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Jaguars Open Up Quarterback Competition With Blake Bortles Struggling

Aug 18, 2017 11:48 AM

The Jacksonville Jaguars are opening up their quarterback competition following Blake Bortles' bad performance in Thursday's preseason game.

Chad Henne will share first-team reps with Bortles.

"I'm looking for someone that's going to lead this offense," Doug Marrone said. "I'm not happy with the performance today. I'm not going to sit here and B.S. anyone. Everyone saw it out there. Whatever you want to call it, I'm still trying to evaluate who the best person is at that position."

Bortles was 8-for-13 for 65 yards over four drives that all led in punts. Henne also got snaps with the first-team offense late in the first half Thursday.

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Leonard Fournette: NFL Slower Than Expected

Aug 11, 2017 9:35 AM

One preseason game into his career, Leonard Fournette sees the NFL as a much easier transition than expected.

"It's a lot slower than I really thought," Fournette said. "That's how I've been since I first got into the NFL. A lot of people were like, 'It's going to be fast.' But by me playing in the SEC, that kind of helped me a lot.

"I think, to me, it was really easy."

The Jacksonville Jaguars beat the New England Patriots 31-24 on Thursday night. The fourth overall pick rushed for 31 yards on nine carries and scored on a 1-yard touchdown run.

"I've had pressure my whole life," Fournette said. "I'm built for it. No matter what the circumstances, I've never let the game get bigger than me and I've always stayed humble. That's No. 1."

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Blake Bortles Sees Improvement In Jaguars' Offense

Aug 9, 2017 8:16 AM

Blake Bortles says he "definitely" sees improvement in the Jacksonville Jaguars' offense this summer.

Bortles went 5-for-17 in a joint workout with the New England Patriots on Tuesday.

"It was about what we can do, how we react in the situation and how can we continue to get better," Bortles said. "Up front, [the Patriots] single everybody up and that made everything one-on-one as far as the blocking schemes and then they do a lot of different things in coverage with their safeties, whether they're sprinting their guys down or staying high and doing different stuff.

"There is no doubt there has been some bad stuff that's happened that we have to fix and continue to work on, but I think if you watched 7-on-7s [Tuesday] or 1-on-1s, there weren't a whole lot of times we got stopped. We just have to find a way to carry that over into the 11-on-11."

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Branden Albert Seeks Return To Jaguars

Aug 7, 2017 10:40 PM

Branden Albert retired last week from the NFL, but he already wants to return to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Albert would owe the Jaguars $3.4 million in signing-bonus forfeiture if he remained retired. He is also subject to fines of up to $40,000 per day for the time he was away from the team.

Albert was traded by the Dolphins to the Jags before skipping offseason workouts in hopes of acquiring a new deal.

Albert has started 118 games over nine seasons.

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Branden Albert Announces Retirement From NFL

Jul 31, 2017 10:51 AM

Branden Albert has announced his retirement from the NFL.

Albert was acquired by the Jaguars in a trade with the Miami Dolphins on March 9, 2017.

Albert was a Pro Bowl selection in 2013 and 2015.

Albert, who missed the voluntary portion of the Jaguars' offseason program in an unsuccessful effort to renegotiate his contract, participated in the mandatory three-day minicamp in June. He said during the minicamp he planned to attend training camp and would be in shape at that time.

"After nine seasons playing in the National Football League, I have decided to retire from the game that has given me so much," said Albert. "I would like to thank Mr. Khan and the Jaguars organization, Mr. Ross, Joe Philbin, Dennis Hickey and the Dolphins organization and Mr. Hunt, Carl Peterson, Herm Edwards and the Chiefs organization for providing me with the opportunity of a lifetime. GOD has blessed me with so much through football that I thought would never be attainable. It's been truly a blessing. I cherish all of the relationships and people I have encountered while playing in the NFL! Special thanks to Al Groh and the University of Virginia for giving me the opportunity for a great education and showing faith in me when no one else wanted to take a chance on me. I am truly thankful for my UVA family.

"This is such a special league and it's been an honor and a privilege to play this sport professionally for the past nine years. I wish Coach Marrone and my Jacksonville teammates the best of luck on their journey this season. During my short stint in Jacksonville, I quickly realized that they are working incredibly hard to turn the corner and I truly believe that they will find success in the coming years. I look forward to returning to Miami, the place that I now call 'home,' and running my businesses, while giving back to the community. While this chapter of my life is coming to an end, my story is still going and I hope you'll follow along. I will be furthering and finishing my education. GOD BLESS AND GODSPEED."

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Brandon Linder Agrees To Five-Year, $51.7M Extension With Jaguars

Jul 25, 2017 8:16 PM

The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to a five-year contract extension with Brandon Linder worth $51.7 million. Linder's deal will include $24 million in guaranteed money.

The extension makes Linder the highest-paid center in NFL history.

"It means the world to me," Linder said in a statement. "I'd love to play here my whole career. I fell in love with this city and we have big things coming, changing the culture, and now we start tomorrow for training camp. I couldn't think of a better place to play my career."

Linder was the No. 5 center for Pro Football Focus last season. Linder moved from guard to center in 2016.

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DeAngelo Williams Not Interested In Cowboys, Browns, Panthers, Jaguars

Jul 12, 2017 6:02 PM

DeAngelo Williams revealed he'd prefer not to play for the Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers or Jacksonville Jaguars.

Williams has been one of the NFL's most productive backup running backs over the past two seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

While his reasons for not wanting to play for the Browns and Jaguars were business-related, they were purely personal regarding the Panthers and Cowboys.

Williams grew up as a fan of the San Francisco 49ers.

"My fandom for the team I was raised as will not allow me to go to the Cowboys," Williams told Schefter. "I'm an '80s baby ... and the 49ers ruled the '80s. The Cowboys somewhat did something in the '90s; I even refuse to give them that. ...

"The Cowboys, they win. They just don't ever show up during the playoffs. They always disappear in the playoffs. I've got a great depiction of the Cowboys' fan base. During the regular season last year, they were on cloud nine. You couldn't tell them anything because they were going to win the 'ship -- that's all they said. Fans just got extremely super annoying. Then, the minute they lose, they either got cheated, somebody was hurt -- the excuses start flowing. It's just amazing to me. That fan base just in general can't handle defeat. Still, to this day, they say that the Dez Bryant catch against the Green Bay Packers was a catch!"

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Doug Marrone: Leonard Fournette Must Earn Starting Role

May 15, 2017 7:55 AM

The Jacksonville Jaguars want to build a physical offense around the run game, but they also won't simply hand rookie Leonard Fournette a starting role.

"Obviously when we made the pick we were thinking about [how] he can be someone like that," Doug Marrone said. "Obviously he's shown that ability, but at the same sense, when you have the team, the one thing about a team is you have to earn that. So he's going to have to go and show that he has to do that."

Fournette ran for 3,830 yards and 41 touchdowns in three seasons at LSU.

"My role is to do whatever the team needs or coach asks me to do," Fournette said. "My role right now is going out there and competing and getting better right now."

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Victor Cruz To Visit With Jaguars On May 23

May 11, 2017 4:50 PM

The Jacksonville Jaguars will have Victor Cruz in for a visit on May 23.

Cruz, 30, met with the Carolina Panthers months ago but has garnered little interest. He is also scheduled to visit with the Chicago Bears next Monday.

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Peyton Manning Urged Dolphins To Trade For Julius Thomas

May 8, 2017 5:03 PM

The Miami Dolphins asked Peyton Manning about Julius Thomas before acquiring him from the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen has coached Manning and reached out for his opinion on the tight end.

"[Manning] talked a lot about [Thomas asking], 'Would you stay out and help me with this? Take me through this. Would you watch a little tape with me? Would you explain what you want on this?' And he still does the same thing. I’'l see him in Coach Gase's office and his questions are right. His questions and his process are right, which as a coach, [is what] you're looking for," Christensen said.

Thomas made the Pro Bowl in his two seasons as a starter with the Denver Broncos, when Manning was the quarterback.

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Full List Of 2017 NFL Draft, First Round
John Ross went ninth overall, one of three wide receivers selected in the top-9.

RealGM Staff Report

8 NFL Owners Contributed 6.7 Percent Of Money For Trump's Inauguration
Robert Kraft (Patriots), Jerry Jones (Cowboys), Woody Johnson (Jets), Bob McNair (Texans), Shahid Khan (Jaguars), Stan Kroenke (Rams) and Dan Snyder (Washington) each contributed $1 million.

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Deshaun Watson To Visit Jaguars This Week
Jacksonville has the fourth overall pick, which could put them in position to take Deshaun Watson.

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NFL Denies Jaguars' Request For Early Offseason Workouts
The Jaguars will begin their offseason workouts on April 17, despite requesting to start working out as a team two weeks earlier.

Associated Press

Jaguars Sign Mychal Rivera
The Jaguars have signed Mychal Rivera, who will fill the void left behind by Julius Thomas at tight end.

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Blake Bortles Working On Quicker Release, Other Tweaks
Blake Bortles has spent the last two months working on his mechanics at 3DQB in California instead of worrying about whether the Jaguars view him as their quarterback long-term.

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Calais Campbell Agrees To Four-Year, $60M Deal With Jaguars
Calais Campbell will receive $30 million in guaranteed money.

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Jaguars Nearing Deal With Calais Campbell
Calais Campbell has played nine seasons for the Cardinals.

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Jaguars Release Davon House
The Jaguars were reportedly shopping Davon House for a trade last week.

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Jaguars Not Committed To Starting Blake Bortles At QB
The Jaguars want Blake Bortles to reduce his turnovers.

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Dolphins Acquire Julius Thomas From Jaguars For Branden Albert
Julius Thomas will restructure his contract upon completion of the trade.

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Jaguars Release Jared Odrick After Just Two Seasons
Jacksonville signed Jared Odrick to a five-year contract worth $42.5 million with $22.5 million guaranteed in March 2015.

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Dolphins, Jaguars Working On Branden Albert-Julius Thomas Trade
It was reported last week that the Dolphins planned to cut Branden Albert, but that didn't happen when Miami found interest in him.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Jaguars, Abry Jones Nearing $16M Deal
The Jaguars are nearing a four-year, $16 million deal with Abry Jones, according to multiple reports.

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Jaguars Hire Nathaniel Hackett As Offensive Coordinator
The Jaguars have named Nathaniel Hackett their offensive coordinator under new coach Doug Marrone.

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Jaguars Interview Chip Kelly For Offensive Coordinator Job
Chip Kelly has interviewed with the Jaguars for their vacant offensive coordinator position, according to a league source.

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Jaguars Interviewed Chip Kelly For Head Coaching Job
The Jaguars quietly interviewed Chip Kelly for their head coaching job before ultimately deciding upon Doug Marrone.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tom Coughlin Returning To Jaguars As VP Of Football Operations
Jacksonville also will sign general manager Dave Caldwell to a two-year extension.

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Jaguars Hire Doug Marrone As Head Coach
Doug Marrone finished 2016 as interim head coach.

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Mike Smith Emerging As Leading Candidate To Coach Jaguars
Mike Smith has emerged as the "top guy" as the Jaguars search for a new head coach.

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