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Jaguars vs. Texans: Wednesday Injury Report, D.J. Chark Back

Demetrius Harvey

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Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Houston Texans have released their Wednesday injury report ahead of their week 17 matchup at NRG Stadium. For the Jaguars, they finally are getting back Rookie Wide Receiver D.J. Chark for the season finale. Chark has been injured for the past four weeks with a Quad injury. He was not placed on injured reserve, I suppose, to maximize the reps in his rookie year.

For the rest of the Jaguars, Leonard Founrette apparently is still injured with a foot/ankle injury and did not participate in practice today. Fournette has dealt with injuries throughout his Jaguars career, and especially this season. It is not surprising he is injured yet again this week. A.J. Bouye is a new and unexpected addition to the injury report with a toe injury. He did not practice today, and if he cannot play Sunday, Rookie Quenton Meeks likely will assume his role.

Josh Wells and Josh Lambo are also both injured this week. Lambo still has a groin injury, and Wells is out with a concussion. If Wells cannot play this week it is likely Patrick Omameh assumes his spot once again. Lambo will be replaced by Kai Forbath.

Once again backup Quarterback, Cody Kessler was limited in practice as well with a shoulder injury. Blake Bortles was named the starting Quarterback earlier today.

Below are the injury reports for both teams:

JAGUARS:

CB A.J. Bouye (Toe): Did Not Participate

K Josh Lambo (Groin): Did Not Participate

OL Josh Wells (Concussion): Did Not Participate

RB Leonard Fournette (Ankle/Foot): Limited Participation

QB Cody Kessler (Right Shoulder): Limited Participation

WR D.J. Chark Jr. (Quad): Full Participation

TEXANS:

WR Keke Coutee (Hamstring): Limited Participation

DE Christian Covington (Knee):Limited Participation

S Andre Hal (Ankle): Limited Participation

WR DeAndre Hopkins (Ankle): Limited Participation

CB/S Kareem Jackson (Knee): Limited Participation

CB Johnathan Joseph (Neck): Limited Participation

RB Lamar Miller (Ankle): Limited Participation

S Justin Reid (Shoulder/Wrist): Full Participation

DE J.J. Watt (Knee): Limited Participation

The Houston Texans have an abundance of injuries. And for that reason I have limited the reporting of their injury report to the most important/impactful players on the injury report.

The Texnas’ most valuable player on the report is absolutely DeAndre Hopkins. Anytime the Jaguars and the Texans play the matchup to watch has been Jalen Ramsey and Hopkins. At least for the past few years. This matchup should not change this upcoming Sunday as it is a must win game for the Texans, just as much some Jaguars fans might view it as a “must lose”.

We will see what comes of this lengthy injury report throughout the week. For now, it seems as though the Texans are just as battered and bruised as the Jaguars have been early on in the season.

Demetrius Harvey is a Locked on Jaguars writer focusing on game breakdowns as well as breaking news. Demetrius is a lifelong Jaguars fan. You can follow him at @Demetrius82 on twitter.

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Jaguars finalize coaching staff after landing offensive coordinator

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Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have finalized their 2019 coaching staff. They’ve officially hired their offensive coordinator as well as other staff members. John DeFilippo was the headliner for today as the replacement for Nathaniel Hackett as offensive coordinator.

The Jaguars also announced the remainder of their staff. As we covered in the past couple of weeks they have hired several position coaches, including Terry Robiskie as running backs coach, George Warhop as the offensive line coach, and Tim Walton as the secondary coach.

The rest of the staff was a mystery until today. The Jaguars announced they will be promoting assistant defensive line coach Jason Rebrovich to defensive line coach, and they have hired David Merritt as their assistant defensive line coach. Merritt spent the past season as the Arizona Cardinals defensive backs coach. Joe Danna will be promoted as well and will be coaching the safeties. Danna has been on the Jaguars staff as an assistant secondary coach since 2017. John Donovan, another assistant coach for the Jaguars, will be promoted to assistant running backs coach.

It is worth noting in today’s presser Marrone stated Tim Walton will coach the cornerbacks, and Joe Danna will coach the safeties. “I thought we could get more out of our coaches and players if we split the secondary,” Marrone said. This is worth noting as Walton actually held a similar role with the Giants for the past couple of seasons.

Scott Milanovich will remain on staff as the quarterbacks coach. Milanovich was the play-caller for the final five weeks of the season. Milanovich has been with the Jaguars as a QB coach since 2017.

There were no other major coaching changes on the Jaguars roster as the rest of the staff will stay intact.

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Jaguars will retain quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich

Zach Goodall

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Nov 26, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars will retain Scott Milanovich as their quarterbacks coach, according to head coach Doug Marrone.

Milanovich filled in as interim offensive coordinator after Nate Hackett was fired midseason, but the offense saw no improvement with the QB coach calling plays. However, the team appears confident that the former Grey Cup-winning CFL head coach can handle the responsibilities of quarterbacks coach, a position Milanovich has held since Doug Marrone was named head coach in 2017.

The team hired John DeFilippo as their offensive coordinator earlier today. You can read why he was a fantastic hire here. Marrone mentioned during his press conference today that Milanovich and DeFilippo have a previous relationship in Maryland.

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Jaguars to hire John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator, per report

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Credit: 247Sports.com

The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to hire John DeFilippo as their offensive coordinator, per report.

DeFilippo was the Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator during the 2018 season, but was fired during Week 15, apparently due to a conflict of play-calling interests with head coach Mike Zimmer, who wanted to focus more on the run game than DeFilippo’s strengths with the pass game.

However, despite a lack of calling the run, Vikings quarterback had a historic season as a passer when it came to efficiency, being the first QB in NFL history to throw for 4000+ yards, 30+ touchdowns, 10 or fewer interceptions, and complete at least 70% of his passes. Much of this can be credited to DeFilippo’s influence in the passing game.

Previous to Minnesota, DeFilippo was the Philadelphia Eagles QBs coach during their 2017-18 Super Bowl run, where he was key to the development of Carson Wentz and rejuvenation of Nick Foles’ career after Wentz tore his ACL. He also served as offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns in 2015, where then-36 year old Josh McCown posted the second most touchdown passes of his 13 year career with 12 in eight games, along with 2109 passing yards, a 63.7 completion percentage, and only four interceptions.

DeFilippo’s first NFL coaching job came in 2005 as an offensive quality control coach under then New York Giants head coach and current EVP of Football Operations for the Jaguars, Tom Coughlin. So there’s a definite connection to the team in ths hire.

At the end of the day, the Jaguars number one priority this offseason has to be, and will be, fixing their passing game woes. Quarterback Blake Bortles needs to be replaced, and the team’s next signal caller must be groomed into a successful QB. DeFilippo has proven with Cousins, Foles/Wentz, as well as Josh McCown in Cleveland during the 2015 season, that he’s capable of doing just that.

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