Jacksonville Jaguars News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
Big Cat Country: Jaguars 'likely' to release Carlos Hyde
The Jacksonville Jaguars are "likely" to cut backup running back Carlos Hyde, according to Hays Carlyon of 1010XL.
Tom Coughlin and Dave Caldwell traded a fifth round pick for Hyde in the middle of the season last year with starting running back Leonard Fournette missing more time than expected. But he only averaged 3.3 yards per carry and didn't score a touchdown.
Granted, that offense was running on fumes by the end of the season, but the Jaguars can save $4.75 million if they cut him at the beginning of the league year.
Big Cat Country: Blake Bortles is the QB 'right now' says Tom Coughlin
Most anticipate the Jacksonville Jaguars will be releasing quarterback Blake Bortles relatively soon, likely in the next two-to-three weeks, but a comment made by VP of Football Tom Coughlin put a bit of a panic in some fans on Wednesday afternoon.
"Blake [Bortles] is the quarterback of the Jacksonville Jaguars right now," Coughlin said on AM690.
Obviously, this sent Jaguars twitter in a bit of a panic/meltdown, but lets be real about this. What else is Tom Coughlin going to say? He's not the kind who is going to "no comment" that or someone who is going to be deceptive.
Fansided: Will the Jacksonville Jaguars consider signing Tyrod Taylor?
When asked on by ESPN 690 Jacksonville about the quarterback situation with the Jaguars and more specifically about the future of Blake Bortles, executive vice president Tom Coughlin gave an answer that is as true as the day is long.
"Blake [Bortles] is the quarterback of the Jacksonville Jaguars right now," Coughlin told the radio station.
It might not be the most glowing or exciting answer, but Coughlin made it clear right now, No.5 is the quarterback on the team's roster. If something is to be done with changing the roster, it has not happened yet.
Big Cat Country: Jaguars offseason blueprint: Running back
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With the 2019 NFL offseason upon us, here are some important dates coming up over the next three months to mark on your calendar:
* February 19 - Franchise/transition tag window opens
* February 26-March 4 - NFL Combine; Indianapolis, IN
* March 5 - Franchise/transition tag deadline at 4:00pm EST
* March 11-13 - Free Agency tampering window opens
* March 13 - NFL Free Agency officially opens at 4:00pm EST
* March 24-27 - Annual league meetings
* April 1 - Offseason workouts for clubs with new head coaches
* April 15 - Offseason workouts for clubs with returning head coaches
* April 19 - Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign tender
Between NFL free agency and the 2019 NFL Draft, here are some avenues the Jacksonville Jaguars could pursue when it comes to building the blueprint of the running back position.
Fansided: Keeping Calais Campbell will be the Jaguars best offseason move
What if the Jacksonville Jaguars didn't pick up the option on Calais Campbell's contract? What if the defensive end had become a free agent, signed somewhere else and helped his new team make the playoffs and possibly reach the Super Bowl?
The Jaguars made it official on Monday that Campbell, who has made the Pro Bowl in his first two seasons with the franchise, would be back in a black and teal uniform in 2019. Campbell told the fans the day after the 2018 season ended that he would be back for next season, but there had been no word from the organization until this week.
Big Cat Country: Jaguars decline Austin Seferian-Jenkins option, officially
While the Jacksonville Jaguars decided to pick up the team option on some players on Monday afternoon, such as star defensive end Calais Campbell, they decided to decline the option for Austin Seferian-Jenkins. The move was not unexpected, as Seferian-Jenkins tweeted what seemed like a good bye to Jaguars fans back in January, the team officially stated a decision had not been made yet.
Well, it's now been made.
There was a lot of excitement for Seferian-Jenkins when he was signed but he appeared in just five games this year, catching 11 passes for 90 yards and one touchdown.
Big Cat Country: How the NFL franchise tag window impacts the Jaguars offseason
The NFL franchise tag window officially opens on Tuesday Feb. 19, which means that teams can now place the franchise tag on their own pending free agents. There does not appear to be anyone that the Jaguars will be using the tag on in 2019, however there are other pending free agents that could get tagged that will impact the Jaguars offseason.
Teams now have until March 5 at 4:00 P.M. ET to tag their players with either the exclusive franchise tag, non-exclusive franchise tag or the transition tag. The big name to watch obviously is Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, who surprisingly a lot of people seem to think will get the franchise tag in the next two week period.
Fansided: The Jaguars wannabe GM looks at offensive line draft prospects
The Jaguars derailed 2018 season was certainly caused in part by the rash of injuries suffered by the offensive line. The team must build a solid line with adequate backups to compete in 2019. They must attempt to avoid the injuries of 2018.
The offensive line is the forgotten group by fans and writers until they commit a critical penalty or get injured.
According to The Sports Quotient "NFL fans and media for the most part ignore the offensive linemen....yet the quality of the offensive line is one of the most crucial pieces to build a championship contender.
Fansided: Which potential available QBs fit with John DeFilippo's offense?
Like a storm hovering over TIAA Bank Field, the question of who will be the next QB for the Jacksonville Jaguars looms large over the organization. With the hiring of offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, many fans of the Black and Teal are speculating who will be under center running the offense come week one for the big cats.
Which signal caller can help the offense rise from the ashes after a dreadful 2018 season?
Nick Foles - By far the most talked about quarterback in relation to the Jaguars, Nick Foles, and the team reportedly "share a mutual interest.
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Big Cat Country: Josh Allen to Jalen Ramsey: 'Am I still trash?'
Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey doesn't shy away from the spotlight or an honest answer -- so when GQ's Clay Skipper asked him his opinion on other NFL quarterbacks, he went so far as to call then Buffalo Bills rookie Josh Allen "trash" and a "stupid draft pick".
"I think [Buffalo Bills draft pick Josh] Allen is trash. I don't care what nobody say. He's trash," Ramsey told Clay Skipper of GQ Magazine. "And it's gonna show too.
Big Cat Country: Jacksonville Jaguars News & Notes: Mel Kiper Mock Draft 2.0, Rookie Class Grades, Kyler Murray and more
Another week in the offseason for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and another week to catch up on all news, notes, rumors and hot takes regarding the Jags from the past several. I've taken the liberty of putting all notable pieces of content about the team in this post, so it's in one easy-to-read place.
Let's jump right to it:<strong>News & Notes</strong> Mel Kiper released his second mock draft this morning. Insider access is required, but I have you covered. With Dwayne Haskins going No. 6 to the New York Giants , Kiper has the Jaguars taking Florida offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor at No.
Fansided: Four Down Territory: Free agents the Jaguars should sign
It would be a near miracle if the Jacksonville Jaguars were able to equal or exceed the talent the team signed during NFL free agency. Calais Campbell, A.J. Bouye and Barry Church were as good as advertised when they put pen to paper, walked into TIAA Bank Field and helped the Jaguars win the AFC South title the same year.
Last year, the team added guard Andrew Norwell and wide receiver Donte Moncrief while re-signing both quarterback Blake Bortles and Marqise Lee.
Fansided: 5 Jaguars players fans should be excited for in 2019
While the 2018 season was a major disaster for the Jacksonville Jaguars, it was a year of growth for multiple players whose ceilings have yet to be reached. These are the five players fans of the Black and Teal should be excited for in 2019.
Yannick Ngakoue - It was a down season for defensive end Yannick Ngakoue compared to his 2018 stats. But, Ngakoue finished with 33 quarterback pressures in 2019, third behind Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, 41, and Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, 34.
Fansided: Jaguars Free Agency: Jacksonville must sign a quarterback this offseason
I won't be convinced the Jacksonville Jaguars move on from the Blake Bortles era until the organization adds a veteran quarterback for the 2019 season. That's the cynic in me as fans have seen the franchise stick with Bortles even though he has not produced on a level that is consistent with top quarterbacks in this league.
While the NFL Draft should produce at least three, possibly four first-round selections from the most important position on the field, Jacksonville must use free agency to bring in someone as a security blanket, someone who can fill the position until a rookie is set to lead this roster to victory.