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Wednesday’s Injury Report for the Jaguars Opener vs the Colts

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Practice Report
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Matthew Adams (ankle), S Julian Blackmon (knee), T Anthony Castonzo (oblique), C Ryan Kelly (knee), WR Dezmon Patmon (knee)
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday TE Tyler Davis (knee), TE Tyler Eifert (not injury related), RB Devine Ozigbo (hamstring)

Jaguars and RB Freeman Don’t Come to Terms, Team Going with RB by Committee

The Jaguars played host to free agent running back Devonta Freeman over the weekend, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Freeman and the team could not come to terms on a deal.

That means the “running back by committee” that the Jaguars were reported to be ready to roll with for 2020 seems to be in place.

Freeman would have added another piece to the backfield, as he is a quality veteran back who is playing with a chip on his shoulder after leaving the Falcons.

For now, it will be Chris Thompson, undrafted rookie James Robinson and second-year players Devine Ozigbo or Ryquell Armstead who will fight it out for carries come opening day.

Jaguars Pull Off Stunner; Waive RB Leonard Fournette

The Jacksonville Jaguars spent a good portion of the offseason looking to deal third-year running back Leonard Fournette, in the end finding no takers.

Instead of going through the motions with Fournette the team made the decision Monday to simply waive the back, despite two seasons of going over 1,000 yards rushing.

Fournette was the fourth overall pick of the Jaguars in the 2017 draft, and helped Jacksonville make it to the AFC Championship game his rookie season.

There were reports of Fournette being yet another player in Jacksonville who wanted out, and once Tom Coughlin was fired last December, the writing was on the wall that the running backs time eventually would be up.

“Really just trying to take the team and put the best team together from what we’ve seen in our practices so, at the end of the day, I just felt that was the best decision for us as a team,” coach Doug Marrone told reporters on why the decision was made so close to the season opener.

“I think it gives us the best opportunity with the skillsets that we have with the other players in there, I just thought that was the best for the team and doing it now. We exhausted all trade opportunities; we weren’t able to get anything there so I just felt that now we can work on the team and the plan and get ourselves ready for the season.”

Fournette will find employment somewhere in the league, but for now the Jaguars will focus on giving the ball it appears to Chris Thompson, who will likely be the number one when the season opens.

Is Jaguars WR D.J. Chark Jr. Ready for a Breakout 2020?

As the Jags get set for what should be an odd 2020 season, there’s one player on their roster that could be due for a big season, that being wide out D.J. Chark Jr.

NFL.com today has a piece out with breakout stars from around the NFL, and Chark Jr. is right at the top of the list.

Here’s what they had to say about the receiver:

My choice for a breakout veteran is third-year Jacksonville wide receiver D.J. Chark Jr. Yes, Chark made the Pro Bowl last season, but little attention is ever paid to the Jaguars’ passing game. It’s time to change that. Chark is big (6-foot-4), fast (ran the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds) and had 73 receptions for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Seventeen of those receptions went for at least 20 yards, and he has had a superb training camp in which his bond with quarterback Gardner Minshew has been showcased. New offensive coordinator Jay Gruden calls Chark a “specimen,” and he has already talked about using him in the slot in addition to the outside, where he flourished last season.

The Jaguars feel good about the weapons they are putting around Minshew, which also includes Dede Westbrook, rookie Laviska Shenault, Chris Conley and the tight end signed in free agency, Tyler Eifert. But there’s not much question that Minshew’s No. 1 target is Chark, and my prediction is this is the first time we’re going to be talking this much about a Jaguars receiver since the Allens — Robinson and Hurns — were in Duval.

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

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