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ROUNDTABLE: 2018 Jacksonville Jaguars Season Predictions

Zach Goodall

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Jun 12, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; A general view of the newly named TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

It’s finally here: The Jacksonville Jaguars are set to kick off their AFC South Championship-defending 2018 season on Sunday against the New York Giants.

To keep things simple, the Locked On Jaguars staff is here with our first roundtable article of the 2018 season. We will do at least one roundtable a week going forward, and we will start with an easy topic: Season predictions.

Spoiler alert: No one predicts a losing record… duh. Let’s get to the predictions.

How will the Jaguars 2018 season play out?

Zach Goodall: The Jacksonville Jaguars may be the most talented team in the AFC this year across the entire roster, but things won’t come easy for the squad. The strength of the Jaguars schedule has increased from 2017, going from .439 to .477. While the increase isn’t dramatic, it’s definitely a tougher path to venture down in comparison to their 2017 AFC South Championship campaign. It’s also hard to expect the Jaguars to surmount the injury bug for a second straight year, as the team didn’t have many significant injuries plague them in 2017. That’s not to say it can’t happen, but injuries are a part of the game and there shouldn’t ever be an expectation that they won’t happen.

Considering these factors, I have the Jaguars winning the AFC South again, with the same record as last time: 10-6. Technically, with a harder schedule ahead compared to 2017, that would still show improvement compared to last year’s squad. In a weak AFC, even if the Jaguars get hit with some injuries, they should be able to compete for the comference championship.

Chris Thornton: 12-4, AFC South Champions. Now, let me go enjoy New York City.

Demetrius Harvey: In my opinion, the Jaguars will have another 10-6 season this year. The Jaguars upgraded at several positions this offseason, including wide receiver, tight end, and left guard, however their schedule has gotten tougher as well. The defense, while they lost Aaron Colvin, has gotten better. They allowed a total of zero touchdowns this preseason as starters, and that alone is impressive. It is very possible they have the same number of Pro Bowlers on it, if not more. Myles Jack is finally starting at middle linebacker, and as for All-Pro corner Jalen Ramsey, the sky is the limit. Overall, I feel as though the Jaguars will finish first in the AFC South with the Titans, Texans and Colts following in that order.

Ruairi Songer: I believe the Jaguars will go 11-5 in 2018. The defense should perform just as well, if not better, than 2017. Ngakoue, Ramsey and Jack all performed admirably last season but all were just second year players who had yet to hit their ceilings. I expect all three to be Pro-Bowl caliber players in 2018. The difference maker this year is the offensive line. With the addition of Andrew Norwell, and improved play from Cam Robinson and AJ Cann, this line could be a top unit in the NFL. This will help take the heat off Bortles, reduce turnovers, and create much more running room up the middle for Leonard Fournette. All signs point to the Jags having an improved season.

Zak Dewitt: I see the Jaguars finishing 9-7 in 2018, winning the AFC South but having the same record as the Titans. How can anyone realistically expect the Jaguars defense to match what it did last year? It’s possible, sure, but hard to set that as the bar. I think the defense will take a natural step back and don’t have a ton of faith in quarterback Blake Bortles to not turn the ball over early in the season, against secondaries such as the Patriots, Titans, Chiefs, and Eagles.

Christian Bedgood: I’m thinking like Zak here, it’s hard to expect the Jaguars defense to repeat their 2017 showing. It was just that good. I’m not confident in Blake Bortles either, and injuries will likely play a bigger role than the minimal effect it had on the Jaguars in 2017. I’m placing my bet on 9-7, but the Houston Texans win the division at 10-6.

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 linebacker Telvin Smith apparently fined by team

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Dec 2, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith (50) reacts during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have apparently fined LB Telvin Smith for missing three days of mandatory minicamp. This amount, according to Telvin Smith on Instagram, was for a total of $88,650. Telvin Smith decided to leave the game of football for a year last month and has not shown up to any team activities since the season ended in January.

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Smith stated in his Instagram post “Oh y’all  thght [sic] it was a game!!! You say you wanna sit & get ya life right. . . they say nah […] you pay me!!!” also stating “It’s still love!!”

The Jaguars have every right to fine Smith under the current CBA signed in 2011 regarding mandatory participation in team activities. Smith has not yet informed the Jaguars officially of his intentions for the 2019 season, thus he is still considered a part of the team and on the 90-man roster.

It is not yet known whether or not the team has opted to fine DE Yannick Ngakoue who was also missing from mandatory minicamp last week as he resolves his contract with the team.

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REPORT: Jaguars sign WR Tre McBride and DT Kalani Vakameilao

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The Jacksonville Jaguars announced today the signings of WR Tre McBride and Rookie DT Kalani Vakameilalo. Both players had a tryout during yesterday’s minicamp practice. They have waived LB Nick DeLuca and LS Christian Kuntz to make room.

McBride has played for the Tennesee Titans, Chicago Bears, and the New York Jets during his time in the NFL. In 2017 he hauled in eight receptions for 144 yards. His lone touchdown came in 2015 with the Tennesee Titans. The Jaguars currently have 12 WRs on the roster including McBride. They will enter training camp for a battle for possibly five or six spots. Currently, it would be a surprise if McBride makes the team.

Vakameilao went undrafted out of Oregon State where he posted 75 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss.

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Jaguars finalize draft class with signing of LB Quincy Williams

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have officially wrapped up their 2019 NFL Draft class with the signing of third-round pick Quincy Williams the team has announced today. Williams played college football at Murray State as a linebacker and safety and will be playing LB with the Jaguars.

Following the departure of WLB Telvin Smith, the Jaguars needed to find a replacement, and they hope Williams can eventually develop into that role. During OTAs and mandatory minicamp, Williams has taken some first-team reps at LB along with LB Ramik Wilson. The WLB battle will be one to watch during training camp later this summer.

Williams spoke briefly following the signing of his contract stating, “I’ve been dreaming on this and waiting on this moment my whole life,” Williams said. “I’m just here to answer the question of, ‘Who is Quincy Williams?’”

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