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

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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.

Jaguars Release OLB Dan Skuta

The Jaguars released outside linebacker Dan Skuta on Tuesday, freeing up $4.1 million in salary cap space, Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times Union reports.

Skuta was part of the Jaguars’ March 2015 free-agent blitz, signed to play strong-side linebacker. He appeared in 26 games (10 starts) and made 55 tackles (five for lost yardage) in 684 snaps. He missed time in 2015 with a groin injury and games last year with back issues.

Particularly for his salary, there wasn’t room for Skuta if the Jaguars as expected move Myles Jack to middle linebacker and Paul Posluszny to the strong-side spot.

Jaguars to Visit with Top Two Safeties in the Upcoming NFL Draft

The presumed top two safeties in the NFL Draft will be visiting the Jaguars later this week, Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports.

Per a league source, Ohio State’s Malik Hooker and LSU’s Jamal Adams – projected to be top-10 picks – will arrive in Jacksonville for two of the 30 visits each NFL team is allowed to host.

The Jaguars have the fourth overall pick April 27 and safety isn’t a glaring need after they signed strong safety Barry Church to join free safety Tashaun Gipson. Hooker and Adams might only land on the Jaguars’ radar if the first three picks are defensive linemen Myles Garrett, Solomon Thomas and Jonathan Allen and the organization is against drafting a tailback that high.

Also later this week, Alabama linebacker Rueben Foster and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Foster will visit.

Jaguars Inform DL Jared Odrick He’s Being Released

The Jaguars have notified defensive lineman Jared Odrick on Monday he will be released, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports. This via his agent David Canter who announced it on Twitter.

Odrick signed a five-year, $42.5 million contract with Jacksonville, with $22 million guaranteed, in 2015. The Jags will save $8.5 million by releasing the 29-year-old veteran. He will immediately become a free agent.

Odrick missed 10 games in 2016 due to injury, and compiled 6.5 sacks and 41 tackles in two seasons in Jacksonville. He led the Jags in sacks in 2015 with 5.5.

Jaguars Getting a Visit From Dolphins LT Branden Albert; Ready to Make a Deal Moving TE Julius Thomas

The Dolphins and Jaguars are working on a trade involving offensive tackle Branden Albert and tight end Julius Thomas, but hurdles remain, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Albert is visiting the Jaguars on Monday to help facilitate a swap. An Albert-Thomas trade would likely happen if both players agreed to new deals, Rapoport reported.

A trade cannot be officially finalized until the new league year opens on March 9.

Albert is set to count $10.6 million on the salary cap. Moving on would save Miami $7.2 million on the cap. The veteran left tackle struggled last season while playing through injury — for reference, Pro Football Focus rated him their 65th best offensive tackle in 2016. However, he would be an upgrade for Jacksonville, who are not picking up Kelvin Beachum’s 2017 contract option.

Thomas’ contract currently runs through 2019, and $3 million of his $7 million owed this year is already guaranteed.

Jaguars Elect Not to Exercise Contract of LT Kelvin Beachum

In a semi-surprising decision Wednesday night, the Jaguars elected not to exercise left tackle Kelvin Beachum’s contract option, Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times Union reports.

The Jaguars can pursue a new deal with Beachum, but if he’s unsigned at 4 p.m. on March 9, he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

If Beachum’s call is to find another team, add left tackle to the Jaguars’ extensive off-season to-do list.

Had the Jaguars exercised Beachum’s option, it would have triggered $18 million in guaranteed money – a $5 million option bonus, $7.5 million in salary this year and $5.5 million in 2018 salary.

Beachum, 27, tore his ACL playing for Pittsburgh in 2015 and signed a prove-it deal with the Jaguars last March.

Beachum started 15 games (1,023 of 1,112 snaps), missing only the Week 3 loss to Baltimore after he sustained a concussion at San Diego.

Jaguars Close to Inking NT Abry Jones to Four Year Deal

The Jaguars and nose tackle Abry Jones are nearing a deal that would pay the fifth-year player $16 million over four years, Mike DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.

The Florida Times-Union first reported that the sides were close to agreeing on a contract.

The 25-year-old Jones took over as the starter for the final nine games of 2016 after Roy Miller suffered a torn Achilles. Jones finished the season with 32 tackles (four for loss) and one batted pass.

Jones signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in April 2013 and played in eight games that season. The following year he appeared in all 16 of the Jaguars’ games, making two starts, and finished with 39 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble.

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