With OTAs and minicamp now wrapped up, we have entered the dead period of the NFL offseason with no major events occurring between now and the start of training camp in late July.
Have no fear, though, there is still plenty of news and notes regarding the Jacksonville Jaguars. Let’s take a look at the headlines and stories from the past week or so:
- Speaking of training camp, the Jaguars have announced the full schedule. The first full team practice is set for Thursday, July 25 at 8:45 a.m., while the first full pads practice will be on Sunday, July 28.
- Left tackle Cam Robinson and wide receiver Marqise Lee — both of whom are recovering from ACL injuries suffered in 2018 — are the only two players that head coach Doug Marrone expects to not be available for the start of training camp.
- Telvin Smith appears to be true to his word about sitting out the 2019 season. He did not report to mandatory minicamp, which then led to the Jaguars notifying Smith of an $88,650 fine. If Smith were to file retirement papers, he would get protection from fines for missing mandatory team activities. This would also allow the Jaguars to open up a roster spot by putting Smith on the reserve/retired list, and he could still return the following season.
- Can Nick Foles bring the Jaguars back to relevance? CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin makes arguments for and against Foles’ chances at “saving” the Jaguars in 2019.
- Jalen Ramsey is not likely to get a new contract in 2019, which makes sense. Ramsey seems to understand this, however, he won’t be giving the Jaguars a “hometown discount” when the time comes to negotiate.
- Yannick Ngakoue skipped mandatory minicamp as he holds out in hopes for a new contract. Now the question for the Jaguars becomes is Ngakoue worth $100 million? ESPN’s Micheal DiRocco examines.
- Big Cat Country’s own Filip Prus has been putting together absolutely outstanding rookie scouting reports. Check out his latest entry on fifth-round running back Ryquell Armstead.
- Jalen Ramsey (No. 15) and Calais Campbell (No. 26) were both mentioned in Pro Football Focus’ Top 50 Players of 2019 article.
- According to the Athletic’s Daniel Popper, second-year offensive lineman Will Richardson has been getting some time at guard and impressing the Jaguars coaching staff. The article also talks about Leonard Fournette as a pass-catcher and how rookie Quincy Williams has impressed his teammates, especially Calais Campbell (subscription required).
- Check out Calais Campbell’s “mini interview” with NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport.
- While Myles Jack’s candle-making venture is often the butt of the jokes from Leonard Fournette and Jalen Ramsey, his business is booming! Some of the funds for the candles he sells also go toward community charity events.
- Defensive coordinator Todd Wash recently discussed third-year defensive end Dawuane Smoot as a player who stepped up during minicamp. He also liked what he saw from rookie linebacker Quincy Williams and second-year safety Ronnie Harrison. This defense has made a few changes from last season, but is still expected to be elite.
- The Jaguars recently signed tryout players Tre McBride (wide receiver) and defensive tackle Kalani Vakameilalo (defensive tackle) following strong minicamp performances.
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