Player News - Jaguars

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Jaguars ILB Myles Jack fully expects to be a three-down player in 2017.

Jack has been ticketed for Paul Posluszny's old job, with Posluszny transitioning to the strong-side. Jack is expected to be the Jags' defensive play-caller this season. He said Posluszny is at peace with the change. The No. 36 overall pick of last year's draft, Jack was limited to 239 rookie snaps as the Jaguars eased him into action following a college knee injury. Jack has the upside to be a play-making dynamo.
May 25 - 6:40 PM

Blake Bortles said he is focused on limiting "stupid" turnovers.

"If you don’t turn the ball over, you’ll win football games," Bortles said. "Turnovers are going to happen. We get that. You have to make sure to minimize them as much as possible and stay away from the stupid ones." Bortles has thrown 51 interceptions in 46 career games, and the Jaguars had 29 turnovers as a team last season, fourth most in the league. Along with improved mechanics, Bortles will need to show improved decision-making for the team to take a step forward.
May 25 - 10:59 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Jaguars LT Branden Albert will not report for the start of OTAs.

Rapoport's colleague James Palmer reported over the weekend there were "some people" within the Jaguars who believed Albert would show after reopening communication last week, but Albert is still looking for a sweetened deal. With second-round rookie Cam Robinson an option at left tackle, Jacksonville is likely content to wait the veteran out. Mandatory minicamp begins in three weeks. Skipping that would show Albert is serious about his hold out.
May 23 - 9:01 AM

Jaguars placed WR Bryan Walters on injured reserve.

A backup slot receiver and special teamer, Walters suffered a foot injury in the offseason program. He will likely be released with an injury settlement.
May 22 - 3:51 PM

Jaguars first-round RB Leonard Fournette rarely took carries out of the shotgun formation at LSU.

On LSU's college film, beat writer Ryan O'Halloran also noticed that Fournette ran behind a fullback on most of his carries. The Jaguars did not employ a fullback last year, but Tommy Bohanon and Marquez Williams were brought in to fill that role. OC Nathaniel Hackett called for shotgun runs on a regular basis last year, so that's an adjustment Fournette will have to make.
May 21 - 11:48 AM

NFL Network's James Palmer reports "some people" within the Jaguars believe Branden Albert will show up for OTAs on Tuesday.

Albert skipped voluntary work and had gone radio silent in hopes of landing a sweetened deal from his new team, but he reportedly texted coach Doug Marrone on Friday. Palmer says the two sides plan to talk over the next couple days. It looks like Albert will be an option for Jacksonville this season, but he will face competition from second-rounder Cam Robinson at left tackle. The loser will likely end up at left guard.
Source: NFL.com
May 20 - 10:41 AM

The Jaguars and LT Branden Albert have resumed communication about a new contract.

Trying to get a sweetened deal, Albert skipped voluntary workouts and temporarily went dark on communication. Owed $18.45 million over the next two seasons, Albert has been seeking more guaranteed money. With OL Cam Robinson now on the roster, Albert has less leverage. Robinson could end up at guard, but for now the Jags can claim he's a candidate on the blindside.
May 18 - 1:24 PM

Jaguars signed No. 4 overall pick RB Leonard Fournette to a four-year contract.

The deal is fully guaranteed with no offset language and comes with the standard fifth-year team option all first-rounders receive. Coach Doug Marrone has said Fournette will have to "compete" for the starting job, but he'd have to get hurt to not earn it. Expect the Jaguars to use Fournette like the Cowboys used Ezekiel Elliott as their centerpiece on offense. Fournette has a worse offensive line, but he's a low-end RB1 right out of the gate.
May 17 - 3:47 PM

Jaguars signed fifth-round LB Blair Brown to a four-year contract.

A three-year starter in the MAC, Brown became a fifth-rounder on the back of a breakout senior campaign. A strong tackler on film, Brown graded out as an elite athlete at the Combine. He is under-sized at 6-foot-0, 238 pounds, but compensated in college with energy and athleticism. He could make an immediate impact on special teams.
May 16 - 2:18 PM

Jaguars signed fourth-round WR Dede Westbrook to a four-year contract.

Westbrook is unquestionably talented, but character and commitment concerns pushed him to the third day of the draft. If his head is on straight, the Jaguars may have ended up getting a steal. With three established starters ahead of him on the depth chart, Westbrook's early contributions will likely come as a returner.
May 16 - 12:42 PM

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said No. 4 overall pick Leonard Fournette has to "earn" the starting job.

"Obviously he's shown that ability, but at the same sense, when you have the team, the one thing about a team is you have to earn that," Marrone said. "So he's going to have to go and show that he has to do that." Okay, champ. Fournette will open the season as the starter and dominate the backfield work as long as he is healthy.
Source: ESPN
May 15 - 11:39 AM

Jaguars second-round pick Cam Robinson worked exclusively at left tackle in rookie camp.

It confirms comments from GM Dave Caldwell. Robinson projects to start on the interior, but the Jaguars are giving him reps on the blindside with concern over Branden Albert’s status.
May 13 - 8:20 PM

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said he’s still yet to talk with LT Branden Albert.

"No. Probably don’t expect him to now," said Marrone. "You just want to know where everyone is at." Albert has been a no-show at voluntary workouts. The Jaguars have made clear they won’t be giving him a new deal, but it sounds like there’s some concern over his 2017 status. Albert will face competition from second-rounder Cam Robinson whenever he reports.
May 13 - 4:07 PM

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said Blake Bortles' throwing motion has "improved."

"There's no doubt about it," the coach added. Bortles spent his offseason working with QB guru Adam Dedeaux in California, and Marrone seems to think that work has paid off. It would be easy to dismiss this as summer fluff, but Bortles worked diligently on his mechanics before his career-year in 2015 while the regression of his throwing motion played a large role in his struggles last season. Getting those issues fixed could lay the foundation for a bounceback.
May 13 - 1:05 PM

Jaguars signed seventh-round FB Marquez Williams to a four-year contract.

He's the Jaguars' second draft pick to sign. The 260-pound Williams will be tasked with blocking for lead back Leonard Fournette.
May 12 - 4:17 PM


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