The Jacksonville Jaguars have been hit hard by injuries to start training camp, and coach Doug Marrone no longer knows what to do about it.
Marrone said he’d gone as far as changing his philosophy to try to limit the number of injuries the Jaguars are suffering, and was clearly deflated with the news that two key players — wide receiver Marqise Lee and offensive lineman Cam Robinson — may not be ready for the start of the season.
Doug says, "I've done everything I possibly can. I've changed my philosophy. I've had to do it." Jokes that at this point #Jaguars could just simply do walkthroughs instead of practice. Seems like he doesn't know whether to laugh or cry.
— Hays Carlyon (@HaysCarlyon) August 10, 2019
Both players suffered significant injuries last year and are taking a while to return after initial optimism they’d be ready for the start of the regular season. They’re far from the only injured Jacksonville players, with the team sporting a massive injury list that contains key players like guard Andrew Norwell and cornerback A.J. Bouye.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are looking to get back on track this season after a disastrous 2018, and they are hoping their new starting quarterback will help them accomplish that goal. According to veteran defensive tackle Calais Campbell, the 2019 Jags will go as far as Nick Foles can take them.
In an appearance on Ian Rapoport’s “RapSheet & Friends” podcast this week, Campbell made some comments that could be interpreted as putting a ton of pressure on Foles. Or, you could simply look at it as him having massive expectations for his new teammate.
“The thing I love about this year is it really comes down to Nick Foles,” Campbell told Rapoport, as transcribed by Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com. “He’s a guy who’s over 30, has a lot of experience, won a Super Bowl MVP, but really what he brings is that confidence. He’s a natural leader. When he breaks the team huddle at the end of practice, you can see guys really hear him and that’s so important. Obviously what he can do throwing the ball is great, but what he does for the actual overall team, giving us more confidence and belief.”
The Jaguars still had one of the best defenses in football last season, but they have had a Blake Bortles problem for several years. While they were able to overcome that two years ago en route to an appearance in the AFC Championship Game, things fell apart in 2018. Campbell said Foles’ presence changes the entire mindset of the team, which should make the defense even better as well.
“Our defense is incredible, and I feel like we’re going to play so much better trying to get him the ball because we know what he’ll do with it,” he said. “You hear him speak and it’s contagious.”
If Foles plays like he did with the Philadelphia Eagles over the past two seasons, he should be perfect for the Jags. Combine that with another star player who says he’s in a much better place heading into 2019, and Jacksonville has the potential to be one of the best teams in the AFC again.
Terrelle Pryor has been a major disappointment over the past two years due to a combination of injuries and poor usage, but the wide receiver is hoping to bounce back in 2019.
Pryor visited with the Jacksonville Jaguars this week, and Ian Rapoport of NFL media reports that he is expected to sign with them.
The #Jaguars are expected to sign veteran WR Terrelle Pryor, source said. He worked out yesterday & the team quickly offered. The deal should be done today, with Pryor getting another chance to make his mark. He spent time with Jax OC John DeFilippo when both were in Cleveland.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 30, 2019
Pryor caught just 16 passes combined during his time with the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets last season, and he had just 20 catches with the Washington Redskins in 2017. He looked like he might have an excellent career after he caught 77 passes for 1,007 yards with the Cleveland Browns in 2016, but so far that has not panned out.
As Rapoport notes, Pryor previously worked with Jaguars offensive coordinator John DeFilippo in Cleveland. The former Ohio State star felt the Jets were partially to blame for his disappointing time there, so perhaps working with a familiar coach will allow him to get back on track.
The Jacksonville Jaguars could be looking to add another weapon to their offense.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, wide receiver Terrelle Pryor will work out for Jacksonville on Wednesday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 29, 2019
Pryor is a versatile veteran who has never been able to replicate his breakout 2016 season. He’s played for three organizations in the last two seasons, catching just 36 passes over that span after a 1,000-yard receiving season in 2016.
The Jaguars appear keen to keep looking for options for new quarterback Nick Foles. Pryor will, after the way his Jets tenure went, look very hard at finding a good fit as well.
The active part of the NFL offseason is now over. There will be some more cap casualties and other late moves, but the bulk of free agency is finished, and the draft is in the rearview mirror. That means the players that will be competing for jobs in minicamps and training camp are by and large in place.
Which teams have improved the most? Many have tried, but only a handful have done a really good job improving their rosters from where they were at the end of the 2018 season. Here are the ten teams that have done the best with it.
10. Arizona Cardinals
Toward the end of the 2018 season, Arizona’s offense, in particular, was borderline unwatchable, lacking much in the way of a passing or running game. Kliff Kingsbury’s arrival is expected to help the passing side of things, and while much can be said of the team’s handling of the Josh Rosen situation, Kyler Murray is more in line with what he wants to do. The likes of Jordan Hicks and Terrell Suggs should help the defense, while cornerback Byron Murphy could be a good value pick at the start of the second round. The Cardinals won’t be great, but they’ll be better.
Leonard Fournette was arrested on Thursday for a seemingly avoidable incident, and the Jacksonville Jaguars cannot be happy with their star running back.
According to multiple reports, Fournette was arrested in Neptune Beach, Fla., because of a speeding ticket he never paid. The 24-year-old was reportedly cited for driving 12 mph over the posted speed limit back in November, and he never paid the citation.
Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette's arrest this afternoon stems from an unpaid speeding ticket. He was cited for driving 12 mph over the posted limit in November and never paid the ticket.
— Justin Barney (@JustinBarneyTU) April 11, 2019
The Jaguars said in a statement that they are aware of the arrest and are in the process of gathering more information.
Statement from the Jaguars on RB Leonard Fournette’s arrest: “The Jacksonville Jaguars are aware of the situation involving running back Leonard Fournette and are continuing to gather more information. No further comment will be provided at this time.”
— Michael DiRocco (@ESPNdirocco) April 11, 2019
It’s hard to believe anyone would get arrested for choosing not to pay a speeding ticket, but it is particularly surprising for an NFL player who has already made millions during his career. While Fournette had some issues with the Jags’ coaches and front office late in the season that he appeared to have cleared up, the off-field incident is not going to score him any points.
The 2019 NFL offseason has been a wild one featuring major shakeups across the board and some blockbuster trades few could have seen coming. As such, the landscape has changed across the league and new teams suddenly find themselves in positions of power.
But which teams have made the greatest strides? Which teams have positioned themselves for a run at the playoffs? And which teams appear poised to take it all the way to the Super Bowl?
Here’s a look at which 10 teams have improved the most this offseason (so far).
10. Jacksonville Jaguars
Despite a miserable year in 2018, the Jaguars feel like they’re a team close to breaking out. However, one of their downfalls has been less-than-stellar production at the quarterback position, which was immediately shored up when they signed former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles to take control under center. That alone propels Jacksonville forward, but the little pieces may add up as well. Geoff Swaim gives Foles a big tight end target over the middle and Alex McGough provides a little depth at the quarterback position. There are still some key losses they’ll need to replace, but quarterback was very clearly the big fix Jacksonville needed.