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Jaguars vs Texans: Friday Injury Report, Bouye Out, Fournette Doubtful

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The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Houston Texans have released their final injury report for the regular season. On the Jaguars end of things Josh wells, A.J. Bouye, and Josh Lambo have all been ruled out for Sunday’s matchup. This means Corey Robinson/Patrick Omameh, Tyler Patmon/Quenton Meeks (more on this later), and Kai Forbath all will start in place of those respective starters.

The Jaguars are also going to be without Leonard Fournette more than likely. He was listed as doubtful for Sunday’s matchup and with this game holding very little value at all besides draft position for the Jaguars, they are likely to sit him.

A couple of issues have popped up on the Jaguars final injury report and that includes the listing of D.J. Hayden, and Carlos Hyde as questionable for Sunday’s matchup. If neither of these two players can go it likely will mean Tyler Patmon or Quenton Meeks on the outside and the other on the inside.

Although, the Jaguars like to use Meeks exclusively on the outside so it is possible Tre Herndon takes over the slot corner position. Either way, this spells trouble for the Jaguars who have to face DeAndre Hopkins. Jalen Ramsey will cover him for the majority of the game, however, there might be situations where he is unable to do so.

D.J. Chark will officially be making his return to the Jaguars starting lineup as he was not listed at all on the status report today.

Below are the injury reports for both teams:

JAGUARS:

CB A.J. Bouye (Toe): Out

K Josh Lambo (Groin): Out

OL Josh Wells (Concussion): Out

RB Leonard Fournette (Ankle/Foot): Doubtful

RB Carlos Hyde (Knee): Questionable

CB D.J. Hayden (Groin): Questionable

TEXANS:

WR Keke Coutee (Hamstring): Questionable

CB Jonathan Joseph (Neck): Questionable

NT Brandon Dunn (Ankle): Questionable

As for the Texans, they only have three players listed on their status report. This means players such as Lamar Miller, DeAndre Hopkins, and Benardrick McKinney are all set to play this weekend after coming into the week with some questions.

The Jaguars and the Texans kickoff at 1 PM EST on Sunday. The game has a lot of stakes for both teams as the Texans can secure the AFC South with a victory and the Jaguars can possibly make their way up the draft order with a loss or down with a win.

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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Film Room: Why Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue deserves to be paid

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Dec 2, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) motions to the fans during the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

A big Jaguars storyline headed into the offseason break within the NFL is the looming contract negotiation between premier pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue and the Jacksonville Jaguars. 

Ngakoue burst onto the scene after being drafted in the third round by the Jaguars in the 2016 draft. He quickly asserted himself into the competition for a starting role with Dante Fowler Jr. — a former 1st round pick and a guy the Jaguars looked at as a perennial defensive end from his days at Florida. 

Due to Fowler struggling to climb back his ACL tear during his rookie season, Ngakoue took advantage of the opportunity of being on a level playing field with Fowler when he touched down in Jacksonville. 

Soon after, Ngakoue took the starting defensive end spot and never looked back. 

In the 2018 season, Ngakoue recorded 25 tackles and 9.5 sacks for a Jacksonville team that disappointed not only their fans but many of those around the league. After a quick start to the season, they hit a wall and began to roll downhill. 

Throughout all of the ups and downs in Ngakoue’s first three seasons in the NFL, he has stayed committed and healthy to play in all 48 regular season games. Not to mention the three playoff games in 2017. Over those 48 games, he has recorded 80 total tackles, 29.5 sacks, and 10 forced fumbles. Monstrous numbers for a guy that came into the league with low expectations. He blew those expectations out of the water and continues to be a force on the defensive side of the ball for Jacksonville. 

Ngakoue presents a very interesting skill set as a pass rusher. While a multitude of edge rushers look to throw away the blocker and pressure the quarterback through pure strength and technique, Yannick has used his undeniable speed and length to get underneath the pass protection and hurry the quarterback. He has made a name for himself as one of the most feared defensive players in the eyes of quarterbacks in the NFL while focusing on parts of the game that are vital for winning. 

Ngakoue uses three approaches in particular to his pass rushing technique. He looks to jump off the line of scrimmage as the ball is snapped and utilizes his quickness to cause pressure in the pocket, create turnovers to flip field position for his offense to flourish, and has a never say die attitude when it comes to every down. 

In this play, Ngakoue fires off the line of scrimmage and gets underneath the offensive lineman before they even have the chance to get a hold of his pads to execute the block. By doing this, he is able to use his momentum gained from his jump off the line to push back the defender and get him on his heels early in the play. Ngakoue then blows past him and is able to get the strip sack on the quarterback. His speed on this play allows him to drop off the offensive lineman and have a straight path to the QB. Being lined up on the quarterback’s blind side, Ngakoue shows that he can shed off blocks and surprise the quarterback with forceful hits or bat the ball out of his hands for a potential swing in momentum. 

Yannick has shown a knack of being able to get the ball out of the quarterback’s hands. Leading the NFL in forced fumbles in the 2017 season, he showed his talent of creating turnovers and giving the offense great starting field position, if those forced fumbles don’t result in a score by the defense. 

In these plays, Yannick displays that knack by rounding the corner and using his reach to knock the ball out of Kiser’s hand not once but twice. 

Creating this type of pressure in a game where the offense hasn’t had much production is too much to go unnoticed. Ngakoue has a zeal to be able to shift the momentum of the game to his teams’ favor. Especially in the second play where he wraps around the outside of the offensive line, knocks the ball out of Kiser’s hand, and allows Telvin Smith to recover the fumble in the end zone to escape a near upset loss to the Cleveland Browns. 

Ngakoue commented on that game by saying “To be elite, to do it consistently in one game, that’s pretty special.” And he’s definitely right about that. 

Ngakoue is a generational talent at defensive end and continues to lead by example on a Jaguars team that at times can lack a leader in the locker room. He shows the uncanny ability to do whatever it takes for his team to win. In 2017, Yannick was one of only 2 players in the NFL with 10+ sacks and 5+ forced fumbles (six). Who was the only other player? None other than Aaron Donald, who’s arguably the best defensive player in the NFL at the moment. Yannick’s skill set and production on the field are up there with the best. Therefore, his salary should be as well. 

“Being able to change the game, and being able to get that ball out the quarterback’s hand, that wins games and for a player to be able to do that, that’s pretty special,” Yannick says during his interview with NFL network after being voted the number 88 player of the season in 2017. 

While there are many abilities that the former Maryland student-athlete possesses, one that may be the most important to his success may be his mindset. He has a mamba mentality of never quitting. Not on a play, not in a game, not in a season. You will never see the man give up. This may be the biggest reason as to why the Jaguars need to pay him. For all 60 minutes of the game, he will give his team 110%. 

In this clip, Ngakoue shows that never-say-die attitude by overcoming being initially taken out of the play by the offensive lineman. It looks like he may have been out of an impactful position but, he wills his way back into the play to make a big stop on third down. Seeing Jacoby Brissett step up in the pocket as Yannick is making his way around the outside, he plants his foot and comes back towards the play to turn what could’ve resulted in positive yardage from a quarterback scramble into being a loss of a yard. Being able to fight past adversity from play to play is what separates the good from the great. Yannick has proven that he is a great player, especially in his last two years. 

In this play against the Bengals, Ngakoue shows great perseverance as it looks like he overshot the play. Despite hitting the ground he has the strength and ability to bounce up and get a tackle for loss. A play that could’ve turned into a big run if Yannick had not given so much effort. Being able to bounce back up and make a play as big as this one shows how hard he works to be one of the best in the league. 

Ngakoue continues to be one of the most under-appreciated players in the NFL and is an elite rusher who will do anything to help his team win. While we saw a bit of a drop off from him in 2018, he still ranked 23rd in total sacks throughout the NFL with 9.5 and was a gigantic piece to the puzzle on a defense that ranked top 5 in a 5-11 season. 

With many players in today’s NFL going in and out due to injury or off the field issues, Yannick has stayed consistent and put his heart and soul into the Jaguars organization. He’s shown his potential and consistency needed to really be a solid playmaker for this strong Jacksonville defense for years to come. This creates even more of a reason to sign him to a big contract extension this offseason. 

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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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