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Projecting Future Extensions for the Jaguars’ Budding Stars

Christopher Thornton



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 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.

Christopher Thornton Is the Co-host for Locked On Jaguars. Christopher lives in Jacksonville and is currently a season ticket holder for the Jacksonville Jaguars. You can find me on Twitter (@Mistochristopho) and contact me at [email protected]

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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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