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Observations from the Florida Gators Pro Day

Zach Goodall



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With the 2018 NFL Draft quickly approaching, pro days and prospect workouts are in full swing as future rookies look to bump their draft stock up a notch.

Chris Thornton of and myself ventured to the University of Florida pro day to observe defensive tackle Taven Bryan, cornerback Duke Dawson Jr., punter Johnny Townsend, wide receiver Antonio Callaway and several other prospects.

Here were my interview questions and observations.

Taven Bryan, DT, 6-5, 291

Bryan did not participate in agility drills after his impressive combine, where he ran a 4.98 second 40 yard dash (79th percentile among NFL defensive tackles), 35″ vertical jump (97th percentile), 119″ broad jump (98th percentile), and a 7.12 second 3 cone drill (95th percentile).

Bryan did, however, spend about 20 minutes doing pass rushing drills with Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Marinelli and Eagles defensive line coach Chris Wilson, where his first-step explosion drew the eyes of Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and a large amount of scouts, including a Jaguars’ scout.

Duke Dawson, CB, 5-11 5/8, 197

Dawson participated in the 3 cone drill and the 60 yard shuttle at the UF Pro Day, where Chris Thornton unofficially clocked him at 6.78 seconds and 11.58 seconds, respectively.

He looked comfortable running defensive back drills, with a clean backpedal and quick adjustment to the ball.

Dawson told me that he feels comfortable playing the boundary as well as nickel cornerback and is open to being used however team’s feel appropriate.

Johnny Townsend, P, 6-1, 210

Townsend looked flat-out incredible during his punting drills, and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t usually go out of his way to compliment specialists.

He routinely pinned punts within 20 yards of the goalline from varying distances and displayed his power as a cherry on top. Per a source at the pro day, Townsend has personally met with the Jaguars and the team’s scouts held a lengthy interview with him after his drills.

Antonio Callaway, WR, 5-10 5/8, 200

Callaway unofficially clocked a 6.71 second 3 cone drill and a 4.41 second 20 yard shuttle. He had two drops in receiver drills and another during punt returns.

His work ethic and off-the-field concerns are big red flag for NFL teams, and it didn’t help that at times he seemed a little unfocused during the workout.

At one point, Gators tight end DeAndre Goolsby yelled at Callaway after he messed up a route, but no drama ensued.

However, the athleticism and talent are there for a team to take a late-round flier on Callaway, he just needs to be put in an environment where he realizes football must be his priority.

Zach Goodall covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for the Locked On Jaguars podcast and website. Follow him on Twitter @zach_goodall.

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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

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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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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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