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Heading into the 2020 offseason, the Jacksonville Jaguars have a few clear areas they will need to pour resources in to improve from the 6-10 season they just had. One of the most pressing of such areas will be rebuilding an offensive line that played below expectations.

Unlike some teams with poor offensive lines, the Jaguars can not blame the performance on lack of investment in the group. Jacksonville’s starting center and right guard are each on their second contracts with the team, the left guard is amongst the highest-paid players at his position in the NFL, and each of the offensive tackles were recent second-round draft picks.

But despite making the offensive line a priority in the construction of the team, it still ran into issues in 2019. According to Pro Football Focus, the Jaguars’ front five turned in the 26th best season of all offensive lines.

A big reason for this ranking, PFF said, was the performance of third-year left tackle Cam Robinson. Robinson suffered a season-ending ACL injury in the second week of 2018 and had to battle through recovering from the injury this season, but he ultimately had a shaky year according to PFF.

“After returning from an injury-shortened second season, left tackle Cam Robinson showed more of the form that we saw from him as a rookie when he posted one of the worst pressure rates allowed in the NFL (9.0%),” PFF said. “This season, Robinson allowed 45 pressures at left tackle in 552 pass-blocking snaps for a slightly improved — yet, still concerning — rate of 8.2%.”

But Robinson is not the sole factor for the entire unit’s sole ranking, PFF explained. Aside from center Brandon Linder, they were not impressed with any of Jacksonville’s starting linemen. Considering the inconsistency of Andrew Norwell and A.J. Cann and Jawaan Taylor’s penalty issues, this isn’t too surprising.

“As this ranking would suggest, Robinson wasn’t the only player along the line who struggled. Outside of Brandon Linder, there wasn’t a whole lot to get excited about for Jacksonville up front,” PFF said.

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Former Dorman and Clemson wide-receiver Charone Peake signed a reserve/future contract earlier this week with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The 27-year-old, a 2016 seventh-round pick by the Jets, was among the last round of cuts this preseason and spent the year out of football after three seasons with New York. He had worked out for Jacksonville early last month.

A reserve/future contract means a player can be added to a team’s offseason roster once they expand from 53 to 90 members on March 18. Players who sign such a contract are eligible to participate in all offseason workouts as official roster members.

Peake caught 22 passes for 214 yards in 31 professional career games, but only three for 28 yards combined the past two seasons with his main contributions coming on special teams. He has one career NFL touchdown on a fumble return. He caught 99 passes for 1,172 yards and 10 touchdowns in 49 career college games with 50 receptions for 716 yards and five touchdowns his senior 2015 season.

Peake will join former Dorman and Clemson teammate Brandon Thomas and former Clemson teammate Tyler Shatley, both offensive linemen, with Jacksonville. Peake’s return to the NFL once again gives Dorman four alumni in the league with Thomas and wide receivers Adam Humphries (Tennessee), and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (Philadelphia).

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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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Entering the 2019 season, the Jaguars were destined to drastically improve their offense with the addition of veteran quarterback Nick Foles. However, the team’s offensive production, while improved in some areas, left plenty to be desired.

After signing Foles and hiring former Vikings offensive coordinator and Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, the marriage between Foles and the Jaguars made sense at the time, and with full strength along the offensive line and with running back Leonard Fournette the offense was expected to flourish.

After losing Foles only 11 plays into the regular season, the Jaguars offense relied heavily on their run game along with rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew II which had mixed results.

While the team improved marginally in nearly every offensive category, there were plenty of shortfalls within the offense — which relied heavily on Fournette (32.7% of the team’s offensive production with 1674 yards from scrimmage).

In 2019, the Jaguars ranked in the bottom third in the NFL in points scored (300, 26th) and first downs (298, 27th), similar to their 2018 production where the team ranked 30th and 29th in the NFL, respectively. The team’s third-down efficiency was drastically lowered in 2019 in comparison to 2018. The Jaguars ranked 26th (33.55%) in third-down conversions in 2019, whereas they ranked 12th (40.43%) in 2018.

A simple explanation for the team’s poor third down play in 2019 comes from the amount of third-and-long situations the team faced. In 2019, the Jaguars were tied for 32nd (Oakland Raiders) in the NFL in yards-to-go (8.0) on third down, according to Pro Football Reference. In 2018, the Jaguars faced an average of 6.7 yards-to-go (fifth best in the NFL) on third down.

The Jaguars made no improvement in their redzone efficiency in 2019 compared to 2018 — another disappointing statistic for the team. In 2018 the team turned only 44.12% of their redzone attempts into touchdowns, compared to 40.43% in 2019. Both years the team ranked 31st in the NFL in redzone efficiency.
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Quarterback:

2019 roster: Gardner Minshew II (rookie), Nick Foles, Josh Dobbs.

Review: The Jaguars relied heavily on their rookie sixth-round quarterback Minshew II, with 12 starts (6-6). Upon returning from a broken left collarbone, Foles would start just three games (four total) for the Jaguars before being benched for Minshew II. The Jaguars traded a 2020 fifth round pick for Dobbs prior to the team’s week two matchup against the Tennessee Titans after losing Foles.

Foles completed 77 out of 117 (65.8%) of his passes for 736 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions in 2019.

Minshew II completed 285 out of 470 (60.6 %) of his passes for 3,271 yards, 21 touchdowns, and six interceptions. The Jaguars saw vast improvement out of their passing efficiency in 2019 with Minshew II under center, although there were ups and downs. The Jaguars rookie quarterback broke multiple rookie franchise records for the team and accounted for seven separate Pepsi Rookie of the Week honors — the most of any offensive rookie in the NFL.

2020 outlook: The Jaguars will begin the offseason with the same cast of quarterbacks as they will need to hold onto Foles (accounting for $21.875M against the team’s salary cap in 2020), and Minshew II will get a shot at earning the starting job during training camp. As of right now, the job seems to be Minshew II’s to lose.
Running back:

2019 roster: Leonard Fournette, Ryquell Armstead (rookie), Devine Ozigbo (rookie), Devante Mays, Taj McGowan (rookie), Jeremy McNichols, Paul Perkins.

Review: Only three running backs had any carries for the Jaguars in 2019. Fournette, Armstead, and Ozigbo. With 265 rushing attempts, Fournette became the team’s bellcow back. Armstead, the team’s rookie fifth-round pick in 2019, accounted for only 35 carries, with Ozigbo accounting for nine attempts.

Fournette was vastly improved in 2019 in both rushing and receiving with 1152 yards rushing (4.3 yards-per-carry) and 76 receptions (team-high) for 522 yards.

2020 outlook: The Jaguars relied too heavily on Fournette in their offense, however his production leaves the team with a positive outlook moving forward in their rushing attack. Mixing up their rushing attack in 2020 is a must, which will give Fournette (83% offensive snaps) more rest, and allow the team to attack defenses in a variety of ways.
Offensive Line:

2019 roster: Left tackle Cam Robinson, left guard Andrew Norwell, center Brandon Linder, right guard A.J. Cann, Will Richardson Jr., right tackle Jawaan Taylor (rookie), tackle Cedric Ogbuehi, guard/center Tyler Shatley, guard Brandon Thomas, guard Tyler Gauthier (rookie), guard/tackle Donnell Greene (rookie), tackle Blake Hance (rookie), tackle Ben Ijalana, guard KC McDermott, tackle Ryan Pope (rookie).

Review: Only Robinson, Norwell, Linder, Cann, Richardson, Taylor, and Ogbuehi received snaps for the Jaguars along the offensive line in 2019. After undergoing serious injuries at the position in 2018, the Jaguars offensive line was relatively healthy all season. After week three, the team had zero starting-five lineup changes.

Cann and Richardson split repetitions throughout the season at right guard with an unorthodox platoon system which enabled Cann to improve greatly from 2018 (three sacks allowed in 2019 compared to eight in 2018), and gave Richardson valuable experience (436 snaps) at the position.

Overall, the Jaguars offensive line left a lot to be desired. According to football outsiders, the Jaguars ranked 23rd in stuffed ranking — % of runs where the running back is tackled at or behind the line of scrimmage, and ranked 27th in pass protections with 49 sacks and an 8.4% adjusted sack rate.

2020 outlook: The Jaguars will have to address some of the pass protection concerns they encountered during the 2019 season going into 2020. While Minshew II wasn’t sacked very often, too many times the rookie quarterback was forced to scramble due to a leak in the protection. Upgrades will be necessary during free agency and the draft, with a potential for Robinson to move to guard.
Wide Receiver:

2019 roster: DJ Chark Jr., Chris Conley, Dede Westbrook, Keelan Cole, Marqise Lee, C.J. Board, Michael Walker (rookie), Terry Godwin (rookie), Charone Peake, Jayson Stanley (rookie).

Review: The Jaguars improved greatly in this department this season with Chark Jr. having a breakout year accounting for 73 receptions for 1008 yards, and eight touchdowns. Conley, a 2019 free agent signee, accounted for 47 receptions for 775 yards, and five touchdowns — all career highs.

The rest of the Jaguars receiving corp left much to be desired. Between Westbrook, Cole, Lee (six games), Walker, and Board, the Jaguars receivers combined for 97 receptions for 1,085 yards, and six touchdowns. Westbrook led the charge for the team’s reserves with 66 receptions for 660 yards and three touchdowns.

2020 outlook: While the team saw improvements in their receiving corp from 2018 to 2019, the Jaguars must look for additional receiving threats in either free agency or the draft, giving the team a true number two receiver opposite of Chark Jr.
Tight End:

2019 roster: James O’Shaughnessy, Josh Oliver (rookie), Seth DeValve, Ben Koyack, Nick O’Leary, Geoff Swaim, Charles Jones (rookie), Matt Sokol (rookie).

Review: The Jaguars weakest offensive department, the tight end position was riddled with injuries as the team lost starting tight ends O’Shaughnessy (ACL), Swaim (Ankle), and Oliver (back) to season-ending injuries. The Jaguars saw virtually no production from their tight ends as O’Shaughnessy led the group with 14 receptions, 153 yards, and two touchdowns in only five games played.

The rest of the team’s tight ends combined for 39 receptions for 312 yards, and one touchdown in 16 games.

2020 outlook: Perhaps the most important position to improve upon in 2020, the Jaguars will need to address the position in both free agency and the draft. The team will need Oliver to take a big step in year two as he continues to learn the NFL. There is no where to go but up for this group.

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JACKSONVILLE – It starts with quarterback.

That’s the great truth for any NFL team, and it’s true for the Jaguars entering the 2020 offseason.

The team’s No. 1 issue moving forward: direction at quarterback. It will remain a topic as team officials look ahead to touchstone offseason events such as the Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., later in January as well as next month’s NFL Scouting Combine and the 2020 NFL Draft in April.

Will rookie Gardner Minshew II start the offseason at quarterback? What of veteran Nick Foles’ status after a difficult first season with the Jaguars?

The Jaguars hold the No. 9 and No. 20 overall selections in the 2020 NFL Draft, so quarterback could be in play sometime in late April.

The Jaguars have yet to determine the answers, and there is much to be decided at most offensive positions. How will tight end be rebuilt? What changes will happen on the line? Could receiver be an option in the draft or free agency?

We’ll look at those positions and more in this position-by-position look at the offense as the Jaguars move into the 2020 offseason:

Quarterbacks (3)

2019 starters: Gardner Minshew II (12), Nick Foles (4).

Others on roster: Josh Dobbs.

Pending free agents: None.

Season in review: This position defined the 2019 season, and that was good and bad and weird at various times. Foles, signed as the starter as an unrestricted free agent in March, missed eight games after sustaining a broken clavicle in Week 1. Minshew started Weeks 2-9, with Foles starting Weeks 11-13 before Minshew started the final four games ahead of a healthy Foles. Minshew went 6-6 as a starter, completing 285 of 470 passes for 3,271 yards and 21 touchdowns with six interceptions. Foles went 0-4 as a starter, completing 77 of 117 passes for 736 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions. Dobbs was acquired with a fifth-round selection from the Pittsburgh Steelers following Foles’ injury but did not play.

Possible first-round quarterbacks: Joe Burrow, Louisiana State; Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama; Justin Herbert, Oregon; Jake Fromm, Georgia.

Chances of Jaguars selecting quarterback in first round: Anyone’s guess.

Too-early look at the offseason: As noted above, this is a key position for the Jaguars peppered with uncertainty. Minshew played well at times and was inconsistent at others, but it would make sense for the Jaguars to open the offseason with him as the starter. The thought here is the Jaguars likely will try to trade Foles, which likely would mean giving another team compensation in exchange for that franchise taking on Foles’ salary-cap expense. Don’t rule out the Jaguars going quarterback early in the draft. The team has sought a franchise quarterback for more than two decades, and the position must remain a priority until one is found.

Running backs (7)

2019 starters: Leonard Fournette (15), Ryquell Armstead (1).

Others on roster: Devante Mays, Taj McGowan, Jeremy McNichols, Devine Ozigbo, Paul Perkins.

Pending free agents: Mays.

Season in review: Fournette defined this position this season, and the third-year running back had the healthiest and most productive season of his career. Fournette, after missing 11 of 32 starts in his first two seasons, started the first 15 games in 2019 and rushed for 1,152 yards on 265 carries. He also developed into a solid blocker in pass protection and caught a career-high 76 passes for 522 yards.

Possible first-round running backs: D’Andre Swift, Georgia; Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin; Travis Etienne, Clemson; Zack Moss, Wisconsin.

Chances of Jaguars selecting running back in first round: Minimal.

Too-early look at the offseason: This figures to be a low priority this offseason, with Fournette entering the final season of his rookie contract and with the team having selected Armstead in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Look for the Jaguars to add depth here, perhaps in second-tier free agency or in the later rounds of the draft.

Wide receivers (10)

2019 starters: DJ Chark Jr. (14), Chris Conley (13), Dede Westbrook (11), Keelan Cole (1), Marqise Lee (1).

Others on roster: C.J. Board, Michael Walker, Terry Godwin, Charone Peake, Jayson Stanley.

Pending free agents: Cole (restricted).

Season in review: Wide receiver, like the entire Jaguars offense, had flashpoints moments in 2019 mixed with stretches of inconsistency. Chark emerged as a go-to receiver, improving dramatically from an injury-shortened rookie season to catch 73 passes for 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns. Conley caught a career-high 47 passes for 775 yards and five touchdowns, and Westbrook played through a neck/shoulder issue much of the season to catch 66 passes for 660 yards and three touchdowns.

Possible first-round wide receivers: Jerry Jeudy, Alabama; Laviska Shenault Jr., Colorado; CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma; Jalen Reagor, Texas Christian; Henry Ruggs III, Alabama; Tee Higgins, Clemson; Justin Jefferson, Louisiana State; Gabriel Davis, Central Florida; DeVonta Smith, Alabama.

Chances of Jaguars selecting wide receiver in first round: Medium-to-high.

Too-early look at the offseason: The Jaguars figure to address this somewhere in the offseason, with many draft analysts projecting the team to select a receiver with either the No. 9 or No. 20 overall selection in the draft. That makes sense, because the team could use a young, playmaking receiver opposite Chark.

Tight end (8)

2019 starters: James O’Shaughnessy (5), Josh Oliver (1), Seth DeValve (6), Ben Koyack (6), Nick O’Leary (3), Geoff Swaim (2).

Others on roster: Charles Jones, Matt Sokol.

Pending free agents: O’Leary, Koyack, DeValve.

Season in review: This was a thin area to start the season, and injuries weakened it to the point that it was a major area of concern throughout most of the season. O’Shaughnessy was having the best season of his career with 14 receptions for 153 yards and two touchdowns before a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 5. Oliver, a third-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, played just four games because of a preseason hamstring injury and a season-ending back injury; he finished with three receptions for 15 yards. Jaguars tight ends caught a total of 51 passes for 445 yards and three touchdowns.

Possible first-round tight ends: Jared Pinkney, Vanderbilt; Cole Kmet, Notre Dame.

Chances of Jaguars selecting tight end in first round: Medium-to-high.

Too-early look at the offseason: This figures to be a major focus for the Jaguars this offseason, perhaps in the first two days of the draft. The major question here is what the team believes regarding Oliver, who showed a few flashes of being an effective receiving tight end in what essentially was a season lost to injury. Do the Jaguars believe in Oliver enough to ignore tight end this offseason? That seems unlikely.

Offensive line (15)

2019 starters: Left tackle Cam Robinson (14), left guard Andrew Norwell (16), center Brandon Linder (16), right guard A.J. Cann (16), Will Richardson Jr. (2), right tackle Jawaan Taylor (16).

Others on roster: Cedric Ogbuehi, Tyler Shatley, Brandon Thomas, Tyler Gauthier, Donnell Greene, Blake Hance, Ben Ijalana, KC McDermott, Ryan Pope.

Pending free agents: Ogbuehi, Ijalana, Shatley, Thomas.

Season in review: The Jaguars’ offensive line was something of a mystery in 2019, a group that – like receiver – reflected the inconsistency of the offense overall. The group remained healthy and had strong moments – particularly in the running game – but it also was too inconsistent in pass protection at times. Penalties hurt the group, with Taylor leading the NFL in holding penalties as a rookie. Richardson and Cann rotated much of the season, and Taylor showed strong signs of developing into a top player moving forward. The interior of the line never has developed into the team strength expected when Norwell signed as a free agent in the 2018 offseason.

Possible first-round offensive linemen: Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia; Austin Jackson, OT, Southern California; Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama; Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville; Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa; Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama; Trey Adams, OT, Washington; Sam Cosmi, OT, Texas; Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn; Solomon Kindley, G, Georgia; Shane Lemieux, G, Oregon; Deonte Brown, G, Alabama; Tyler Biadasz, C, Wisconsin; Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma.

Chances of Jaguars selecting offensive line in first round: High.

Too-early look at the offseason: This is a mystery area in the offseason. The Jaguars need to improve the line, but where will they make moves to do it? Could the Jaguars draft a left tackle early and move Robinson inside? Could they draft interior offensive line early and move on from Norwell? This figures to be a major area of discussion in the coming weeks, and the strategy here could say a lot about the offense moving forward.

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The Philadelphia Have 10 picks in the 2020 NFL and their first-round selection will come at pick No. 21 as it currently stands.

NFL teams have had enormous success with mid to late first-round picks and with the Eagles slotted to pick later in the round, Howie Roseman and company have a chance to land a bonafide star.

The recent history of players selected at No. 21 overall bolds well for the Eagles who’ll need to land a dynamic playmaker with their first-round pick.

Here are the players selected with the 21st overall pick since the 1998 NFL Draft.

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21st Overall

2019 Darnell Savage DB Maryland (Packers)
2018 Billy Price C Ohio State (Bengals)
2017 Jarrad Davis LB Florida (Lions)
2016 Will Fuller WR Notre Dame (Texans)
2015 Cedric Ogbuehi LT Texas A&M (Bengals)
2014 Ha Ha Clinton Dix S Alabama (Packers)
2013 Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame (Bengals)
2012 Chandler Jones DE Syracuse (Patriots)
2011 Phil Taylor DT Baylor (Browns)
2010 Jermaine Gresham TE Oklahoma (Bengals)
2009 Alex Mack C California (Browns)
2008 Sam Baker OT USC (Falcons)
2007 Reggie Nelson S Florida (Jaguars)
2006 Laurence Maroney RB Minnesota (Patriots)
2005 Matt Jones WR Arkansas (Jaguars)
2004 Vince Wilfork DT Miami New England
2003 Jeff Faine C Notre Dame (Browns)
2002 Daniel Graham TE Colorado (Patriots)
2001 Nate Clements CB Ohio State (Bills)
2000 Sylvester Morris WR Jackson State (Chiefs)
1999 L.J. Shelton T Eastern Michigan Cardinals
1998 Randy Moss WR Marshall (Vikings)

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Randy Moss is the only player on the list to have a Hall of Fame career, but there have been some quality players selected at pick No. 21.

Chandler Jones had an All-Pro season for the Cardinals this season, while Alex Mack was one of the NFL’s top centers for years in Cleveland.

The Eagles second-round pick this season will be pick No. 53, the same pick that landed them Miles Sanders in 2019. LeSean McCoy was also the 53rd pick when he was selected, so it’ll be imperative for the Eagles to select a skilled player with this one.

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The playoffs have reached the semifinal round. At the start of last weekend there were 17 former Iowa players trying to help their team earn the Vince Lombardi Trophy and pick up a nice ring in the process, now it’s down to nine.

With the Texans and the Seahawks both losing, we’re going to be guaranteed that a former Hawkeye walks away with a Super Bowl ring!

For the former Hawkeyes not in the playoffs, their final stats and information are at the bottom of the article and as team are eliminated, they will join their friends at the bottom the week after their loss.

Hawkeyes in the Playoffs

QB C.J. Beathard (San Francisco 49ers, 3rd season in the NFL): Beathard and the 49ers defeated the Vikings 27-10 on Saturday. They will host the Packers on Sunday night for a berth in the Super Bowl. Beathard was inactive for the game.

OL Bryan Bulaga (Green Bay Packers, 10th season): Bulaga and the Packers defeated Seattle 28-23 in an entertaining game on Sunday night. Unfortunately of Bulaga, he was unable to play in the game due to an illness that had run through the locker room. Hopefully big #75 will be able to go against San Francisco on Sunday. POTW = 1.

TE Parker Hesse (Tennessee Titans, 1st season): Hesse is on the Titans practice squad.

LB Anthony Hitchens (Kansas City Chiefs, 6th season): Hitchens and the Chiefs overcame a 24-0 first quarter deficit to blow out the Houston Texans 51-31. Hitchens had three tackles in the victory. The Chiefs will now remain at home as they host the Titans in the Conference Championship. POTW honors = 1.

S Amani Hooker (Tennessee Titans, 1st season): Hooker and the Titans shocked the NFL for the second week in the row as they upset the top-seeded Baltimore Ravens 28-12 on Saturday after taking out New England the week before. Hooker had two tackles in the victory. The Titans travel to Kansas City on Saturday as the try to continue their exciting run.

CB Josh Jackson (Green Bay Packers, 2nd season): Jackson and the Packers defeated Seattle 28-23 to advance in the playoffs to the final four. Jackson was inactive for the game.

DT Jaleel Johnson (Minnesota Vikings, 3rd season): Johnson and the Vikings lost to the 49ers 27-10 on Saturday to end their season. Johnson had one tackle in the loss. POTW honors = 1.

TE George Kittle (San Francisco 49ers, 3rd season): Kittle and the 49ers defeated Minnesota 27-10 to advance to the Conference Championships next Sunday. Kittle had three catches for 16 yards in the victory. POTW honors = 4.
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LB Ben Niemann (Kansas City Chiefs, 2nd season): Niemann and the Chiefs outscored Houston 51-7 in the last three quarters to earn the win. Niemann had four tackles in the victory. The Chiefs will host the Titans on Saturday for a trip to the Super Bowl. POTW honors = 1.
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OL Riley Reiff (Minnesota Vikings, 8th season): Reiff and the Vikings ended their season on Saturday as they were defeated by San Francisco 27-10.

OL Ross Reynolds (San Francisco 49ers, 1st season): Reynolds is on the San Francisco practice squad.

OL Marshal Yanda (Baltimore Ravens, 13th season): Yanda and the Ravens were upset by the Tennessee Titans 28-12 on Saturday ending their season. Yanda, a 13 year NFL veteran, played at an All-Pro level once again this season but there are rumors floating that he may retire. Yanda also accused Titans rookie Jeffrey Simmons (Mississippi State) of spitting on him, among other things, during that game. POTW honors = 1.

Final Stats for Eliminated Hawkeyes

OL Austin Blythe (Los Angeles Rams, 4th season): Blythe and the Rams finished their season at 9-7 as they defeated Arizona 31-24. With a high payroll and no first round pick in 2020, the Rams will have to be creative to keep up with San Francisco and Seattle. Blythe played and started in 15 games on the season while drawing just three penalties on the year. Blythe is a free agent for 2020.

OL Ike Boettger (Buffalo Bills, 2nd season): Boettger and the Bills lost in the wild card game to the Texans 22-19 in overtime. Boettger was only active in two games for the 10-6 Bills this season but saw extensive action in week 17 when the Bills rested many of their starters. Boettger still has one year remaining on his contract.

RB James Butler (Oakland Raiders, 2nd season): Butler was on the Raiders practice squad in 2019.

DE Adrian Clayborn (Atlanta Falcons, 9th season): Clayborn and the Falcons finished 7-9 on the season. Clayborn played in 15 games recording 18 tackles which included four sacks. He also forced two fumbles. Clayborn is a free agent for 2020.
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DT Mike Daniels (Detroit Lions, 8th season): Daniels and the Lions finished 3-12-1 on the season. Daniels was put on the IR on December 16 and was only able to play in nine games for the Lions. His ten tackles and one sack were probably not what the Lions had in mind when they gave him an $8 million contract. Daniels is a free agent for 2020.

C James Daniels (Chicago Bears, 2nd season): Daniels and the Bears finished the season at 8-8. Daniels played and started in all 16 games for the Bears as he played both center and guard. Daniels was called for four holding penalties on the season. There are still two years left on his rookie contract.

DT Carl Davis (Jacksonville Jaguars, 5th season): Davis and the Jaguars ended the season at 6-10. Davis played in two games for Jacksonville getting one tackle. He also played one game in his time with Indianapolis. Davis is a free agent for 2020.

WR Nick Easley (Buffalo Bills, 1st season): Easley was on the Buffalo practice squad. The Bills lost to the Texans in the Wild Card round.

TE Noah Fant (Denver Broncos, 1st season): Fant and the Broncos finished the season at 7-9. Fant played in all 16 games for Denver and ended the season with 40 catches for 562 yards and three touchdowns. Fant was the number 20 pick in the 2019 draft and has three years remaining on his rookie contract. POTW =2.
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C James Ferentz (New England Patriots, 4th season): Ferentz and the 12-4 Patriots were upset by Tennessee 20-13 in the Wild Card round to end their season. Ferentz was active for 15 games this season and started two games while seeing extensive action with the special teams unit. He is an unrestricted free agent for 2020. POTW = 1.

S Jake Gervase (Los Angeles Rams, 1st season): Gervase and the Rams finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs. Gervase only saw action in two games this season and didn’t record any stats. Gervase signed a two year contract in 2019 so he has one year remaining.

TE T.J. Hockenson (Detroit Lions, 1st season): Hockenson and the Lions finished 3-12-1 on the season. After suffering a significant ankle injury, Hockenson was only able to play in 12 games but during his short time was able to catch 32 balls for 367 yards and two touchdowns. The eighth overall pick in 2019 still has three years left on his rookie deal. POTW honors = 1.
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S Micah Hyde (Buffalo Bills, 7th season): Hyde and the Bills lost in the Wild Card game to the Texans 22-19 in overtime to end their season. Hyde finished the season by starting every game for the Bills. He had 72 tackles on the season and also added one interception. On special teams, Hyde became the 13th player to return an onside kick for a touchdown. Hyde has two years remaining on his contract. POTW honors =2.

LB Josey Jewell (Denver Broncos, 2nd season): Jewell and the Broncos finished the season at 7-9. Jewell dealt with some injuries over the season but still managed to play in 15 games for Denver. He recorded 38 tackles and 1.5 sacks for the year. Jewell still has two years remaining on his rookie contract. POTW honors = 1.
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CB Desmond King (Los Angeles Chargers, 3rd season): King and the Chargers finished their season at a disappointing 5-11 and will have the sixth pick in the upcoming draft. On the season King played in 15 games and had 50 tackles including 2.5 sacks. King also was featured in the return game and he returned 16 kicks for 331 yards and 21 punts for 118 yards and a touchdown. King will be entering the final year of his four year rookie contract in 2020. POTW honors = 1.
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LB Christian Kirksey (Cleveland Browns, 6th season): Kirksey and the Browns finished their year with an under-performing record of 6-10. Kirksey was hurt early in the season and only managed to play in two games for the Browns. On the season he recorded 11 tackles and he has two years remaining on his contract though he potentially could be a salary cap casualty.

LS Casey Kreiter (Denver Broncos, 4th season): Kreiter and the Broncos finished the season at 7-9. For those keeping track at home, Kreiter snapped the ball 146 times for the special teams unit, down two snaps from 2018. Kreiter is a free agent for 2020 but I imagine he will be re-signed by Denver.

DB Greg Mabin (Cincinnati Bengals, 3rd season): Mabin and the Bengals won their last game of the year against Cleveland and still finished with a record of just 2-14. They own the top pick in the draft and are expected to take LSU qb Joe Burrow. Mabin was only active for nine games in 2019 and most of his time was spent on special teams. For the season he had just one tackle and one pass deflection. Mabin is a free agent for 2020.

OL Matt Nelson (Detroit Lions, 1st season): Nelson was on the practice squad for Detroit.

LB Anthony Nelson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1st season): Nelson and the Buccaneers finished their season at 7-9. The rookie battled injuries and only managed to see action in nine games. During that time he totaled eight tackles, one pass deflection, and a forced fumble. Nelson has three years left on his rookie deal.

OL Keegan Render (Philadelphia Eagles, 1st season): Render was on the practice squad for Philadelphia. The Eagles lost to the Seahawks in the Wild Card round.

OL Brandon Scherff (Washington Redskins, 5th season): Scherff and the Redskins finished their season at 3-13. Scherff only was able to play in 11 games due to injury but managed to be named to the Pro Bowl for his efforts. Scherff is a free agent and should be looking for a big payday in 2020.
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The Jacksonville Jaguars will go into the offseason with one of the biggest questions unanswered. Who should be the team’s starting quarterback?

Regardless of how the Jaguars finish the 2019 season, it’s very likely that they’re going to have a quarterback controversy on their hands.

Nick Foles drove the team down the field on their second drive of the first game of the season, and capped the drive with a beautiful touchdown pass to DJ Chark. It looked as though the Jaguars had the franchise signal-caller they wanted when they signed Foles to a 4-year, $88M contract in the offseason. Unfortunately, Foles was injured on the play and missed the rest of that game as well as the next eight.

Enter Gardner Minshew, the Jaguars’ sixth-round draft choice in the 2019 NFL draft, which also began “Minshew Mania” and the age of “The ‘Stache”. The rookie not only took the team by storm, but he immediately became one of the biggest stories of the NFL season.

Depending on the rookie wasn’t part of the Jaguars plan as it was believed Foles would answer many questions about the lack of stability at the most important position on the field. To his credit, Minshew performed very well, so much so that he replaced Foles after the veteran returned to action but could not help the Jaguars move the football for two-and-a-half games.
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The fact is, putting “Minshew Mania” aside, the first-year player gives the Jaguars a better chance to win football games on Sunday.

Minshew is currently 21st in passing yards, right behind Josh Allen of Buffalo, two spots behind and less than 100 fewer yards than the favorite to win the NFL MVP, Lamar Jackson. But he’s ahead of Matthew Stafford and Drew Brees. And he’s played two fewer games than all of these quarterbacks.

He’s 15th in passer rating, just behind Carson Wentz, and ahead of Philip Rivers.

But the most impressive statistic is his touchdown to interception ratio, which is ninth-best in the NFL. Seven of those quarterbacks ahead of him will be in the playoffs. That’s pretty good company to be in.

Foles did very well with the Philadelphia Eagles when he took over after Wentz got injured. Of course, he was on a much better team with a better set of skill players. The Jaguars are a younger team with a suspect offensive line and a lack of depth at tight end.

Foles has proven he can be successful when he has a strong line to block for him and is surrounded by offensive weapons at his disposal.

Minshew has shown the ability to perform well with lesser talent. He’s posted a QB Rating of over 100 in half the games he’s played.

In the last three years, the Jaguars have drafted and designed a run-first offense. They have tried to address the wide receiver position both through the draft and with a couple of free agent signings. The front office may have hit on second-year star DJ Chark, but they have neglected the tight end position, particularly in the draft where they passed on highly-rated players the last two drafts.

If they can hit on a player either through the draft or free agency in 2020, they may have an offense that is well-rounded and would be much more difficult to game plan for.

In 2020, I expect the Jaguars will have an open competition for the starting quarterback position in training camp. They signed Foles to a franchise-sized contract. But that doesn’t mean he’ll win the job.
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The Jaguars just may have drafted their franchise quarterback in the sixth round in 2019, which should delight many of the fans who have supported Minshew this season.

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Week 17 of the 2019 season is upon us.

Below is a full tally of the official injury report and gameday designations for all 16 Sunday games.
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills

Jets: OUT: G Tom Compton (calf), G Alex Lewis (ankle); QUESTIONABLE: S Jamal Adams (ankle), DE Henry Anderson (knee, shoulder), WR Robby Anderson (calf), T Kelvin Beachum (back, ankles), RB Kenneth Dixon (illness), DT Steve McLendon (knee, hip), CB Brian Poole (ankle), WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring, knee)

Bills: OUT: DE Shaq Lawson (hamstring), WR Andre Roberts (foot); QUESTIONABLE: T Ty Nsekhe (ankle)
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers

Saints: OUT: CB Eli Apple (ankle), S Vonn Bell (knee), S Marcus Williams (groin); QUESTIONABLE: RB Zach Line (knee)

Panthers: OUT: WR D.J. Moore (concussion), LB Shaq Thompson (foot, shoulder); QUESTIONABLE: CB Corn Elder (illness), LB Marquis Haynes (knee)
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals

Browns: QUESTIONABLE: WR Odell Beckham (groin, illness), TE Pharaoh Brown (illness), T Kendall Lamm (knee), DT Sheldon Richardson (back), TE Ricky Seals-Jones (illness), C JC Tretter (knee), DE Olivier Vernon (knee)

Bengals: OUT: CB William Jackson (shoulder); DOUBTFUL: WR Stanley Morgan (concussion)

Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions

Packers: DOUBTFUL: S Will Redmond (hamstring), RB Danny Vitale (knee), RB Jamaal Williams (shoulder); QUESTIONABLE: WR Jake Kumerow (illness)

Lions: OUT: DT A’Shawn Robinson (shoulder); QUESTIONABLE: LB Devon Kennard (shoulder), LB Steve Longa (quad), K Matt Prater (illness), T Rick Wagner (knee), S Tavon Wilson (hamstring)
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs

Chargers: OUT: T Russell Okung (groin)

Chiefs: OUT: CB Morris Claiborne (should, not injury related); QUESTIONABLE: T Cameron Erving (illness), DT Xavier Williams (ankle), G Andrew Wylie (ankle)
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings

Bears: OUT: WR Taylor Gabriel (concussion), DT Eddie Goldman (concussion), DT Akiem Hicks (elbow); DOUBTFUL: T Rashaad Coward (knee), T Bobby Massie (ankle); QUESTIONABLE: CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring)

Vikings: OUT: RB Dalvin Cook (shoulder), LB Eric Kendricks (quad); QUESTIONABLE: CB Mackensie Alexander (knee), S Jayron Kearse (foot), RB Alexander Mattison (ankle)
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots

Dolphins: OUT: CB Jomal Wiltz (shoulder); QUESTIONABLE: LB Vince Biegel (elbow), DE Taco Charlton (ankle), WR Allen Hurns (ankle, neck), DT Zach Sieler (ankle, thumb), DE Christian Wilkins (ankle)

Patriots: QUESTIONABLE: LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (knee), S Terrence Brooks (groin), LB Shilique Calhoun (illness), T Marcus Cannon (ankle), LB Jamie Collins (shoulder), WR Julian Edelman (knee, shoulder), CB Jonathan Jones (groin), CB Jason McCourty (groin)
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Falcons: OUT: G Jamon Brown (illness), DE Adrian Clayborn (knee), WR Brandon Powell (wrist)

Buccaneers: OUT: DT Beau Allen (ankle), WR Chris Godwin (hamstring); QUESTIONABLE: T Donovan Smith (ankle, knee), QB Jameis Winston (thumb, knee)
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens

Steelers: OUT: RB James Conner (quad), C Maurkice Pouncey (knee)

Ravens: OUT: RB Mark Ingram (calf); QUESTIONABLE: TE Mark Andrews (ankle), WR Marquise Brown (illness), CB Marcus Peters (chest), CB Jimmy Smith (groin), S Earl Thomas (knee, hand)
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys

Redskins: OUT: S Landon Collins (shoulder), QB Dwayne Haskins (ankle), WR Terry McLaurin (concussion); QUESTIONABLE: S Troy Apke (knee), T Morgan Moses (knee), CB Josh Norman (illness)

Cowboys: OUT: LB Joe Thomas (knee); QUESTIONABLE: CB Byron Jones (ankle), T Tyron Smith (back), DT Antwaun Woods (hip, ankle)
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans

Titans: OUT: WR Adam Humphries (ankle), CB Adoree’ Jackson (foot), WR Kalif Raymond (concussion); QUESTIONABLE: WR Cody Hollister (ankle)

Texans: OUT: WR Will Fuller (groin); QUESTIONABLE: S Jahleel Addae (achilles), WR DeAndre Hopkins (illness), LB Jake Martin (knee), CB Bradley Roby (hamstring), WR Kenny Stills (knee), T Laremy Tunsil (ankle), QB Deshaun Watson (back)
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars

Colts: OUT: RB Jordan Wilkins (ankle), CB Quincy Wilson (shoulder); DOUBTFUL: DT Denico Autry (concussion), S Khari Willis (shoulder); QUESTIONABLE: CB Kenny Moore (ankle), DE Al-Quadin Muhammad (groin), G Quenton Nelson (concussion)

Jaguars: OUT: WR Michael Walker (hamstring); QUESTIONABLE: LB Dakota Allen (hamstring), CB A.J. Bouye (wrist), RB Leonard Fournette (neck), QB Gardner Minshew (right shoulder), TE Nick O’Leary (shoulder), WR Dede Westbrook (neck, shoulder)

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants

Eagles: OUT: WR Nelson Agholor (knee), TE Zach Ertz (ribs, back); QUESTIONABLE: T Lane Johnson (ankle), CB Jalen Mills (ankle)

Giants: OUT: TE Rhett Ellison (concussion), T Mike Remmers (concussion), TE Scott Simonson (concussion); QUESTIONABLE: CB Corey Ballentine (back), CB Sam Beal (shoulder), LB Alec Ogletree (back)
Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos

Raiders: DOUBTFUL: G Richie Incognito (ankle), RB Josh Jacobs (shoulder, illness)

Broncos: OUT: T Ja’Wuan James (knee), G Ronald Leary (concussion), T Elijah Wilkinson (ankle); QUESTIONABLE: LB Josey Jewell (not injury related)
Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams

Cardinals: OUT: TE Darrell Daniels (biceps); QUESTIONABLE: TE Charles Clay (calf), QB Kyler Murray (hamstring)

Rams: OUT: RB Darrell Henderson (ankle), CB Jalen Ramsey (knee); DOUBTFUL: CB Troy Hill (thumb)
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks

49ers: OUT: DE Dee Ford (quadricep, hamstring), DT Jullian Taylor (elbow, knee); DOUBTFUL: S Jaquiski Tartt (ribs); QUESTIONABLE: G Mike Person (neck)

Seahawks: OUT: T Duane Brown (knee, biceps), WR Malik Turner (concussion); QUESTIONABLE: S Quandre Diggs (ankle), C Ethan Pocic (core)

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Pitcher Ricky Knapp is a step closer to affiliated baseball.

On Friday the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball sold the contract of the right-hander to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Port Charlotte High School graduate pitched for Lincoln during the 2019 season, compiling a 4-10 record with one save and a 5.81 earned run average in 20 appearances.

The 27-year-old was a part of the New York Mets farm system for six years before being released in September 2018. He reached the Triple A level in 2016 and 2017. But injury plagued him in 2018, when he appeared in three games each for the Rookie and Double A clubs.

His father, Rick Knapp, was a minor-league pitching coordinator in the Dodgers organization years ago and last year was the pitching coach for the Tampa Bay Rays’ Triple A affiliate.

Football

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed offensive lineman Tyler Gauthier in December off the New England Patriots’ practice squad. The Venice High graduate did not appear in any games for the Patriots or the Jaguars.

Florida International University cornerback Stantley Thomas-Oliver III had two pass breakups in Sunday’s Tropical Bowl, which showcases elite Football Bowl Subdivision Division I players for NFL scouts and general managers. The Charlotte High alumnus is on the East roster for Saturday’s East-West Shrine Bowl in St. Petersburg.

Previously at DeSoto County High, Cesar Barajas of Southern University finished second in the Southwestern Athletic Conference with a 40.7 punting average in 13 games.

Men’s golf

Austin Schultz, who has lived in North Port, shot 74 to tie for 20th in Monday’s Korn Ferry event on the West Florida Golf Tour. He competed for Florida Gulf Coast University.

Women’s basketball

Kajahda McCoy scored 11 points for Warren Wilson College against Milligan. The North Port High graduate had four rebounds.

LaGrange College senior Mykelli Taylor had 11 points against Covenant. Out of Charlotte, she had one assist.

Women’s golf

Charlotte product Rebekka Davis of Savannah State University tied for 16th at the SSU Tiger Fall Invitational. The freshman shot 172 (93-79) to place third among the Lady Tigers.