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:
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
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.
Christopher Thornton 2019 Mock Draft 1.0
You all really thought I would leave Locked on Jaguars before dropping a 100% accurate mock draft?
Anyways, I won’t get into the nitty-gritty of the picks, however, needed a virtual footprint for when my mock draft becomes the first ever to bat 1.000. So without further ado, let’s dive right into it.
1. Arizona Cardinals- Quinnen Williams, DE, Alabama
Best player in the draft should go #1 overall right?
2. San Fransisco 49ers- Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
SF gets itself a premiere edge rusher
3. Washington Redskins (via NYJ)- Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
The second shocker, right after Kyler Murray not going 1st overall on draft night is the Redskins going all the way into the top three, to take… Daniel Jones? I can’t really rationalize this either
4. Oakland Raiders- Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Jon Gruden continues to shock the NFL world with this one
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
Tampa Bay wants to have a versatile defense so why not get a versatile rusher to go with it?
6. New York Giants- Jawaan Taylor, RT, Florida
The Giants *hope* to sure up the right side for good ole Eli
7. Cincinnati Bengals (via JAX)- Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Zac Taylor makes a splash to trade into the top 10 and snag the falling QB before he ever hits the ground
8. Detroit Lions- Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
Detroit reloads with the loss of Ziggy Ansah
9. Buffalo Bills- Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
A lot of folks have the Bills going WR here but honestly, I think they lean on their FA acquisitions to justify not taking one here
10. Denver Broncos- Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
This has been penciled in for 47 months it seems, Flacco trade or not
11. Jacksonville Jaguars (via CIN)- T.J Hockenson, TE, Iowa
The Jaguars snag the best TE in the draft to slot in nicely in Flip’s offense
12. Green Bay Packers- Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama
Jonah Williams is going to be a very versatile OL throughout his career, however, I have him going as a Left Guard in the NFL and the Packers could sure use one to help out AR12 and the run game
13. Miami Dolphins- Cody Ford, Right Tackle, Oklahoma
The Dolphins prepare to ride out Fitzmagic by protecting him at all costs
14. Atlanta Falcons- Dalton Risner, Right Tackle, Kansas State
The Falcons get a mauler of a Right Tackle in Risner, and sure up an OL to keep Matt Ryan upright
15. New York Jets (via WAS)- Garrett Bradbury, C, N.C State
Protecting Sam Darnold at all costs
16. Carolina Panthers- D.K Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
Good luck trying to stop D.J Moore and D.K Metcalf at the same time
17. New York Giants (via CLE)- Devin White, LB, LSU
The Giants get one of the first “steals” of the draft
18. Minnesota Vikings- Andre Dillard, OL, WSU
Projected as a zone Left Tackle, but likely starts his NFL journey as a guard, of which the Vikings are in the market for
19. Tennessee Titans- Chris Lindstrom, RG, Boston College
The Titans fortify their OL with arguably the best Right Guard in the draft
20. Pittsburgh Steelers- Devin Bush Jr, LB, Michigan
The Steelers are in the market for an inside linebacker and I personally think that Bush fits that mold in the NFL
21. Seattle Seahawks- Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan
Back to back wolverines here as the Seahawks stop Gary’s fall due to the flagged shoulder
22. Baltimore Ravens- N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
Another year, another receiver drafted by the Ravens
23. Houston Texans- Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
The Texans snag a CB to be the heir to aging CB, Johnathan Joseph
24. Oakland Raiders (via CHI)- Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
The second of the Iowa tight ends to go first round in this year’s NFL draft. With Jared Cook leaving town, Gruden adds a top tight end to his offense to help rookie QB, Dwayne Haskins
25. Philadelphia Eagles- Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
The Eagles take a chance on Sweat, who could easily fall after being diagnosed with an “enlarged heart”
26. Indianapolis Colts- Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
The Colts get draft lucky again and land the top CB in the draft towards the end of the first round
27. Oakland Raiders (via DAL)- Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
With Marshawn Lynch finally retiring, that leaves the Raiders with Crowell and Richard as your top tandem, and while that’s a nice consolation when RB1 falls into your lap at 27, you pull the trigger. The added fifth-year option also makes this more enticing in the future
28. Los Angeles Chargers- Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
The Chargers are in the market for a 3-tech, and I think Wilkins projects to be a very good one in the NFL
29. Seattle Seahawks (via KC)- Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, FS, Florida
Although listed as a CB, CGJ projects to be an FS in the NFL to me and with Seattle in the market with the departure of Earl Thomas, I think Gardner-Johnson slots in nicely
30. Green Bay Packers (via NO)- Nasir Adderly, FS, Delaware
Garnder-Johnson and Adderly were FS1 A & B for me and with Gardner-Johnson going the pick before, Adderly was the next domino to fall
31. Los Angeles Rams- Dexter Lawrence, NT, Clemson
The Rams need depth at LDE and NT and Lawrence being an elite run stopper, should show his value here at the end of the first round
32. New England Patriots- Jerry Tillery, DL, Notre Dame
Tillery is the perfect mold as to what Bill Belichick looks for in a Defensive lineman. Being able to tag a fifth-year option to Tillery also makes this pick very intriguing for the Patriots in the future
Please roast the mock draft and send those takes here
Jaguars vs Giants: Beyond the Score with Pro Football Focus
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.”
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
Jaguars vs Giants: Enemy of Interest – Odell Beckham Jr.
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“.
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
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.
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:
It’s going to be a show very soon #BatmanVsTheJoker
— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) August 27, 2018
“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.
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!
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