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Jaguars Have 'Full Confidence' In Leonard Fournette

Mar 19, 2019 8:35 AM

Leonard Fournette had a forgettable 2018 season, but Tom Coughlin insists the Jacksonville Jaguars still have "full confidence" in the running back.

Fournette missed seven games with injuries and was suspended for another game by the Jaguars.

"With Leonard, a prepared Leonard coming into camp with a mindset that he discussed and we talked about … I have full confidence in him,” Coughlin said. "He does have some things he’s got to prove when he comes back about his preparation, but he’s a young, young player, he loves football, had an outstanding year, had a very disappointing year, and I think he wants to — we want him to be a great player and I think he’s in the same mindset."

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Nick Foles, Jaguars Agree Upon Four-Year, $88M Deal

Mar 11, 2019 5:32 PM

Nick Foles has agreed to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars on a four-year, $88 million deal with $50.125 million in guaranteed money.

The $50.125 million is the largest amount of guaranteed money in franchise history.

The Jaguars will release Blake Bortles.

Foles opted out of his contract with the Philadelphia Eagles by paying them back $2 million in February.

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Lions, Seahawks, Chargers Among 10 Teams Meeting With Kyler Murray

Mar 4, 2019 9:53 AM

Kyler Murray met with ten teams while at the combine.

The Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders, New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Washington, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Chargers met with Murray. Then 10th team to meet with Murray hasn't been identified.

Murray is expected to be a first round pick.

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Jaguars To Sign Nick Foles, Release Blake Bortles

Mar 3, 2019 10:27 PM

The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to sign Nick Foles to a multi-year contract when the new league year opens.

The Jaguars are expected to release Blake Bortles and install Foles as their starter. Jacksonville will have to pay $6.5 million of Bortles' 2019 salary.

Howie Roseman said Wednesday that the team would not place the franchise tag on Foles, leaving him a free agent.

"He deserves an opportunity to lead a team," Roseman said.

Foles opted out of his contract with the Eagles by paying them back $2 million in February.

"I would love to lead a team," Foles said at the close of the 2018 season. "The starter thing, leading a team, impacting a locker room ... that's why we play the game -- to impact people, to create an atmosphere."

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2019 NFL Draft Mock Draft 2.0: Pre-Combine Edition

Feb 24, 2019 9:55 AM

By Jeff Risdon, RealGM

This edition has quite a few changes in player and draft slot from the first edition. Spending two weeks with NFL personnel evaluators at the Shrine Game and Senior Bowl gave me a better idea of how some prospects are viewed from the NFL ranks, and the changes here reflect that. Note that at this stage of the draft season, coaches are still getting their feet wet with most of the prospects. The Combine at the end of February into early March will provide even more clarity.

1. Arizona Cardinals: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State. Instant impact pass rusher who can play in a variety of roles and schemes. At this point, the only real question is his durability. Will that be enough to convince the Cardinals to look elsewhere? Right now, I don’t think it trumps Bosa’s game-changing potential.

2. San Francisco 49ers: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama. It’s hard to watch the 49ers devote yet another premium draft pick to the defensive line, but it’s also hard to ignore just how much Williams can help San Francisco where they really need it. Someone could trade up here to land Williams too.

3. New York Jets: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston. I expect Oliver to show out in Indy and revive the interest in him as the potential No. 1 overall pick. His ability to create pressure up the gut and make plays behind the line is exactly what the Jets need in a division with a diverse range of opposing QBs.

4. Oakland RaidersKyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma. Does it make sense for the Raiders to scrap Derek Carr? Probably not. But it’s so easy to see Jon Gruden being infatuated with all Murray can do and how it would allow the Raiders to change the dynamics of defending them. They’re in a good position to take such a risk, too.

5. Tampa Bay BuccaneersCody Ford, OT, Oklahoma. Ford is an instant starter at one of the tackle spots, which is both a credit to his rapid rise and an indictment of how badly the Buccaneers need the powerful help he can provide. 
 
6. New York Giants: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky. What, no QB?! Not in this instance. Instead, GM Dave Gettleman opts to fortify the pass rush with the versatile Allen and buys another year with Eli Manning. His pass rushing prowess is a difference-maker. 
             
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State. This pick seems like a lock if Haskins remains on the board. The Jaguars sorely need to hit on a high-end QB, and Haskins has the pocket passing precision to pay off quickly. 
             
8. Detroit Lions: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson. Ferrell checks the boxes the Lions want in upgrading the pass rush: he can line up in multiple spots and schemes and plays the run exceptionally well on his way to the QB. Lower ceiling than the pass rushers above him here but his ability to generate pressure on his own is underrated. 
             
9. Buffalo Bills: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida. I was surprised at the buzz around Taylor from scouts at the Senior Bowl. His athletic profile and potential is highly regarded and could easliy land him in Buffalo, where building around running QB Josh Allen and replacing free agents at both RT and RG are imperative. 
             
10. Denver Broncos: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri. Joe Flacco handles the reins until the live-armed Lock can take over. It’s a risky pick--Lock has real warts that must be smoothed--but could result in John Elway finally getting the QB position right. 
             
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Devin White, LB, LSU. This is a very common projection and that’s for good reason; the Bengals are typically one of the easiest organizations to read in terms of draft intentions. To quote The Cranberries, “Everybody else is doing it so why can’t we?”
             
12. Green Bay Packers: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa. A do-it-all weapon who can quickly ingratiate himself to Aaron Rodgers for both his blocking and his receiving, this one should get the QB’s seal of approval. 
             
13. Miami Dolphins: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan. A divisive prospect but one with a very high ceiling, Gary could help catapult the Dolphins defense with his athleticism and ability to get after the passer. 
             
14. Atlanta Falcons: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa. Atlanta appears to be a prime candidate to trade back, but “settling” for the freaky Fant should tickle Falcons fans’ fancy. Another versatile receiving weapon in an offense that is already hard to defend.

 
15. Washington: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss. Currently built more like a defensive end than a wideout, the 6-4, 230-pound Metcalf proved he can play before his neck injury. The durability question keeps him out of the top 10, methinks. Washington doesn’t mind...
 
16. Carolina Panthers: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama. Williams proved himself in big games, and his ability to adapt within a play and recover if initially beaten stand out. With the questions Carolina has at both tackle spots, adding a ready-made starter is a positive.


17. Cleveland BrownsBrian Burns, EDGE, Florida State. Pairing the lanky, speedy Burns with Myles Garrett would provide the Browns defense with even more ways to attack in new DC Steve Wilks’ scheme. I had OT Andre Dillard here for a long time before changing.


18. Minnesota Vikings: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss. Little has loads of athletic potential but uneven results in pass protection. Vikings GM Rick Spielman bites the apple and hopes it tastes sweet in a year or two at a position where the team keeps hitting sour notes.

19. Tennessee Titans: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington. Murphy offers naturally instinctive stickiness in coverage and the ability to play outside or in the slot. He’s a player who could rocket way up from this range with a good week in Indy. 

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU. The Steelers search for a playmaking CB leads them to Williams, who offers length and speed to help bolster an uneven secondary. 
             
21. Seattle Seahawks: Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida. If Frank Clark leaves in free agency, the Seahawks almost have to use this pick to address the pass rush. If Clark returns, that opens this pick up to other options, but Seattle would still need EDGE help. Polite brings sizzle off the edge.

22. Baltimore Ravens: Kelvin Harmon, WR, North Carolina State. The Ravens could do a lot worse to build around Lamar Jackson than selecting the physical, reliable Harmon. Aside from having great hands and running smooth routes, he’s an incredible blocker. 
             
23. Houston Texans: Garrett Bradbury, OC/OG, North Carolina State. The quest to upgrade the long-struggling offensive line in Houston turns to one of the most physical finishers in the draft and an instant starter at any of the three IOL positions for the Texans. 
             
24. Oakland Raiders (from CHI): N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State. Oakland uses the bounty from Amari Cooper to replace him with the supersized Harry, who moves quite well for a 6-6 receiver and can really help on 3rd downs and in the red zone. 
  
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State. His stiff-arm bull rush wowed in Mobile, and his game tape features more of his high football IQ and ability to bend the edge. He and Derek Barnett as the Eagles young edges would be fun to watch

26. Indianapolis Colts: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame. A powerful interior rusher with the ability to dominate (see the Michigan game), Tillery instantly reinforces the weakest point on the promising young Colts defense.
             
27. Oakland Raiders (from DAL): Devin Bush, LB, Michigan. Bush can fly all over the field and do anything asked of an NFL LB, but his size (he’s expected to be 5-10/225) is a detraction. Give Gruden football players like this and the size doesn’t matter (much).             

28. Los Angeles Chargers: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State. The Chargers depth up front is shallower than a Kardashian’s intellect. Dillard can play either tackle spot and appears undervalued at this point in the draft process. 
             
29. Kansas City Chiefs: DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia. Building up the pass defense is an imperative for a team that figures to see a lot of comeback attempts against them. Baker brings a physical presence with a high football IQ; his speed in Indy is one of the biggest things I’m watching. 
             
30. Green Bay Packers (from NO): Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College. Lindstrom can play any interior line position. The Packers need his technically savvy surliness right away. 
  
31. Los Angeles Rams: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware. The first FCS-level prospect comes off the board at the back end of the first round, and Adderly instantly upgrades the back end of the Rams defense with his all-around game.

32. New England Patriots: Irv Smith, TE, Alabama. It’s convenient to call Smith a Gronk replacement, but the lithe Smith has a different style of game. The Patriots will find ways to use his elusiveness in space and his blocking chops.

Teams that lack a first-round pick...

Dallas Cowboys: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

New Orleans Saints: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

Chicago Bears: Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia

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Tom Coughlin: Blake Bortles Remains Jaguars QB 'Right Now'

Feb 21, 2019 10:36 AM

The Jacksonville Jaguars have issued public support for Blake Bortles over the short-term.

"Blake is the quarterback with the Jacksonville Jaguars right now," Tom Coughlin said.

The Jaguars signed Bortles to a three-year, $26.5 million (guaranteed) extension last February.

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Jaguars Pick Up Option On Calais Campbell

Feb 19, 2019 8:16 AM

The Jacksonville Jaguars have picked up the 2019 option on Calais Campbell.

The Jaguars needed to make the decision by Wednesday because the defensive end is due a $3 million option bonus that day.

Campbell, 32, is due $12 million this coming season.

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Nick Foles, Jaguars Have Mutual Interest

Feb 14, 2019 11:49 AM

Nick Foles and the Jacksonville Jaguars have mutual interest.

Foles voided his 2019 option with the Philadelphia Eagles to become a free agent but the team may use the franchise tag on him with the intent of a trade.

Foles sees the Jaguars as having an attractive roster.

The Denver Broncos, another team on the market for a quarterback this offseason, agreed to trade for Joe Flacco on Wednesday.

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Jaguars Sign Josh Lambo To Four-Year Extension

Feb 14, 2019 9:18 AM

Josh Lambo has signed a four-year contract extension with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Lambo has missed just 3 of 41 field goal attempts (and 3 of 44 PATs) since joining the Jaguars in October 2017.

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Leonard Fournette Challenges Void Of Guaranteed Money

Jan 18, 2019 8:10 AM

Leonard Fournette has filed a challenge with the NFL regarding the Jacksonville Jaguars' decision to void the guaranteed money in the final two years of his contract, according to a source.

An arbitrator will rule on whether the Jaguars are able to withhold the $7.1 million in guaranteed money ($2.93 million in 2019 and $4.17 million in 2020) as punishment for Fournette's NFL suspension.

The NFL suspended Fournette for one game without pay after he left the bench, ran across the field and fought the Buffalo Bills' Shaq Lawson on Nov. 25.

The Jaguars informed Fournette shortly after the suspension that they were voiding the remaining guaranteed money in his rookie contract because of a clause that allows them to do so if a player isn't able to play for reasons other than a football injury.

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Jaguars Could Be Contenders For Nick Foles
It remains to be seen how a team could acquire Nick Foles this offseason -- whether he'll become a free agent or the Eagles will retain his rights to swing a trade.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Jaguars To Hire John DeFilippo As Offensive Coordinator
John DeFilippo as fired as offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings during the season.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Leonard Fournette Meets With Jaguars To Clear Air
Leonard Fournette met with Jaguars management on Wednesday to discuss his disappointing season and plans for the future, according to a source.

Michael DiRocco/ESPN

Infographic: Chargers, Colts Finish In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA
The Chargers and Colts rank in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

RealGM Staff Report

Jaguars Fire RB Coach Following Drama At Position
Tyrone Wheatley was fired after Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon were criticized for being disengaged from coaches and teammates during a 20-3 loss to the Texans.

Associated Press

Jaguars Announce Doug Marrone, Dave Caldwell Will Return In 2019
One season after reaching the AFC Championship Game, the Jaguars struggled with a 5-11 record.

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Leonard Fournette Admits He Could Be In Better Shape
After helping lead the Jacksonville Jaguars to the NFL's No. 1 rushing attack last season, Leonard Fournette has just 396 yards on 115 carries in 2018.

Jacksonville.com

NFL Releases 2019 Pro Bowl Rosters
Patrick Mahomes is a Pro Bowl starter in his first season as a starting quarterback.

RealGM Staff Report

Nick Bosa Headlines Latest ESPN 2019 Mock Draft, Two QBs In Top-10
Todd McShay has released his latest mock draft with Nick Bosa going to the Cardinals with the No. 1 overall selection.

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Carlos Hyde Frustrated With Lack Of Touches
Carlos Hyde is frustrated with a lack of touches since coming over to the Jaguars.

Florida Times-Union

Leonard Fournette Loses Appeal, Will Sit Out Against Colts
Leonard Fournette lost the appeal of his one-game suspension and will miss Sunday's game against the Colts, according to a source.

ESPN

Leonard Fournette Receives One-Game Suspension For Fight
The league said Leonard Fournette violated its unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness rules.

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Jaguars Bench Blake Bortles, Will Start Cody Kessler
Cody Kessler is 0-8 as a starter.

Michael DiRocco/ESPN

Jaguars Fire Offensive Coordinator Nathaniel Hackett
Doug Marrone will take a bigger role in Jacksonville's offense.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Jaguars Will Consider Trading Jalen Ramsey
Jalen Ramsey tweeted last week: "When I'm gone from here, y'all gone miss me."

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Leonard Fournette Returning From Hamstring Injury For Week 10
Leonard Fournette practiced the entire week without any setbacks.

John Reid/Florida Times Union

Rams Expect Dante Fowler To Contribute On Sunday
After acquiring him via trade on Tuesday, the Rams expect Dante Fowler to contribute on Sunday against the Saints.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Jaguars Sign Landry Jones
Landry Jones went 3-2 as a starter in place of Ben Roethlisberger.

Michael DiRocco/ESPN

Rams Acquire Dante Fowler From Jaguars
The Rams have landed Dante Fowler from the Jaguars for a third-round draft pick in 2019 and fifth-round selection in 2020.

ESPN

Malcolm Jenkins: Jaguars Are Proof Colin Kaepernick Deserves Job
While preparing to face the Jaguars, Malcolm Jenkins says he saw proof that Colin Kaepernick deserves a job in the NFL.

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