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ROUNDTABLE: Jacksonville Jaguars Second Quarter Team Report Card

Zach Goodall



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

The Locked On Jaguars staff is back to hand out their second quarter report cards for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The first quarter report cards included 11 A’s (out of 28 total grades). This time, well… let’s just get to the grades.

(One (1) A out of 24 total grades, if you really wanted to know.)

Zach Goodall

Offense: F (Quarter 1: B)

Since the last report card came out, the Jaguars have scored six points in the first half of four games. 3/21 first half drives have gone for 40 or more yards. Blake Bortles has been benched midway through a game, only to be renamed starter the week after. This team misses Leonard Fournette, and doesn’t trust it’s current run game, handing the ball off to RBs on 48 of 252 (19%) total offensive plays dating back to Week 5. Miserable performance = miserable grade.

Defense: C+ (Quarter 1: A)

The defense had a bad game against Dallas that drags them down, but otherwise, they’ve been underperforming due to a lack of aggressive coaching (I’ll get to that later) and bad field position (thanks Blake). They have 149 QB pressures on 233 pass rush snaps this year, and the secondary plays to their capable level when in tight man coverage, which we see on occasion. When in zone, however, the linebackers have been getting eaten up in the underneath game. When the offense continues to put the defense in bad field position (see: Houston game) and on the field for long periods of time, the defense will naturally get tired and underperform, and that’s been the case as of late.

Special Teams: B- (Quarter 1: B+)

Josh Lambo has been perfect, going 12/12 on both field goals and extra points and setting a new career high of 57 yards on Sunday. But, Logan Cooke has struggled flipping the field at critical times, and despite some nice pins inside the 20 and a solid game against Philadelphia, those punts hurt the special teams grade a bit, just not substantially. Also, the return teams are underperforming, with 13 kickoffs averaging 17.1 yards per return, and 15 punts returning 7.3 yards per return.

Coaching: D (First quarter: B+)

After doing a really good job managing the offense without Leonard Fournette and the defense looking dominant once again in the first quarter, the coaching staff has a lot of blame on their shoulder for the four game losing streak. Nathaniel Hackett has been dependent on a poor passing game, running the ball on only 19% of plays and throwing 40+ times a game every week, EVEN AFTER trading for RB Carlos Hyde. Todd Wash has called a conservative defense that has led to the underneath passing zones to get eaten up and opposing run games to shine, when this team is more than capable to win when in tight man coverage and blitzing.

Chris Thornton

Offense: F (First quarter: B+)

Defense: D+ (First quarter: A)

Special Teams: B (First quarter: A)

Coaching: F (First quarter: B+)

Demetrius Harvey

Offense: D- (First quarter: C+)

I nearly assigned the Jaguars offense an F. Honestly, they probably deserve it, but because of circumstances out of their control – injuries – I settled on a D-. They were at the very least able to add to the offense and continued to try new things as it came to play calling. While nearly none of it worked, it is what occurred.

Defense: C+ (First quarter: A+)

The defense gets a C+, kind of the opposite of the offense, because they should have received a higher mark, but struggled because of the offense (time of possession and field position). The defense struggled heavily in the Dallas Cowboys game, as well as against the fire-powered Chiefs (understandably). I lowered them due to their run defense, it just has not been good. On 3rd down the Jaguars still have not been able to get pressure on the quarterback often enough, and it is now a trend.

Special Teams: B (First quarter: B)

The special teams received a higher mark than many would expect almost solely from kicker Josh Lambo. Not only has Lambo not missed a single kick this year, he also is 1/1 in onside kicks. Easily the Jaguars best player as far as consistency. Other than that, Logan Cooke has somewhat redeemed himself this quarter as his punts are not nearly as bad.

Coaching: D (First quarter: A)

Since head coach Doug Marrone want to continue to accept responsibility while consistently making no changes, they have received a D in the coaching department. Until they make any changes, I cannot reasonably give them any higher marks. Their worst mistake was continuing to go with Blake Bortles even though he was already benched once this season.

Zak Dewitt

Offense: F (First quarter: B+)

This offense is bad. Blake Bortles is trash. The play-calling is trash. The WRs aren’t doing them many favors. The run-game is non existent. This is trouble.

Defense: C (First quarter: A-)

The secondary has still been playing well but the regression from last year has come in the form of not generating turnovers. The defensive line also isn’t getting home but that’ll come.

Special Teams: B (First quarter: B)

I guess this is worth a B? Josh Lambo has been one of the only bright spots lately but the offense also isn’t putting our ST in good positions.

Coaching: D (First quarter: A)

The defensive and offensive coordinator need to go. The defensive scheme is very bad and the offensive playcalling hasn’t been much better. Doug Marrone also isn’t keeping this team disciplined and only he can fix that.

Dylan Goldman

Offense: F+ (First quarter: B+)

Yes, I acknowledge the injuries, but this offense has been putrid for the entire second quarter of the season. They had been shut out in the first half three games in a row up until last week. QB Blake Bortles was benched at one point, and he’s been the epitome the offense in the second quarter of the season.

Defense: C- (First quarter: A-)

The defense has been far from perfect, but the offense’s futility has them on the field often, and forces them to carry the lackluster offense. The defense kept them in games against Houston and Philly, but they were also very poor against KC and Dallas. This defense is far from what it was last year, but it hasn’t been completely terrible.

Special Teams: B+ (First quarter: B-)

Josh Lambo has been phenomenal all season, hitting on all his kicks, including a 57-yarder in London. Lambo has become automatic, and has been the only constant for Jacksonville’s offense. Punter Logan Cooke has been inconsistent, but has done a nice job of flipping the field at times recently.

Coaching: F+ (First quarter: B)

Although injuries have hampered the team, I can’t give the coaching staff an excuse for overseeing four straight losses. The decision to run so sparingly on Sunday was downright baffling, and I’m not quite sure Doug Marrone has handled the QB situation very well.

Christian Bedgood

Offense: D+ (First quarter: B-)

The often inconsistent Bortles has finally played consistently. The bad news is that he’s consistently holding the team back. After going three straight first halves without scoring, a Jaguars record, Bortles was benched vs the Texans just to be named starter vs the Eagles. Now with the season basically over much ado to Bortles, it’s time to find a replacement.

Defense: B+ (First quarter: A-)

Constantly being put in bad field position, the defense has been ridiculed for not playing well. If you like to be lazy and just look at the final score you sure could end at that conclusion, but the fact of the matter is that it’s not true. They aren’t the defense of yester-year. It would have been ridiculous to replicate that. But they have been good enough to win games even though they have rarely been in the position to play with a lead.

Special Teams: A (First quarter: A)

Josh Lambo hasn’t missed a kick this year and had a career high 57-yard field goal against the Eagles. He’s the main reason for this grade.

Coaching: C (First quarter: B+)

Fans want to scapegoat Nathaniel Hackett for his play calling as of late but for all the excuses Bortles gets for having drops and injuries, Hackett should get ten-fold just for having Bortles as his quarterback. It also doesn’t help when your head coach is saying he’s not confident in his offensive line when they’re only missing one starter and backed up the Brinks truck in free agency for Andrew Norwell.

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

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2019 NFL Draft: Jacksonville Jaguars Senior Bowl Wish-List

Zach Goodall



Sep 21, 2018; Orlando, FL, USA; UCF Knights running back Taj McGowan (4) reacts after his rushing touchdown during the second half against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Spectrum Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Senior Bowl, an annual NFL Draft prospect all-star game in Mobile, Alabama, has sent out its first wave of invitations for their 2019 exhibition. NFL scouts from every team will be in attendance, as the NCAA’s best senior football players will be putting their abilities on display.

Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell has a strong history of liking Senior Bowl prospects. Last year, the team drafted two players they watched in Mobile in WR D.J. Chark (2nd round) from LSU and QB Tanner Lee (6th round) from Nebraska. Caldwell has also selected DE Dawuane Smoot, TE Ben Koyack, OL Brandon Linder, LB Telvin Smith, CB Aaron Colvin, RB Denard Robinson, CB Dwayne Gratz, and SS Johnathan Cyprien after watching them at the bowl game.

The 2019 Senior Bowl will be packed with talent that the Jaguars will need to keep a close eye on. Chris Thornton and I will be attending the week of practice and game, reporting on who the Jaguars meet with and eyeing prospects to watch for for the 2019 NFL Draft.

As invites continue to go out and get accepted, here is my wish-list of players who should be at the Senior Bowl, from a Jaguars need and fit perspective. For players who I haven’t watched in depth yet, I trust the scouts of The Draft Network’s analysis and have linked their scouting reports.

QB: Daniel Jones, Duke

There will be plenty of intriguing QB prospects in Mobile, and if Daniel Jones can graduate on time as a redshirt junior, he may be the most intriguing of the pack. The three-year starter comes from the Manning branch of QBs, as his head coach David Cutcliffe coached both Peyton and Eli during their college days and has the brothers attend the Duke offseason program yearly.

Jones is a West-Coast passing offense fit, which meshes perfectly with what the Jaguars run in a power-run offense. Jones doesn’t have as high of a ceiling as passers such as Justin Herbert (Oregon) and Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State), which drops his stock for me to the late first/early second round, but in what is regarded generall as a weak QB class, Jones could skyrocket up draft boards this offseason. Here is an in-depth scouting report that I did on Jones last week.

RB: Taj McGowan, UCF

Taj McGowan has never been a starter during his four-year career at UCF, but he’s flashed enough to warrant a prospect bowl invitation for teams to see more of what he offers. The 6-1, 209 lb senior RB runs with a bruising style, and receives the buld of UCF’s goal-line and short-yardage carries. He has posted a career stat-line of 239 carries for 988 yards and 17 touchdowns.

McGowan fits the Jaguars power-run style of offense where backs mainly receive the ball and target the interior offensive line. While he won’t get drafted high at all come April, he deserves a chance to prove himself and potentially find a way to get his name called on Day 3, or at worst get signed as an undrafted free agent. The Senior Bowl can provide that opportunity.

WR: Anthony Johnson, Buffalo

While Tyree Jackson gets all the hype out of the University of Buffalo, Anthony Johnson is a draftable prospect from the MAC program and is Jackson’s No. 1 target in the pass game. The 6-2, 207 receiver is impressive at making sideline catches and adjusts to poorly thrown passes well, however isn’t overly athletic and has a limited route tree. He would be a bit of a developental prospect, but his size and ability to make plays are intriguing.

TE: Tommy Sweeney, Boston College

While watching guard Chris Lindstrom from Boston College, Tommy Sweeney caught my eye with his size and ability as a pass-catcher. He stands at 6-5, 255 and comes from a power-running system so he is familiar with in-line blocking, which he excels at.

He’s not going to win contested catches, but finds wasy to get open and bring the ball in with few drops. He’s not the most dynamic or intriguing tight end in this class, but he appears to be a high-floor type of prospect who could serve as a solid No. 2 behind Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

OL: Chris Lindstrom, Boston College

A true old-fashioned, power scheme guard who eats defenders alive in the run game, Lindstrom is the ideal A.J. Cann replacement and one of my favorite Jaguars-fit prospects in this draft. Lindstrom is a fantastic, athletic pull-blocker who understands man-responsibility and has a strong anchor and constantly drives through linemen when down-blocking. He mirrors well in pass protection as well but his pass block punches can be inconsistent. Lindstrom is a dream lead-blocker along the interior for a running back in any power scheme, so he’d become Leonard Fournette’s best friend in Jacksonville.

iDL: Cortez Broughton, Cincinnati

While working on a film room piece for for the upcoming UCF vs. Cincinnati game, one player that stood out to me on the Bearcats defense was tackle Cortez Broughton. The 6-2, 290 lb senior has recorded 17.5 tackles for loss through ten games this year, which is more than several projected first round picks such as Alabama’s Quinnen Williams (14), BC’s Zach Allen (13.5), FSU’s Brian Burns (13.5), and Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell (13).

Broughton is a great run-stuffer who usually takes on and beats double-team down blocks while maintaining ap responsibility. He isn’t an overly agile pass rusher and won’t “wow” you with his moves, but he could provide valuable depth as a rotating, run-defending nose tackle at the next level.

EDGE: Jalen Jelks, Oregon

Jelks is a big-bodied EDGE defender at 6-5, 245 lbs, who is considered a bit of a project among draft analysts, but has desireable traits with quickness off of the line of scrimmage and raw power.

This sounds similar to what we heard about Taven Bryan as a prospect last year, and the Jaguars clearly feel comfortable adding these types of project players to their defensive line. Jelks could immediately provide pressure as a Dante Fowler Jr. replacement at defensive end and develop into a long-term starter if Taven Bryan were to move back to defensive tackle (where I believe he belongs).

LB: T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin

I never thought I’d say this, but the Jaguars are missing the presence of Paul Posluzny on defense. Not from a play standpoint, as he truly had slown down in the final years of his career which led to bad pursuit of runners and blown coverages in the middle of the field, but as communicator and gap shooter vs. the run.

That mold is what Edwards provides. The 6-1, 248 lb linebacker is a natural run-stopper and physical defender who controls the playing field and offers four years of valuable paying experience, where he has recorded 34.5 tackles for loss and nine interceptions. He isn’t considered rangy in pass coverage, but serviceable.

CB: Michael Jackson, Miami

The Jaguars are in need of outside cornerback depth, with the position getting banged up this year and keeping two undrafted free agents on the roster as the current depth. Jackson fits that mold and is also an excellent special teamer. He stands at 6-0, 205 lbs, plays physical in coverage and coming down to make a tackle, and has recorded four career interceptions and nine defended passes. He hasn’t recorded an INT this year, which may be concerning, but the Jaguars don’t need to go cornerback early so Jackson dropping down draft boards could be in their favor if they are interested in his services.

S: Ugochukwu Amadi, Oregon

The 5-9, 197 lb safety is a little short, but he’s incredibly fluid and athletic in space as a guy who can roam and get the ball. A rangy coverage defender, Amadi can be the heir apparent to free safety Tashaun Gipson a la Ronnie Harrison to Barry Church at strong safety for the Jaguars.

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Jaguars vs. Steelers: Friday Injury Report, A.J. Cann Questionable

Demetrius Harvey



Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Pittsburgh Steelers have released their Friday injury report ahead of their matchup at TIAA Bank Field this weekend. The Jaguars will most likely be without Left Tackle Josh Walker as he is listed as doubtful. The Jaguars will be without Rookie Corner Quenton Meeks as he is listed as OUT for Sunday’s game. Ereck Flowers will start in Walker’s place at left tackle with Patrick Omameh very likely being his immediate backup.

Luckily for the Jaguars, although they will not have Meeks, they will have A.J. Bouye back from his calf injury suffered shortly before the Eagles matchup a couple of weeks ago. This should be a boost to the Jaguars secondary.

Nose Tackle Eli Ankou will also likely miss this Sunday’s game, which was worth keeping an eye on due to the fact that Marcell Dareus was battling an injury of his own and is listed as questionable this week. Luckily, Dareus will likely be able to at least suit up for the Jaguars this Sunday.

Guard A.J. Cann is questionable this week as well, and if he cannot play, the Jaguars will likely turn to either Chris Reed to start in his place or to newly signed guard/tackle Patrick Omameh.

Bouye, Gipson, and Telvin Smith are not listed on this weeks status report indicating they are good to go for this Sunday’s game.

Below are the teams’ injury reports:


CB Quenton Meeks (Knee): Out

OL Josh Walker (Foot/Ankle): Doubtful

DT Eli Ankou (Calf): Doubtful

OL A.J. Cann (Hamstring): Questionable

DT Marcell Dareus (Triceps/Back): Questionable


DE Stephon Tuitt (Elbow): Out

OL Marcus Gilbert (Knee): Out

For the Steelers, they will be without tackle Marcus Gilbert for the fourth straight week, and they will also be without tackle Marcus Gilbert. James Conner, who practiced fully all of this week, will be good to go.

Because of the injuries the Jaguars will face a familiar face on the Steelers defensive line in DE Tyson Alualu. The Steelers will start Matt Feiler. This will be the fourth consequtive start for Feiler.

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Jaguars vs. Steelers: Thursday Injury Report, Josh Walker likely Out

Demetrius Harvey



Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Pittsburgh Steelers have released their Thursday injury reports ahead of this Sunday’s game at TIAA Bank Field. For the Jaguars, they are finally back healthy after weeks of having several starters miss practice during the week. Although they are not *fully* healthy, the Jaguars starters that are on the injury report will more than likely play, and will be practicing in some capacity today.

The only key injury worth noting this week has been to Left Tackle Josh Walker. Walker has started for the Jaguars for several weeks after Josh Wells went down with an injury. All indications point to Ereck Flowers starting for the Jaguars this week. He will have his hands full with T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree.

Jaguars Cornerback A.J. Bouye, who missed the past two games with a calf injury, looks good to go this week as he has so far been able to tough it out in practice.

The only additions to this weeks injury reports have been  Tashaun Gipson with a wrist injury and Marcell Dareus with a triceps injury. Neither of those injuries appears to be bad enough to miss this Sunday’s game, however, we will keep a close eye on the status report to be released tomorrow.

A late addition to the Jaguars injury report this afternoon was OL A.J. Cann. Cann suffered a hamstring injury and was limited today.

If the Jaguars miss Cann this week they are potentially in big trouble. Omameh would likely start for Cann.

Below are the teams’ injury reports:


CB A.J. Bouye (Calf): Full Participation

S Tashaun Gipson (Wrist): Full Participation

LB Lerentee McCray (Hamstring): Full Participation

LB Telvin Smith (Shoulder): Full Participation

OL Ereck Flowers (Knee): Limited Participation

DT Marcell Dareus (Triceps): Limited Participation

OL A.J. Cann (Hamstring): Limited Participation

CB Quenton Meeks (Knee): Did Not Participate

DT Eli Ankou (Calf): Did Not Participate

OL Josh Walker (Foot/Ankle): Did Not Participate


QB Ben Roethlisberger (Coaches Decision): Full Participation

RB James Conner (Concussion): Full Participation

G Ramon Foster (Coaches Decision): Did Not Participate

OT Marcus Gilbert (Knee): Did Not Participate

DE Stephon Tuitt (Elbow): Did Not Participate

The Steelers will more than likely be without two key starters, and neither of those starters will be James Conner. Conner entered this week in the concussion protocol and the past two practices he has been able to practice fully.

Conner will suit up for his first start against the Jaguars defense that has to be hungry after completely ruining the Jaguars chance at victory last week.

The Steelers will be without Stephon Tuitt and Marcus Gilbert most likely.  No one else on the Steelers small injury report is in danger of missing the game.

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