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Jaguars Lose Another LB; James Onwualu Done for the Year with a Knee Injury

Jaguars linebacker James Onwualu will miss the season because of a knee injury, leaving the team pretty thin at that position as the preseason begins on Thursday, Michael DiRocco of ESPN reports.

Coach Doug Marrone called the injury that Onwualu suffered on Monday during joint practices with the Baltimore Ravens significant, but declined to elaborate on its exact nature. Onwualu was listed as the co-starter with Leon Jacobs at strongside linebacker on the team’s first unofficial depth chart.

“It’s something that was a non-contact injury for the guys that have seen it and those are tough,” Marrone said. “And he’s worked his butt off, and worked really hard, and I saw him yesterday afterwards and it’s just a tough situation. You thank the player for everything he put in, but you kind of know what the road looks like ahead, which is always a tough road for anyone that has an injury.”

Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue Reports to Camp Ending Holdout Despite No New Deal

Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue reported to practice Sunday and will play this season on the final year of his rookie deal, ending his holdout.

The team tweeted a video that showed him walking toward the practice field and head coach Doug Marrone was pleased to regain one of the Jacksonville defense’s key pieces.

“Happy to have him back and ready to go,” Marrone said. “We’re excited. He’s ready to go. He’s in great shape and we’re all together.”

Marrone didn’t anticipate needing to bring Ngakoue up to speed.

“Yan’s always been in great shape, ready to go,” Marrone said. “He’s an anxious guy. He doesn’t like taking it that way. When he’s ready to go, he wants to go all the way. That’s just how he is and how he’s wound.”

Three Questions About the Jaguars as Training Camp Gets Closer

When the Jaguars woke up on the final day of September, they were sitting at 3-1 and it looked like they would be a shoe-in for a playoff spot yet again in the AFC.

Three months later, a bitter taste was left in the team’s mouth as they walked off the field in Houston carrying a record of 5-11 with them, going 2-10 after the team’s 3-1 start.

How did it get so bad so quickly? There was plenty of blame to go around, but as 2019 gets ready to start, there’s a new and hopeful look to the team as they hope to be more like the team that took the Pats to the limit in the AFC Title game two seasons ago.

Today we look at three questions about this team as training camp gets going, and what to expect from the 2019 version of the Jaguars.

1. Can Nick Foles Give Stability to the QB Spot?

The team tried to pass along to fans that Blake Bortles was the answer at quarterback the last two seasons, but clearly they were wrong.

In looking to right that wrong, the team gave Nick Foles a ton of money and the starting job upon inking a deal this offseason away from the Philadelphia Eagles, where he won them a Super Bowl two years ago.

Foles is a veteran guy whose basically has been given the keys to the offense to run with. He’s got a lot of pressure, but this is a job he’s been waiting for.

A good camp will go a long way in calming the nerves if anyone thinks the team made a mistake in signing him.

2. Can This Team Get Leonard Fournette Back to Form?

It was a rough 2018 for leading running back Leonard Fournette, as he ran for just 439 yards in eight games total with five scores.

Many have been critical of Fournette for the shape that he’s in or his attitude in regards to being a team player.

He’s got a lot to prove in 2019, and a big chunk of camp will be spent on the team looking to get him his groove back along with an unproven offensive line.

It’s a priority to get him back to form.

3. Will Yannick Ngakoue Show Up?

Yannick Ngakoue wants a new deal, and the Jaguars are still trying to figure out what it is going to take to get the excellent defensive end in camp.

He’s got close to 30 sacks over the last three seasons and is just entering his prime, and if the team can’t find a way to get him in happy, it’s going to be a huge blow for this defense to start the season without him.

The defense all offseason has been talking about being more aggressive and more like the team that was a terror on the field in 2017, but without Ngakoue, that’s going to be next to impossible.

Jaguars Place Telvin Smith on the Retired List; Place Ngakoue on Did Not Report List

The Jagaurs Wednesday placed linebacker Telvin Smith on the reserve/retired list, and it does not sound like he’s coming back anytime soon.

Smith said in May that he’s going to sit out the 2019 campaign to “get (his) world in order.”

The Jags placing Smith on the reserve list does not preclude him from returning at some point this season, but indicates he has not moved off his plans to take a year sabbatical.

Smith, who turned 28 in April, was set to enter his sixth pro season after entering the league as a 2014 fifth-round pick.

The Jags also officially placed defensive end Yannick Ngakoue on the team’s reserve/did not report list. The young pass rusher is holding out of training camp in hopes of securing a long-term contract

Video: A New Day in Duval: A Preview of the 2019 Jacksonville Jaguars

The 2018 season was the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 24th in the National Football League and their second under head coach Doug Marrone. Needless to say, the team took a step back last year…In 2019 the Jaguars will try to get back on track.

Check Out the Madden 20 Rankings for All the Jaguars Players

Monday was a day that many gaming fans wait for each year, the day that the most popular sports series of all-time puts out their player rankings.

That game of course is Madden football, and this year Madden 20 is once again going to be a game played by millions who are into the NFL and video games.

One aspect of the game is player rankings, and the top Jags player on the list was cornerback Jalen Ramsey with a mark of 96.

Left end Calais Campbell comes in with a mark of 92, and fellow corner A.J. Boyue is in third in the rankings at 88.

Check out all the Jags Rankings by clicking HERE.

Video – Football Gameplan’s 2019 NFL Team Preview: Jacksonville Jaguars

00:47 – 4-Minute Offense

2:30 – Positional Breakdown

7:40 – Hunt’s Playbook

11:26 – Fantasy Focus

12:49 – Best Bets

13:34 – Training Camp Quick Takes

18:37 – Road to the Super Bowl

Best Defense in the League? Jaguars CB D.J. Hayden Thinks They Will Be in 2019

D.J. Hayden, like starting cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye, wants to prove that a revamped unit, along with him staying healthy, can lay the groundwork for the return of the ball-hawking defense that terrorized opponents en route to the AFC Championship game two years ago, Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union reports.

“I feel like we’re going to be the best defense in the league, I can’t wait,” Hayden said. “I know we’ll have some new faces, but I feel like this is going to be a great defense no matter who is out there.”

Hayden believes the Jacksonville secondary will get back to their ball-hawking ways this season.

“All that good stuff — getting turnovers, sacks and making big plays — I feel like we’ll do that,” said Hayden. “I feel totally 100 percent comfortable with what we’re doing and our safeties. I feel we’ll be the best secondary in the league.”

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