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Jaguars Agree to Terms with First-Round Pick LB K’Lavon Chaisson

The Jaguars are hoping that they get a boost on defense from their first-round pick LSU linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson, and the good news is when camp opens he will be there.

Monday the team announced that they had come to terms with Chaisson, an impact player with big play ability that could help out a Jags D in 2020 and beyond.

First-round selection K’Lavon Chaisson is aiming to provide the Jacksonville Jaguars with another defensive stalwart and the first step toward doing that was taken care of on Monday.

Chaisson, the No. 20 pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, signed his rookie contract, the team announced.

Along with the LSU linebacker, three other Jaguars rookies signed Monday — safety Daniel Thomas (fifth round), quarterback Jake Luton (sixth round) and cornerback Chris Claybrooks (seventh round) — to ensure every Jacksonville draft pick has inked his deal as training camp begins to open this week for rookies.

In his junior season, Chaisson played a crucial role in delivering a national championship to the Bayou, as he posted 6.5 sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss and 60 tackles.

Jaguars Hire Assistant Coaches Denard Robinson and Tony Gilbert

The Jaguars have hired Tony Gilbert as the team’s assistant linebackers coach and Denard Robinson as the team’s offensive quality control coach, the club announced Friday.

Both Gilbert and Robinson competed in Jacksonville during their playing careers. Gilbert played LB in Jacksonville from 2003-06 after being drafted by Arizona in the 2003 draft.

Since he retired in 2010, the former Georgia Bulldog has held various positions coaching in the collegiate ranks, including stints at Georgia, Auburn, East Mississippi Community College, Georgia Military College, John Milledge Academy, North Carolina and UCF. Gilbert, along with Linebackers Coach Mark Collins, will oversee the team’s linebacking corps.

Robinson played RB for the Jaguars from 2013-16, totaling 263 rushes for 1,058 yards and five TDs. The Deerfield Beach native and University of Michigan product will assist Offensive CoordinatorJay Gruden and the coaching staff in all areas of practice and game preparation.

Jaguars 2020 Schedule Released; Opener at Home 9/13 Vs Indianapolis

The Jaguars 2020 schedule was released on Thursday, and the team has just one prime time game as expected for a team that wasn’t very good.

The team will kickoff the season on September 13th at home against the rival Colts.

Here’s the team’s entire slate:

Week 1: Indianapolis Colts @ Jaguars, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. eastern. The game will air on CBS.

Week 2: Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. eastern. The game will air on CBS.

Week 3: Miami Dolphins @ Jaguars, Sept. 24 at 8:20 p.m. eastern. The game will air on NFL Network.

Week 4: Jaguars @ Cincinnati Bengals, Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. eastern. The game will air on CBS.

Week 5: Jaguars @ Houston Texans, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. eastern. The game will air on CBS.

Week 6: Detroit Lions @ Jaguars, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. eastern. The game will air on FOX.

Week 7: Bye week

Week 8: Jaguars @ Los Angeles Chargers, Nov. 1 at 4:05 p.m. eastern. The game will air on CBS.

Week 9: Houston Texans @ Jaguars, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. eastern. The game will air on CBS.

Week 10: Jaguars @ Green Bay Packers, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. eastern. The game will air on FOX.

Week 11: Pittsburgh Steelers @ Jaguars, Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. eastern. The game will air on CBS.

Week 12: Cleveland Browns @ Jaguars, Nov. 29 at 1 p.m. eastern. The game will air on CBS.

Week 13: Jaguars @ Minnesota Vikings, Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. eastern. The game will air on CBS.

Week 14: Tennesee Titans @ Jaguars, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. eastern. The game will air on CBS.

Week 15: Jaguars @ Baltimore Ravens, Dec. 20 at 1 p.m. eastern. The game will air on CBS.

Week 16: Chicago Bears @ Jaguars, Dec. 27 at 1 p.m. eastern. The game will air on FOX.

Week 17: Jaguars @ Indianapolis Colts, Jan. 3 at 1 p.m. eastern. The game will air on CBS.

An Educated Guess at What the 2020 Jaguars Schedule Could Look Like

The 2020 Jags schedule will be released in a televised event on Thursday night, and while we already know who the Jaguars will go up against and where, we don’t know in what order, or what may or may not be on prime time.

Here are the teams the Jaguars will play:

Home: Colts, Texans, Titans, Steelers, Browns, Bears, Lions, Dolphins
Away: Colts, Texans, Titans, Ravens, Bengals, Vikings, Packers, Chargers

Today we give a reminder of the teams that we will see the Jags in the 2020 season, and we give our guess in what order we will see them in.

(A quick sidebar – we are moving forward with this schedule as if the season will start and play out on time, with no issues due to the covid-19 pandemic).

Sunday 9/13 Week One vs Chicago
Sunday 9/20 Week Two at Houston
Sunday 9/27 Week Three at Indianapolis
Sunday 10/4 Week Four vs Cleveland
Sunday 10/11 Week Five vs Miami
Sunday 10/18 Week Six BYE WEEK
Thursday 10/22 Week Seven at Los Angeles Chargers (Thursday Night Football)
Sunday 11/01 Week Eight at Green Bay Packers
Sunday 11/08 Week Nine vs Houston
Sunday 11/15 Week Ten at Tennessee
Sunday 11/22 Week Eleven vs Pittsburgh
Sunday 11/29 Week Twelve vs Detroit
Sunday 12/06 Week Thirteen at Cincinnati
Sunday 12/13 Week Fourteen at Minnesota
Sunday 12/20 Week Fifteen vs Tennessee
Sunday 12/27 Week Sixteen at Baltimore
Sunday 01/03 Week Seventeen vs Indianapolis

DE/OLB Aaron Lynch Inks a Deal with the Jaguars

Free agent Aaron Lynch, who can play both defensive end and outside linebacker, has signed with the Jaguars, ESPN reports.

The signing of Lynch, 27, is another indication the Jaguars are going to use a lot more 3-4 looks in 2020; the team has run the 4-3 defense since Gus Bradley was hired as head coach in 2013. Todd Wash came to Jacksonville from Seattle with Bradley as the defensive line coach and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2016, and head coach Doug Marrone retained Wash as the defensive coordinator when he was hired in 2017.

The Jaguars drafted Josh Allen last season and K’Lavon Chaisson last month, both of whom can play both defensive end and outside linebacker. After the draft, Marrone said the Jaguars would employ some 3-4 looks with the strongside linebacker playing up on the line of scrimmage.

Lynch spent the past two years with the Chicago Bears and appeared in 29 regular-season games with five sacks.

Could the Jaguars Add a Veteran QB – Say Andy Dalton?

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone appearing as a guest on Good Morning Football left the door open for another potential addition or two to be made to his team before training camp, Nick Shook of NFL.com reports. One could come at the game’s most important position.

“Yeah, he’s our quarterback, there’s no doubt about it,” Marrone said of Jacksonville’s Gardner Minshew. “But one of the things that we’re doing is we’re still looking to make sure that we’re upgraded at each position. So we’re still looking. There are some veterans out there that we might look at to bring in along with the young guys that we have.”

Minshew was a spark the Jaguars’ franchise needed badly in 2019, and an unexpected one after Nick Foles‘ Week 1 broken collarbone cut his season in half. Minshew’s 4-4 mark through eight starts at least kept the Jaguars in the conversation, and thanks to his exciting, unorthodox play (and a stellar mustache), Minshew Mania was born.

Minshew’s play inspired enough confidence for the Jaguars to move Foles and offload his hefty contract. But it’s not an ironclad pairing; another quarterback, perhaps a veteran as Marrone mentioned, could come in and take the job.

A specific veteran, Andy Dalton, became available Thursday. Dalton has history with Jaguars offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, who was the Bengals’ offensive coordinator for Dalton’s first three years in Cincinnati. They were arguably his best years as a Bengal, and now that he’s available, it would seem wise to bring him in.

Report: Jaguars Showing Interest in Just Released Bengals QB Dalton

Early Thursday the Bengals released veteran quarterback Andy Dalton, a player who taken in the second-round of the 2011 NFL Draft has never been anything but a starter in the NFL.

The 32-year-old has had plenty of ups and downs with the Bengals, but overall threw for 31,594 yards with 204 touchdowns and 118 picks with a 87.5 QB rating over nine seasons.

A Thursday afternoon report stated that the Jaguars had interest in Dalton. The New England Patriots were also on the list of interested teams.

Dalton led the Bengals to a couple of playoff appearances, but the team never got over the hump, and lost in the first round of every playoff game they played in, all five.

“This city has been our home since I got drafted here, and this city’s meant a lot,” Dalton said after the team released him.

“I’m thankful for all the people that we’ve met. There’s been a lot of good people in Cincinnati who have pushed me, my wife and my family to be better people, and we’re grateful for that.”

By releasing Dalton and four other veterans, the Bengals cleared $41.6 million toward its 2020 cap allotment.

The Bengals QB was set to earn $17.7 million in the last year of a six-year contract worth $96 million.

Jaguars Fill a Need in the 2020 NFL Draft in Round One, Select Florida CB CJ Henderson

The Jaguars filled a huge need with the 9th pick in Thursday’s NFL Draft, selecting Florida cornerback CJ Henderson, who likely will be expected to be a starter day one.

Here’s what ESPN’s Michael DiRocco had to say about the pick and filling a need:

Cornerback is arguably the Jaguars’ top need after they traded away Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye in the past seven months. The Jaguars signed Rashaan Melvin in free agency after failing to land Darqueze Dennard but needed to get better opposite Tre Herndon, who stepped into the starting role when Ramsey was traded last October. Henderson is regarded by some analysts as a better cover man than Jeff Okudah, the third overall pick by the Detroit Lions. The Jaguars have to play Deshaun Watson and Philip Rivers twice, plus here’s a partial list of the other quarterbacks they will face this season: Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Burrow, Kirk Cousins, Aaron Rodgers, Baker Mayfield and Matthew Stafford. The Jaguars had to address this spot.

CBS Sports gave the Jags a “B+” in their post draft recap Thursday night:

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