Jaguars Kick the Tires on Former Pro Bowl CB Alterraun Verner

The Jaguars worked out former Pro Bowl cornerback Alterraun Verner last week, a league source told Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union on Sunday.

Verner, 28, has 15 interceptions in 110 career games for Tennessee and Tampa Bay. He was released by the Buccaneers on Feb. 23 to free up $6.5 million in salary cap space.

Since he became a free agent, Verner has not been connected to a team for a workout or general interest.

The Jaguars open organized team activity workouts on Tuesday.

The Jaguars’ interest in Verner is a sign they are concerned about the depth behind Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye and Aaron Colvin.

Jaguars Ink 4th Round Pick WR Dede Westbrook

The Jaguars signed fourth-round receiver Dede Westbrook on Tuesday, Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports.

Westbrook, drafted No. 110 overall last month, is the third draft pick to be signed. Seventh-rounders Jalen Myrick and Marquez Williams signed last week.

Jaguars Coach Marrone: Don’t Give Rookie RB Leonard Fournette the Starting Job Just Yet

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone and executive VP of football operations Tom Coughlin want a physical offense built around the run game, which is why the team drafted running back Leonard Fournette fourth overall last month.

That doesn’t mean that Fournette is automatically going to be installed as the Jaguars’ No. 1 running back, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports. He has to earn the right to be the team’s workhorse, Marrone said Saturday.

“Obviously when we made the pick we were thinking about he can be someone like that,” Marrone said after the second day of the team’s three-day rookie minicamp. “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. The 6-foot, 228-pounder averaged 6.2 yards per carry and 19.3 carries per game in his career and his physical running style is a perfect match for the ball-control offense the Jaguars want to run in 2017. Yet he agrees with his coach’s approach that he needs to prove he should be the Jaguars’ top ballcarrier.

“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.”

Jaguars Pickup Fifth-Year Option on QB Blake Bortles

Ahead of Wednesday’s 4 p.m. deadline, the Jaguars decided today they will pick up the fifth-year (2018) contract option on quarterback Blake Bortles, the Florida Times-Union reports.

Bortles’ 2018 salary – which could be nearly $18 million – is guaranteed only for injury. The Jaguars can release him after this season without having any dead money on the salary cap.

The decision on Bortles comes after the Jaguars did not use a draft pick on a quarterback.

In a statement released by the team, executive vice president Tom Coughlin said: “This is a smart business decision for the team for several reasons. It makes sense for us going forward and it’s good for Blake and for the Jaguars.”

Had they not picked up the option, Bortles would have been an unrestricted free agent next March.

Bortles’ salary cap number this year is $6,571,983 – his entire $20,654,802 contract was fully guaranteed upon signing.

A Rundown of All the Jacksonville Jaguars 2017 NFL Draft Picks

Sports Illustrated has a complete rundown of all of the Jaguars 2017 Draft Picks and some commentary as well.

Round 1, Pick 4 (No. 4 overall):

Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU: The Jaguars’ brass spoke all off-season about the need to improve the run game, and this is a pretty clear attempt to do so. Fournette immediately leaps to the top of the depth chart, skipping past Chris Ivory (whose contract now looks rather expendable post-June 1) and T.J. Yeldon. The Jaguars may have to tweak their offense some to mesh Fournette with Blake Bortles—the former is a downhill power back, the latter has been at his best out of the gun. The expectation will be that Fournette can bring Jacksonville magic like Ezekiel Elliott did in Dallas last year. Reality may paint a bleaker picture given the roster around Fournette, but he’s definitely a special talent. The Jaguars did leave a lot of defensive talent on the board here, so this has to pay off.?

Round 2, Pick 2 (No. 34, via Seattle)

Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama:This is the Seahawks’ third trade down already—this one (for picks 35 and 187), plus two on Thursday. Jacksonville made the move to ensure it could nab Robinson, the potential first-round lineman who, along with Forrest Lamp, made it to Day 2. It remains to be seen if Robinson will be a guard or tackle for the Jaguars in 2017, but his future should be as a potential franchise LT.? GRADE: A

Round 3, Pick 4 (No. 68)

Dawuane Smoot, DE, Illinois: Here’s the defensive-line depth that the Jaguars had to find, after spending their first two picks on the offensive side of the football. Smoot doesn’t really threaten the status quo above him on the depth chart—he’s a rotational piece on this roster, and there arguably were higher-upside DEs still available. This is way early based on our board.? Grade: D+

Round 4, Pick 3 (No. 110) Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma

Round 5, Pick 4 (No. 148) Blair Brown, LB, Ohio

Round 7, Pick 4 (No. 222) Jalen Myrick, CB, Minnesota

Round 7, Pick 22 (No. 240) Marquez Williams, FB, Miami (OH)

Jaguars Select LSU Running Back Leonard Fournette with 4th Overall Pick in Draft

The Jaguars have some help now for their offense, as Thursday night in the 2017 NFL Draft the team took LSU dynamic running back Leonard Fournette.

CBS has a quick look at the pick, which Pete Pricsco gave a ‘D’ to for some reason, even though he’s the best running back in the this years NFL Draft class.

The Jaguars already have T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory, but Fournette could really take the pressure off Blake Bortles and could step in and produce big numbers early. People will suggest that Fournette was drafted high because of the success the Dallas Cowboys had with Ezekiel Elliott, but make no mistake: Fournette has been an NFL-worthy prospect since he was a teenager, and his 2015 season was absolutely sublime, with Fournette gashing defenses for 1,953 yards on 6.5 yards per carry. He “only” rushed for 843 yards in 2016 but still averaged 6.5 yards per carry. He is a monster in a power rushing attack.

Here’s highlights of the Jaguars newest back:

Video – Time to Schein: London Fletcher Talks the 2017 NFL Draft

CBS Sports Network analyst London Fletcher joins Adam Schein to discuss the top prospects heading into the NFL Draft.

A Look at the 2017 Jaguars Schedule with a Glance at the Good and the Bad

The 2017 NFL Schedule is out as well as the 2017 Jacksonville Jaguars Schedule, and here’s a look at the slate for the upcoming season, with the home games in bold:

Sep. 10 at Houston Texans 1:00 PM CBS

Sep. 17 Tennessee Titans 1:00 PM CBS

Sep. 24 Baltimore Ravens (London) 9:30 AM TBD

Oct. 1 at New York Jets 1:00 PM CBS

Oct. 8 at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00 PM CBS

Oct. 15 Los Angeles Rams 4:05 PM FOX

Oct. 22 at Indianapolis Colts 1:00 PM CBS

Oct. 29 BYE

Nov. 5 Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 PM CBS

Nov. 12 Los Angeles Chargers 1:00 PM CBS

Nov. 19 at Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM CBS

Nov. 26 at Arizona Cardinals 4:25 PM CBS

Dec. 3 Indianapolis Colts 1:00 PM CBS

Dec. 10 Seattle Seahawks 1:00 PM FOX

Dec. 17 Houston Texans 1:00 PM CBS

Dec. 24 at San Francisco 49ers 4:05 PM CBS

Dec. 31 at Tennessee Titans 1:00 PM CBS

What’s Good about this Schedule: The Jags have three straight games at home late in the season, starting December 2nd and though Christmas Eve on December 24th. If they are in the playoff mix, these home games might determine if they are going to be in the postseason.

What’s Bad about this Schedule: After their ‘home’ game in London, the Jags have a rough stretch where they will have three of four games on the road, with games in New York, Pittsburgh and Indy with just a home game in between October 15th against the Rams in Los Angeles.

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