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Every January, herds of NFL coaches, scouts, front office executives and more flock to Mobile, Alabama for the Reese’s Senior Bowl. Here, they are able to witness first-hand how the top senior NFL Draft Prospects take to NFL coaching and perform in individual drills.

This year’s Senior Bowl, which will be played on Jan. 25, will once again provide teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars a key opportunity to scout their potential picks come April.

JaguarMaven will be present at Mobile this year to provide the most comprehensive content possible for Jaguars coverage, but until then we will preview each position group leading up to the week of practice.

Jacksonville could look to draft a wide receiver early in the 2020 NFL Draft thanks to some depth issues at the position on the team’s current roster. Luckily for the Jaguars, there is a deep group of pass-catchers at this year’s Senior Bowl who the Jaguars will be able to get an up-close look at.

Arizona State WR Brandon Aiyuk

The 6-feet-1, 206 pound Brandon Aiyuk exploded onto the scene at Arizona State in 2019, recording 1,192 yards and eight touchdowns on 65 receptions and establishing himself as a dangerous playmaker at any part of the field. Aiyuk was also an impressive return man, making him a likely valuable commodity come April considering how dangerous he is with a football in his hands. For a Jaguars team hungry for offensive weapons, Aiyuk is a player worth watching.

Texas A&M WR Quartney Davis

Quartney Davis had a solid year for the Aggies in 2019, demonstrating impressive ability after the catch and the type of playmaking skills which should entice any NFL offensive mind. Davis (6-feet-2, 202 pounds) caught 54 passes for 616 yards and four touchdowns, though he cooled off after a hot start. Davis has the build and traits (good route running, natural runner in open space) the Jaguars covet in a wide receiver, so it makes sense to pay close attention to his week of practice.

Ohio State WR K.J. Hill

A smaller wide receiver, K.J. Hill is reminiscent of a less productive version of Dede Westbrook coming out of the University of Oklahoma. Hill was never one of the nation’s top wide receivers statistically like Westbrook was, but he won in similar ways. Hill (6-feet, 195 pounds) is shifty after the catch and feasts on defenses as an underneath target. Catching 201 for 2,332 yards, and 20 touchdowns during his time as a Buckeye, Hill has the quickness and pedigree to impress teams like the Jaguars in Mobile.

Texas WR Collin Johnson

A physical, big-bodied wide receiver, Colin Johnson (6-feet-6, 220 pounds) would automatically be the Jaguars’ largest presence in the receiver room. He excels in areas that other Jaguars don’t, such as boxing out defensive backs for the ball when it is in the air, showing dominance at the catch point, and the physicality to mix it up with cornerbacks in the red-zone. Johnson only played in seven games in 2019 and caught only 38 passes for 559 yards and three touchdowns, so Mobile is a chance for him to show evaluators that his name never should have fallen off anyone’s radars.

USC WR Michael Pittman Jr.

Michael Pittman was one of the best wide receivers in college football in 2019, as the 6-feet-4, 220 pound wideout caught 101 passes for 1,275 yards and 11 touchdowns, putting his name on the map when it came to the NFL Draft process. Pittman has strong hands, can climb the ladder for the ball, and uses his large catch radius to his advantage. He fits as the type of wide receiver the Jaguars are desperately needing to add to their offense.

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Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback D.J. Hayden emerged as one of the team’s best defenders in an otherwise dissapointing 2019 season, and it appears as if he has garnered some national recognition for his performance.

Hayden, who signed a three-year contract with Jacksonville in 2018, has been a dependable presence at the nickel cornerback position, making an impact in coverage, against the run, and as a blitzer. He is highly respected in the locker room and by the coaching staff for his toughness and competitiveness and is likely the best free agent the Jaguars have signed in the past two seasons.

Thanks to his high-level of play in 2019, Hayden caught the eyes of Pro Football Focus, who tabbed him as the 10th best cornerback in the NFL in 2019. Considering the Jaguars’ poor defense and 6-10 record, Hayden getting this kind of recognition is notable.

“The Jaguars run a lot of single-high man-to-man coverage and Cover-3 zone, and Hayden flourished within this scheme by allowing the fewest passing yards (210) of any qualifying cornerback,” PFF said. Like McCourty, Hayden is also one of four players at his position who has not allowed a touchdown pass all season. This form of success has bred confidence and new life into Hayden, who was once seen as a first-round bust in Oakland but is now coming off the highest-graded season of his seven-year career.”

“Hayden tied with Richard Sherman by allowing the third-lowest yards per reception average among cornerbacks (8.4) to go along with the NFL’s 20th-best passer rating when targeted (74.2), proving that sometimes it’s not about when you go in the draft, but rather, where you go.”

Hayden earning such praise isn’t particularly surprising considering the fact that he was perhaps the Jaguars’ best defender in 2019. For a defense that consistently gave up big plays, he seemed to never be on the wrong end of them. Instead, he came through in the clutch more than a few times.

In 2019, Hayden recorded six pass deflections, one forced fumble, two sacks, five quarterback hits, and a career-high five tackles for loss. He wore a number of hats in Todd Wash’s defense and thrived while doing so.

“He is a very tough individual, physically and mentally. That is some of the things that we talk about you have to be to play this game. I think he is underrated,” Wash said during his final press conference of the 2019 season.

“I think we said this a couple weeks ago, what he allows us to do in the run game … He can cover slots man to man. I would definitely say he is underrated for how important he is for our scheme.”

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By Garry Smits
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Posted Dec 27, 2019 at 3:19 PM

Jaguars defensive back D.J. Hayden has filled multiple roles this season in defending the pass and the run.

Playing word association can yield interesting results.

For example, mention “D.J. Hayden,” in the Jaguars’ locker room and ask for a one-word response about the team’s seventh-year nickel back.

“Smooth,” said wide receiver Chris Conley.

“Fun,” said safety Cody Davis.

But invariably, there’s general agreement with one five-letter, one-syllable word that every player in the NFL strives to claim.

“Tough,” safety Andrew Wingard said of Hayden. “He will always give his all … one of the best players I’ve ever been around.”

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While ends Josh Allen and Yannick Ngakoue might be neck-and-neck as the Jaguars MVP on defense, Hayden comes close — and there’s no question he’s the most underrated, especially since he’s battled injuries all season, yet missed only one game.

“The unsung hero of this team,” Wingard said.

But Hayden never seems quite satisfied — which is probably why he’s so valued. No matter how many plays he makes, he always seems to think he left one or two on the field.

“I’ve had a decent season,” said the native of Houston and former Houston Cougar. “Not too bad, not too great. I still have to do a lot better. Some plays, I could have done better. I just look forward to playing football in whatever they ask me to do, and I’ll go out and do it.”

The Jaguars will close the season on Sunday at home against the Indianapolis Colts (4:25 p.m., CBS) and Hayden, as usual, will be a big part of trying to shut down a Colts running attack that torched the Jaguars for 264 yards in a 33-13 victory in Indianapolis on Nov. 17.

Hayden has been asked by the Jags to not only be the nickel back, but play cornerback straight-up and duck down into the box in a sort of a hybrid linebacker role.

Hayden’s contributions to the team have been even more pronounced with the slew of injuries that hit the linebacking corp. The caveat is that Hayden, at 190 pounds, is listed as the second-lightest defensive player after cornerback Tre Herndon. But Hayden is asked to take on offensive linemen, shed the blocks and get after running backs.

“He’s asked to play different personnel groups, go down in the box, whatever’s asked of him,” Davis said. “He gives his heart.”

Hayden has 37 tackles, but his other contributions fill the season stat sheet: two sacks, five tackles for losses, five quarterback hurries, five passes defensed, one forced fumble and one recovered fumble.

Defensive coordinator Todd Wash said Hayden’s toughness and willing to mix it up physically with much bigger players belies any size disadvantage.

“We play a lot more split-safety than we have in the previous three years, and when we get into the split-safety stuff, he has to be able to play in the box,” Wash said. “He has a gap accountability in the box and has done a really good job of adjusting his role, compared to what it was a year ago.”

And Hayden has rarely been pain-free this season. At various times, he has been on the injury report for knee, foot, neck and shoulder injuries. The only game he missed was against Houston, in London.

“He is a very tough individual, physically and mentally,” Wash said.

Conley said Hayden’s willingness to play through pain has earned him team-wide admiration.

“He prepares, then goes out there and plays with everything he’s got,” Conley said. “He plays hard, plays fast and doesn’t blink.”

Davis put it succinctly.

“He gives his heart,” he said.

Hayden said he still has a lot of football left in him.

“Maybe five more years … We’ll see,” he said. “Right now, all I want to do is help my team win.”

Maybe next year. But if the Jaguars want Hayden back, he’ll show up, ready to work.

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The Jaguars are one of the youngest teams in the NFL. Without a significant emphasis on veteran players on the construction of the team’s roster, many of the team’s longtime veterans have been lost, replaced with budding talent. While being a young team oftentimes leads to thoughts of promise and optimism, the Jaguars haven’t been successful, and were not successful in 2019 after attaining a 6-10 record.

In general, the team does have some promising young players including at key positions such as quarterback, defensive end, wide receiver and along the offensive line. Three areas which are vital to a teams success.

Currently, the Jaguars have one of the youngest rosters in the NFL, ranked seventh (25.51 years old) in terms of overall average roster age which includes every player currently signed by the team, and tied for third youngest (25.7 years old) when taking into account all players who contributed in 2019.
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Over time, the Jaguars have attempted to build a team led by very few veterans, but instead an insurgence of young, talented players via the draft and free agency.

On opening day against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019, the Jaguars used 11 first or second year players at some points during the game, including seven which started or played a significant number (more than 20) of snaps, including guard/tackle Will Richardson, tackle Jawaan Taylor, quarterback Gardner Minshew II, wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. safety Ronnie Harrison, defensive end Josh Allen, and linebacker Quincy Williams.

By week 17, the Jaguars deployed 13 first or second year players against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Jaguars have undergone multiple rebuilds of the roster, however they have consistently stayed just below age 26 in terms of their average age during the season. When the team went to the playoffs just two seasons ago, the Jaguars’ average age was actually equal to their average age now — 25.7.

One pitfall from fielding such a young football team can come in the discipline area. While many attribute it to coaching, typically an inexperienced player or one that isn’t as talented will commit fouls. In 2019, the Jaguars’ were second in the NFL with 132 penalties, and rookie tackle Jawaan Taylor led the team with 15.

The optimism which stems from having such a young roster comes with high expectations, however they have fell short of expectations, and have for several seasons — constantly reshaping the roster in an effort to regain relevance. Even players that were expected to carry the team early in their careers have been run off the roster or not lived up to expectations, further exasperating the team’s issues throughout the years.

Aside from the Minnesota Vikings, teams which competed in the playoffs this season held an average age of at least 26 years old. Developing talent with experienced veterans along with a mixture of young, ascending players is an ideal formula for sustainable success over a long period of time. The Jaguars simply do not have the veterans in place to supplement their young pieces.

While the team has struggled, not all is lost as the team has shown to have a young, rising group of young players which should be counted on for the future as they continue to rebuild their roster following an AFC Championship game exit in 2017. Several young players such as Leonard Fournette, Chark Jr., Minshew II, Yannick Ngakoue, Allen, Harrison, Myles Jack, and Taylor — none over the age of 24 —, makeup a core of ascending and potentially very talented players for the team to work with in the future.

Moving forward, look for the Jaguars to continue developing their green talent, while acquiring talented veterans to fix their depth, and experience issues. Until then, expect the same mistakes to be almost on the brink of insanity without a reasonable expectation of growth.

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While the Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t in the postseason this month there will be plenty of meaningful football to watch for the team’s fans as they will have the Shrine Bowl and Senior Bowl to look forward to for all of the draft addicts. The offseason also means mock drafts will be surfacing left and right on the web, especially from our comrades at USA TODAY.

Thursday, Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz of USA TODAY Sports posted his first mock draft of the year and it was one full of interesting selections. The Jags themselves were able to land two standout players from the best collegiate conference in football, the Southeastern Conference, starting with a successor to Marcell Dareus in Auburn’s Derrick Brown.

9. Jaguars — Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn: No one in college football dominated games on the interior in 2019 quite like Brown, who became a fixture in opposing backfields. With Marcell Dareus a seeming long shot to stick around due to his $22.5 million cap hit, Brown would give Jacksonville a promising player to pair inside with 2018 first-round pick Taven Bryan.

Most Jags fans would agree that Brown falling to the team at the No. 9 pick would be a dream scenario as the Jags struggled mightily to stop the run without Dareus. The powerful Auburn defensive tackle could speed up the process for the Jags’ defense to become elite again like the 2017 unit fans grew to love and maybe he and Bryan could grow into one of the league’s dominant young duos.

Additionally, Brown fits in the sense that the Jags love SEC talent as their last three first-round picks (Bryan, Leonard Fournette, and Josh Allen) were from the conference. It’s a given that they would also be intrigued by his dominance against other elite players in the conference as he was able to rack up 55 total tackles and four sacks while anchoring Auburn’s defensive line.

With their second first-round pick (from the Los Angeles Rams), the Jags were slotted Louisiana State cornerback Kristian Fulton. He’s a player we’ve talked about often here on Jaguars Wire and our own Daniel Griffis did an article on him highlighting his skill set. In a nutshell, his technical skills (footwork and hip fluidity specifically) would make him the perfect candidate to either replace veteran corner A.J. Bouye, who could be a cap casualty (would save the Jags $11.4 million if released), or Tre Herndon, who replaced Jalen Ramsey and played well down the stretch.

20. Jaguars (from Rams) — Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU: It’s hard for a first-round cornerback to be overlooked in his own secondary, but Fulton might not have received his due this year after playing alongside the Thorpe Award winner Delpit and the freshman star Stingley. At some point in the draft, Jacksonville needs to find a replacement for Jalen Ramsey.

When considering Yannick Ngakoue is due for a new deal, the best option may be to release Bouye and convert the saved money into a multi-year deal for Ngakoue. That also would give the Jags two young corners to develop together as Herndon and Fulton have great upside.

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The Jaguars are a relatively new franchise company that was founded in 1995 and has only played in the playoffs seven times. You’ve had a tough decade and don’t have the historical legends of some other franchise companies.

That means they have some great talents on their current squad and some young talents.

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Calais Campbell (96 OVR)

Program: Team of the year

Position: RT

Auction House Value: Xbox – 374k / PS4 – 376k / PC – Unknown

The 33-year-old veterinarian has been one of the NFL’s best defenders for many years. This year he continued to dominate with 37 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbling.

92 Power Moves and 89 Finesse Moves are a powerful combination. The strength of 93 is a great prerequisite for these rushing moves. 96 Block Shed will leave the line well, and 95 tackle will wind up the ball carrier. As you’d expect from a Team of the Year card, this is a great player.
Logan Cooke (93 OVR)

Program: NFL 100

Position: QB

Auction House Value: Xbox – 145,000 / PS4 – 145,000 / PC – 161,000

With 62 points in the 20 in his early years, Cooke is already one of the best young players in the league.

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95 kick power and 86 kick accuracy are all that counts for this card. The power is clearly very strong and useful for long strokes. The accuracy could be a bit better, but is still usable.
John Henderson (92 OVR)

Program: Ghosts of Madden – past

Position: WR

Auction House Value: Xbox – 145,000 / PS4 – 149,000 / PC – 130,000

Big John was a first round pick in 2002 and was notorious for its aggressive warm-up routines. But they worked clearly and mastered filling the barrel with a 6ft7, 335lb frame.

93 Strength with 89 power moves is crucial to play DT in a 3-4 pattern. 91 block shed and 89 tackle support for ball carrier and filling up the middle of the orienteering.
AJ Bouye (92 OVR)

Program: NFL 100

Position: K

Auction House Value: Xbox – Unknown / PS4 – Unknown / PC – Unknown

AJ Bouye originally impressed with the Texans, but switched to the Jags in 2018 and made the Pro Bowl this year based on the best six interceptions in his career. He has had trouble replicating this form, but is still a good CB.

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89 man and zone covers split it evenly over the coverages, but 91 presses help in the slot. 93 Acceleration is also valuable with 90 agility. The speed is slightly lower than that of his elite colleagues.
Josh Allen

Program: legends

Position: RE

Value of the auction house: Xbox – 92.1 KB / PS4 – 91.6 KB / PC – 125 KB

Allen, the seventh choice this year, has had a decent rookie year. 10.5 sacks made him 14th in the league, with 2 forced fumbles as a result.

At 262 pounds, it’s more of an OLB in 3-4 than a RE, 86 finesse moves would match that. 85 speed and 87 acceleration in addition to 90 pursuit and 89 hit power will get tackles, sacks and fumbles. These are decent numbers without being an elite card – so available for around 100,000.
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PLAYEROVRPOSITION PROGRAMAH value (Xbox / PS4) Calais Campbell 96 LE TOTY 374,000 Logan Cooke 93 P Football Outsiders 145,000 John Henderson 92 DT Legends 145,000 AJ Bouye 92 CB Harvest Josh Allen 91 LE Blitz 92,1,000 Telvin Smith 91 ROLB Signature Series 343,000 Jalen Ramsey 91 CB MUT Heroes 111,000 Marcedes Lewis 90 TE Flashbacks 88.9k Brandon Linder 89 C Ultimate Kickoff 99.1k Leonard Fournette 89 HB Gauntlet I Allen Robinson 89 WR Flashbacks 53.1k Gardner Minshew II 89 QB TOTW 44.5k

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The NFL playoffs are here. We had several surprises during the wildcard weekend when the Houston Texans were the only home team to advance to the division round, and that was only possible thanks to a frenzied comeback and some overtime exploits.

With the New England Patriots, which were sent by the Tennessee Titans, we see a new Super Bowl Champion in February.

To celebrate the playoffs, Madden Ultimate Team has launched a new card program: NFL Playoffs.

The top end of this set consists of starters even in the best lineups, but even in the lower OVR levels, some of these cards can outperform some of the bargain players that you have used the most.

You can read about the best NFL playoff players here.

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JACKSONVILLE – Pre-draft season is upon us in a big way.

If you didn’t feel it this week as news trickled in from the first of the major college football “all-star games” – the East-West Shrine Bowl at Tropicana Field in Saint Petersburg, Fla. – you’ll likely feel it next week as the NFL gathers in Mobile, Ala., for the 2020 Reese’s Senior Bowl.

When we say “as the NFL gathers,” it’s no exaggeration.

The Senior Bowl serves as a January NFL convention of sorts, with head coaches, assistants and general managers from many teams attending along with a heavy contingent of scouts from allteams.

The game will be played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile January 25, but as important to NFL personnel officials are themid-week practices. The game matters in evaluation; the one-on-one pass-rush and cornerback-versus-receiver drills in practice often reveal as much.

A few position groups that stand out at the Senior Bowl as they relate to the Jaguars:

*Defensive tackle.The inability to stop the run defined the Jaguars’ 2019 season, and the organizational future of nose tackle Marcell Dareus is uncertain for salary-cap reasons. Whatever Dareus’ status, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Jaguars used one of their two first-round selections on interior defensive line. South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, Alabama defensive tackle Raekwon Davis and Oklahoma defensive tackle Neville Gallimore all have been projected in the first round and all are expected to participate in the Senior Bowl.

*Tight end.The Jaguars’ need at this position was evident last season, particularly after veteran James O’Shaughnessy’s Week 5 season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament. The Jaguars like the potential of 2019 third-round tight end Josh Oliver but could use one more front-line player at the spot. Two possible first-round players at the position – Jared Pinkney of Vanderbilt and Brycen Hopkins of Purdue – are expected at the Senior Bowl.

*Cornerback.This is a potential area of need entering the offseason for a couple of reasons: the midseason trade of cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Los Angeles Rams and the uncertain organizational future of cornerback A.J. Bouye for salary-cap reasons. That could leave Tre Herndon – who started opposite Bouye following Ramsey’s departure – as the lone returning starter, which makes a first-round corner a possibility. Among the potential first-round corners at the Senior Bowl: Kristian Fulton of Louisiana State, Lamar Jackson of Nebraska and Jeff Gladney of Texas Christian.

Two potential first-round quarterbacks – Justin Herbert of Oregon and Jordan Love of Utah – also will be in Mobile, though the Jaguars’ level of interest at that position will depend on how they feel about second-year veteran Gardner Minshew II and veteran Nick Foles.

Perhaps more possible in Round 1 is offensive line. While elite linemen often skip the Senior Bowl, potential first-rounders such as Trey Adams of Washington and Prince Tega Wanogho of Auburn are scheduled to play in the Senior Bowl.

FUTURE FOUNDATION?

Two members of the Jaguars’ rookie class were overlooked – perhaps unfairly – for Rookie of the Year Honors, with neither defensive end Josh Allen nor Minshew nominated for the NFL’s Pepsi Rookie of the Year award despite similar or better seasons than other rookies. But two Jaguars players were named to the Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie team: Allen and right tackle Jawaan Taylor. Minshew was left off the team, with Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray named to the team – that despite Minshew’s 6-6 record as a starter compared to Murray’s 5-10-1 record. Perhaps more perplexing was San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa earning Rookie of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year honors over Allen. Bosa finished with nine sacks and 16 tackles for loss with 25 quarterback hits and a forced fumble whereas Allen finished with 10.5 sacks, 11 tackles for loss, 22 quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles.Snubs aside, the honors show again the potential of the 2019 Jaguars draft class. It’s already a class that has contributed to an unusual degree. The question entering next season is what level of contributions the Jaguars can receive from Oliver and third-round linebacker Quincy Williams. If that duo can live up to the potential it showed last offseason, the class could be special.

COORDINATOR UPDATE

The Jaguars currently have two prominent coaching positions open, with offensive coordinator John DeFilippo and the team mutually parting ways Monday and with quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich leaving after the season to become the head coach of the Canadian Football League’s Edmonton Eskimos. DeFilippo this week was named quarterbacks coach of the Chicago Bears, and reputable media reports have linked two coaches with the Jaguars in recent days. Former New York Giants offensive coordinator/head coach Ben McAdoo has interviewed for the coordinator position, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported this week that former Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan will interview with the team this weekend, though Mortensen’s report did not indicate a specific position.

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Every year teams lose valuable players to free agency and injuries. This year the Seahawks offensive line group is going to go through some turnover, namely at the tackle position.

Both Germain Ifedi and George Fant will be hitting unrestricted free agency. The Seahawks elected to not pick up Ifedi’s fifth year option for the 2020 season. Meanwhile, Fant was retained last offseason as a restricted free agent. Many, including myself, believed Fant would be more involved in the offensive line this year after a breakout season in 2018.

However, Fant only played 38% of the offensive snaps during the regular season. While it is still possible that Seattle retains one of the two free agents, nothing is guaranteed at this point. Fant has made it clear to Seattle that he believes he is a starting-caliber prospect, if he won’t start next year, he will not return.

The sexy option would be to go to free agency to fill the right tackle opening with an established player, such as Jack Conklin from the Titans. This is a very costly and risky move for the Seahawks to make. Quality offensive linemen rarely make it to the market. If they do it’s likely because they are seeking an astronomical amount of money, have difficulties with the locker room, or have off-field issues.

More times than not, players who make it to free agency are poor to slightly above-average offensive linemen. The problem with this is every team needs line help. As a result, these slightly above-average linemen get paid like they are a top tier player at their respective positions. Think back to tackle Nate Solder, who left the Patriots for the Giants on a record-breaking four-year $62 million contract. Or guard Andrew Norwell leaving the Panthers for the Jaguars on a record-breaking five-year $66.5 million contract.

Since being paid, both have been mediocre at best. Norwell finished the year sitting just above the middle of the pack on Pro Football Focus this season with a grade of 65.5, allowing 3 sacks and 8 penalties. Nate Solder finished below him on PFF with a 64.7 rating. During the 2019 season, Solder allowed the second-most sacks this year at 11, and cost the team 5 additional penalties. That’s a very expensive player, whose stats rival Germain Ifedi’s.

This brings me to the meat and bones of the article. The Seahawks should look to utilize the draft to replace Ifedi and Fant as opposed to spending big on a likely overpaid offensive lineman. These are three players I think Seattle should look to in the 2020 NFL draft. [Editor’s note: the photos below all depict the player comps, not the actual draft target.]

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There were several mistakes made by the Jacksonville Jaguars’ front office in 2019 but the biggest probably was the signing of Nick Foles. They didn’t get their money’s worth as Foles sustained a misfortunate collarbone injury Week 1 and was benched during the second half of the season (Week 14). By the end of the season, he only registered four total starts which is not what fans were hoping for after he signed a four-year, $88 million deal.

Due to his time on the field not matching his huge payday from last March, Foles was listed as a runner-up in the least valuable acquisitions category of CBS Sports’ annual contract awards. Still, one player managed to win the award over him and that was receiver Antonio Brown, who spent one game with the New England Patriots before being released.

Foles’ acquisition was justifiably questioned in March because of the uncertainty surrounding him as a full-time starter. The team could’ve also landed a significantly cheaper option like Teddy Bridgewater or Tyrod Taylor but instead opted to make a statement to the locker room by getting Foles and paying him like a franchise quarterback. However, as fans predicted, the contract burned the franchise and is widely considered part of what cost Tom Coughlin his job as a front office executive.

Heading forward it will now be on general manager Dave Caldwell to figure out Nick Foles’ fate, but it’s hard to imagine him regaining the job from Gardner Minshew II. The young rookie registered a 6-6 record as a starter and arguably had the best rookie season of any quarterback in the 2019 class, so chances are Foles could be traded or an expensive No. 2 quarterback over being the Jags’ starter.

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Chris Conley is in the midst of career year for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The last two weeks have been very eventful for Conley as the Georgia Bulldogs alumnus made history in week 15, and returned home in week 16.

Chris Conley played wide receiver for the Georgia Bulldogs from 2011 to 2014. He amassed nearly 2000 yards receiving (1,938) and snagged 20 touchdowns as a Dawg. He was notoriously involved in the final play of the 2012 SEC Championship game when the Dawgs came up painfully short of defeating Alabama and going on to play for a National Title.

Now in his 5th year in the NFL, Chris Conley has had an eventful two-week stretch. In week 15, Conley and his Jaguars traveled to Oakland to take on the Raiders. Conley caught four passes to lead all Jaguars wide receivers. More impressive was the fact that he scored two touchdowns in the final six minutes of the game.

Chris Conley’s second touchdown will go into the record books forever. He became the last player to catch a touchdown at the Oakland Coliseum, as the Raiders will begin play in their new home of Las Vegas next season.

The game-winning touchdown set off a surreal scene that will forever be remembered. Fans booed the Raiders off the field. The team’s infamous fan section known as the Black Hole was especially disgruntled and began to throw trash onto the field and into the end zone, causing photographers to scurry for cover.

It could not be more fitting that Chris Conley – who is known for “Imperial Dawgs”, the Georgia Bulldogs Star Wars hype film he produced in college – became the man to shut down the Black Hole.
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In week 16 Chris Conley transitioned from history to homecoming. The Dallas, Georgia native and his team, were hosted by the Atlanta Falcons. The 6’3 wide receiver only had two catches in the ballgame, but he made them both count. One catch was a beautiful 14-yard effort to convert on a fourth down. He made the grab as the ball passed through the Falcons’ defender and made an impressive tightrope effort to keep both feet in bounds.

Conley’s other catch was a 42-yard touchdown reception in which he burned the Atlanta defense up the right sideline. You could hear his family and Georgia Bulldogs fans in attendance, loudly cheering and screaming for the Damn Good Dawg after he found paydirt.

Chris Conley has now set a new career-high in receiving yards with 737. He has also matched his career-best in catches with 44, and in touchdowns with five. He will have a chance to best both numbers at home against the Colts in the final game of the season.

Look for Chris Conley to continue to emerge as a real threat next season, as he and new Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew II have established great chemistry. Conley could be a threat to break 1000 yards next season, as he continues to help add to the Georgia Bulldogs NFL empire.

Be on the lookout for more great Chris Conley theatrics, even if they don’t take place in a galaxy far, far away.