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

Demetrius Harvey



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.


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: Five observations, red zone issues remain

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Nov 3, 2019; London, United Kingdom; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) throws under pressure from the Houston Texans defensive line men during an NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn--USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars (4-5) will be left with a lot to work on during their bye week. There was plenty to gather from the team’s 26-3 loss against the Houston Texans (6-3) in London.

1. Jaguars red-zone woes are still prevalent and have no fix in sight

In the red zone this season, the Jaguars have completed 34.5% (10/29) of their opportunities for touchdowns.  This ranks only better than the Cincinnati Bengals (33.33%) in the entire NFL.

While quarterback play is an issue in this area, the Jaguars have not made the most of their play-call opportunities either. The Jaguars entered the Houston Texans’ red zone only twice in 11 drives on Sunday.

During the two drives in the red zone, the Jaguars completed 0 passes and ran the ball one other time with Leonard Fournette for three yards. Simply not good enough.

Jaguars’ offensive coordinator John DeFilippo has spoken about the team’s ineffectiveness on red zone opportunities. “We moved the football well, but we need to do a better job in the red zone,” DeFilippo said on Thursday following the team’s week seven victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. “I need to do a better job of helping our guys get open. We need to do a better job executing and being more detailed and throwing the ball on time and all of those things. Again, all of that starts with me, and I will do a better job with that.”

Two weeks later and the team’s struggles have continued.

2. Gardner Minshew might take a backseat

Already discussed, the Jaguars might be in for a quarterback change coming out of their week 10 bye week. Rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew struggled mightily in Sunday’s game, and head coach Doug Marrone will have a tough decision to make.

Although Minshew was playing with a sore right shoulder, he was able to practice in full all week leading up to their matchup at Wimbley. Regardless, the Jaguars will have to make a decision, and everything points to Nick Foles being the team’s starting quarterback against the Indianapolis Colts in week 11.

Now completely Minshew’s fault, his struggles in the red zone have been evident for the past several weeks. Foles — during the 2017 and 2018 seasons when he started for the Philidelphia Eagles — was efficient in the red zone, which could point to his maturity as a passer more than anything.

The Jaguars will want to see what they can get out of their veteran quarterback, and there is a reason to believe the Jaguars’ head coach is leaning in this direction. If Foles is not named the starting quarterback next Sunday, it is very likely the veteran will never start for this Jaguars team, at least not under the current staff.

3. Jaguars’ run-defense regressed

Without starting nickel corner D.J. Hayden and SAM linebacker Leon Jacobs, the Jaguars were forced to remain in their nickel package for much of the day. Rookie cornerback Breon Borders replaced Hayden in the starting lineup and while he was not the reason why the run defense suffered, not having a competent linebacker on the strong side of the ball impacted the team greatly.

Texans’ running back Carlos Hyde gashed the Jaguars’ defense 19 times for 160 yards during Sunday’s matchup. Part of the reason why the Jaguars were unable to stop the Texans’ running game late was the sheer amount of plays the Texans ran to begin the game.

In the first quarter, the Texans ran 20 total plays while the Jaguars offense was only able to produce nine total plays.

4. Jaguars cannot rely on penalties, but two changed the course of the game

While the Jaguars should not, and cannot rely on penalties, the team had two costly controversial calls in the third quarter of Sunday’s matchup.

With an opportunity to score, Minshew threw a beautiful back-shoulder pass to Jaguars’ receiver DJ Chark Jr. who was able to haul in the pass but was called for offensive pass interference. A few plays later the Jaguars would botch a field goal attempt and give the Texans the football at the 50-yard line.

Following the change of possession, Jaguars’ defensive end Calais Campbell was called for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Specifically, Campbell was called for lowering his head to initiate contact with a defenseless rusher. The Texans would net only a field goal on this drive, but it was a potential 10-point swing as Chark’s interference call was questionable, and Campbell did not even touch Watson on the play.

5. Keelan Cole shines in Dede Westbrook’s absence

Although the Jaguars clearly missed their 1B receiver in Dede Westbrook, rarely-utilized receiver Keelan Cole was able to step up to the plate and put on his best performance of the season, and possibly since 2017.

While it was not sensational, Cole hauled in five out of six of his targets for 80 yards on the day. The Jaguars could not get anything going down the field, however, Cole was able to get open on routine crossing routes.

In the coming weeks, look for Cole to have a bigger role in the Jaguars offense, especially with veteran receiver Chris Conley playing so up-and-down (2 receptions on 7 targets for 32 yards).

DeFilippo recently spoke about Cole and understands the third-year receiver may be frustrated with his snap count.

“I am proud of the way he stayed in it and even though he has not gotten the playing time,” DeFilippo said after the Jaguars victory over Bengals. “Everyone wants to play every snap. I’m sure he wants [more playing time]. He has done a great job staying in it.”

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Jaguars to make tough decision next week, Minshew Mania over for now

Demetrius Harvey



Nov 3, 2019; London, United Kingdom; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) throws a pass in the first half against the Houston Texans during an NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars (4-5) were embarrassed early Sunday morning via a 26-3 loss to the rival Houston Texans (6-3). Minshew-Mania may be over for now, but it won’t be the last time the rookie sensation starts for the team.

To put it simply, rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew did not play well at all yesterday. Completing 27/47 (57%) of his passes for 309 yards, two interceptions, and two fumbles lost, Minshew looked lost during the second half of the game on Sunday.

Minshew has been everything the team could have hoped for — and much more — out of a sixth-round quarterback, but between what transpired yesterday, and a few of his past performances — against winning teams –, the Jaguars will likely see what they can get out of veteran quarterback Nick Foles.

For three quarters, Minshew looked okay. While there was plenty that went wrong, the rookie was able to make key throws, during key situations. One play, in particular, stands out. With a little over five minutes left in the second quarter, the Jaguars could not seem to get anything going before Minshew scrambles around and eventually finds a wide-open Ryquell Armstead in the middle of the field. Armstead would take the ball 31 yards and set the team up for their only points of the game.

Minshew’s ability to improvise has been his bread and butter this season, and although he was not able to work his magic often against the Texans, these were the types of plays that gave pause in the Minshew/Foles debate.

During the fourth quarter, the Jaguars and Minshew were forced to take more shots downfield in a sort of desperation move while trailing 19-3. Although playcalling can certainly be questioned, the decision making of the Jaguars’ rookie quarterback was equally perplexing. Throwing two interceptions and losing two fumbles, Minshew had no chance at making a little magic to lead the team to another come-from-behind victory.

Jaguars’ head coach Doug Marrone will be forced to make a decision on his quarterback, but not right now. After the game, Marrone indicated he will wait until the Sunday before the team returns from their week 10 bye week to talk to both quarterbacks.

“I think after those 48 hours are over, I’m going to step away a little bit, take a break because I don’t have to make a decision and have time,” Marrone said shortly after the game when asked about making the quarterback decision. “That’s what I’m going to talk to the quarterbacks about, and then I’ll tell them probably right before we come back on Sunday, we’ll be able to discuss where we’re going to go. That’s pretty much my plan.”

While Minshew did not have a great game yesterday, the decision will be made on more than just one game, Marrone said.

The Jaguars’ head coach is stuck with an incredibly tough decision. At 4-5, the team needs a spark. The Jaguars need to win down the stretch and having to rely on a rookie — still going through ups and downs — is exhausting. While Foles may not be “the answer”, he is the only other option at this moment, and the Jaguars absolutely believe in the veteran.

Although this may be the end of Minshew starting in Jacksonville this season, his achievements — 188/307 (61%) completions for 2,285 yards, 13 touchdowns, and four interceptions — should not go unnoticed. The team absolutely still believes in the rookie quarterback, and he has a golden opportunity — if not this season — next year to prove everyone wrong.

One of the best, most fun performances out of a Jaguars’ quarterback over the first half of the season ever, is nothing to get upset about. Minshew provided spectators with Minshew-Mania, Minshew-Magic, and any other Minshew-ism one can think of.

For now, it is very likely Foles will make his Jaguars’ debut once again after breaking his left clavicle during the opening game of the season. In 11 plays this season Foles completed five out of eight of his passes for 75 yards and a touchdown.

It may be over for now, but this is just the beginning, and having the problem of deciding between a former Superbowl MVP and a rookie sensation at quarterback is a good thing. Depending on how Foles plays — if he is to be named the starter next Sunday –, Minshew could get yet another opportunity as the Jaguars progress from their 4-5 record.

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Jaguars fail to seize opportunity in London, falling 26-3 to Houston Texans

Demetrius Harvey



Nov 3, 2019; London, United Kingdom; Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) rushes for a first down during the first half of the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Houston Texans during an NFL International Series game at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn--USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville Jaguars (4-5) fell to Houston Texans (6-3) in a disappointing pre-bye week game in London, England. The Jaguars absolutely did not have home-field advantage on the day. 

The Jaguars took to their annual London voyage with a lot of optimism, however, all of that optimism was quickly quieted by the Houston Texans (6-3) as they were able to bottle up Gardner Minshew and the Jaguars, holding the team to just three points on the day.  The Texans would win 26-3 and kill any chances the Jaguars may have had at earning the division title in a few weeks.

To begin the game, the Jaguars opted to start out on defense with the Texans struggling early on in games this season. Holding the Texans to just three points to start the game, the Jaguars defense showed up big, especially as Jaguars’ cornerback A.J. Bouye shadowed Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins who finished with just eight receptions for 48 yards. The Jaguars seemed to find a groove early on during the first half of the game, but their inability to score in the red zone reared it’s head yet again.

In what is likely his last game starting for the Jaguars this season — at least for now — Jaguars’ rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew completed just 27 out of 47 of his passes for 309 yards and two interceptions. Minshew also fumbled the football two times near the end of the game, which would ultimately end it at Wembley stadium.

While the Jaguars defense played well early on, they stood no chance against Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson who completed 22 out of 28 of his passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns. Extremely elusive, Watson was able to escape from the Jaguars pass rushers all day long. The Texans effectively ended any chance of the Jaguars coming back after Watson completed a long throw to Hopkins for 21 yards to the Jaguars’ one-yard line. The Texans would score on a one-yard run by Duke Johnson putting the team up 19-3 late in the third quarter.

All four of Minshew’s turnovers would come in the fourth quarter as the Jaguars attempted to climb back in the game. Missing their second-most targetted wide receiver in Dede Westbrook, the Jaguars and Minshew couldn’t seem to get anything going in the passing game.

The Jaguars’ run game was equally disappointing today as running back Leonard Fournette could only edge out 40 yards on 11 rushes.

Perhaps the best play of the game by the Jaguars’ defense, near the end of the game Texans’ running back Carlos Hyde sprinted free and was looking to go into the endzone when Jaguars’ safety Jarrod Wilson showed incredible hustle to force a fumble at the last second, turning the ball over to the Jaguars’ offense.

The good fortune wouldn’t last long, however, as Minshew would go on to throw his final interception of the game to completely seal the game for the Texans offense.

The Jaguars’ offense simply did not get anything going today, similar to their game against the New Orleans Saints in week six earlier this year. Minshew was sacked only four times on the day as the Texans did not want him to escape the pocket.

The team will have a very tough decision to make during their week 10 bye week. Ultimately, the team will need to decide between veteran quarterback Nick Foles or the rookie quarterback in Minshew.

Jaguars’ head coach Doug Marrone will be making the decision, and after falling 26-3 today largely due to the play of the team’s quarterback, it may be a no-brainer.

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