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Jacksonville Jaguars LIVE BLOG: Jacksonville Jaguars Begin To Trim Roster To 53 Players

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May 26, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin (left) and head coach Doug Marrone (right) look on during organized team activities at Everbank Field. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have begun their annual roster trimming to 53 today. When Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone was asked if he ever becomes immune to it (releasing players), he stated,  “I don’t think you ever become immune to that. I think people who are immune to that are bullshitting. I think people who are immune to that have no appreciation for what these people do.”

It is safe to say this is one of the worst weekends of the year for Marrone.

With that said, we will be keeping track of all 37 roster moves over the next day in live-blog fashion. This post will be updated with every report as the Jaguars piece together their 53 man roster, so keep this article bookmarked as you look for Jaguars news.

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Sunday 3:54 P.M.: The Jaguars have announced six players added to their practice squad. All players listed were with the team on their 90-man roster. This includes: OL Ka’John Armstrong, CB Tae Hayes, RB Elijah Hood, TE Charles Jones, WR Michael Walker, and CB Brandon Watson. The Jaguars likely will announce other/outside signings later:

Sunday 3:34 P.M.: Jaguars officially announced roster transactions including waiver claims:

Sunday 2:45 P.M.: According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo the Jaguars will be signing Hard Knocks’ star wide receiver Keelan Doss (Raiders). Doss is an intriguing receiver prospect. He had an offer to return to the Raiders, but heads to Jacksonville instead. Doss had 17 receptions for 162 yards and a touchdown during the preseason.

Sunday 2:33 P.M.: The first piece of the practice squad puzzle has landed. According to The Athletic’s Ben Standig, the Jaguars are signing OL Blake Hance to their practice squad. Hance was originally with Washington.

Sunday 1:57 P.M.: The Jaguars have made all of their roster moves to make it to their ideal 53-man roster. In addition to releasing veteran TE Ben Koyack, and placing RB Alfred Blue on IR, they have released defensive tackle Eli Ankou, and long snapper Matt Overton. Originally thought of as being a tight end, Matt Orzech will be the team’s long snapper for the 2019 season.

Sunday 1:54 P.M.: The Jaguars have released veteran tight end Ben Koyack according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Koyack creates room for DeValve. The Jaguars have two more moves to make.

Sunday 9/1 1:46 P.M.: No Jaguars players were claimed according to the NFL’s transaction wire. This means the Jaguars will have their choice of any players released to be placed on their practice squad. A couple of names to watch out for include wide receiver Tyre Brady, and cornerback Tae Hayes.

Sunday 9/1 1:25 P.M.: In one corrosponding move to today’s waiver wire pickups, the Jaguars have placed running back Alfred Blue on injured reserve. Blue was brought in to become Fournette’s primary backup. Now on injured reserve, he is elegible to return as he made the Jaguars initial 53-man roster.

Sunday 9/1 12:50 P.M.: The Jaguars have claimed four players off the waiver wire, per Phillip Heilman of The Athletic. This includes tight end Seth DeValve (Cleveland), RB Tyler Ervin (Baltimore), TE Matt Orzech (Baltimore), and RB Devine Ozigbo (New Orleans).

Saturday 8/31 3:46 P.M.: The Jaguars have announced their final cuts for the 53-man roster. The team has waived OL Ka’John Armstrong, WR Tyre Brady, TE Donnie Ernsberger, CB Tae Hayes, WR Quadree Henderson, RB Elijah Hood, DL Mike Hughes, DL Lyndon Johnson, TE Charles Jones, WR Raphael Leonard, WR Tre McBride, QB Alex McGough, CB Quenton Meeks, TE Carson Meier, S Joshua Moon, CB Picasso Nelson, S C.J. Reavis, CB Saivion Smith, OL Bunchy Stallings, LB Connor Strachan, DL Kalani Vakameilalo, WR Michael Walker, CB Brandon Watson, DL Andrew Williams and TE Ethan Wolf.

They have also waived/injured OL Donnell Greene, RB Devante Mays, OL KC McDermott and OL Leonard Wester. If they clear waivers, they will revert to the team’s reserve/injured list.

The Jaguars placed OL Ben Ijalana and WR Terrelle Pryor Sr. on the reserve/injured list. And have placed linebacker Jake Ryan on the team’s NFI/reserve list. He will be eligible to return in six weeks.

Saturday 8/31 2:51 Although this isn’t a 53-man roster move, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Jacksonville Jaguars have signed linebacker Myles Jack to a four-year, $57M contract extension which includes $33M in guaranteed money.

Saturday 8/31 1:23 P.M.: According to the Florida Times Union’s John Reid, the Jaguars are waiving tight end Charles Jones. Jones was unable to recover quickly enough from his foot injury he suffered shortly before preseason. He is a potential practice squad target.

Saturday 8/31 1:23 P.M.: According to Phillip Heilman of The Athletic, undrafted free agent safety Andrew Wingard has made the team’s 53-man roster. Wingard, a Colorado native, attended the University of Wyoming where he eclipsed over 400 tackles to become the team’s second all-time leading tackler.

Earlier this offseason, Locked On Jaguars got to know Wingard a bit speaking about his hard work and determination to be successful in football, and in life. “I wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t determined.”

Saturday 8/31 1:01 P.M.: Wide receivers Tre McBride and Tyre Brady have been waived according to The Athletic’s Phillip Heilman. McBride had a heck of a training camp and a solid start to the preseason before dropping off a bit during weeks three and four. Brady made waves during training camp for his size and red zone ability. He will likely be a practice squad target.

As Heilman points out, receiver C.J. Board has a chance to make the roster as a sixth receiver considering his play during the preseason as well. The Jaguars released receiver Terrelle Pryor yesterday.

Saturday 8/31 12:54 P.M.: According to The Athletic’s Phillip Heilman, the Jaguars are waving second-year cornerback Quenton Meeks. Meeks came into the year with a fair shot at making the roster as the fourth corner. He fell down due to poor playing during training camp and the preseason. Just one season ago Meeks had an outstanding game against the Eagles in London before tearing a knee injury derailed his rookie season.

Saturday 8/31 12:39 P.M.: The Jaguars have waived/injured OT Leonard Wester according to The AP’s Mark Long. Wester was brought in to become the Jaguars reserve tackle but failed to get anything going during the preseason. He will revert to the Jaguars IR list if he clears waivers.

Friday 8/30 8:24 P.M.: The Jaguars are waiving UDFA rookie Picasso Nelson Jr., according to The Athletic’s Phillip Heilman. Nelson was signed shortly after the draft and had an interception against the Eagles in week two of the preseason.

Friday 8/30 5:38 P.M.: The Jaguars have waived TE Donnie Ernsberger, according to The Athletic’s Phillip Heilman. Ernsberger never played very many snaps during the preseason and may stick around on the practice squad.

Friday 8/30 5:29 P.M.: The Jaguars have waived TE Ethan Wolf, according to The Athletic’s Phillip Heilman. Wolf was brought in while the Jaguars tight ends recovered.

Friday 8/30 5:06 P.M.: The Jaguars have waived DT Kalani Vakameilalo, according to The Athletic’s Phillip Heilman.

Friday 8/30 5:00 P.M.: The Jaguars have waived DT Michael Hughes, according to The Athletic’s Phillip Heilman.

Friday 8/30 3:24 P.M.: The Jaguars have released LB Ramik Wilson, according to AP’s Mark Long.

Friday 8/30 3:21 P.M.: The Jaguars have released veteran OT Josh Wells, according to Florida Times Union’s John Reid. Wells had been with the Jaguars for the past several years. Now off the roster.

Friday 8/30 3:19 P.M.: The Jaguars have released veteran RB Thomas Rawls according to ESPN’s Michael DiRocco.

Friday 8/30 3:14 P.M.: The Jaguars have waived rookie DT Andrew Williams and rookie WR Raphael Leonard according to The Athletic’s Phillip Heilman. Neither were factors in the Jaguars preseason games. The roster stands at 79.

Friday 8/30, 3:00 P.M.: According to The Athletic’s Phillip Heilman LB Davis Tull was released via injury settlement. The Jaguars are also waiving rookie CB Tae Hayes. Hayes was in competition for the Jaguars fifth cornerback spot.

Friday 8/30, 2:35 P.M.: According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero the Jaguars are waiving rookie LB Connor Strachan

Friday 8/30, 2:32 P.M.: According to Phillip Heilman of The Athletic, the Jaguars are waiving DL Lyndon Johnson. Johnson was with the Jaguars on their practice squad last season.

Friday 8/30, 2:28 P.M.: Jaguars LB Jake Ryan is expected to be placed on the reserve/NFI list. He will not count against the teams’ 53-man roster. Ryan can’t practice or play while on the NFI list. He will miss the first six weeks of the season, at least.

Friday 8/30, 2:10 P.M.: The Jaguars have released safety C.J. Reavis according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. This move comes as a surprise to many. Reavis was slatted to be the Jaguars primary backup at both safety positions this season. Now, he is off the roster.

Friday 8/30, 11:20 A.M.: Jaguars released backup QB Alex McGough according to ESPN’s Michael DiRocco.

Friday 8/30, 10:00 A.M.: Jaguars release three players according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport including WR Terrelle Pryor, DT/DE Datone Jones, and CB Savion Smith.

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 vs. Texans preview: Keys to success, matchups to watch

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Aug 29, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) works out during warmups before a game against the Atlanta Falcons at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars look to rebound in a major way this Sunday against the Houston Texans. It all starts with rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew, II who will start in place of the injured Nick Foles.

Nick Foles is out, and Gardner Minshew is in. The outcome for Sunday’s game against the Texans will likely be determined by the ability of the rookie quarterback. In order to be successful, the team must play better on defense and around Minshew.

Game Time info

  • When: Sunday, September, 15th 1:00 PM  ET
  • Where: NRG Stadium, Houston Texas
  • Watch: CBS47 (click)
  • Listen: Jacksonville 1010XL AM, 92.5FM

Five Keys to Success

  1. Stay healthy
    We put this every week, but I suppose the Jaguars are not listening. The Jaguars will be without at least six players due to various injuries on Sunday including offensive linemen Cam Robinson and Cedric Ogbuehi, cornerback A.J. Bouye, defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, tight end Josh Oliver, and wide receiver Marqise Lee. No matter how hard the Jaguars tried to escape it, the injury bug has most definitely caught up.
  2. Stop (limit?) DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller
    Last week, the Jaguars faced probably the best offense in the NFL in the Kansas City Chiefs. This week, they face another daunting challenge with Texans receivers DeAndre Hopkins, and Will Fuller. Fuller is one of five players in the NFL to record 10 receiving touchdowns on 100-or-less targets since 2017.
  3. Protect Minshew at all costs
    The Jaguars absolutely cannot afford another injury at the quarterback position. Last week, the team sent a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers for quarterback Josh Dobbs. There is no reason for anyone to want Dobbs to take the field on Sunday. While the Texans got rid of defensive end Jadevon Clowney, they are still a force to be reckoned with along the front seven with J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus.
  4. Get after the quarterback
    Last week, the Jaguars were unable to bring down Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. This week, they will be tasked with bringing down Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson. The good news for the Jaguars defensive line is Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson holds onto the ball (2.73 seconds per pass) much longer than Mahomes (2.42 seconds). The advantage should go to Jacksonville against Houston’s offensive line even without Ngakoue.
  5. Keep it simple
    Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash admitted he might have gotten a little “too cute” when playing the Chiefs explosive offense last week. This week, the defensive play-callers needs to keep it simple and allow his defense to just play their game. The Jaguars gave up seven straight scoring drives to the Chiefs last week.

Key Matchups 

  • Jalen Ramsey vs. DeAndre Hopkins
    This is fun. Every time these two players meet, something happens. Both players will get the best of each other, and Ramsey is likely to follow Hopkins around the field as he did with Hill last week. Hopkins spoke to the media last week and complimented the cornerback, and unsurprisingly, Ramsey did the same.
  • Josh Allen vs. Laremy Tunsil
    With Ngakoue out, Allen will be the Jaguars number one pass rusher going up against Houston Texans’ offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil. Allen was highly complimentary of Tunsil last week and is looking forward to playing much better this week than he did in week one.
  • Jaguars receivers vs. Texans defensive backs
    Lee being out for Sunday’s matchup is inconsequential. The Jaguars top three receivers, Chris Conley, D.J. Chark, and Dede Westbrook are good to go. Chark put on a show last week against the Chiefs after hauling in four passes for 147 yards and a touchdown. The Texans secondary is suspect at best and should be a terrific matchup to watch on Sunday.
  • Jaguars secondary vs. Texans’ receivers
    The Jaguar secondary last week was, for lack of a better word, awful. Giving up 378 passing yards will not get it done. The Jaguars ranked second in pass defense last year, and currently rank 29th after their week one loss. Something’s gotta give this week against the Texans and the Jaguars will see — even without Bouye — how they will move forward on defense.

Players to watch

Gardner Minshew — Minshew Mania ran rampant in Jacksonville this week, off of a loss. If the mustache wearing, jorts sporting, rockstar from Mississippi can lead the Jaguars to victory there may be a parade. Absolutely the key player of the week, and the number one player to watch against the Texans on Sunday. Minshew will need to stay within himself and lead the Jaguars offense to scoring drives early and often. His old ball coach believes in him, do you?

Tre Herndon — Jaguars cornerback Tre Herndon needs to be ready against the Texans on Sunday. Going up against DeAndre Hopkins and/or Will Fuller is no easy task. Herndon said after practice on Friday that his preparation for Sunday’s game has not changed and he has leaned on Bouye for how he should cover Fuller and Hopkins. Both receivers present different, but equally effective difficulties.

Leonard Fournette — Fournette was off to a rather stellar game against the Chiefs last week before the Jaguars defense put them in a hole forcing the team to turn to the passing game. If the Jaguars can remain balanced on Sunday, Fournette should be in for another solid game, adding onto his 5.3 yards-per-carry average for the season.

Marcell Dareus — Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus missed last week’s matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs due to an elbow injury. Now that he’s back, the 331-pound defensive tackle should provide a force in the middle of the field, eating up blockers and allowing the linebackers to move more freely to the ball carrier. It will be important to keep a close eye on him as the game moves forward to see how healthy he truly is.

Official game prediction: Jaguars 10, Texans 24

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Jaguars officially rule out Bouye, Lee against Texans

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Sep 8, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye (21) warms up prior to the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Kansas City Chiefs at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars have officially ruled out cornerback A.J. Bouye and receiver Marqise Lee for Sunday’s matchup against the Houston Texans.

After being listed as questionable following Friday’s practice both A.J. Bouye (hip) and Marqise Lee (knee) have been ruled out for the Jaguars match against the Houston Texans tomorrow.

Lee came into the week after playing in his first regular-season game since December 2017 with progress on his surgically repaired knee. After being limited in practice on Thursday for “precautionary reasons”, Lee did not participate on Friday.

Coming into this season there were legitimate questions whether or not Lee would be ready for week one. There are not legitimate concerns on whether the receiver has suffered a setback on his knee or if this was in the plans all along. The latter seems unlikely.

Receivers Keelan Cole and C.J. Board will step up in place of Lee on Sunday.

Bouye battled through a hip injury all week and was limited in both Thursday and Friday’s practices for the team. Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone all but ruled him out after being asked about the chances of the cornerback playing on Sunday during his post-practice press conference yesterday stating, “I’d probably think, probably doubtful. We’ll be ready to go. We’re planning on him probably not playing. I’m sure he’s going to give it everything he has to be healthy.”

With Bouye out, second-year cornerback Tre Herndon will likely start in his place with D.J. Hayden remaining in the slot. Herndon spoke about the prospect of him playing a bigger role on Sunday shortly after practice concluded on Friday.

“In the position that I’m in, being that fourth corner, that’s kinda my card. Anyone get down, get tired, [I] gotta be able to step in and cut no slack. That’s my mindset, treating it like another game. Blessed with the opportunity and try to make the most out of it.”

Herndon will need to be on his A-game during Sunday’s matchup as he is likely to be covering Will Fuller or DeAndre Hopkins. Both players pose a significant threat to the Jaguars secondary.

The Jaguars have now ruled out six players for Sunday’s matchup including Bouye, Lee, tight end Josh Oliver (hamstring), offensive lineman Cedric Ogbuehi (hamstring), defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (hamstring), and left tackle Cam Robinson (coaches decision).

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Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen is just getting started

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Sep 8, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen (41) looks on during the third quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Selecting defensive end Josh Allen at seventh overall was — by many observers — a complete steal by the Jaguars. Now, the young pass rusher is honing his craft to become one of the best in the league.

Throughout the offseason, preseason, and now shortly into the regular season, Jaguars fans and the Jaguars coaching staff have seen the type of versatility, pass rush, and skill set  Josh Allen can provide to the team.

Whether it’s playing linebacker, defensive end, or defensive tackle, Allen can do it all. Coming into the 2019 NFL Draft, Allen was thought of as more of a 3-4 outside linebacker. However, in just a few months the now-275-pound athlete is proving otherwise.

“The most I can do man is the better I can be,” Allen told Locked on Jaguars shortly after practice this week when asked about his versatility. “It means I can be out there on the field more, doing more things. I love being a versatile player, I love being able to do a lot of different things so I can stay on that field as much as I can and make plays for my team.”

The Jaguars rookie played 75% of the team’s defensive snaps last week (51/68 plays) while seeing action at three separate positions — defensive end, defensive tackle, and outside linebacker. Allen has also shown he can defend the pass, especially in the flats as seen during the team’s third preseason game against the Miami Dolphins.

The fiery pass-rusher dons the number 41, a number in which he himself admits is unconventional, and while at first, he did not care for it, it eventually grew on him.

“My freshman year I thought it was my locker number,” Allen said while laughing. “I wasn’t happy when I got it. I was trying to change it, to be real. You know they told me I couldn’t and it just stuck with me and I just kept wearing it.”

Typically a player’s number has some sort of significance to it, but that is not the case for Allen. What is significant to him, however, is his son. The absolute reason why he suits up and plays with the intensity that he does on the gridiron. While Allen wants to be the best player, his son has always, and will always come first.

“You know I got in this game to give my family a better opportunity at life, and now that I’m here man, it’s just my main focus is to provide for my family and provide for myself.”

While at Kentucky, Allen nearly entered the draft as a junior, but once his son was born he had a different perspective on life, and on football. As a junior, Allen posted seven sacks and 10.5 tackles-for-loss. Respectable numbers which likely would slot him in the first to the third-round range. Allen took it as a challenge and flourished.

During his senior year, Allen posted record-setting numbers with 17 sacks and 21.5 tackles-for-loss which — for a Kentucky defensive player — is unheard of. To that end, Allen quickly climbed draft boards, many slotting him in as a top-three pick.

Now in the NFL, Allen is striving for even more. “Of course I want to be the best,” Allen said. “I got a little bit on my shoulders, but I’m willing to go a long mile with that.”

The defensive end will have a lot on his shoulders this Sunday. With his partner-in-crime Yannick Ngakoue out with a hamstring issue, many assume Allen will need to pick up the slack left by the pro bowler’s absence, but that is not his mentality at all. Instead, Allen looks at it in a rather selfless, team-oriented perspective.

“It is what it is,” Allen said when asked about Ngakoue being out on Sunday and him playing a little more. “I pray he gets better. That’s main priority number one, is for him to get healthy. It’s not about me playing more or him not being here. It’s about him being healthy and us playing 100% on the defense.”

Allen has been about the team more than himself since college, illustrating that with his desire to suit up in a bowl game he didn’t necessarily have to play in. Now in Jacksonville, that perspective has not changed. Similar to his role on Sunday.

“My role hasn’t changed any,” Allen said. “I played when he was in the game, played when he (Ngakoue) wasn’t in the game. It’s not gonna be a big change for me, but I just pray he gets better so we can be a complete unit.”

While Allen’s role may not change for Sunday, not having Ngakoue will most definitely affect the Jaguars chances of winning. Ngakoue has yet to miss a game during his four-year career, and has been the most productive edge rusher on the team during that span, along with defensive end Calais Campbell.

Allen didn’t grow up a football player, and instead played basketball the majority of his life. Once he put the football pads on, however, Allen says he started studying all kinds of pass rushers. Allen would go on to list them off. (Bears defensive end) Khalil Mack, (Broncos outside linebacker) Von Miller, (Former Broncos outside linebacker) DeMarcus Ware, (Colts defensive end) Justin Houston. Some of the best defensive ends, and football players of the past decade. “I feel like I can do the stuff they do,” Allen quipped.

Allen has drawn comparisons to Mack and Miller throughout the draft process and even now shortly into his professional career. If Allen can “do the stuff they do”, he will have been an absolute steal as many pundits predicted.

For now, Allen will continue to hone his craft and stay under the wings of Campbell and Ngakoue. He has leaned on both players for guidance throughout the offseason, and into the regular season. “Calais has been in the league for a long time, Yan for a little bit of time — he’s one of those primetime players,” Allen said. “Having them in my corner has been a blessing, a big help. Not only is it gonna help me, but they’re gonna help the whole team as well.”

Now, going into his second career game, his next test will be against one of the best offensive tackle’s in the game in Texans offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil. “He’s a big guy, he’s real physical on the point of attack,” Allen said when asked what he’s seen out of Tunsil on tape. “It makes a lot of big plays. He’s [a] real athletic tackle — that doesn’t discredit anything — so we’re still gonna have to put the pressure on him and get to the quarterback.”

It’s clear former Wildcat thinks highly of himself. Last week, Allen was credited with having three pressures and one quarterback hit according to Pro Football Focus — the most amount of overall pressures on the team. Yet, the defensive end described his play as just “alright”, when asked about it.

“I know I can work on some things to get better and plan to do those this week.”

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