmakers and talent on every level. The secondary had their men locked up, the linebackers created traffic on any underneath routes, and the pass rush forced quarterback Eli Manning to panic, quickly.

Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue beat right tackle Ereck Flowers swiftly, leaving him in a whirlwind falling to the ground. That pressure forced Manning to step into a crowded pocket where nose tackle Abry Jones sat waiting for Manning to make his move. Manning tried to quickly dump the ball off to running back Saquon Barkley, but Jones got his hands up and made a play on the ball, sending it flying into…

Myles Jack’s breadbasket.

From there, it was a cake walk. Nothing but green grass between Jack and the endzone. And unlike the last game the Jaguars played in (other than preseason), nothing could possibly rule Myles Jack down on a touchdown-return touchdown.

And that, Jaguars fans, is your Locked On Jaguars play of the game for week one.

 

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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