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Jaguars Owner Shad Khan Announces Coughlin, Caldwell, Marrone Will Return in 2019

The Jaguars will have a very similar look in 2019, as despite a season ending loss to the Texans in Houston, the team announced today that executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin, general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Doug Marrone will all return in their respective capacities in 2019.

Team owner Shad Khan released a statement explaining his motives for keeping the threesome in place next year.

“I informed Tom Coughlin this week that I want him to see through our shared goal of bringing a Super Bowl title to Jacksonville. Given our overall body of work over the past two seasons, I offered to Tom that I preferred entering the 2019 season with as much stability as reasonable or possible at the top of our football operation,” Khan’s statement began.

“However, those decisions, at all times, are Tom’s decisions, and I would respect any call he made on our general manager and head coach. I am pleased that Tom sees our situation and opportunity similarly, so we will return to work this week fully confident and optimistic with Dave Caldwell as our general manger and Doug Marrone as our head coach.

“I have the same trust in Tom, Dave and Doug as I did upon their introduction two years ago, and I do believe our best path forward for the moment is the one less disruptive and dramatic. Stability should not be confused with satisfaction, however.

“I am far from content with the status quo and while it’s best to put 2018 behind us, I will not overlook how poorly we accounted for ourselves following a 3-1 start. There were far too many long Sundays over the last three quarters of the season, with today’s loss in Houston being the final example, and that cannot repeat itself in 2019. That’s my message to our football people and players, but also our sponsors and fans, both of whom were remarkable.”

The Jaguars, one season after making the AFC Title game despite losing to the New England Patriots, ended the 2018 season 5-11.

Jaguars Waive Safety Barry Church, Activate Left Tackle Josh Wells

The Jags have gotten rid of safety Barry Church

The Jaguars have waived strong safety Barry Church and used his roster spot to activate left tackle Josh Wells from injured reserve according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

To say Church has had a rapid fall would be an understatement. Signed to a four-year, $21.6 million contract with $12 million in guaranteed money in March 2017, the 30-year-old safety had a stellar 2017 season but his 2018 wwnr down the tubes along with the rest of the team.

Church’s 2018 campaign with Jacksonville consisted of bottling Gronk in Week 2, getting arrested in London along with three of his teammates after allegedly skipping on a $40,000 bar tab, and eventually getting benched in Week 12 for rookie safety Ronnie Harrison. He was in on 96% of the Jags defensive snaps prior to his benching.

Given his 2017 season and his seven stellar years with the Dallas Cowboys prior to arriving in Jacksonville, it likely won’t take long for a team in need of safety depth to scoop up the veteran.

Wells went down with a groin injury in Week 5.

The Jaguars offensive line has suffered multiple injuries and poor play all along the line in 2018 so the return of Wells is a welcome sight.

His arrival will likely send former Giants draft bust Ereck Flowers back to the bench.

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette Suspended One Game For Role in Sunday Skirmish

The league announced Monday that Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette was suspended one game for violations of unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports.

Fournette will miss Jacksonville’s Week 13 test against the Colts as a result of his role in a skirmish during the Jags’ loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

Jaguars Guard Andrew Norwell Done for the Season with an Ankle Injury

The Jaguars after Sunday’s loss to the Bills have announced that the season is over for guard Andrew Norwell, as an ankle injury is going to end his season.

Norwell injured his ankle in Sunday’s loss to the Bills and had to be carted to the locker room in order to undergo a medical evaluation. A report on Monday morning indicated that he’d miss a few weeks as a result of the injury, but, as mentioned in response to that report, the time left of the schedule is working against him.

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone announced on Monday that Norwell will be placed on injured reserve.

Even if he were ready to play in Week 15 or 16, there wouldn’t be much point in bringing Norwell back for games that will only matter to the team’s spot in the draft. Norwell signed a five-year deal as a free agent this offseason, so he’ll be back with the Jags in 2019.

Inactives for the Jaguars and Bills NFL Week 12

Here’s today’s inactives for the Jaguars and Bills:

Jaguars

WR D.J. Chark
DT Marcell Dareus
LB Lerentee McCray
CB Quenton Meeks
OT Corey Robinson
OG Josh Walker
RB Dave Williams

Bills

QB Derek Anderson
OG Ike Boettger
TE Charles Clay
OG Vladimir Ducasse
CB Ryan Lewis
WR Ray-Ray McCloud
OT Conor McDermott

Jaguars Deny They Are Considering Trading Cornerback Jalen Ramsey

The Jaguars are denying an ESPN report published Sunday morning that said they are likely to consider trading cornerback Jalen Ramsey following this season, Philip Heilma of the Florida Times-Union reports.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter quoted an unnamed league source who said he “absolutely” believes the Jaguars will “entertain the idea” of trading Ramsey. Schefter also reported an unnamed NFL general manager who said he “would not be surprised” if trading Ramsey is “the route the Jaguars decide to pursue.”

A statement released by the team in response to the story said, “The Jaguars have zero intention of trading CB Jalen Ramsey. There is no truth to this rumor.”

Trading Ramsey, who has a difficult personality and undeniable talent, would be among the boldest decisions the franchise has ever made.

The All-Pro cornerback’s rookie contract runs through the 2019 season, and the Jaguars can pick up his fifth-year option for 2020. From there, the Jaguars would also have the franchise tag at their disposal to keep Ramsey, if the two sides could not agree to a long-term deal.

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Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey Says Again He Wants to Play for Just One Team for His Whole Career

Jaguars star CB Jalen Ramsey doesn’t want to play for any team other than the Jacksonville Jaguars, despite what one of his recent posts on social media might indicate, Michael DiRocco of ESPN reports.

The third-year cornerback made that pretty clear on Thursday, but he also admitted that he doesn’t like the negativity from what he called “fake fans” around the franchise’s disappointing 3-6 record heading into Sunday’s matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“I’ve said multiple times, over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again that I want to play for one team my whole career,” Ramsey said.

Ramsey has one year remaining on his rookie contract, but the Jaguars are expected to pick up his fifth-year option this spring. He is also eligible to sign a long-term deal with the Jaguars once the 2018 season is complete.

Ramsey’s post on Twitter and Instagram on Monday morning is what started speculation that he was unhappy and wanted to play elsewhere. That came the morning after he was responsible for three coverage busts, including two which resulted in touchdowns in the Jaguars’ 29-16 loss to the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Ramsey declined an interview request with ESPN on Monday but addressed his comments on Thursday by saying they were meant for “fake fans” that haven’t stuck with the team, which arguably has been the biggest disappointment in the NFL in 2018. The Jaguars went 10-6, won the AFC South, and reached the AFC Championship Game last season. They got off to a 3-1 start this season before losing five consecutive games.

“If that’s what people want to do or if that’s how people feel, then it’s certain people, like y’all going to miss … we bring some good things,” Ramsey said. “And, yeah, we slipped up here recently. Not executed and played like we know we can. But, like whoever, the fake fans, if y’all [the media], whoever, if y’all want to jump ship, then, look, it is what it is.

“But y’all going to miss us when we either gone or when stuff back popping. We don’t want y’all no more.”

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