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Jaguars Select OLB Josh Allen with the 7th Pick of the 2019 NFL Draft

The Jaguars upgraded their defense in round one, as the team took Kentucky OLB Josh Allen with the 7th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Here is a scouting report on Allen from Walter Football:

Strengths:

Excellent instincts
Splash plays
Makes huge plays in the clutch
Can take over games
Annual double-digit sack potential in his pro career
Explosive speed off the edge
Natural pass-rush ability
Quick get-off
Excellent in pursuit
Repertoire of pass-rushing moves
Dangerous speed to get around the corner
Active hands at times
Agility to sink his hips/shoulder
Speed to power rusher
Can line up at a variety of places
Good athlete
Agility to dodge blockers on the run
Pursuit run defense
Strong tackler
Can drop into pass coverage
Quick to read his keys and get in position to make plays
Good height, length and weight
High character
Locker room leader

Weaknesses:

Can get covered up and pushed on runs coming straight at him

Summary: In early October of 2017, WalterFootball.com was first to report that Allen was receiving early-round grades from NFL teams. Allen was a backup as a freshman before putting together a solid sophomore season in his debut as a starter. In 2016, he recorded 62 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and four forced fumbles. As a junior, Allen was one of the top edge defenders in the SEC, totaling seven sacks, 65 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and three passes batted on the year. Allen considered entering the 2018 NFL Draft, but ultimately decided to return for his senior year.

That ended up being a wise decision, as Allen has improved his standing from being a potential late first-round pick in 2018 to being a top-10 prospect for the 2019 NFL Draft. Allen was one of the best players in college football in 2018, leading Kentucky to a 10-win season. On the year, he totaled 88 tackles with 21.5 tackles for a loss, 17 sacks, five forced fumbles and four passes batted. Prior to dominating Vanderbilt and South Carolina, the senior was phenomenal in leading Kentucky to upsets over Florida and Mississippi State. He came up some massive plays to lead a comeback over Missouri as well. Allen ate up the SEC offensive tackles, and provided a plethora of game-changing plays in crunch time to get the Wildcats wins they otherwise would have fallen short on. It was a season of sheer domination.

In the passing-driven NFL, edge defenders who can get after the quarterback are always in demand. With his speed, athleticism, size, strength and length, Allen could be an impactful edge defender with double-digit sack potential as a pro. He also is a good run defender who is capable of contributing in pass coverage. Allen can do it all and could be a defensive franchise player to build a pro defense around.

Jaguars Visiting with Chargers Free Agent DL Corey Liuget

Free agent defensive lineman Corey Liuget is visiting with the Jaguars on Wednesday a source tells Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country.
The former Chargers defensive lineman has been a free agent since the start of NFL free agency and hand a handful of visits.

The Jaguars need to add some depth to their defensive line after moving on from Dante Fowler, Jr. mid-season and releasing Malik Jackson to create some cap room.

Liuget, a first round pick for the Chargers in 2011, has spent the last eight seasons as a starter in the Chargers 3-4 defensive front at defensive end.

He played in just six games last season due to a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s PED policy and going to injured reserve with with a torn quad.

Jalen Ramsey Responds to Tom Coughlin’s Criticism of the CB Missing Workouts

Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey responded Friday to the teams’ executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin’s criticism of his absence from voluntary workouts.

Ramsey addressed Coughlin’s comment on social media, saying that the Jaguars understand why he isn’t there and that he’ll show up “when it’s time.” The All-Pro defensive back didn’t elaborate on why he decided to skip the team’s voluntary off-season workouts.

“‘Fully aware’ and ‘voluntary’ meaning I don’t have to be there but they know the exact reasons I am not,” Ramsey wrote on Twitter. “My teammates know it’s all love and know I’ll be ready when it’s time!”

Ramsey’s agent, David Mulugheta, also tweeted a statement about his client’s absence, but didn’t specify the reasons for Ramsey missing workouts.

“To be clear, Jalen Ramsey is exactly where Jalen should be during his off-season,” Mulugheta wrote. “He’s spending time with his young daughter and family while training in his hometown of Nashville. In addition the Jags are fully aware of why he is not taking part in the voluntary off-season program.”

Check out the Complete Jaguars 2019 NFL Schedule!

The 2019 NFL Schedule is out – and Jaguars fans you can start to look at what trips you want to take and days off as well!

Here it is – the complete 2019 Jags slate!

Sept. 8 Kansas City Chiefs 1:00
Sept. 15 at Houston Texans 1:00
Sept. 19 Tennessee Titans (Thu) 8:20
Sept. 29 at Denver Broncos 4:25
Oct. 6 at Carolina Panthers 1:00
Oct. 13 New Orleans Saints 1:00
Oct. 20 at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00
Oct. 27 New York Jets 1:00
Nov. 3 Houston Texans (London) 9:30 AM
Bye
Nov. 17 at Indianapolis Colts 1:00
Nov. 24 at Tennessee Titans 4:05
Dec. 1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00
Dec. 8 Los Angeles Chargers 4:05
Dec. 15 at Oakland Raiders 4:05
Dec. 22 at Atlanta Falcons 1:00
Dec. 29 Indianapolis Colts 1:00

Jaguars Schedule to Be Released Wednesday Evening by the NFL

Get ready Jags fans – the NFL schedule is ready to be released! The league announced today that the full slate for all 32 teams including all the big prime-time and holiday games will be released on Wednesday evening in a televised event.

If you have forgotten by now, here’s the teams that the Jaguars will take on this upcoming season.

Home:
Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders.

Jaguars Ink Chiefs Free Agent Wide Out Chris Conley, Bengals OL Ogbuehi

The Jacksonville Jaguars have picked up a new wide out, inking Chiefs free agent Chris Conley.

The Jags also on Saturday announced the signing of former Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Cedric Ogbuehi.

Conley started 34 games over the last four years with the Chiefs, last season catching 32 passes for 334 yards and five scores.

The best season for Conley came in 2016 when he caught 44 passes for 530 yards. He tore his Achilles tendon in 2017 and his season ended after just five games.

Ogbuehi was a former first-round pick of the Bengals, and spent most of 2018 as a healthy scratch for Cincinnati.

Teams Showing Interest in Dealing for Jaguars Safety Tashaun Gipson

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that various teams around the league have called the Jaguars to inquire about starting safety Tashaun Gipson.

The belief is he’s available because he is due more than $8M and the Jagaurs are in a cap crunch.

Gipson has played at a high level and is only 28 years old, and checking the best sportsbooks the Jags are much better with him, but his cost is something the team really has concerns over as free agency start.

The safety will have two years remaining on his contract as he enters 2019, with base salaries of $7.2 million in 2019 and $7 million in 2020.

Rapoport points out Gipson is due more than $8 million in 2019, a number that the team really can’t afford considering they have plenty of positions to fill this offseason.

Right now as it stands the Jaguars don’t have much wiggle room with spending money and are projected to have $2.6 million in available cap space, according to Over the Cap, so a potential trade to free up space makes sense.

There’s going to be plenty of interest for a young safety that can still go out and get it, and you can expect teams like the 49’ers, Chargers, Seahawks and Cowboys to be in the mix for Gipson’s services.

It remains to be seen what the Jaguars could get in return for the safety, but as it stands it’s likely most teams are not going to give up much considering the amount of money teams would have to swallow to take on for his services.

With the new league year starting on Wednesday, plenty of chatter and things can happen between now and then, and you can expect Gipson’s name to be mentioned a number of times.

Jaguars Expected to Land Eagles Free Agent QB Nick Foles

The only Eagles quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl is bound for Jacksonville when NFL free agency opens March 13, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

A market for Nick Foles outside of Jacksonville has not developed, and though nothing is certain until it is official, the Jaguars absolutely expect to sign Foles, sources said. They have been working on the structure of a contract, as the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane reported.

As McLane also reported, it might not place Foles among the league’s highest-paid QBs, since the Jags appear to be the only bidder. (Officially, the “legal tampering” period during which such activity is sanctioned begins March 11. But the Eagles’ announcement that they don’t plan to use the franchise tag on Foles would seem to make any possible tampering concerns moot.)

Jacksonville has been widely speculated as the most likely landing spot, but it was still possible to make cases for other hypothetical suitors, such as the New York Giants.

When Giants general manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur spoke with reporters at the NFL scouting combine, Shurmur was much more emphatic than Gettleman about continuing 38-year-old Eli Manning’s tenure as the team’s starter.

But it seemed Gettleman was talking about possibly bringing in veteran competition for Manning while the Giants develop the quarterback they are expected to draft sixth overall next month. That would not be a situation for Foles.

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