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Could Jalen Ramsey’s Trash Talk Help the Jaguars Be Even Better in 2018?

There’s been plenty of chatter about how much chatting one Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey has been doing this offseason calling out QB’s and other players in the NFL.

One former NFL player, CB Asante Samuel, says that Ramsey’s words could actually make the Jaguars a BETTER team in 2018 according to TMZ Sports.

Here’s the story.

Samuel — a 2-time Super Bowl champ (who will be on the Hall of Fame ballot next year) — says the comments will essentially force his teammates to step up and play better.

The former Pro Bowl corner LOVES Ramsey’s confidence — but warns the 23-year-old that he can’t just be about that hype … he’s gotta go and back it up.

And, if his Jaguars teammates REALLY have his back, they’ll step up and play harder for Ramsey.

“That motivates your team. That motivates your brothers. We got our brothers’ back.”

New Daddy Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey Reports to Training Camp

Jaguars star cornerback Jalen Ramsey has reported to training camp a week after the birth of his first child.

Ramsey arrived Tuesday and was expected to join teammates on the practice field following a physical. It’s unclear how much Ramsey will do during his first day back.

Ramsey missed the first four practices to remain in Tennessee with his girlfriend, Bre, and newborn daughter, Breelyn. He wrote on his Twitter page that “family is among the most important things in my life, along with my faith and football.”

Jaguars New Dad CB Jalen Ramsey to Miss the Start of Training Camp

Jaguars All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey will miss the start of training camp after becoming a new father.

Ramsey announced Wednesday on his Twitter page that he would remain in Tennessee with his girlfriend, Bre, and newborn daughter, Breelyn, while the team opens camp Thursday.

Over a picture from Disney’s “The Lion King,” Ramsey wrote “for me, family is among the most important things in my life, along with my faith and football. Today starts a new chapter in my life, as Bre and I are blessed to welcome our baby into this world.”

He adds “as soon as I’m comfortable knowing my family is healthy and happy, I’ll return to Jacksonville to rejoin my teammates on our quest to handle some unfinished business.”

Coach Doug Marrone says Ramsey let coaches know about the potential conflict months ago.

Jaguars Want Bruising RB Leonard Fournette to Stay Aggressive in 2018

Leonard Fournette was the fourth pick in the 2017 NFL Draft and as a rookie he had an immediate impact on the Jaguars’ offense.

During the three-day mandatory work, running back Leonard Fournette, who occasionally had to be told by Bortles where to line up properly during last year’s minicamp, showed that he knows his offensive responsibilities much better now, John Reid of the Florida Times-Union reports.

Asked what’s the biggest stride he would like to see Fournette make before camp opens – offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said consistency.

?We always preach efficiency, efficiency,? Hackett said. ?I think as a young player getting to this level and then he really ran hard and did a really good job. But I think he almost took too many hits. I just want him to be able to understand the system more so he can run even smarter, but still never lose that aggressiveness.?

An Early Guess At Who the Jaguars 2018 MVP Will Be

The Jags have a season starting in less than 100 days, and with a long training camp and season upcoming, there’s plenty of chatter as to what player might shine better than the rest as the teams Most Valuable Player.

An article out on NFL.com talks about just what player they think will be the MVP for not only the Cats, but for each team around the National Football League for 2018.

The Jaguars MVP – author Dan Hanzus is going with running back Leonard Fournette, a very good player that he sees having a big year in Jacksonville this upcoming season.

Here’s what Hanzus has to say about Tucker this season:

Fournette’s rookie season was a hit-and-miss affair. At times, he looked like the young star the Jags thought they were getting when they drafted him fourth overall. But he also looked slow and hobbled for long stretches, averaging less than 4 yards per carry during the regular season and playoffs. New season, new expectations for Fournette, who must blossom into a dependable stud if Jacksonville is going to take the next step. The addition of mauling guard Andrew Norwell in free agency could be just what Fournette needs. Ground and pound, baby.

What do you think of this pick? Do you agree? Leave a comment if you disagree with what player you think will be the Jags 2018 MVP.

Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue Hires Roc Nation and Ari Nissim as New Agents

Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue has new representation, Liz Mullen of SportsBusiness Journal reports he’s brought aboard Roc Nation and Ari Nissim as his new agents. Ngakoue had previously employed agent Adisa Bakari.

Ngakoue just wrapped his second NFL campaign, and given league rules stipulate no player can sign a contract extension until after his third pro season, Ngakoue isn’t allowed to receive a new deal until 2019 at the earliest. Because he wasn’t a first-round pick, Ngakoue doesn’t have a fifth-year option attached to his pact, so he’ll base salaries of $735K and $834K over the next two years before hitting free agency.

Those figures are undeniable bargains for Ngakoue, who turned 23 years old earlier this year. The former third-rounder has been exceptional through two seasons in Jacksonville, as he’s posted 20 sacks since 2016, good for 12th in the NFL during that time. While Ngakoue isn’t much of a run defender, his pass-rush prowess enabled him to grade 23rd among all edge defenders a season ago, per Pro Football Focus.

Jaguars Decline 2019 Option on Defensive End Dante Fowler

The Jaguars declined to exercise defensive end Dante Fowler’s 2019 contract option Wednesday, meaning he is scheduled to be a free agent next March, Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports.

Among the top 25 picks (as of 4 p.m.), only six first-rounders from 2015 did not have their options picked up: Fowler (No. 3), Chicago’s Kevin White (No. 7), the New York Giants’ Ereck Flowers (No. 9) and New England’s Danny Shelton (originally drafted No. 12 by Cleveland), Kansas City’s Cameron Erving (originally drafted No. 19 by Cleveland) and Denver’s Shane Ray (No. 23).

White has played only five games in three years because of injury, Flowers was replaced by free agent left tackle Nate Solder earlier this off-season and the Broncos drafted Bradley Chubb last week, which could make Ray expendable.

The Jaguars’ decision can be viewed as further proof they will build their pass rush around former third-round pick Yannick Ngakoue, who is eligible for a contract extension after this season. But it doesn’t mean the Jaguars are giving up on Fowler – the sides could come to terms on a new contract before he hits the open market although the choice is now in Fowler’s hands.

Fowler’s fifth-year salary was projected to be $14.2 million had the Jaguars picked up the option. It is the average of the top 10 highest salaries at Fowler’s position and would have been guaranteed for injury only.

Fowler is scheduled to count $7.5 million on this year’s salary cap.

Jaguars Earn an ‘B’ for Their Draft According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

The draft grades from ‘Draft Guru’ Mel Kiper Jr. are out, and one team that got a very good grade is that of the Jaguars, who according to Kiper got an ‘B’ for their collection of players over the two days.

Here’s what he had to say:

How loaded is that Jags defense? It already had six Pro Bowlers in 2018. Now it has one of the biggest physical freaks in the entire draft with tackle Taven Bryan, whose talent didn’t match his college production. If defensive coordinator Todd Wash can get Bryan close to his ceiling, he could be a steal at pick 29. Jacksonville could move on from Malik Jackson next offseason, and Bryan might be the ready-made replacement.

I liked the pick of safety Ronnie Harrison at 93, and safety is the one spot where this defense isn’t really young and fast. He has been underrated throughout his career, playing on a dominant defense with tons of NFL talent. But he’s physical, and he’ll help in the box. The question was true speed, because we never saw an official 40 time throughout the pre-draft process. Wide receiver D.J. Chark (61) is the best deep threat in this class, but his tape was inconsistent. Was that because of poor quarterback play at LSU? Either way, he could help replace Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns. I like outside linebacker Leon Jacobs in the seventh round. He ran a 4.48 40 at the combine at 246 pounds.

I thought Jacksonville should have addressed tight end early, but maybe the staff believes in Austin Seferian-Jenkins’ ability as a blocker more than I do. If this is a team built around the running game, they could have used an upgrade on the edge. All in all, though, this is a terrific haul.

Round/Pick Name Pos College
1/29 Taven Bryan DT FLORIDA
2/61 D.J. Chark WR LSU
3/93 Ronnie Harrison S ALABAMA
4/129 Will Richardson OT NC STATE
6/203 Tanner Lee QB NEBRASKA
7/230 Leon Jacobs OLB WISCONSIN
7/247 Logan Cooke P MISSISSIPPI STATE

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