If preseason predictions are to be trusted — as they always should be, trust us — the Jacksonville Jaguars will be much improved this season. USA Today believes the Jaguars go 10-6 and earn a playoff spot. Sports Illustrated thinks the Jaguars climb to 9-7 but barely lose out on a Wild Card tiebreaker to the Houston Texans. JAGUARS: 9–7 Assuming this team pacifies two of its more mercurial-leaning superstars, I think the Jaguars are going to return to form as one of the toughest week-in, week-out opponents in the NFL. Oddly, I have them beating the Texans on the road and losing in London, despite their increased comfort with the logistical turnaround. This division is going to be NFC East-level
The Jaguars rookies reported on Monday, along with quarterbacks and first-year players. On Wednesday, it will be the veterans' turn and the team's first training camp practice is Thursday. Optimism appears to be high with a new franchise quarterback, Nick Foles, a recharged Leonard Fournette and a defensive secondary led by All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey. After going 5-11 last season after reaching the AFC title game in 2017, Coach Doug Marrone made several changes to his staff, which included hiring John DeFilippo as his new offensive coordinator. Here are five key questions to address before camp opens. 1. Will the Jaguars sign defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to a long-term deal, or will he
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Jacksonville Jaguars safety Zedrick Woods, an undrafted rookie from Mississippi, has submitted retirement paperwork with the NFL instead of reporting to training camp.
Mike Sando, formerly of ESPN and now writing for The Athletic, is back with his annual NFL quarterback tier rankings based on voting from a large number of coaches and executives from around the league. You can read the entire column if you have a subscription. Of note to Philadelphia Eagles fans is that Carson Wentz finished 10th in the rankings. That's one spot lower than he was ranked at this time last year. Wentz is still in the “Tier 2” category, though he did receive five “Tier 1” votes. There was a mixture of positive and negative feedback on Wentz. A good chunk of voters think Wentz would be a 1 if knee and back injuries hadn't forced his career to take a detour. “He's a 1,” an offensive
The Jacksonville Jaguars are a team most believe will be in contention for a wild-card spot in the playoffs, which means most think they'll be along the lines of an eight to 10 win team. And while that would be nice, if the team fell short of the playoffs it would be rightfully viewed as a disappointment after the additions the front office made in efforts to make the Jags a Super Bowl contender like in 2017. Conor Orr of Sports Illustrated seems to be one of many with those exact expectations for the Jags as he predicted them to have a record of 9-7. He also gave the Houston Texans the same record, which would put the Jags in a tiebreaker situation with their longtime rivals. Assuming this team
While our USA TODAY comrade Nate Davis believes the Jacksonville Jaguars will come close to winning the AFC South title, it's been hard to find an analyst who believe they have what it takes to win the division. That is until now. On Monday's episode of of ESPN's “Get Up,” Booger McFarland deemed the Jags as the team he believes have the best team to go from worst to first. As Mike Greenberg pointed out, a team has gone from first to worst since 2003. Of course, the Jags were one of those teams in 2017 after winning the AFC South title and almost went to the Super Bowl. Last season, it was another team from the AFC South that went from worst to first in the Indianapolis Colts. As for McFarland's
Like most teams, the Jacksonville Jaguars will have several key players recovering from injuries when training camp begins, most notably two starters from 2018 at the left tackle and wide receiver positions. Of course, it will be important to get both (and any other injured players) back during training camp as the Jags are facing a crucial year after a disappointing 2018 campaign. Here are some of the key players with injuries we'll be monitoring when training camp kicks off: Lee, unfortunately, suffered a big-time knee injury Week 3 of the 2018 preseason, which will cause him to miss the beginning of training camp. After hauling in a reception from Blake Bortles against the Atlanta Falcons,
Zedrick Woods' NFL career went nearly as fast as his 40-yard dash. According to Phillip Heilman of the Florida Times-Union, the Jaguars' rookie safety has retired before the start of training camp. Woods drew the interest of teams when he ran a 4.29-second 40 at the Scouting Combine, the fastest at the event this year. [more]
On Barry Sanders' 51st birthday we look back at his legendary football career. As the monumental task weighed upon him, and expectations and questions swirled about at an overwhelming rate, Nick Foles put pen to paper, and the words flowed. It was the only way he could process the sudden shift in his role with the Philadelphia Eagles. Franchise quarterback Carson Wentz sustained a season-ending knee injury amidst an apparent 2017 playoff run. Foles, the backup, was suddenly charged with keeping the offense and the franchise afloat. An entire organization and its long-suffering fan base needed him to deliver in a way he never had during his NFL career. So, Foles locked himself away and concluded
The “dead zone” period in the NFL comes to a merciful end this week for Jaguar fans, as the unofficial start to football season begins on the morning of July 25th with the men of black and teal taking the field to begin the annual late-summer grind that is training camp, that will inevitably produce what will be the 2019 edition of the Jacksonville Jaguars. After a winter that saw somewhat of a roster overhaul at some key positions, none bigger than at quarterback, and a spring that saw the team make national headlines thanks to off the field issues and contract statuses for key players, all the attention now turns solely to the on the field product and the team's ability under new quarterback Nick Foles to return to the promise that was spurned by the 2017 season. Most teams enter training camp needing to iron out the last couple of wrinkles before kicking off the regular season, but for the Jaguars this camp has the feel of a franchise needing to sew up quite a few loose ends before meeting the Kansas City Chiefs at TIAA Bank field on September 8th.