Jaguars DT Malik Jackson Feels Jacksonville Super Bowl Bound in 2017

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Defensive tackle Malik Jackson is one confident dude these days, thinking the Jaguars will be on the verge of a Super Bowl season in 2017.

The defensive tackle told Bleacher Report’s “Simms & Lefkoe Podcast” that he is “very confident” in the Jaguars and expects to win a Super Bowl this season.

“The Panthers did it. If the Panthers can do it after the season they had — but we’re going to win the Super Bowl,” he said. “If they can do it, why can’t we?”

The Carolina Panthers were 7-8-1 in 2014, then went 15-1 in 2015 and reached Super Bowl 50, where they lost to the Denver Broncos. Jackson, playing for Denver, scored the game’s first touchdown on a fumble recovery.

Jackson signed a six-year, $86.1 million contract with the Jaguars the next offseason. He said on the podcast that last season he had the “naive mindset” that he was going to be the one to change Jacksonville’s fortunes. But the Jaguars finished 3-13 and continued their playoff drought; they last qualified for the playoffs in 2007.

This year he says it “truly feels different” for the Jaguars with Tom Coughlin returning as executive vice president and Doug Marrone as the new head coach. The Jaguars also loaded up in free agency, signing impact defensive players A.J. Bouye, Calais Campbell and Barry Church.

Jaguars Place CB Jalen Ramsey and CB Aaron Colvin on PUP List

The Jaguars placed cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and Aaron Colvin on the team’s physically unable to perform list Saturday, Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports.

The team said the decision was made after Ramsey and Colvin reported to the facility Friday.

The players do count against the 90-man roster and can return to practice as soon as they are medically cleared. The Jaguars have one roster spot available.

Colvin did not practice during the off-season program because of a foot injury. Ramsey underwent “core muscle” surgery June 15.

Jaguars 2015 First-Round Pick Dante Fowler Arrested Tuesday in St. Petersburg

Jagaurs 2015 first-round pick Dante Fowler was arrested on Tuesday night, charged in St.Pete with charges of simple battery and mischief

Fowler, 22, was arrested by St. Petersburg Police at 9:02 p.m. Tuesday, and was released at 1:43 a.m. Wednesday on $650 bond.

The arrest report said that Fowler was driving in the Trellis at the Lakes apartment complex Tuesday night around 6:30 p.m. when a man walking in the complex made a comment about his driving. Fowler got out of his car, exchanged words with the man, then “hit the man, knocked his glasses off and stepped on them,” according to the report. He then “took the victim’s grocery bag, with recently purchased liquor, and threw it in a lake,” according to the report, which said the victim was not injured.

The Jaguars are aware of Fowler’s arrest but did not immediately release any statement.

Fowler put up four sacks last season with 32 tackles.

Jaguars Kick the Tires on Former Pro Bowl CB Alterraun Verner

The Jaguars worked out former Pro Bowl cornerback Alterraun Verner last week, a league source told Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union on Sunday.

Verner, 28, has 15 interceptions in 110 career games for Tennessee and Tampa Bay. He was released by the Buccaneers on Feb. 23 to free up $6.5 million in salary cap space.

Since he became a free agent, Verner has not been connected to a team for a workout or general interest.

The Jaguars open organized team activity workouts on Tuesday.

The Jaguars’ interest in Verner is a sign they are concerned about the depth behind Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye and Aaron Colvin.

Jaguars Ink 4th Round Pick WR Dede Westbrook

The Jaguars signed fourth-round receiver Dede Westbrook on Tuesday, Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports.

Westbrook, drafted No. 110 overall last month, is the third draft pick to be signed. Seventh-rounders Jalen Myrick and Marquez Williams signed last week.

Jaguars Coach Marrone: Don’t Give Rookie RB Leonard Fournette the Starting Job Just Yet

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone and executive VP of football operations Tom Coughlin want a physical offense built around the run game, which is why the team drafted running back Leonard Fournette fourth overall last month.

That doesn’t mean that Fournette is automatically going to be installed as the Jaguars’ No. 1 running back, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports. He has to earn the right to be the team’s workhorse, Marrone said Saturday.

“Obviously when we made the pick we were thinking about he can be someone like that,” Marrone said after the second day of the team’s three-day rookie minicamp. “Obviously he’s shown that ability, but at the same sense when you have the team, the one thing about a team is you have to earn that. So he’s going to have to go and show that he has to do that.”

Fournette ran for 3,830 yards and 41 touchdowns in three seasons at LSU. The 6-foot, 228-pounder averaged 6.2 yards per carry and 19.3 carries per game in his career and his physical running style is a perfect match for the ball-control offense the Jaguars want to run in 2017. Yet he agrees with his coach’s approach that he needs to prove he should be the Jaguars’ top ballcarrier.

“My role is to do whatever the team needs or coach asks me to do,” Fournette said. “My role right now is going out there and competing and getting better right now.”

Jaguars Pickup Fifth-Year Option on QB Blake Bortles

Ahead of Wednesday’s 4 p.m. deadline, the Jaguars decided today they will pick up the fifth-year (2018) contract option on quarterback Blake Bortles, the Florida Times-Union reports.

Bortles’ 2018 salary – which could be nearly $18 million – is guaranteed only for injury. The Jaguars can release him after this season without having any dead money on the salary cap.

The decision on Bortles comes after the Jaguars did not use a draft pick on a quarterback.

In a statement released by the team, executive vice president Tom Coughlin said: “This is a smart business decision for the team for several reasons. It makes sense for us going forward and it’s good for Blake and for the Jaguars.”

Had they not picked up the option, Bortles would have been an unrestricted free agent next March.

Bortles’ salary cap number this year is $6,571,983 – his entire $20,654,802 contract was fully guaranteed upon signing.

A Rundown of All the Jacksonville Jaguars 2017 NFL Draft Picks

Sports Illustrated has a complete rundown of all of the Jaguars 2017 Draft Picks and some commentary as well.

Round 1, Pick 4 (No. 4 overall):

Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU: The Jaguars’ brass spoke all off-season about the need to improve the run game, and this is a pretty clear attempt to do so. Fournette immediately leaps to the top of the depth chart, skipping past Chris Ivory (whose contract now looks rather expendable post-June 1) and T.J. Yeldon. The Jaguars may have to tweak their offense some to mesh Fournette with Blake Bortles—the former is a downhill power back, the latter has been at his best out of the gun. The expectation will be that Fournette can bring Jacksonville magic like Ezekiel Elliott did in Dallas last year. Reality may paint a bleaker picture given the roster around Fournette, but he’s definitely a special talent. The Jaguars did leave a lot of defensive talent on the board here, so this has to pay off.?

Round 2, Pick 2 (No. 34, via Seattle)

Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama:This is the Seahawks’ third trade down already—this one (for picks 35 and 187), plus two on Thursday. Jacksonville made the move to ensure it could nab Robinson, the potential first-round lineman who, along with Forrest Lamp, made it to Day 2. It remains to be seen if Robinson will be a guard or tackle for the Jaguars in 2017, but his future should be as a potential franchise LT.? GRADE: A

Round 3, Pick 4 (No. 68)

Dawuane Smoot, DE, Illinois: Here’s the defensive-line depth that the Jaguars had to find, after spending their first two picks on the offensive side of the football. Smoot doesn’t really threaten the status quo above him on the depth chart—he’s a rotational piece on this roster, and there arguably were higher-upside DEs still available. This is way early based on our board.? Grade: D+

Round 4, Pick 3 (No. 110) Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma

Round 5, Pick 4 (No. 148) Blair Brown, LB, Ohio

Round 7, Pick 4 (No. 222) Jalen Myrick, CB, Minnesota

Round 7, Pick 22 (No. 240) Marquez Williams, FB, Miami (OH)

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