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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Jaguars planning to blow up roster this offseason?

Leonard Fournette TJ Yeldon

The Jacksonville Jaguars could not have had a more disappointing season in 2018, and they may be planning to make some big changes heading into next year.

It seems like a foregone conclusion that the Jags plan to move on from quarterback Blake Bortles this offseason, but Jay Glazer of The Athletic predicts that he will not be the only big name to be shown the door in Jacksonville. While the Jaguars are sticking with Doug Marrone and keeping their coaching staff intact, Glazer believes they have personality issues and are planning to blow up their roster.

“Once the Jaguars started going downhill, they started going downhill fast — players started fighting with players, players showed no interest on the bench, guys were talking too much,” Glazer wrote in his mailbag Wednesday. “I see them blowing up that roster.”

Bortles is assumed to be gone, so that wouldn’t really shake things up too much. What Glazer is probably referring to is the Leonard Fournette situation, and there were also some reports during the season that the Jags could consider trading All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey.

Fournette had trouble staying healthy throughout the season, and he appeared to end up in Marrone’s doghouse late in the year. After Sunday’s game, Jaguars VP Tom Coughlin admonished the former LSU star and fellow running back TJ Yeldon for their “selfish” behavior. Marrone then issued a warning to players about offseason conditioning this week, leading many to believe he was calling out Fournette for his lack of durability.

Ramsey is an incredibly valuable piece of Jacksonville’s defense, but he has created headlines for the wrong reason with his nonstop trash talk. That was fine when the Jags nearly got to the Super Bowl last year, but it became a bad look during their 5-11 season in 2018. He also didn’t exactly throw support behind Marrone when times got tough, so the front office could take that into consideration if they believe Marrone is their coach for the long haul.

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