The coming week is busy for the Jacksonville Jaguars, as the players report for the offseason conditioning program on Monday. The team will also have its “State of the Franchise” press conference on Thursday, where the team will unveil its new uniforms and helmets.
The NFL is also expected to release the 2018 schedule later this week.
In the meantime, let’s get caught up on everything that took place regarding the Jaguars in the past week.
News and notes:
- The Jaguars proved they’re for real last year, but will the big networks take notice? Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida-Times Union wrote an interesting piece about potential prime time games for Jacksonville.
- Speaking of schedules, the NFL recently released the preseason schedule. The Jaguars face off against the New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- New Era released Draft Day hats for all 32 teams. Jacksonville’s hat... leaves a lot to be desired.
- Dez Bryant was (somewhat) surprisingly cut by the Dallas Cowboys. Jalen Ramsey wants him to join the Jaguars.
- Calais Campbell has a message for his 2018 Jaguars teammates: Don’t believe the hype.
- The Jaguars have an elite defense, but do they have a shorter Super Bowl window than we think?
- Jaguars kicker, and fan favorite, Josh Lambo has been embracing the city and sports scene in Jacksonville. Mike Kaye wrote a nice feature piece on his experiences.
- NFL Network’s Good Morning Football staff showed a lot of love to the Jaguars. Peter Schrager believes Jacksonville is the biggest threat to the New England Patriots in the AFC in 2018.
The biggest threat to the Patriots dynasty in the AFC is…— NFL (@NFL) April 14, 2018
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- Likewise, GMFB’s Kyle Brandt named Yannick Ngakoue as one of the NFL’s top-three pass rushers, while Reggie Bush listed Calais Campbell in his top-three.
.@KyleBrandt's Top 3 NFL Pass Rushers:— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) April 13, 2018
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- Donte Moncrief has apparently switched jersey numbers. He was originally going to wear 15, but according to his Twitter, has convinced Jaelen Strong to let him wear his same number from Indianapolis: 10.
Jersey update coming soon— Donte Moncrief (@drm_12) April 10, 2018
10!! Salute to the Brodie @JaelenStrong ... real recognize REAL!!— Donte Moncrief (@drm_12) April 10, 2018
(It’s important to note Moncrief is still listed as No. 15 on the Jaguars official roster.)
Mocks and draft notes:
- Dane Brugler of NFL Draft Scout released a full-seven round mock. We analyzed each Jaguars pick.
- Todd McShay released a full three-round mock draft. Who does he have going to Jacksonville? Lamar Jackson in Round 1.
- Florida cornerback Duke Dawson is a name that continues to be linked to the Jaguars. He would be a good fit.
- Ryan Day is giving his thoughts on where the “sweet spot” is in the draft for each position. Check it out.
- Have you been participating in the Big Cat Country community mock draft? The Seattle Seahawks are on the clock, with the Dallas Cowboys coming up later today.
- SB Nation recently unveiled its Draft Database for 2018. The Jaguars have three players that are most commonly mocked at pick No. 29: Connor Williams (OT, Texas), Lamar Jackson (QB, Louisville) and Christian Kirk (WR, Texas A&M). Each player accounts for 11 percent of qualifying mock drafts.
- NFL.com’s Adam Rank released a mock draft with what every team “should do.” He slots Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey at No. 29. Am I the only one that disagrees that the Jaguars will take a tackle in the first round?
- Jaguars legend Maurice Jones-Drew released his first mock draft on NFL.com. He sees Louisville cornerback Jaire Alexander going to his former team, as does fellow analyst/former Jaguar Bucky Brooks, in his fourth version.
- The SB Nation staff put out an article with only original picks — selecting players that they had not mocked to those teams previously. Georgia guard Isaiah Wynn falls to Jacksonville in this scenario. Yes, please.
- Jared Dubin of CBS Sports took Christian Kirk for the Jaguars in his latest mock draft. Dubin notes that Kirk is a fringe first-round player, but believes the pick makes a lot of sense with Kirk’s potential and the need the Jags have at the position.
As always, keep up with Big Cat Country throughout the week to stay up to date on everything Jaguars.