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Football Scoop reports that Arkansas State assistant head coach Trooper Taylor is expected to join the Duke coaching staff to coach receivers.

In addition to being the AHC, Taylor also coaches running backs for the Red Wolves. Prior to joining the Arkansas State staff, he coached wideouts at Auburn from 2009-2012, and he also has coached the position at Tennessee and Oklahoma State. He'd replace Gerad Parker, who left to join the Penn State staff.
Jan 15 - 1:49 PM

The Athletic's Dane Brugler mocked Duke redshirt junior QB Daniel Jones to the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 7 overall.

Earlier this week, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller said that Jones (6'5/220) will likely be a top-10 selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, and Brugler seems to agree. Brugler says that Jones "might not scream top-10 selection" but the NFL likes his football IQ and his athleticism. With Kyler Murray on the cusp of declaring for the NFL Draft, it will be interesting to see where Murray's draft stock is compared with Dwayne Haskins, Daniel Jones, and Drew Lock.
Jan 10 - 5:55 PM

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller believes that Duke redshirt junior QB Daniel Jones will be a likely top-10 selection in the spring.

"Jones has the body type, athleticism, arm talent and accuracy to be an NFL starter," Miller writes of the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Duke signal-caller. What should truly aid Jones in securing a top-10 landing spot is the thin nature of the 2019 draft-eligible quarterbacks class. The thinness of the position is going to inevitably launch some names up the board. Jones, certainly a candidate to benefit from the weaker grouping.
Jan 7 - 2:39 PM

Duke redshirt junior QB Daniel Jones has accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Jones (6'5/220) is considered to be one of the top quarterback prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft, and his appearance at the Senior Bowl will give franchises another opportunity to evaluate him up close. In his final appearance in a Duke uniform the redshirt junior threw for more than 400 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for another score in the Blue Devils' win over Temple. Jones will now look to cement his status as a projected Day 1 draft pick.
Jan 5 - 11:57 AM

An anonymous NFL evaluator says there are similarities between Duke redshirt junior QB Daniel Jones and Carson Wentz.

This is beginning to be a popular comparison, as Bleacher Report's Matt Miller made a similar statement earlier this week. ESPN's Todd McShay is less optimistic however. Jones (6'5/220) checks in at No. 7 in McShay's quarterback rankings, and he's the No. 71 overall prospect. Coming off a big bowl game against a backup-filled Temple defense, Jones declared for the 2019 NFL Draft on New Year's Eve. Perhaps the most debated quarterback prospect of the class, Jones is considered a Day 1 or early Day 2 selection with the upside for a top-10 pick.
Source: ESPN
Jan 3 - 8:59 PM

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller projects Duke redshirt junior QB Daniel Jones to go seventh overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars with the seventh pick in his updated mock draft.

Jones would be the second quarterback off the board in Miller's iteration, with Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State going sixth overall to the Giants. Drew Lock would be the third quarterback in this situation, going to Washington. Jones is considered one of the most debated quarterbacks in this class, but there's obvious talent in the redshirt junior's skill set. "If you watch them side by side, Daniel Jones has some comparisons to Carson Wentz," Miller writes. "Both are big (Jones is 6'5", 220 lbs; Wentz is 6'5", 237 lbs), mobile and strong-armed and were well-coached in classic, pro-style systems in college." We're going to be very curious to see how this quarterback situation plays out.
Jan 2 - 8:16 PM

Duke redshirt junior LB Joe Giles-Harris declared for the NFL Draft.

Typically when we see a pair of Duke players declaring for the draft we're wondering who Coach K will replace them with. In this case, it's the football squad, with quarterback Daniel Jones also declaring for the draft. Giles-Harris had a knee injury late in the year, but he had 100-plus tackles the previous two years, and 32.5 of those were made for loss; 8.5 of them sacks. Giles-Harris also intercepted a pair of passes, and was an analytical darling to sites like PFF. At 6-foot-2, 229-pounds, the size is elite, but the production is very hard to argue. We're excited to see how he tests.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 03:24:00 PM

Duke redshirt junior QB Daniel Jones will declare for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Steven Wiseman of the Durham Herald Sun reports that Jones (6'5/220) informed Duke HC David Cutcliffe of his decision. The redshirt junior is coming off an impressive -- if uneven -- performance against Temple in their bowl game where he threw for five scores and 423 yards with two interceptions. He's viewed as a quarterback with the tools to be a starting quarterback in the NFL, but analysts have pointed out that consistency has been an issue, and that he might need to be a player who sits behind a more experienced signal-caller before being ready. That makes him a risky first-round pick, but considering the lack of quantity -- and in all honestly, quality -- in this class, he has a chance to go in the first 32 selections.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 03:04:00 PM

Duke signed three-star 2019 WR Eli Pancol.

Pancol is the top skill-position player signed by Duke in rankings, with 247 Sports ranking him the 44th best wideout in the class and giving him a four-star grade. He chose the Blue Devils over several other big-name schools, including Tennessee, Louisville, Iowa, and Purdue; among others. With his size, he has a chance to be a red-zone threat, but it sounds like he may need to fill out his 6-foot-4, 180-pound frame. Still, based on reports, it sounds like Pancol could be a big-time contributor at some point.
Source: 247 Sports
Fri, Dec 28, 2018 03:29:00 PM

Duke sophomore RB Deon Jackson rushed for 41 yards on 10 carries in Thursday's 56-27 bowl win over Temple.

Duke was able to find success against Temple's secondary with Rock Ya-Sin out, so Jackson (6'0/220) was an afterthought in the Independence Bowl. The sophomore was also vultured at the goal line by QB Daniel Jones and both running backs, Brittain Brown and Quentin Harris. Jackson finished the season with 841 yards and seven rushing touchdowns on 161 carries (5.2 YPC). It's going to be hard to replicate those numbers if Jones declares for the 2019 NFL Draft.
Thu, Dec 27, 2018 05:31:00 PM

Duke junior WR T.J. Rahming caught 12 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's 56-27 bowl win over Temple.

Rahming (5'10/170) could not be stopped with Temple missing their top defensive player, CB Rock Ya-Sin. Rahming was able to create space on a slant, and he cut up field to break away for an 85-yard touchdown catch-and-run, but he was open all game long. It would be a huge game for any receiver, but it's even crazier considering Rahming entered the game averaging just 6.1 yards per target. Rahming will return for his senior season and will look to improve on this year's 75-811-8 receiving line. He may have to do so without draft-eligible quarterback Daniel Jones.
Thu, Dec 27, 2018 05:25:00 PM

Duke redshirt junior QB Daniel Jones completed 30-of-41 passes for 423 yards, five touchdowns, and two interceptions in Thursday's 56-27 bowl win over Temple.

Jones (6'5/220) set career highs in both passing yards and passing touchdowns with Temple missing their best defensive player. The redshirt junior got there by throwing a dart on a quick slant that T.J. Rahming took to the house for an 85-yard touchdown, and Jones also had three red zone passing touchdowns. As usual, Jones showed athletic ability with his legs as well, so it was an overall plus game for the draft-eligible quarterback, but there were a couple brutal decisions and passes that Jones wants back, including two interceptions that went straight to Temple defenders. NFL scouts will need to weigh the good and the bad, but Jones is a first-round candidate if he declares.
Thu, Dec 27, 2018 05:14:00 PM

Duke junior WR Aaron Young is out for the bowl game.

Young (6'2/205) has only played in two games this season with the last one coming in Week 7. Duke's Daniel Jones has an underrated tough matchup against Temple's passing defense. Receivers T.J. Rahming and Jonathan Llyod will be the top options for Jones.
Thu, Dec 27, 2018 12:44:00 PM

Duke freshman DE Tahj Rice will miss the Independence Bowl on Thursday after undergoing an appendectomy.

Rice (6'2/320) underwent the procedure on Monday. Count this as a depth loss for the Blue Devils on the eve of their bowl date with Temple. The four-star freshman finishes his first year of collegiate ball having made six tackles in five games. He could be in for a more robust role with the program next season.
Source: 247Sports
Wed, Dec 26, 2018 02:53:00 PM

Pro Football Focus's Michael Renner notes that Duke redshirt junior QB Daniel Jones is a draft prospect whose production didn't justify the hype.

Jones (6'5/220) is considered one of the better quarterback prospects in this class, although he has yet to declare for the draft. The analytics suggest that hype might not be justified, as he finished with a passing grade of 79.7 and an overall grade of 81.2. They do note that passer grade is considerably higher than the 57.8 mark he put up as a redshirt sophomore, but it still leaves a lot to be desired. "Jones’ 13 big-time throws this season rank 71st in the country and he has almost as many turnover-worthy plays (11) as he does big-time throws," Renner writes. The stats can often be misleading -- Jones doesn't have near the talent that some other signal-callers do -- but it's certainly something to keep in mind.
Mon, Dec 17, 2018 03:52:00 PM

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