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Jaguars vs Saints: Preseason Game Preview and Information

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Dec 27, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) and Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) talks after their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints won, 38-27. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars vs New Orleans Saints

Thursday, 8/9/18 @ 7pm, TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL

You can watch the game on CBS47/FOX30 in Jacksonville, as well as on the team’s live stream in select markets.

Preview:

The Jaguars will be taking the field for the first time in 2018 to face the New Orleans Saints in preseason action. Although the game will have no regular season record implications, it could have significant implications on the order of depth chart.

Quarterback Cody Kessler has played very well during camp, keeping a high completion percentage and a low turnover rate. The 3rd-year QB also developed a strong connection with rookie wideout D.J. Chark, connecting on several impressive throws. Kessler should take the majority of first half snaps against the Saints, and has the opportunity to cement his status as backup QB if he outperforms Tanner Lee.

Corey Grant is another player to keep an eye on. The speedy running back finally has a chance to follow up his breakout performance against the Patriots in the AFC Championship game, where he was heavily involved in the passing game, catching three passes for 59 yards. He will be competing with T.J. Yeldon for the second spot on the Jaguars RB depth chart. The Saints will most likely be without their 1st round pick rookie defensive end Marcus Davenport, who has struggled with a muscle pull during the majority of training camp. Davenport’s absence in the run defense could benefit Grant and Yeldon’s success.

Thursday will give us our first look at DJ Chark in action. After progressing quickly in training camp, he looks ready to advance to the WR3 spot. Look for improvement in Chark’s route running, in comparison to his college career where he had to rely on his speed to create separation.

On the defensive side of the ball, Jaguars seventh round pick Leon Jacobs will have a chance to prove he belongs as the starting SAM Linebacker. The rookie from Wisconsin has impressed in training camp, winning approval from LB Myles Jack.

UDFA cornerback Tre Herndon has been a consistent play maker during training camp, who will have to extend this success to the preseason if he hopes to compete for the nickel corner spot. Herndon will have the chance to do so against talented Saints receivers such as Cameron Meredith and rookie Tre’Quan Smith.

Jaguars first round pick DE Taven Bryan is unlikely to see playing time, as he missed Tuesday’s practice with an abdominal injury. While nothing has been officially stated on Bryan’s status, I would expect the Jaguars to be cautious in order to avoid further injury to their first round pick.

 

 

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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