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Jaguars news roundup 6/19

Jacksonville Jaguars news around the internet you may have missed.


Luke Joeckel on help from a tight end - AFC South Blog - ESPN
Popular thinking in Jacksonville is that the presence of No. 2 overall pick Luke Joeckel at right tackle will have a direct bearing on tight end Marcedes Lewis. The team got poor play from Cameron Bradfield and Guy Whimper on the right edge of last year’s offensive line, which meant Lewis, a solid blocker, was held in to help far more often than was ideal. Joeckel will be a far steadier player. That should free Lewis up to be a target more often for quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne.

Jags' Marcedes Lewis: One London game no problem, but two too much - CBSSports
Jacksonville tight end Marcedes Lewis is one of the leaders of the Jaguars and is also highly respected by players around the NFL. So what he says about the prospects of the Jaguars -- or any other team -- playing games in London matters. And Lewis perfectly explains why the idea is both good and bad. It goes like this. The Jaguars have made a multi-year commitment to play one game a season in London's Wembley Stadium beginning this coming year. The NFL will almost certainly add a second game there in the near future.

Jaguars sign 2nd-round pick Johnathan Cyprien, 3rd-round pick Dwayne Gratz to rookie deals |
The Jaguars have half of their eight draft picks under contract after signing second-round safety Johnathan Cyprien and third-round cornerback Dwayne Gratz to four-year deals on Tuesday.Both players will enter training camp as starters on a revamped defense that could have at least six new additions.The opening pick of the second round (No. 33), Cyprien will receive a $2,357,528 signing bonus and have a $994,382 salary cap number this year; Gratz the 64th overall pick, will receive $697,576 to sign and have a first-year cap figure of $579,394. While completing those deals, the Jaguars also appear to be interested in free agent linebacker Desmond Bishop, who was released by Green Bay on Monday. Bishop has also reportedly drawn interest from Minnesota and Kansas City.

O-Zone: Shoody workmanship
The rules for organized team activities practices and minicamp practices that were closed to the public were essentially that you couldn’t write or discuss specifics about what you saw there. That meant formations, groupings, lineups, starters, depth charts and details of plays, etc. The reasoning was that the team was installing the offense and defense, and that the coaches were working with players for the first time. Therefore, there was a lot of experimenting and tweaking that the team didn’t want made public. Those were this offseason’s guidelines. They often change from year to year based on circumstance.