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Telvin Smith Will Take Sabbatical From Football In 2019

May 9, 2019 3:54 PM

Telvin Smith will not play football in 2019 after leading the Jacksonville Jaguars in tackles each of the past two seasons.

In a statement posted on his Instagram account, Smith wrote: “At this time I must take time away from this game & get my world in order. I must give this time back to myself, my family, & my health. I appreciate all the support I will & will not get. I just ask y’all respect my decision to not play football this season.”

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2019 NFL Draft First-Round Results

Apr 25, 2019 8:00 PM

The 2019 NFL Draft is upon us. RealGM is here to help you track all that goes down -- both here and on Twitter (@RealGMFootball). We'll post the results of the first round as the picks come in.

 

1. Arizona Cardinals - Kyler Murray, Oklahoma QB

2. San Francisco 49ers - Nick Bosa, Ohio State DE

3. New York Jets - Quinnen Williams, Alabama DT

4. Oakland Raiders - Clelin Ferrell, Clemson DE

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Devin White, LSU LB

6. New York Giants - Daniel Jones, Duke QB

7. Jacksonville Jaguars - Josh Allen, Kentucky DE

8. Detroit Lions - T.J. Hockenson, Iowa TE

9. Buffalo Bills - Ed Oliver, Houston DT

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (from Denver) - Devin Bush, Michigan LB

11. Cincinnati Bengals - Jonah Williams, Alabama OT

12. Green Bay Packers - Rashan Gary, Michigan DE

13. Miami Dolphins - Christian Wilkins, Clemson DT

14. Atlanta Falcons - Chris Lindstrom, Boston College G

15. Washington Redskins - Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State QB

16. Carolina Panthers - Brian Burns, Florida State OLB

17. New York Giants (from Cleveland) - Dexter Lawrence, Clemson DT

18. Minnesota Vikings - Garrett Bradbury, NC State C

19. Tennessee Titans - Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State DT

20. Denver Broncos (from Pittsburgh) - Noah Fant, Iowa TE

21. Green Bay Packers (from Seattle) - Darnell Savage, Maryland DB

22. Philadelphia Eagles (from Baltimore) - Andre Dillard, Washington State OT

23. Houston Texans - Tytus Howard, Alabama State OT

24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago) - Josh Jacobs, Alabama RB

25. Baltimore Ravens (from Philadelphia) - Marquise Brown, Oklahoma WR

26. Washington Redskins (from Indianapolis) - Montez Sweat, Mississippi State LB

27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas) - Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State DB

28. Los Angeles Chargers - Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame DL

29. Seattle Seahawks (from Kansas City) - L.J. Collier, TCU DE

30. New York Giants (from Seattle via Green Bay through New Orleans) - DeAndre Baker, Georgia CB

31. Atlanta Falcons (from L.A. Rams) - Kaleb McGary, Washington OT

32. New England Patriots - N'Keal Harry, Arizona State WR

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2019 NFL Mock Draft, Final Version

Apr 25, 2019 8:25 AM

The 2019 NFL Draft is finally here! Months of speculation and guesswork gets proven right or wrong over the next three days.

Here is my final guess at where the players go in the draft. This is my prediction of what NFL teams will do and does not necessarily reflect the decisions I would make in the same situations. Because more of these will likely be wrong that right, I'll keep the commentary to a brief blurb. 

1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma. Despite the late speculation to the contrary, the rookie coach gets his preferred QB. Best guess on Josh Rosen's fate: traded to Washington for two second-round picks.

2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State. A long-rumored match and it makes sense, as the 49ers need an EDGE who can create havoc and also snuff the run on the way to the QB. That's Bosa.

3. New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama. It's easy to see new Jets DC Gregg Williams banging the table for the best interior rusher in this draft, a perfect fit to set up his blitz-happy D.

Possible trade: Jets trade out, Bengals trade up to snag a QB.

4. Oakland Raiders: Ed Oliver, DL, Houston. Oliver might be the best player in this entire draft, though there is risk. It's easy to see both Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden loving his potential based on what they've said and done in their respective pasts. I view this spot as Kyler Murray's draft floor, be it the Raiders taking him or a team (Miami?) trading up to get him.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, LB, LSU. This has been the hot match since at least the combine and I've not been presented with any compelling reason to swim against the current.

6. New York Giants: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State. Sweat has two double-digit sack seasons in the SEC and the highest athletic upside of any defensive player in this draft. Perfect blend of proven performance and high ceiling that will get GM Dave Gettleman to bite. I don't believe the Giants go QB here but if they do it's Daniel Jones.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida. Another team/player match that has been hotly rumored for months. There are whispers of T.J. Hockenson and Daniel Jones here. One trade scenario that makes sense: the Bengals moving up here from No. 11 to take Dwayne Haskins and the Jaguars landing Taylor at 11.

8. Detroit Lions: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky. Best-case scenario for the Lions, who desperately want to add more pass-rushing oomph to an underrated defense. Plan B is Jonah Williams. Plan C is T.J. Hockenson.

Possible trade: Washington moves up from 15 to 8 and takes Daniel Jones. Lions fall back and select Clelin Ferrell.

9. Buffalo Bills: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa. Dual-threat TE to pair with a dual-threat QB. I can see Andre Dillard or Jonah Williams here too.

10. Denver Broncos: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan. The rangy, hard-hitting Bush is a perfect fit for Vic Fangio's defensive vision. I can definitely envision a QB here too. Drew Lock was linked to this pick for a long time, I have to think that's still within the realm of possibility.

It's at this point where I realize I don't have Daniel Jones slotted in the top 10. I do believe he's going in the top 10 somewhere, but in this scenario, I just couldn't place him. Que tonteria.

11. Cincinnati Bengals: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State. It certainly could be Dwayne Haskins here, but a couple of sources I respect indicate the team really likes Dillard. Maybe they trade up later to get the potential successor to Andy Dalton. Dillard will help either guy with his elite-level pass protection.

12. Green Bay Packers: Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama. A safe pick with positional versatility and a strong history of playing well against top competition, Williams makes sense for the rebuilding-on-the-fly Packers.

13. Miami Dolphins: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State. Probably the best-case outcome for Miami, which sorely needs a long-term solution at QB and in this case doesn't need to move up to land one. Haskins slotting this draft season has been an exercise in futility.

14. Atlanta Falcons: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan. Too much potential in Gary for him to fall too far, and he offers the Falcons an injection of athleticism on the defensive front.

Possible trade: If Ed Oliver starts to drop, the Falcons get aggressive and move up as far as 7 or 8 to snag him.

15. Washington: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke. Rather than try to forecast the trade up to land Jones, I'll just marry the player and team here in the original Washington slot. I expect Jones to come off higher and the rumors of the Skins looking to move up -- way up -- to get him have been present for some time.

16. Carolina Panthers: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson. Rock-solid productive pass rusher and he's a local for the Panthers, making it a great fit for a position where they desperately need youthful help. This is also the range where Oakland or Seattle could move with their extra firsts.

17. New York Giants: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri. During Senior Bowl week the Giants media could not get enough of Lock, which tells me they've either been tipped the Giants had a real interest or are easily drawn to talented but flawed QB prospects. Tough to ignore Cody Ford or Andre Dillard here too.

18. Minnesota Vikings: Garrett Bradbury, C/OG, North Carolina State. I suspect this is a popular pick, matching the best center with the team that needs center more than any other.

19. Tennessee Titans: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson. Those close to coach Mike Vrabel have strongly hinted he's a huge fan of the huge man on the DL. He and Jurrell Casey together make for a very difficult day for opposing offenses.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple. It might not happen at 20, but the Steelers interest in Ya-Sin appears legit. This is Devin Bush's absolute floor. Keep an eye on Oakland moving up here.

21. Seattle Seahawks: Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State. After the Frank Clark trade, it's hard to see the Seahawks not aggressively targeting a pass rusher. Burns brings sizzle and speed off the edge despite questions about his size and run defense. They could trade back and still get him, and a team looking to snag a top corner or safety (Chargers, Rams?) might indulge them.

22. Baltimore Ravens: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss. Tough choice here as I think they like both Erik McCoy and Cody Ford a lot, but the chance to get a lottery ticket in Metcalf at a position of need will woo new GM Eric DeCosta. At least one member of their scouting staff ranks the athletic freak WR considerably higher than this slot.

23. Houston Texans: Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma. Expect the Texans to aggressively address the league's worst offensive line. Ford can play tackle or guard and Houston desperately needs help at both. They could draft as many as three linemen (and multiple CBs) this weekend.

24. Oakland Raiders: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa. More of a supersized WR, Fant would nicely replace Jared Cook. It's a bigger need than gets widely publicized, and Fant has potential to be a great NFL receiver.

25. Philadelphia Eagles: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State. Simmons would likely have been a top-10 pick if he didn't tear his ACL in December. The Eagles have enough depth they can afford to take a redshirt guy with big upside. I can see Marquise Brown here too.

26. Indianapolis Colts: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame. Tillery posted several game tapes where he looks worthy of being drafted much higher than this. He's a nice fit and value for the monster of a youthful Colts defense GM Chris Ballard is building.

27. Oakland Raiders: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU. It came down to a playmaking corner or running back, and both after a trade; I expect the Raiders to make this pick very early on Friday instead of at No. 27. Williams brings size and ball skills to a secondary lacking both. New England moving up for a TE or Cleveland aggressively jumping in for a CB both make sense as trades.

28. Los Angeles Chargers: Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State. Talented, versatile (he can play RT, either G spot or C) and physical, Risner is a great fit for what the Chargers want up front.

29. Seattle Seahawks: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington. Arguably the best CB in this draft (he's my top CB), Murphy helps restock a secondary in transition without having to relocate far from college.

30. Green Bay Packers: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma. A pick that would firmly distinguish GM Brian Gutekunst as a definitive new leader, Brown is a high-risk/reward prospect. No other WR can come close to his dynamic skills, but at 166 pounds and coming off a potentially career-altering foot injury, it's a leap of faith. I suspect Aaron Rodgers would approve.

31. Los Angeles Rams: Darnell Savage, S, Maryland. He can play safety, he can play cornerback, he can play both in the same series without needing to sub out. Savage is a good fit for a team that figures to face a lot of pass attempts.

32. New England Patriots: Dawson Knox, TE, Ole Miss. A surprise pick for some, but little birdies have been chirping about Knox since the Combine. Just don't say he's replacing Gronk; Knox is a different kind of TE. I can definitely see a trade down from here to snag Knox a few picks later too. Wild card would be a QB.

Second round

The picks from here on out are much more about matching player to slot than team to player.

33. Cardinals:  Erik McCoy, OG/OC, Texas A&M

34. Colts: Nasir Adderly, S, Delaware

35. Raiders: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

36. 49ers: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

37. Giants: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

38. Jaguars: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia

39. Buccaneers: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

40. Bills: Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

41. Broncos: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida

42. Bengals: D’Andre Walker, EDGE, Georgia

43. Lions: Chris Lindstrom, OG/OC, Boston College

44. Packers: Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama

45. Falcons: David Long, CB, Michigan

46. Washington: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State 

47. Panthers: Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State

48. Dolphins: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss

49. Browns: Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State

50. Vikings: Christian Miller, EDGE, Alabama

51. Titans: Blake Cashman, LB, Minnesota

52. Steelers: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

53. Eagles: Chase Winovich, EDGE, Michigan

54. Texans: Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State

55. Texans: Elgton Jenkins, OG/OC, Mississippi State

56. Patriots: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford

57. Eagles: Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State

58. Cowboys: Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia

59. Colts: Kelvin Harmon, WR, North Carolina State

60. Chargers: Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

61. Chiefs: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame

62. Saints: Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri

63. Chiefs: Amani Hooker, S, Iowa

64. Patriots: Charles Omenihu, DL, Texas

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NFL Warns Tom Coughlin For Comments On Voluntary Offseason Workouts

Apr 24, 2019 5:35 PM

The NFL has sent a warning letter to Tom Coughlin following his criticism of players not attending voluntary offseason workouts.

Coughlin was not fined, but he could face a penalty if he makes future comments.

The NFL Players Association had asked the league to reinforce the rule about pressuring players to attend the voluntary workouts and to reach out to the Jaguars.

"We're very close to 100 percent attendance and, quite frankly, our players should be here building the concept of team, working hard side-by-side, constructing our bond of togetherness, formulating our collective priorities and goals," Coughlin said. "Success in the NFL demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish and insensitive to the real values of team. The hard work that many try to avoid is the major building block for the development of an outstanding football team.

"It's not about rights and privileges. It's about obligations and responsibility, and the question is, 'Can we count on you?'"

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Bills Sign T.J. Yeldon To Two-Year Contract

Apr 22, 2019 9:49 AM

The Buffalo Bills have signed T.J. Yeldon to a two-year contract.

Yeldon joins a Buffalo backfield that already includes veteran running backs Frank Gore and LeSean McCoy.

The Jaguars drafted Yeldon in the second round (36th overall) of the 2015 draft and he led the Jaguars in rushing as a rookie with 740 yards despite missing four games with an injury.

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Jaguars May Use Drones To Shade Stands On Sunny Days

Apr 19, 2019 8:44 AM

The Jacksonville Jaguars may use drones to help make fans more comfortable during hot and sunny home games.

Shad Khan said he's seen proposals to use drone-powered "artificial clouds" that may be used over stadiums in Qatar during the 2022 World Cup.

"It's very futuristic but it could be very cost-effective only on the days you need it," Khan said. "I don't know how feasible it is, but as an engineer when I saw it I thought boy that would work very well for us."

It is unclear whether the technology has ever actually been deployed anywhere, or whether it is just an idea.

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Tom Coughlin Appears To Violate Rules On Voluntary Workouts

Apr 18, 2019 2:03 PM

The NFL declined to comment on comments made by Tom Coughlin about the absences of players for voluntary workouts with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“We’re close to 100 percent attendance — and quite frankly all of our players should be here,” said Coughlin.

From Article 21, Section 5(a) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement: “No Club official may indicate to a player that the Club’s offseason workout program or classroom instruction is not voluntary”

“All our players should be here” represents an in-plain-sight indication that the sessions aren’t voluntary.

The union pushed back twice in 2017 against aggressive efforts from Coughlin to get around the rules.

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Leonard Fournette Arrested Over Suspended License

Apr 11, 2019 4:24 PM

Leonard Fournette was arrested Thursday afternoon after a traffic stop and charged with knowingly driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Fournette paid a $1,508 bond and was released, according to jail records.

The Jacksonville Jaguars released a statement in which they said they were aware of Fournette's "situation," are gathering more information and would not have any further comment at this time.

Fournette's arrest is related to a speeding ticket he received in Jacksonville Beach on Nov. 17, 2018.

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Robert Griffin III Thought He Had Chance To Become Jags' Starting QB

Apr 4, 2019 10:56 AM

Robert Griffin III believes he had a chance to start for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2019 had they not traded for Nick Foles.

The Jaguars tried to trade for Griffin at the end of the preseason and again before the trade deadline.

Griffin waited to sign a two-year, $4 million with the Baltimore Ravens until the Jaguars traded for Foles.

"We knew that was an opportunity and there'd be a chance if things didn't work out with Nick Foles," Griffin said on the Ravens' podcast. "We just wanted to wait and see what would happen."

Griffin will be Lamar Jackson's backup in 2019.

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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
The $50.125 million for Nick Foles is the largest amount of guaranteed money in Jaguars' history.

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Lions, Seahawks, Chargers Among 10 Teams Meeting With Kyler Murray
Kyler Murray is expected to be a first round pick.

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Jaguars To Sign Nick Foles, Release Blake Bortles
Nick Foles wanted to become a starting quarterback this offseason.

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2019 NFL Draft Mock Draft 2.0: Pre-Combine Edition
The Combine at the end of February into early March will provide even more clarity.

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Tom Coughlin: Blake Bortles Remains Jaguars QB 'Right Now'
The Jaguars have issued public support for Blake Bortles over the short-term.

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Jaguars Pick Up Option On Calais Campbell
Calais Campbell, 32, is due $12 million this coming season.

Michael DiRocco/ESPN

Nick Foles, Jaguars Have Mutual Interest
Nick Foles sees the Jaguars as having an attractive roster

Mike Garafolo/NFL.com

Jaguars Sign Josh Lambo To Four-Year Extension
Josh Lambo has missed just 3 of 41 field goal attempts since joining the Jaguars in October 2017.

Michael DiRocco/ESPN

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

Michael DiRocco/ESPN

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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