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Jaguars First-Round Pick Josh Allen Likely to Miss Team’s Minicamp

The Jaguars appear on track to hold the mandatory three-day minicamp on June 11-13 without their first-round pick, Herbie Teope of NFL.com reports.

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone told reporters Thursday that rookie pass rusher Josh Allen, who has missed a lot of the team’s organized team activities with a knee bruise, isn’t likely to participate in the minicamp.

“I’ll probably just as safety hold him until he’s ready for camp,” Marrone said, via the Jaguars’ official website. “Technically he could be ready to go next week.”

Allen, the seventh overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, began working with trainers off to the side early in OTAs.

Free Agent WR Terrelle Pryor Set to Ink with the Jaguars

The Jaguars have upgraded their wide out core, as the team is signing free agent wide receiver Terrelle Pryor.

A source told NFL Network Thursday that the team is expected to sign the veteran pass-catcher. Pryor visited the team Wednesday. The Jaguars quickly offered Pryor a contract, following the workout.

Pryor is back with Jaguars offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, who was the offensive coordinator when Pryor played for the Browns in 2015. Pryor had one catch for 42 yards in three games that season.

The former Ohio State QB had 16 catches for 252 yards and two scores in eight games last season, while splitting the year with the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.

Pryor had his best season as a wide receiver in 2016, when he hauled in 77 receptions for 1,007 yards and four scores in 16 games for the Browns.

Jaguars QB Nick Foles Misses OTAs After to Wife’s Miscarriage

Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles missed one of the team’s organized team activities because he was caring for his wife after she suffered a miscarriage over the weekend.

Tori Foles announced on Instagram that she was only 15 weeks pregnant with their second child when she went into labor early Sunday morning. She also said that she contracted an infection of pneumonia in her blood.

“Early Sunday morning after a rough couple days fighting a ‘virus’ of some sort, I went into sudden labor and knew something was wrong,” Tori Foles wrote. “Not long after, we learned we had miscarried our baby boy. To fully labor and deliver and even see our baby boy was a pretty devastating process. Come to find that I had contracted an infection of pneumonia in the blood.

“The emotions go back and forth from immense and overwhelming sadness, confusion and anger to firm belief that God has this fully in his hands and will use this for good. We cannot always understand or explain, but we know that is true.”

Foles missed a voluntary practice Tuesday for a “personal reason.”

The Jaguars have no timetable for his return. The signal-caller posted on his Instagram story that “this has been a tough last week,” and added that his wife “has written a beautiful post explaining our experience and what is in our hearts.”

Jaguars QB Nick Foles Misses Team OTA’s for Personal Reasons

New Jaguars QB Nick Foles was not with the team at Tuesday’s OTA off-season workouts, citing personal reasons.

The Jaguars do not have a timetable for his return. Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said the team is in contact with Foles.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Nick and his family,” Marrone told reporters.

The team will turn to Tanner Lee, Gardner Minshew and Alex McGough in Foles’ absence. Lee was a sixth round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Minshew was a sixth round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. McGough was a seventh round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

None of the Jaguars’ backup quarterbacks have taken a snap during a regular-season NFL game. Foles, 30, is entering his eighth season. He signed a four-year, $88 million deal with the Jaguars this off-season after spedning his 2017 and 2018 campaigns with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Super Bowl LII MVP posted a 96 quarterback rating in five starts last season for the Eagles. Foles completed 72.3 percent of his throws for 1,413 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions in 2018.

Jaguars Free Agent Pickup Cedric Ogbuehi Getting First Team Reps at RT

Free agent signee Cedric Ogbuehi has been getting all of the first team reps at right tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars during OTAs according to Daniel Popper of The Athletic.

Originally the No.21-overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals out of Texas A&M in 2015, Ogbuehi was a massive bust during his four years in Cincinnati and was a healthy scratch for nine games in 2018. The Bengals declined his fifth-year option and he signed a one-year, $895,000 contract to join the Jags in March.

The Jaguars coaching staff is giving the 27-year-old a clean slate for 2019 and the team has a gaping hole to fill at right tackle with the release of Jeremy Parnell.

Still, giving Ogbuehi the early first-team reps is probably more a case of veteran deference than any indication of how the starting offensive line will look by the time the real games start.

Second-round rookie Jawaan Taylor is expected to ultimately win the starting right tackle job and 2018 fourth-round pick Will Richardson is also in the mix for snaps. Ogbuehi could still add depth to an O-line that has struggled to stay healthy, although the draft bust has yet to prove he can successfully play either left or right tackle in the NFL.

New Jaguars OC John DeFilippo Calls for a Bigger Role for Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette

Despite Leonard Fournette’s struggles to stay healthy, lack of production and off-field scorning from management last year, new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo plans on Fournette being a focal point of his offense in 2019, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

“We’re really looking forward to Leonard having a big year,” DeFilippo said this week, via the team’s official website. “I’m going to call it what it is: He’s going to be a major reason where our offense goes. I’m not going to sugarcoat that. Leonard Fournette needs to be a big part of this offense.

“The harder he works — which he is right now — that’s going to be not only good for our offense, but good for our team.”

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.

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