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Report: Jaguars Were Interested in QB Kirk Cousins, Didn’t Like the Price

The Jaguars’ decision to extend embattled starting quarterback Blake Bortles after the 2017 season came only after the team did extensive research on a possible signing of Kirk Cousins, Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports reports citing league sources.

The Jaguars were fully prepared to offer Cousins a significant free-agent contract and move on from Bortles but were unwilling to spend close to where other teams were.

The Jaguars brass viewed Cousins as the best opportunity to upgrade at quarterback, the sources said, and were hopeful of being able to secure the free agent’s services in the range of the $20M-$24M he had been earning on the franchise tag with the Redskins. However, it became clear as they did their due diligence on the quarterback’s market that the competition for his services was going to be extremely stiff, with the Vikings, Jets, Cardinals and Broncos all serious about signing him.

The Jaguars made no attempts to upgrade around Bortles prior to the start of the season despite having numerous opportunities to do so via trades and signings. The Jets, league sources said, reached out to Jacksonville when they began to shop promising back-up quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, making the QB readily available. But the Jaguars displayed no interest in acquiring him. Bridgewater was viewed as an emerging potential franchise quarterback prior to suffering a serious knee injury in Minnesota and was dealt to New Orleans for essentially a third-round pick.

Start Your Early Sunday Viewing of the Jaguars in London with #CupOfGDM

Sunday will be an odd day for most Jaguars fans as they get set to take on the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles in London as they look to get their season back on track.

The game will start at 9:30AM Sunday, meaning most fans will be having their first cup of coffee when the game kicks off.

Speaking of which, this Sunday NFL Network will start its pregame coverage before the sun even comes up, as coverage for the game will kickoff at 6:30 am ET.

So if you’re up bright and early for the game, start it off right, as join the conversation about the game and coverage using #CupOfGDM and follow @NFLNetwork for the latest on the game.

Speaking of coffee, Jaguars Gab will in the next week be giving away some coffee complements of the NFL Network, featuring four different coffee blends corresponding with each of the show’s beloved hosts – Rich Eisen, Steve Mariucci, Kurt Warner and Michael Irvin – plus a customized blend for the show itself.

So get ready for EARLY football this Sunday as the Jags play the Eagles, and check back daily with Jaguars Gab to get your hands on some of the great coffee complements of the NFL Network.

Jaguars DE Calais Campbell Calls a ‘Players Only’ Meeting to Try and Save Season

Defensive end Calais Campbell called a players-only meeting on Monday to figure out their problems and reset objectives to save their season from turning into a complete disaster, John Reid of the Florida Times-Union reports.

After Sunday’s 20-7 loss to the Houston Texans, defensive end Yannick Ngakoue’s frustration was on display when the locker room door swung open briefly and Campbell was seen trying to restrain him while he was yelling.

Now, even Jalen Ramsey’s brashness has vanished. He couldn’t deny that they’re at a crossroads, unable to perform anything like last season on both sides of the ball when they advanced to the AFC title game.

In seven weeks, the Jaguars (3-4) have gone from Super Bowl contenders to winless in the AFC South (0-2).

They’re on a dreadful three-game losing streak in which they’ve been outscored 57-0 in the first half.

“It is no secret what’s going on here right now,” Ramsey said after Sunday’s game. “Ain’t nobody going to say it because we can’t. But it ain’t no secret what’s going on here. It is what it is.”

Jaguars Place WR Jaydon Mickens on IR, Re-Sign WR Rashad Greene

The Jaguars have placed wide receiver Jaydon Mickens on injured reserve Monday and re-signed wideout Rashad Greene according to Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk.com.

Mickens fractured his ankle in Sunday’s demoralizing 40-7 road loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Originally an undrafted free agent out of the University of Washington, has been with the Jags for two seasons. Used primarily as a return specialist, the 24-year-old has played in all six games in 2018 and has returned 12 punts for a 4.9 yards per return average and six kickoffs for a 24.8 average. Mickens’ injury will take four to six weeks to heal and he is a good bet to be designated for return late this season.

To help fill the void, the Jaguars re-signed wide receiver/return specialist Rashad Greene. Greene, originally selected by Jacksonville in the fifth round of the 2015 draft out of Florida State, rejoins the team after spending the offseason and parts of this season with the Jaguars. The 26-year-old has appeared in 17 career games, catching 24 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns. He has also has returned 39 punts for an 11.0 yards per return average, including a 73-yard touchdown against Indianapolis in 2015. Wide receiver Dede Westbrook may also see some additional time fielding punts.

Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey Takes a Shot at Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill – Calls Him a ‘Return Specialist’

Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey isn’t overly impressed by the accomplishments of Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill, Phillip Heilman of the Florida Times-Union reports.
At least not as a receiver.

A day after Hill challenged him ahead of Sunday’s game, Ramsey fired back Thursday by listing off the speedy receiver’s career accolades — as a return specialist.

“He’s good for what he does for their team,” Ramsey said. “He made All Pro as a return specialist — let’s get that right — as a return specialist his rookie year. He went to two Pro Bowls as a return specialist — return specialist — two years. I made All Pro in my position as a corner, went to the Pro Bowl as a corner.

“So it’s not a wide receiver versus corner matchup, so we can get that out of the way off the bat.”

Ramsey’s remarks came three days before the Jaguars (3-1) and Chiefs (4-0) square off in a much-anticipated game at Arrowhead Stadium and were in response to remarks made by Hill the previous day.

Answering a question about Ramsey from Kansas City reporters, Hill said: “He think high of himself. He’s all right, I guess. I can’t wait to line up against him. I hope he presses me.

“He’s a great player. To get my name out there more, I need to go up against more talent like him. I’m not calling [Denver’s] Chris Harris or nobody else bad, but he’s top dog right now, so I can’t wait.”

Ramsey was not impressed by Hill’s waffling.

“I just wish he would have picked a side,” Ramsey said. “Either I’m just all right or I’m the top dog. Pick a side. If I’m the top dog but I’m just all right, that means he doesn’t think that any corner in the league is good, and that’s not true.”

“Me and Tyreek, we’re going to probably have some opportunities to match up against each other, but it won’t be like that for a majority of the game,” Ramsey said. “I think everybody knows that he moves around everywhere. He plays running back, receiver, slot. He’s not out there on that island 90 percent of the time where I’m at.

“I don’t look at it as me versus him. I don’t think this is really a matchup game to be honest with you.”

Jaguars LT Cam Robinson Done for the Season with Torn ACL

Jaguars left tackle Cam Robinson will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, multiple reports confirmed.

Robinson, who started 15 games as a rookie second-round pick in 2017, left Sunday’s win over the New England Patriots in the first quarter after getting rolled up on.

Josh Wells replaced Robinson in the lineup on Sunday, when the Jaguars piled up 481 yards and manhandled the Patriots, 31-20.

The Jaguars Two-Tone Helmets Are a Thing of the Past

ESPN reports today that the Jaguars two-tone helmets are no more, as the team is going back to just the traditional black helmets starting for the 2018 season.

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ gold and black two-tone helmets were dumped following the 2017 season as part of a uniform overhaul. In addition to redesigned jerseys — including ones in teal and crisp white with black numbers — Jaguars players are now sporting glossy black helmets. Tom Coughlin, the team’s executive vice president of football operations, had a heavy hand in the redesign, especially when it came to the helmets.

Yet, those two-tone helmets — which ESPN Uni Watch’s Paul Lukas called the worst in NFL history — are still around. In fact, you’ll be able to see some of them on Sunday when the Jaguars open the 2018 season against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Here’s ESPN’s 2018 Uni Watch preview, too.

Some of the helmets worn by the players — quarterback Blake Bortles included — are repainted two-tone helmets.

Replacing all the helmets a team needs would be ridiculously expensive. Each helmet can cost as much as $1,500 and NFL teams have roughly 200 (they need 90-plus for training camp alone plus spares), so that’s $300,000. Repainting is cost effective, especially when there’s nothing structurally wrong with the helmet.

Jalen Ramsey’s At It Again – Slams Pats TE Gronkowski and Dolphins WR Amendola in Interview

Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey doesn’t hold Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Dolphins wide receiver Danny Amendola in high regard.

Ramsey, who blasted a number of NFL quarterbacks in a recent interview with GQ, poured proverbial cold water on Gronkowski during a session with ESPN The Magazine.

“I don’t think Gronk’s good,” Rasmey said of the four-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection. “Let me say — I don’t think Gronk is as great as people think he is.”

Ramsey didn’t let it end there.

“Any time Gronk has been matched up with a corner, he’s had a very bad game,” the All-Pro said, “and that corner has had a very good game.”

ESPN’s Mina Kimes then asked Ramsey how Gronkowski fared when the two met in the AFC Championship Game in January.

“Literally nothing. He may have had, like, one catch,” Ramsey said.

Ramsey is correct with the one reception, although Gronkowski departed before halftime because of a concussion.

The two are expected to meet again in Week 2 when the Jaguars host the Patriots on Sept. 16.

Amendola, who signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Dolphins during free agency, didn’t escape the wrath of Ramsey.

“He just got a brand-new contract and he is terrible,” Ramsey said of Amendola. “People think he’s so great. No, he’s not. Tom (Brady) made him look good. Tom could take me as a receiver and I’d be a first-team All-Pro.”

Amendola hauled in 61 catches for 659 yards and two touchdowns last season and was superb in New England’s run to the Super Bowl with 26 receptions in three postseason games. The 32-year-old will have an opportunity to respond when the Dolphins host the Jaguars in Week 16 on Dec. 23.

When healthy, Gronkowski has produced. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Gronkowski posted 69 catches for 1,084 yards with eight touchdowns over 14 games last season.

A second-round draft pick of the Patriots in 2010, Gronkowski has been a touchdown machine since joining the team, reaching double digits in five of his eight seasons, including a career-high 17 in 2011.

Gronkowski has surpassed 1,000 yards four times and has 474 receptions for 7,179 yards in 102 career games (89) starts. His 76 touchdown catches rank third on the all-time list among tight ends, behind Antonio Gates (114) and Tony Gonzalez (111).

Ramsey recorded 63 tackles and four interceptions in 16 games last season. He has collected 128 tackles and six interceptions since being selected with the fifth overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.

The 23-year-old Ramsey lowered the boom on several NFL quarterbacks in GQ, saying Buffalo Bills rookie Josh Allen is “trash,” Baltimore Ravens veteran Joe Flacco isn’t much better, while Pittsburgh Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Ryan effectively are overrated.

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