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Jaguars vs. Colts: Friday Injury Report, Ramsey Questionable

Demetrius Harvey

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Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Indianapolis Colts have released their Friday injury-status reports for their week thirteen matchup at TIAA Bank Field. For the Jaguars, they are coming into the game with several key injuries. This includes D.J. Chark who will miss his second consecutive game.

As for the headliner, Jalen Ramsey, he will be officially questionable for the Jaguars this Sunday. The questionable tag is a legitimate 50/50 most likely leaning on the wrong side of it due to him missing practice all week. Ramsey did not participate in today’s walk-through but is still listed as questionable.

As for the rest of the Jaguars players, there are six other questionable players including Tashaun Gipson who was able to practice on a limited basis in today’s walkthrough. He likely has a better shot than Ramsey, but do not be surprised if he misses Sunday’s game as well. Ramsey’s likely replacement outside, Quenton Meeks, is also questionable, although all indications are he will likely suit up for the Jaguars this weekend.

Jaguars Defensive Tackle Marcell Dareus, Defensive End Calais Campbell, and Right Tackle Jermey Parnell will all play in Sunday’s game. They were all taken off the injury report for Friday.

Below are the injury reports for both teams:

JAGUARS:

WR D.J. Chark (Quad): OUT

CB Jalen Ramsey (Knee): Questionable

S Tashaun Gipson (Ankle): Questionable

CB Quenton Meeks (Knee): Questionable

S Cody Davis (Hamstring): Questionable

CB Tre Herndon (Ankle): Questionable

LB Lerentee McCray (Hamstring): Questionable

OL Josh Walker (Foot/Ankle): Questionable

COLTS:

C Ryan Kelly (Knee): OUT

TE Mo Alie-Cox (Calf): OUT

RB Marlon Mack (Concussion): Questionable

LB Darius Leonard (Shoulder/Knee): Questionable

DE Kemoko Turay (Hip): Questionable

WR Chester Rogers (Groin): Questionable

TE Erick Swoope (Knee): Questionable

As for the Colts, their major players who were in question this week will likely play. Major players meaning T.Y. Hilton and Eric Ebron. Hilton came into the week with a groin injury and although he was limited or did not participate all week, he was taken from the injury report. The same goes for Ebron however he was able to fully participate in practice the last two days of the week.

Running Back Marlon Mack was able to fully participate on Thursday and Friday, however, he is listed as questionable to suit up for Sunday’s matchup. Darius Leonard the Colts star Rookie Linebacker is also listed as questionable, but he was able to practice fully today, indicating he is likely on the right side.

A late concern for the Colts includes Receiver Chester Rogers who injured his groin in practice and sometime this week and is listed as questionable to play. He did not participate in practice today.  One key starter along the Colts offensive line will not suit up against the Jaguars this weekend is Center Ryan Kelly. Kelly has missed the past couple of games now with a knee injury.

Demetrius Harvey is a Locked on Jaguars writer focusing on game breakdowns as well as breaking news. Demetrius is a lifelong Jaguars fan. You can follow him at @Demetrius82 on twitter.

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Jaguars vs Giants: Beyond the Score with Pro Football Focus

Christopher Thornton

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The Jaguars were able to survive the rain and somewhat cold conditions in Metlife Stadium Sunday afternoon to capture their first win of the 2018 regular season against the New York Giants by a score of 20-15. Instead of sticking with the box score, let’s dive a little bit deeper into the numbers in this weeks “Beyond the Score.”

 

Offense

  • The Jaguars were able to put up a great showing in pass blocking this week, ranking second in the NFL with a pass blocking efficiency of 97.2. The group would allow just two total pressures on 36 passing snaps.
  • The highest rated offensive grade goes to tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, with a grade of 72.4. Although only catching three passes for 25 yards, Seferian-Jenkins was a pro in pass blocking, achieving a 75.2 pass blocking grade, while managing to get open all afternoon in the passing game, but never quite catching the attention of QB Blake Bortles.
  • Speaking of Bortles, here’s a passing breakdown of Bortles’ day against the Giants:            
  • Bortles was a tale of two QB’s when under pressure vs. not being under pressure and being blitzed vs. not being blitzed: 

Defense

  • Although being overshadowed by some of the best cornerbacks in the game, CB D.J Hayden had himself a day, posting a 90.3 coverage grade and an overall defensive grade of 85.5, the best on the defense. Hayden would allow three catches on the day for a total of 12 yards. Hayden would also finish with one pass breakup and four tackles, three of which would result in a “loss”.
  • CB Jalen Ramsey would have himself a day that he’d likely like to redo. The young CB would only be targeted seven times on the day but allow five receptions for 75 yards but no touchdowns. When targeting CB Jalen Ramsey, Eli Manning had an NFL passer rating of 106.3, the third highest allowed on the team.
  • DE Yannick Ngakoue had himself a strong day, despite not recording a sack, Ngakoue recorded five total pressures on QB Eli Manning on 36 pass rush snaps.

Special Teams

  • Second round pick, WR D.J Chark would make his most significant impact in the Special Teams department, playing 16 total snaps on special teams, and causing the game-sealing muffed punt to secure the Jaguars victory.
  • Rookie punter, Logan Cooke, would have a shaky first NFL start, punting the ball a total of seven times for 264 yards and an average of 37.7 yards. His longest on the day would be 47 yards. However, Cooke would still land three of his punts within the Giants’ 20-yard line.
  • K Josh Lambo would go perfect on the day, going 2/2 on extra points as well as 2/2 on field goals. Both field goals would be between 30-39 yards.

 

Did the numbers back up your initial thoughts of the game? Were some numbers surprising or were they just right? Be sure to follow Locked on Jaguars on Twitter as well as myself for more PFF numbers throughout the week.

 

A special thanks to Pro Football Focus for allowing us to use their data and for their excellent work.

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Jaguars vs Giants: Enemy of Interest – Odell Beckham Jr.

Christopher Thornton

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Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr before the start of the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

When the Jaguars head up to New Jersey (because we all know the “New York” Giants don’t even play in New York), the defense – Jalen Ramsey specifically – will be tasked with stopping one of the most dynamic players in the NFL. His name?

Odell Beckham Jr.

Standing at a modest five feet and eleven inches, Odell Beckham Jr. has become one of the most prolific, exciting and trash talking wide receivers in the entire league. That’s why Odell Beckham Jr., or OBJ for short, is this week’s “Enemy of Interest“.

Oct 8, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) celebrates a 2nd half TD in front of Los Angeles Chargers safety Tre Boston (33) at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Player Profile

College- Louisiana State University

Drafted- 12th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Experience- 5th year

Games Played vs. Games Started- 47/44

Career Statistics- 313 Receptions on 498 Targets, 4424 yards (94.13 yards per game), 38 TDs (.80 TDs per game)

 

A Look Back at 2017

Oct 8, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) injured himself and left the game on a cart at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Odell Beckham Jr started the year off slow when the Giants opened the season against Darius Slay and the Detroit Lions. Slay and Co. were able to keep OBJ in check for a measly four receptions for 36 yards and 0 touchdowns. Odell would return to his usual self the following weeks, averaging seven receptions for 88.7 yards per game and three touchdowns, two of which came in the same game against NFC East rival, the Philadelphia Eagles. However, Beckham Jr’s campaign would be cut short after sustaining a fractured ankle that would eventually sideline Beckham Jr. for the rest of the season.

 

Present Day

Despite missing most of 2017 with injury, the Giants finally ponied up and paid Odell Beckham Jr to a record-setting deal for wide receivers, paying OBJ in upwards of $90 million, and deservedly so, as OBJ is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. Now fully healthy and the wealthiest wide receiver in NFL history, Odell is determined to get back onto the field and show the world that he’s back. However, there is one man who will be his first, and maybe largest test he’s faced, and that man is no other than Jaguars cornerback, Jalen Ramsey.

 

The Build Up

Odell Beckham Jr might’ve captured the headlines this offseason getting his mega-deal, but Jalen Ramsey has also had his fair share of headlines through several interviews, that might or might not have rubbed some people the wrong way. (You can find them here and here). Ramsey did take to Twitter to address OBJ shortly after his contract extension and his views on the two stars’ upcoming showdown:

“Let’s get this out of the way right now … it’s going to be a show… he’s the best wide receiver, I’m the best corner,” Ramsey told Jaguars sideline reporter Ashlyn Sullivan.

Trash talk and money aside, NFL fans are in for a treat this week when the two clash for the first time in their NFL careers. But what makes this matchup so intriguing? There are a lot of factors here.

 

The Task at Hand

For Ramsey, he’s already been tested by some of the best wide receivers in the game, having gone against the likes of Larry Fitzgerald, Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, Steve Smith Sr., and T.Y Hilton to name a few. What makes OBJ different from some of the players mentioned before?

First off, his route running and speed are some of the best in the league. On this play, the corner is playing off to give himself some help against Odell. However, Odell’s route running still overcomes him, making for the CB to bite on the in route and to allow OBJ to quickly turn back out to the back of the end zone for the easy TD. 

 

Top of the screen, similar spot on the field and the same corner he beat before. This time, the corner tries his luck with pressing OBJ and still comes away with the same result. If Odell can’t beat you with his speed or route running, he has one more trick up his sleeve: His hands. Odell might have the best hands in the business (See: “The catch”), and those hands are on display with this play as he can get just behind the CB and make the impressive one-handed grab in the back of the end zone for his second touchdown of the day.

 

Now how can I mention the catch and not show it? Now I know what you’re thinking, and yes I understand, but I still have to do it. There are two parts to this play. First off, the move Odell uses as the beginning of his route to shake the defender before he turns upfield is a subtle yet very effective move. It allows OBJ, who initially doesn’t have his man beat by too much to get behind the CB and eventually make “The Catch.”

 

 

Now, these are only very, very select examples of the elite talent that Odell Beckham Jr is. However, what kind of article would this be if I didn’t dive into the second half of this storyline, Jalen Ramsey?

Going into his third season, Jalen Ramsey has cemented himself as one of, if not already, the best cornerback in the game of football. Which, is simply amazing (Thanks Dave). Let’s take a look at how Jalen Ramsey’s skill set is going to be needed to stop a guy like Odell Beckham Jr.

When Ramsey was drafted out of Florida State in 2016, he had all the showings and signs to become an elite player in this league, from the mentality to instincts to physical breakdown. Ramsey is a big (6’1 208 lbs) corner who can keep his own with bigger receivers which is a big reason he is one of the best in the league. However, don’t let this get twisted, although Ramsey has the size, his technique and instincts allow him to keep up with smaller and shiftier guys, like OBJ.

Towards the end of his rookie year, Ramsey game really began to trend upwards. One of my favorite plays from Ramsey’s rookie year is a play he made against the Broncos’ Demaryius Thomas. Thomas initially beats Ramsey and looks to have a long gain and or a touchdown, but Ramsey is able to recover and close the gap and cause the pass break up, preventing a big play down the sideline. This is just one play showing off Ramsey’s insane athleticism and instincts.

 

One of Ramsey’s top receivers (according to his interviews), DeAndre Hopkins, always gives Ramsey a good battle. Hopkins was the first receiver to score a TD on Ramsey in 2017. If you’re going to go up against the best you have to play your best and Ramsey shows that here against Hopkins. The Giants will most certainly target OBJ in the red zone like the Texans do here with Hopkins and if Ramsey can hold up like he does below, the Jags should have their work cut out for them.

 

Now a big thing Ramsey has going for him in this week’s game against the Giants is none other than #Sacksonville. The Giants announced right tackle Erick Flowers will be starting via their first depth chart, which means Eli Manning will likely be under distress most of the afternoon. A ferocious pass rush, topped with exemplary secondary play will likely result in Manning having to get the ball out early and likely not on target. This only gives Ramsey more leverage as he can already matchup with Odell Beckham Jr., the throws going to him not being on point adds to the possibility that Ramsey can make a play on the ball like the play below.

 

Final Summation

While both sides of the argument certainly have the case , I believe the needle points in Jalen Ramsey’s direction as to who is going to be declared the “winner” of Sunday’s matchup between Ramsey and Odell Beckham Jr. Between the athleticism of Ramsey, combined with the pass rush of #Sacksonville forcing Manning to get the ball away quickly and likely not on time, Ramsey should hold most of the cards in the game.

Now a reminder, per Jalen himself. Plays are going to be made on both sides, so don’t overreact if Odell is able to muster up some big plays or even a touchdown. That’s what the elites in the game do, they make plays. Ramsey vs Beckham Jr is going to be a show, remember to enjoy it and Go Jaguars!

If you liked what you read, be sure to follow myself on Twitter @Mistochristopho and tell me what you liked or disliked. All feedback is greatly appreciated. Be sure to also follow @LockedonJaguars on Twitter as well as on Facebook.

 

 

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Projecting Future Extensions for the Jaguars’ Budding Stars

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Jan 21, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) takes the field before the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

**All Cap figures and projections based on current NFL salary cap. As the cap rises, expect these deals to increase in relation to the increased cap**

 

Last season, the Jaguars were able to do something they hadn’t previously been able to do in some time: Extend a draft pick beyond the rookie deal.

Last offseason, just before training camp, the Jaguars announced the extension of center Brandon Linder. Linder inked a five-year, $51 million deal, making him one of the highest paid interior offensive linemen in the entire league. Up to this point, most players of value for the Jaguars were either free agent signings or never were value enough to be handed a big money extension. After suffering several seasons of poor drafting and free agencies, general manager Dave Caldwell was finally able to extend one of his own. Brandon Linder wouldn’t be the only Jaguar from the 2014 draft class to get extended. In the middle of the season, the Jaguars extended classmate, Telvin Smith, on a four-year, $45 million extension. Some other notable names to get nice contracts and stay in Jacksonville are WR Marqise Lee (four-year, $34 million) and QB Blake Bortles (three-year, $54 million).

Now, general manager Dave Caldwell is faced with another task in deciding who, and how much, to extend. Specifically? The Jaguars’ 2016 draft class. Here we look over what contract details members of the 2016 draft class could be expected to receive via an extension.

The best cornerback in the NFL, Jalen Ramsey

Jan 7, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey (20) reacts after an interception during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Ramsey, now going into only his third season, is in line for a major payday. Some believe that Ramsey could very well be the NFL’s first $100 million cornerbacks and deservedly so. Ramsey has cemented himself as a top-five cornerback in the NFL and at only 23 years old, has plenty of tread on the tires and even more room to grow and get better, which is a terrifying thought for opposing offenses. The Jaguars and Ramsey will soon be permitted to begin extension talks this season, and locking him up (like he locks up opposing receivers) should be their #1 priority.

Currently, the highest paid cornerback in the NFL is CB Josh Norman of the Washington Redskins with a total value of $75,000,000 over five years (per Overthecap.com) and earning him an average of $15,000,000 a year. Norman also leads all CB’s in total guarantees on his deal as well as average guaranteed per year. As it stands right now, Norman’s contract is the pinnacle of CB contracts in the NFL and likely the number to beat for Ramsey. Norman was 29 when he inked the deal with the Redskins, which immediately, in my opinion, gives Ramsey the upper hand in negotiations as he will only be 24 by the time an extension is likely ironed out.

Ramsey’s projected contract: Five-years, $90 Million with $47.5 million in guarantees

Barring any other major cornerback extensions to inflate the numbers, the projected deal makes Ramsey the highest paid CB in the following categories:

  • Total value
  • Average/Yearly
  • Total guarantees

Ramsey, viewed as the best cornerback in the game, is paid as best by a slightly large margin, making $15 million more than the current highest paid at his position.

 

The man who wasn’t down, Myles Jack

Jan 14, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Myles Jack (44) celebrates on the field against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Deciphering this one is a little tricky because, for most of his tenure in Jacksonville, Myles Jack hasn’t been a focal point of the linebacker corps. Myles was drafted to a Jaguars defense that already boasted LB’s Telvin Smith and Paul Posluszny who were starters along with Jack. In Jack’s rookie season, he was hardly utilized in former HC Gus Bradley’s defensive scheme but showed promising flashes when he did have a chance to take the field.

In the 2017 season, Myles Jack took over most of the starting MLB reps over veteran LB Paul Posluszny. Though this wasn’t immediately overnight, by the end of the season, Jack and Smith were the LB’s of the future for the Jaguars, and the ceiling couldn’t be higher for the duo. Smith has already shown to the league what he is capable of, whereas Jack still has some growing to do. Coming into the NFL, Jack was viewed as a possible top-five pick before falling to the second round due to knee concerns. When the two sides eventually sit down to discuss this new deal, both sides will have leverage on things like length and value. Jack’s camp will want a contract based on promise whereas the Jaguars might want to go more on whats been shown, either way, compromises will have to be made for both sides.

When looking at linebacker contracts in the NFL, there is some variance in the values; it will be contingent on if the Jaguars view Jack as the longterm guy at MLB or if they will continue to utilize him outside like Smith. The two sides might construct a deal that could be beneficial for either scenario if it came to this.

Jack’s projected contract: Five-years, $42 million with $14.7 million in guarantees

Again, assessing Jack’s value is a tough one, because although his ceiling is tremendously high, it could be hard for the Jaguars to justify in making him one of the highest paid linebackers in the NFL. This deal gives either side a little bit of what they want. The Jaguars lock up their former second-round pick into the foreseeable future but at a manageable price. Jack and his camp get a deal that allows Jack to possibly test free agency again by age 28, something I’m sure his camp is thinking about. Aside from shorter, fully guaranteed deals, Jack would be in the upper half of the league in both yearly averages as well as total guarantees.

 

The most underrated edge rusher in the NFL, Yannick Ngakoue

Jan 7, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA;Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) points during the second half of the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Everbank Field. Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Buffalo Bills 10-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday morning, news broke that the Minnesota Vikings had extended young defensive end, Danielle Hunter, to a big five-year, $72 million extension with $40 million guaranteed.

This deal will undoubtedly be the benchmark for Ngakoue and his camp going forward in negotiations. Both Hunter and Ngakoue are 23 years old and putting up stellar numbers for being so early in their careers. Both players were picked in the third round and deserve proper extensions; Hunter is the first to receive his. In his first three seasons, Hunter is averaging 8.5 sacks a season and on the flip side, Ngakoue going into his third year is averaging ten sacks a season and coming off his best season with 12.0 sacks.

For Ngakoue, he has put himself in a very good spot for extension talks as he continually has gotten better each season and could be a 10+ sacks a year candidate who only helps his wallet. Eventually, when Calais Campbell either retires or is no longer a Jaguar, Ngakoue will take over as the face of Sacksonville.

Ngakoue’s projected contract: Five-years, $75 million with $44 million in guarantees

Again, a very similar deal to Hunter’s, and rightfully so. Both players are having almost identical stories and production as similar ages. Ngakoue is slightly outperforming Hunter and therefore earns a little more on his deal, but I don’t foresee anything too drastically different from Hunter’s deal for Ngakoue. The Jaguars could play around a little bit by tweaking the length and guarantees but ultimately think Ngakoue is in line for a minimum of $15 million a year.

 

By the end of the 2018-19 NFL season, the Jaguars are likely (for both the fans and teams’ sake) to have their cornerback, edge rusher and linebacker of the future locked down for many seasons to come. Can’t wait to see John Idzik work his magic again.

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