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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 Release Jamaal Charles, Promote Linebacker DeLuca

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Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have released running back Jamaal Charles after trading for Carlos Hyde and have promoted Linebacker Nick DeLuca. Charles was brought in to be a change of pace back for the Jaguars after placing Corey Grant on season-ending injured reserve.

The Jaguars traded for Carlos Hyde last week making Charles expendable. Charles accounted for 7 yards on 6 caries for the Jaguars. He also added two catches for seven yards. Running back Leonard Fournette has not been ruled out to play this week either and will travel with the team to London according to Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone.

Nick DeLuca is a rookie linebacker from NDSU. He was signed to the practice squad earlier in the season and has now been promoted due to the injury to linebacker Donald Payne. Payne will be out at least a couple of weeks with a knee injury.


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Editorial: The Jacksonville Jaguars have nailed their own coffin

Zach Goodall



Oct 21, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Houston Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus (59) tackles Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) and forces a fumble during the first quarter at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

In electing to stick with Blake Bortles as their starting quarterback, despite benching him for a poor performance against the Texans and watching his backup Cody Kessler vastly outperform him in the same game, the Jacksonville Jaguars have nailed their own coffin.

Now sitting at a 3-4 record, on a three game losing streak, and in third place in the AFC South (the Titans own the tiebreaker for second place), it was clearly time for change to get this ship steered in the correct direction. Just seven weeks aggo, this Jaguars team was viewed as a potential Super Bowl contender. Right now, this team is projected to pick in the first half of the 2019 NFL Draft.

And they can’t blame anyone but themselves at this point.

“We can’t do s**t until we stop turning the ball over. Period. That’s just how it is,” head coach Doug Marrone said following the loss to the Texans. “…the first thing we’ve got to do is stop turning the damn ball over.”

In three consecutive games, the latest of which he barely played past halftime, Bortles has eight turnovers of his own: Five interceptions and three fumbles.

“I spoke to both quarterbacks this afternoon and told them that Blake will be our team’s quarterback. I believe this gives us the best opportunity to win,” Marrone stated in a release from the team after Bortles was named the team’s starter going forward.


In a 24 hour period, Marrone has stated that, while turnovers are the Jaguars biggest issue, the player who is responsible for countless amounts of turnovers gives the team the best chance to win football games. That is the message that is being sent to this team, and the Jaguars fan base.

And the team isn’t happy. Star cornerback Jalen Ramsey was quoted saying “It is no secret what’s going on here right now. Ain’t nobody going to say it because we can’t, but it ain’t no secret what’s going on and it ain’t right right now,” after the loss to the Texans. Given the circumstances, it’s hard to assume this was shade thrown at the quarterback situation.

Ramsey deleted a post of him and Bortles shaking hands on the field from his Instagram this morning.

Defensive tackle Abry Jones put the responsibility of the offenses deficiencies on the defense, quoted saying “We can’t let them [opposing offenses] score at all.”

The Jaguars have chosen to be complacent, and in doing so, this season will continue to plummet. The confidence is low heading into London this week, and the Eagles pass rush should have an easy job forcing Bortles into more poor decisions as this Jaguars team appears to be on track to a 3-5 record at their bye week.

This team was supposed go contend this year. At one point in September, the Jaguars had single digit odds to win the Super Bowl. But that is all in the rearview mirror, as the Jaguars have nailed their own coffin in naming Blake Bortles the starting quarterback of a team that is already beginning to implode.

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Jaguars announce Blake Bortles will remain the starting QB

Zach Goodall



Sep 16, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) attempts a pass against the New England Patriots during the first half at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

24 hours removed from his first career benching, where he was clearly outplayed by his own backup in a 20-7 loss to the Houston Texans, Blake Bortles has been named the starter for the Jacksonville Jaguars for Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles in London, per the team.

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone announced in a statement: “I spoke to both quarterbacks this afternoon and told them that Blake will be our team’s quarterback. I believe this gives us the best opportunity to win.”

This comes under two hours removed from Marrone saying he had made his decision already but planned on addressing the team before releasing that information to the public. Bortles was benched after committing two turnovers against the Texans on Sunday, and Kessler completed 21/30 passes for 156 yards, a touchdown and an interception in his place.

Bortles has committed eight turnovers in the past three weeks.

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