Here is today’s roundup of the latest news, rumors, and analysis on your Jacksonville Jaguars.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Friday that the Titans are hiring former Jaguars pass-game coordinator Nick Holz as their new offensive coordinator, per sources informed of the situation.
Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football wrote an article titled, “Will the Saints trade Marshon Lattimore? What could they get for the star CB?” That’s all the information I can provide because it’s behind a paywall, but Underhill is a respected beat reporter who wouldn’t just write that for clicks. The Saints re-structured Lattimore’s contract so that he’d be paid a bonus at the start of the season instead of the start of the new league year; general manager Mickey Loomis said at his end-of-season media availability, “Yeah, there’s a purpose, but I’m not going to tell you what the purpose is.”
Josh Allen and Evan Engram playing Dodgeball in Orlando:
The last seven days began with a much-anticipated media appearance by Trent Baalke. The Jaguars general manager had come under scrutiny from some quarters following a season of ultimate disappointment in Jacksonville. But Baalke robustly defended the state of the franchise - but indicated he was ready to make the small changes needed to get the Jags over the hump:
With Josh Allen, Calvin Ridley and Ezra Cleveland all set to be among the top free agents at their respected positions this offseason, what kind of deals does PFF project? We break it down below.
Answers will become more clear as Jacksonville does some moving and shaking through February and into the beginning of March. Until then, here are 50 impending free agents across the NFL who could potentially catch the Jaguars’ eye if they hit the open market:
[Michael] Hall Jr. projects as a three-technique at 6’2, 280 pounds and showed the requisite quickness and pass rushing prowess to be an effective interior rusher. While the former Ohio State lineman had an underwhelming junior year with the Buckeyes before entering the draft, Hall showed upside in Mobile.
And after the late-season collapse of 2023, Baalke — and Pederson — undoubtedly feel pressure from owner Shad Khan to quickly bring the team back into contention in a rising AFC South, now led by C.J. Stroud and the Texans, and in an AFC conference that has the lion’s share of the league’s elite quarterback talent. Their job security post-2024 may depend on it. Extending Ridley would be an indication of a commitment to building a championship-caliber roster.
The 2019 seventh-overall pick has consistently improved, even if the sack numbers haven’t always been there. That finally shifted in his favor with a massive 2023 season that yielded 17.5 sacks. Allen has steadily increased his overall grade each season, delivering an 89.5 mark in 2023 (11th) and an 89.4 pass-rush grade (eighth) to solidify himself as one of the best at his position.
Jawaan Taylor came to Kansas City on a four-year, $80-million deal, and has not lived up to that billing. Taylor’s tendency to jump early was highlighted on national television starting in Week 1, and remained a problem throughout the year – he tied for the league lead with nine false starts this season. That’s just a small proportion of his 23 flags and 140 penalty yards, both most in the league; he’s responsible for over a fifth of the Chiefs’ penalties by himself. Add in his 3.5% blown block rate on running plays, and Kansas City has some serious buyer’s remorse.
Matiscik, the Jaguars’ fourth-year long snapper, will be one of three Jaguars players participating in the 2024 Pro Bowl Games in Orlando, Fla., Thursday through Sunday. It is the first Pro Bowl honor for Matiscik, who has emerged in recent seasons – particularly this past season – as the NFL’s best player at his position.
34. Jaguars collapse: Jacksonville lost five of its final six games after an 8-3 start, just the sixth team since 2000 to miss the playoffs after an 8-3 start. Trevor Lawrence had 10 turnovers in the final four games as the Jaguars blew a two-game lead in the AFC South and had an opportunity to hold the No. 1 seed in the AFC heading into Week 13. Despite the collapse, the Jaguars finished with winning records in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2004-2005.