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The Jacksonville Jaguars experienced another disappointing season in 2019, going 5-11 for the second straight year.

But unlike 2018, which was a cataclysmic disaster, there were actually some bright spots for the Jaguars this season.

Whether it was the surprising play of Gardner Minshew or the development of a potentially dynamic receiving corps, Jacksonville can take some positives away from 2019.

One of those positive was the performance of running back Leonard Fournette.

Fournette had a miserable 2018 campaign, to say the least. Injuries and suspensions limited him to eight games, and during that time, he rushed for just 439 yards and five touchdowns while averaging a meager 3.3 yards per carry.

As a matter of fact, Fournette was so bad that some were questioning whether or not the Jags would even bring him back for another season.

But it’s a good thing the Jaguars did, because Fournette was really good this year, finishing with 1,152 yards and three scores on the ground while logging 4.3 yards per attempt. In addition, Fournette flashed his ability as a receiver out of the backfield, hauling in 76 receptions for 522 yards.

For starters, this was Fournette’s best season to date. Yes, he was impressive during his rookie year, totaling 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns as Jacksonville made it to the AFC Championship Game, but he recorded just 3.9 yards per tote, and he caught just 36 passes.

This season, the 24-year-old was much more efficient, and he more than doubled up his catches. Not only that, but Fournette actually remained largely healthy for the first time in his career, playing in 15 games.

Fournette also had this solid year in spite of the Jaguars owning a less-than-stellar offensive line, so his play in 2019 becomes that much more impressive when you take into consideration the fairly shoddy blocking in front of him.

Yes, Jacksonville actually had an aerial attack this season, as Minshew was a heck of a lot better than Blake Bortles was in 2018, and the receiving trio of DJ Chark, Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley is nothing to sneeze at.

That surely helped Fournette have a stronger campaign, but we also need to give some credit where credit is due.

Clearly, Fournette worked really hard on his craft last offseason, as he went from being a guy who could potentially get cut to someone who is now a foundational piece in the Jags’ offense moving forward.

He was the Jaguars’ fourth overall pick in 2017 for a reason, as he had a terrific collegiate career at LSU, but it took him a little while to consistently display his talent on the professional level.

Now, it looks like Fournette has finally broken out, and on a Jacksonville offense that appears to be getting stronger, we should be expecting rather big things from the New Orleans native as time progresses.

As for Fournette’s performance in 2019? I think he deserves an A-minus.

His efficiency wasn’t elite, but it was a heck of a lot better than his first couple of seasons, and the fact that he became a legitimate threat as a pass-catcher out of the backfield is huge.

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Calais Campbell is an NFL defensive end for the Jacksonville Jaguars who is signed to a four-year, $60 million contract with the team.

As a 12-year veteran in the league, Campbell has made millions throughout his career and tells Jacksonville.com that he’s learned a lot about the value of budgeting your money. That’s why, when asked for financial advice for young athletes, he says he always tells them to “put away 80% minimum.”

“I think the biggest thing is you have to budget your fun,” he says. “That’s what I try to tell guys all the time. Honestly, you’re going to have ‘Momma, I made it’ moments, so enjoy yourself. Just budget and make sure you know what you want to spend on things you’ve earned the right to do.”
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Campbell adds that in many situations, young athletes enter the league and “buy everything they ever wanted, then they sometimes look up and they spend a lot more money than they thought.” His advice, he says, is to “understand what your budget is. All this [NFL] money coming in, I try to encourage them to put away 80% minimum.”

The 33-year-old, who grew up in Denver, Colorado, along with his seven siblings, says he also advises young athletes to steer clear of the hefty price tag that comes along with supporting and providing for family and friends.

“When I first got to the NFL, I was doing too much in terms of helping [family],” he says. “A lot of my family members were like, ‘We’ll just do less because he’s helping with more.’ Well, that’s not what I want. Everybody’s situation is different. I’m very close to my family, so I’m going to help them, but I’m going to make sure they help themselves, too.”

The University of Miami alum explains that it’s important to ensure that you’re budgeting how much you’re helping your family “because the worst thing is to give away all your money, have everybody spend it, and you’re back to being broke when you’re done playing, which happens way too much in this league.”

Like Campbell, several other NFL players have spoken openly about carefully spending their millions. In fact, Patriots cornerback Joejuan Williams says he lives off roughly 10% of his NFL income so that he can invest and save the other 90%.

“I can go buy me a really nice car, I can go buy me a really nice house if I wanted to, I can go buy me a really nice chain — multiple chains — if I wanted to,” he tells Boston.com. “But that’s not going to suffice me for when I’m 40, 50, or 60. Who knows when I’m going to need that bread.″

Similarly, New York Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland says he holds himself to “strict guidelines” when it comes to spending his money, which is why he lives off 10% to 15% of his income while saving and investing the rest.

“It’s guaranteed football is going to be over one day,” he told ESPN in 2017. “I tell kids that all the time.”

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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 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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LARAMIE — A handful of former Wyoming players will get a chance this month to put their talents on display for NFL personnel one last time in the college ranks.

Cooper Rothe and Tyler Hall will take their turn first.

Rothe and Hall will take part in different postseason college showcase games Saturday. Rothe, the Cowboys’ former placekicker, will play in the East-West Shrine Bowl in St. Petersburg, Florida. Hall, Wyoming’s former cornerback, will be on the West Coast participating in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

The Shrine Bowl will kick off at 1 p.m. Mountain Time with the Collegiate Bowl to follow at 5 p.m. Both will be televised on the NFL Network.

Rothe will kick for the East Team after spending the last four seasons as Wyoming’s primary placekicker. The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder put together the most accomplished career for a Cowboy kicker during that time, finishing as the program’s all-time leading scorer with 342 career points.

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Rothe converted on 76.6 percent of his field goals and made 165 of 169 extra points in his career. His best season came as a junior when he led the nation in field-goal percentage (94.1) on his way to Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year honors. He was also a finalist that year for the Lou Groza Award, which annually goes to the nation’s top college kicker.

Rothe’s consistency dipped this season as he made 68.1 percent of his field goals (15 of 22), but he capped it with a career-long 53-yarder in the Cowboys’ 38-17 win over Georgia State in the Arizona Bowl.

Meanwhile, Hall, who will suit up for the National Team in the Collegiate Bowl, proved to be one of Wyoming’s more versatile defensive backs during his three years as a starter. He finished his career with 107 tackles, 22 pass breakups and four interceptions.

The 5-10, 190-pound Hall began his career at corner before sliding inside to nickel at the start of his junior season. Injuries made Wyoming’s coaches move Hall back to corner, where he combined for more than 20 passes defended the last two seasons. He finished second on the team this season with eight pass breakups and had an interception he returned 72 yards for a touchdown in the Cowboys’ 23-14 win at Texas State on Sept. 7.

Hall could double as a threat in the return game if East head coach and former NFL head coach Marvin Lewis decides to use him in that capacity. Hall, a three-time all-MW honorable mention selection, averaged 33.4 yards on kick returns this season and finished his career as the Football Bowl Subdivision’s active leader in kickoff return average (31.7) at the end of the 2019 season.

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Hall returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in his career, both coming during the 2017 season. He’s the only player in Wyoming history to return multiple kickoffs for scores in the same season.

Hall will be the fifth Wyoming player to appear in the Collegiate Bowl since its inception in 2012. Running back Nico Evans played in the game last year while safety Andrew Wingard, who’s now with the Jacksonville Jaguars, represented Wyoming in last year’s Shrine Bowl.

Linebacker and Casper native Logan Wilson will get his turn in front of NFL personnel in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 25.

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The Jaguars get better in the middle of their defense and at the wide receiver position in the latest FanSided.com 2020 NFL Mock Draft.

There is still plenty to get excited about when it comes to the Jacksonville Jaguars and the upcoming 2020 season?

No, that is not a misprint. If you look at the glass-half-full approach to this offseason, there are pieces to this roster to build around and extra draft picks – thanks to the trade that sent Jalen Ramsey out west – to use as key additions to this roster.
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The only problem that I can foresee about that paragraph is if we are having this same discussion next year at this time, attempting to put a shine on the future of this organization.

The Jaguars own the ninth and 20th pick in the first round, the 42nd pick in the second round and the 73rd pick in the third. There is plenty of talent on both sides of the football to help this roster, one that several local analysts will tell you has many holes to fill. Two of those slots have been filled in the latest FanSided.com NFL Mock Draft by Brad Weiss.
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With the ninth pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select Isaiah Simmons, Safety/Linebacker from Clemson.

There is a roar coming out of TIAA Bank Field as Simmons is a hybrid player who could fill either need for the Jaguars in their second and third line of defense. He adds another dimension of size and speed to a defense that could not stop the run this past season.

“… the Jaguars need to get better on all three levels, including at linebacker, and safety. With the No. 9 overall selection, they could bring in a guy who could fill both voids, as Isaiah Simmons from Clemson is by far the most versatile defensive player available in this draft class,” Weiss writes.

“Many thought the Jaguars had enough talent to challenge in the AFC South last season, but it appears that they are going to go back to the drawing board in 2020. Whether or not it is Minshew or Nick Foles starting at quarterback, the bottom line is the defense needs to be better, and Simmons can help them accomplish that this offseason.”

Jacksonville had issues this past season with their linebackers, which for the most part became a revolving door due to injuries. Myles Jack played out of position in the middle and may move back outside where he belongs. Donald Payne replaced Jack due to injury for the last handful of games and showed he could be a beat inside.

The thought of Simmons and Jack on the outside and Payne in the middle gives me and others a little more comfort when it comes to stopping the run, which the Jaguars were gruesome at doing last season.

Now that the Jaguars have a playmaker on defense added to the roster, Weiss takes a look at the other side of the ball and gives the offense a pass-catching playmaker.

With the 20th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select Laviska Shenault Jr., wide receiver, Colorado.

Whoa! This one threw me for a loop, especially since I believe the wide receivers on the roster are better than most think and will have a better time of it playing with just one quarterback under center.

Shenault Jr is big at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds. He adds another body to the wide receiver room, especially if the Jaguars cut ties with veteran Marqise Lee.

Weiss did not offer much about Shenault Jr, but he hit the mark when he said if the Jaguars can add the right players, they can begin to turn things around.

“The AFC South netted two playoff teams this season, including the Tennessee Titans, who are one of the final two teams standing in the conference,” Weiss adds. “If the Jaguars can hit on their two first rounders this April, and figure out their quarterback situation, there is no reason why they cannot be a player in the division as soon as next season.”

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Nick Allegretti, ex-Illini, Kansas City Chiefs. Offensive lineman played seven snaps during Chiefs’ 26-3 road win against the Bears on Sunday night.

Geronimo Allison, ex-Illini, Green Bay Packers. Wide receiver and his teammates played at the Vikings on Monday night.

Clayton Fejedelem, ex-Illini, Cincinnati Bengals. Defensive back played 42 snaps and made three tackles during Bengals’ 38-35 road loss against the Dolphins on Sunday.

Justin Hardee, ex-Illini, New Orleans Saints. Defensive back played 28 snaps, all on special teams, and made one tackle during the Saints’ 38-28 win at Tennessee on Sunday.

Ted Karras, ex-Illini, New England Patriots. Offensive lineman started at center and played all 73 snaps on offense for the Patriots, helping New England rack up 414 yards of offense during the Patriots’ 24-17 home win against the Bills on Saturday.

Matt LaCosse, ex-Illini, New England Patriots. Tight end started and made his lone reception count, coming up with an 8-yard touchdown catch, during the Patriots’ 24-17 home win against Buffalo on Saturday.

Corey Liuget, ex-Illini, Buffalo Bills. Defensive tackle played 29 snaps but didn’t record a tackle during Buffalo’s 24-17 loss at New England on Saturday.

Justin March, ex-area (Danville), Dallas Cowboys. Linebacker played 18 snaps, all on special teams, during the Cowboys’ 17-9 loss at Philadelphia on Sunday.

Chase McLaughlin, ex-Illini, Indianapolis Colts. Kicker went 5 of 5 on his extra-point attempts and made a 35-yard field goal during the Colts’ 38-6 home win against the Panthers on Sunday.

Whitney Mercilus, ex-Illini, Houston Texans. Outside linebacker started and made four tackles, including two sacks, during Houston’s 23-20 win at Tampa Bay on Saturday.

Hardy Nickerson, ex-Illini, Cincinnati Bengals. Linebacker played 45 snaps and contributed two tackles during Cincinnati’s 38-35 loss at Miami on Sunday.

Trent Sherfield, ex-area (Danville), Arizona Cardinals. Receiver made a special teams tackle during Cardinals’ 27-13 win at Seattle on Sunday.

Dawuane smoot, ex-Illini, Jacksonville Jaguars. Defensive end recorded a sack during Jaguars’ 24-12 loss at Atlanta on Sunday.

Akeem Spence, ex-Illini, Jacksonville Jaguars. Defensive tackle played 27 snaps and did not record a tackle during Jacksonville’s 24-12 loss at Atlanta.

Malik Turner, ex-Illini, Seattle Seahawks. Receiver made one catch for 23 yards during 27-13 home loss to the Cardinals on Sunday.

Jihad Ward, ex-Illini, Baltimore Ravens. Defensive tackle played 37 snaps, but didn’t record a tackle in Baltimore’s 31-15 win at Cleveland on Sunday.

Tavon Wilson, ex-Illini, Detroit Lions. Safety made nine tackles and deflected pass, but the Lions lost 27-17 at Denver on Sunday.

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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 Fresno State Bulldogs have added a top assistant coach who was a key part of rival Boise State’s recent successes – running backs coach Lee Marks.

This news was first broken to BarkBoard VIP Subscribers on Monday. Public reports from FootballScoop.com and the Idaho Press broke Tuesday afternoon.

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Marks is reportedly in line to join Fresno State as the Bulldogs’ next running backs coach under new head coach Kalen DeBoer. Marks has been on staff at Boise State for the past six years – first as a strength and conditioning coach, then spending the last five years as the running backs coach, and recently adding Director of Special Teams to his duties. Marks is expected to earn an additional high-ranking assistant coach title at Fresno State alongside his running back position.

While on the Boise State staff for six years the Broncos amassed a 64-17 record, three Mountain West Championships and six consecutive seasons in the Top 25 with stellar play from the running back position led by Marks for the past five seasons.

Marks helped recruit and coach up Alexander Mattison, who ran for 144 yards and 2 touchdowns on 30 carries against the Bulldogs in Boise State’s 2018 regular-season win over Fresno State. Mattison went on to be a third-round NFL Draft pick. Marks also oversaw running back Jeremy McNichols who ran for more than 3,000 yards and caught nearly 900 receiving yards with 53 touchdowns over two years.

Prior to Boise State, Marks spent one season at Arkansas State and one season at South Dakota State as the running backs coach at both programs. At South Dakota State, Marks’ running back Zach Zenner ran for 2,000-plus yards and 13 touchdowns.

Marks started his college coaching career at the University of Sioux Falls, where DeBoer played and later led a 67-3 head coaching record. Marks’ coaching career began after DeBoer’s departure, but with (current Fresno State offensive coordinator) Ryan Grubb as his offensive coordinator.

Marks was also a standout running back for the Boise State Broncos in the 2000s. Marks was the Broncos’ leading rusher in 2004 and 2005 with 1,773 yards and 10 touchdowns over his junior and senior seasons.

Running Back Resume

2019: George Holani – 1,014 yards and 7 TDs. (True freshman four-star recruit)

2018: Alexander Mattison – 1,415 yards and 15 TDs. (3rd round NFL Draft pick)

2017: Alexander Mattison – 1,086 yards and 12 TDs.

2016: Jeremy McNichols – 1,709 yards and 23 TDs / 37 rec, 474 yards, 4 TDs. (5th round NFL Draft Pick)

2015: Jeremy McNichols – 1,337 yards and 20 TDs / 40 rec, 460 yards, 6 TDs

2014: Boise State Strength & Conditioning Coach

2013: Michael Gordon – 754 yards on 6.7 yard per carry, 10 TDs (Arkansas State)

2012: Zach Zenner – 2,044 yards and 13 TDs (South Dakota State)

Recruiting Resume

Marks’ Boise State commits include but are not limited to:

2019: George Holani (4-Stars by 247Sports), Keegan Duncan (4-Stars by 247Sports)

2018: Andrew VanBuren (3-Stars), Danny Smith (3-Stars)

2017: Drake Beasley (3-Stars)
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2016: Alexander Mattison (3-Stars)

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Former Fresno State commit Hunter Kaupiko opens recruitment
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One of Fresno State’s first 2020 football commits will not be joining the program after all. After skipping Early Signing Day, linebacker Hunter Kaupiko announced his decommitment Friday morning.

Kaupiko is a three-star prospect from Las Vegas (Nevada) Faith Lutheran. He previously committed to Fresno State in June.

Kaupiko tweeted, “After careful consideration, prayer, (and) counsel, I have chosen to open back up my recruiting I want to thank Fresno state for recruiting me and I wish them nothing but Love. I am looking forward to finding the right situation for my future.”

The 2020 linebacker has additional offers from San Diego State, New Mexico, UNLV, Northern Arizona and Portland State.

Kaupiko ranks as the No. 11 prospect in Nevada and the No. 93 inside linebacker in the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

As a senior, Kaupiko had 90 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery, according to MaxPreps.com. He had 113 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks as a junior (in three more games played).

For a program going through a coaching change, Fresno State has seen few defections in its 2020 recruiting class.

During the 2019 season, the Bulldogs saw decommitments from Calabasas quarterback Jaden Casey (signed with Cal) and Fresno Edison HS defensive back Dezjhon Malone (signed with San Diego State). Kaupiko is the first decommitment for Fresno State since head coach Jeff Tedford stepped down in early December.

The Bulldogs hired Kalen DeBoer as the new head coach one day before Early Signing Day, signing 12 recruits on Dec. 18. A 13th Bulldog commit, Modesto College tight end Rory Hanson, also signed in early January.

Fresno State has three remaining unsigned commits: Palo Alto HS wide receiver Jamir Shepard, Mountain View (Calif.) St. Francis offensive lineman Mose Vavao and Upland (Calif.) long snapper Michael Munoz.