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Keelan Cole came down with three catches for 67 yards and a touchdown on four targets Sunday in the Jaguars’ Week 17 win over the Colts.

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Cole had one of his better games on Sunday as the third year receiver has been a disappointment in 2019. Cole finishes with 24 catches, 361 receiving yards and three touchdown catches and will have to earn a roster spot in 2020.

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NFL draft weekend turns into a series of possibilities after thinking the event is made up of certainties.

What if LSU quarterback Joe Burrow doesn’t go No. 1 overall?

What if the Miami Dolphins didn’t tank for Tua Tagovailoa?

What if the league places more emphasis on stopping the run to counter the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans’ offensive attacks?

Each decision creates a cascading effect. That’s why it’s never smart to become enamored with a specific prospect instead of taking into account the many variables.

The first thing to expect is the unexpected because the draft never goes as planned.

Front offices run through numerous possibilities in preparation for the draft. Let’s do the same by aligning some surprising names with specific organizations. The pairings are built on numerous qualifiers like playing a position which isn’t an obvious team need, or a different name than most expect, or a potential top-line veteran possibly moving on and needing to be replaced.

These pairings aren’t meant to serve as a mock draft or even the favorite for each particular team, but they should be considered possibilities if circumstances fall a certain way.


Atlanta Falcons: RB D’Andre Swift, Georgia
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Georgia’s D’Andre Swift is sure to be a local favorite for the Atlanta Falcons, but his potential draft selection is more complicated.

The running back position isn’t a significant concern in Atlanta, with Devonta Freeman and Brian Hill already on the roster. At the same time, the Falcons’ rushing offense went from fifth overall in 2016, when the team made a Super Bowl run, to 30th this season.

Freeman turns 28 years old in March, and his contract is far more manageable in its last three years. In fact, the team can save $3.5 million against the salary cap if it releases the veteran this year. The savings are significantly more in 2021 and 2022.

Landing the draft’s top back to complement an already-elite aerial attack will make the Falcons far more potent.

Arizona Cardinals: TE Brycen Hopkins, Purdue
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Kliff Kingsbury’s offense didn’t look like what many expected in his first season as an NFL head coach. Yes, the Arizona Cardinals still employed four-receiver sets with more frequency than any other squad by a significant margin. Yet, they had one or even two tight ends on the field 59 percent of the time.

Maxx Williams turned into a fantastic offseason addition as an in-line option. Charles Clay finished sixth on the team with 237 receiving yards. But Clay is a free agent.

The Cardinals should have an opportunity to draft the class’ top tight end to replace Clay and provide the offense with even more flexibility in the first half of the second round.

Purdue’s Brycen Hopkins is both a big target (6’5″, 245 lbs) and a competent slot option. He did most of his work split out wide as part of the passing game. He can do the same in Arizona.

Baltimore Ravens: RB Travis Etienne, Clemson
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Mark Ingram II was a vital component to a Baltimore Ravens offense that set a single-season NFL record with 3,296 rushing yards.

Ingram is the hammer. His physical, downhill running style keeps defenses honest. They can’t just key in on quarterback Lamar Jackson to slow him down because the interior running game can be just as effective.

So, why would the Ravens need to add another running back?

First, Ingram turned 30 in December. Second, Baltimore can continue to build upon a strength. Finally, Clemson’s Travis Etienne is too enticing not to strongly consider. The 5’10”, 210-pound back isn’t as big as Ingram, but he’s just as difficult to tackle. According to Pro Football Focus, Etienne set a record by breaking a tackle on 46 percent of his carries during the 2019 season.

Buffalo Bills: CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama
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The Buffalo Bills already boast the NFL’s fourth-best passing defense and a first-team All-Pro cornerback in Tre’Davious White. However, their secondary isn’t quite complete.

The Bills should look at addressing their front seven since they can improve along their interior and add more of a pass rush. But they shouldn’t overlook the possibility of adding a bookend to White.

Kevin Johnson and Levi Wallace are solid second and third outside corners, although both are listed at 185 pounds or less and the former is a free agent. Alabama’s Trevon Diggs (6’2″, 207 pounds) would be a bigger, more physical option to complement the entire position group.

According to Pro Football Focus, Diggs allowed only 22 receptions all season and a 44.5 passer rating.

In the pass-first NFL, there’s no harm in having too many quality cornerbacks.

Carolina Panthers: QB Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
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The Carolina Panthers will have a serious conversation about their quarterback situation at some point this offseason. New head coach and football czar Matt Rhule already has three options to consider.

Former MVP Cam Newton remains at the forefront, but a foot injury wiped out his 2019 campaign. The Panthers can save $19.1 million or more by releasing or trading the soon-to-be 31-year-old.

Kyle Allen and Will Grier are still on the roster, too. Allen played well in Newton’s stead but doesn’t necessarily fit the mold Rhule seems to like. The same can be said of Grier, a 2019 third-round pick.

Rhule’s collegiate teams often relied on mobile quarterbacks. Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts certainly fits the bill. And Rhule saw firsthand how talented Hurts is when Baylor lost twice against Oklahoma this season.

Chicago Bears: QB Jordan Love, Utah State
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The Chicago Bears eventually must consider moving past Mitchell Trubisky as their starting quarterback. They aren’t ready to give up on the 2017 second overall pick, but it wouldn’t hurt them to hedge their bet.

Chicago shouldn’t sink another first-round pick into the position, and it doesn’t even have one in 2020 thanks to the Khalil Mack trade. The front office also traded away its third- and fourth-round picks.

A second-round investment in a quality, young option to develop is a different conversation, especially since the Bears have two second-rounders in this year’s draft.

Utah State’s Jordan Love didn’t perform as well as expected in 2019. The early entrant posted a 20-to-17 touchdown-to-interception ratio. His natural skill set is obvious, though.

Love would give the Bears a safety net, while the front office could say he’s a developmental project to avoid immediately challenging Trubisky.

Cincinnati Bengals: DE Chase Young, Ohio State
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The Cincinnati Bengals are all but certain to select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner displayed the best pocket presence, anticipation and overall ball placement of any prospect over the last decade.

However, Burrow isn’t the only elite prospect in this year’s class.

Up until about a month-and-a-half ago, Ohio State’s Chase Young remained in the conversation for the No. 1 overall pick. Young is in the same class as Myles Garrett, Jadeveon Clowney and Nick Bosa.

At 6’5″ and 265 pounds with an explosive first step, frightening power and excellent flexibility, the FBS leader with 16.5 sacks is a tailor-made NFL defensive end. Cincinnati should at least consider the possibility of selecting him, although everyone knows which direction the franchise is leaning.

Cleveland Browns: DT Derrick Brown, Auburn
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If the Cleveland Browns select anything other than an offensive lineman with the 10th overall pick, it will be a massive upset. They need to replace both starting offensive tackles, and right guard remains a sore spot.

But offensive line isn’t Cleveland’s only major concern.

The Browns may not have a starting-caliber safety on the roster going into the draft since Damarious Randall is a free agent and 31-year-old Morgan Burnett is a likely salary-cap casualty.

Defensive tackle is a less obvious need, but Cleveland struggles at the point of attack. Larry Ogunjobi, in particular, severely disappointed last season.

Cleveland should legitimately consider bypassing both offensive tackle and safety if Auburn’s Derrick Brown is on the board at No. 10. Brown can be inserted at 1-technique alongside Sheldon Richardson, Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon to complete a defensive front that was supposed to be the team’s strength last season.

Dallas Cowboys: WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
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The Dallas Cowboys signed defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, linebacker Jaylon Smith, right tackle La’el Collins and running back Ezekiel Elliott to long-term contracts last year. Quarterback Dak Prescott is up next.

Meanwhile, wide receiver Amari Cooper remains in limbo.

Dallas has plenty of salary-cap space in 2020, according to Spotrac, but that doesn’t mean a deal will get done. Cooper is one of the top available free agents after being named to his fourth Pro Bowl in five seasons.

As such, the Cowboys could enter the draft with wide receiver in the crosshairs. They could find a replacement at Cooper’s old school.

Henry Ruggs III is a blazing-fast option to pair with Michael Gallup. It wouldn’t be ideal, but the Cowboys placed themselves in this position by not signing Cooper to an extension yet.

Denver Broncos: S Xavier McKinney, Alabama
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The Broncos may seem set at safety as long as they re-sign Justin Simmons this offseason. However, he isn’t the only long-term issue at the position.

Kareem Jackson turns 32 this year. In 2021, the Broncos can release him and save $10 million toward the salary cap.

Will Parks, who bounced between safety and cornerback, is a free agent.

Sometimes a position isn’t as secure as it seems.

Alabama’s Xavier McKinney is a do-it-all safety with the flexibility to play multiple roles if he isn’t immediately needed as a starter. McKinney can line up near the box, play deep third, cover the slot and defend the run.

He’s a smart choice for any team, even if they’re set at safety.

Detroit Lions: DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
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Defensive line appears to be one of the few positions where the Detroit Lions are set. However, don’t be surprised if the organization still decides to address the unit sooner or later.

The front office jumped on the opportunity to sign Mike Daniels last offseason even with Damon Harrison, A’Shawn Robinson and Trey Flowers, who bumps inside as an interior pass-rusher, already on the roster.

The reason is simple: The ability to consistently collapse the pocket is rare.

Daniels only signed a one-year deal, though. Robinson isn’t under contract anymore, either.

South Carolina’s Javon Kinlaw may not be a top-three prospect, but he can get after opposing quarterbacks. He had the highest pass-rush grade among defensive tackles in each of the last two seasons, per Pro Football Focus.

If the Lions were to trade down, Kinlaw is an ideal target to pair with Harrison along the interior.

Green Bay Packers: CB C.J. Henderson, Florida
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As the Cleveland Browns’ head coach, Mike Pettine once pushed for Justin Gilbert to be a top-10 selection.

It didn’t go as planned. But the sentiment remains the same. Pettine prefers long and lanky press corners to fit his defensive scheme.

Green Bay already has one standout at the position in Jaire Alexander. The other side of the defense is far less settled.

The Packers spent a second-round pick on Kevin King in 2017. He started 14 games this season, but his overall inconsistency could have Green Bay looking for another cornerback sooner than it should with significant concerns at offensive tackle and wide receiver (beyond Davante Adams).

Florida’s CJ Henderson can be allergic to tackling at times, but no one can deny his coverage skills. The 6’1″, 202-pound defensive back has the skill set to excel in Pettine’s scheme and usurp King’s starting spot.

Houston Texans: WR Justin Jefferson, LSU
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The Houston Texans don’t have a general manager, so their personnel department is driven by Bill O’Brien’s self-preservation. As a result, they don’t have first- or third-round picks this year, because they’ve already been traded to other franchises.

When the Texans are on the clock, wide receiver might be the last position they consider. However, that approach is short-sighted.

Kenny Stills is a free agent after after the 2020 season, and none of his remaining contract is guaranteed. Will Fuller V is entering the fifth year of his rookie contract and has missed 20 games over the past three seasons.

The Texans can’t reach a place where it’s DeAndre Hopkins and nobody else, especially with a deep incoming receiver class. LSU’s Jordan Jefferson, who tied for the nation lead with 111 receptions, can immediately step in and play the slot or work outside the numbers.

Indianapolis Colts: OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
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The Indianapolis Colts own the NFL’s best offensive line. A few changes could occur this offseason, though.

Anthony Castonzo is the top available left tackle on the free-agent market. He also turns 32 later this year. Joe Haeg, who has started multiple games over the last four seasons but primarily serves as a backup now, is set to hit the market as well.

The Colts have a chance to land a top-end offensive line prospect with the 13th overall pick.

Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs started at both right and left tackle this past season, and he sometimes played both in the same game. He could be insurance if Castonzo does leave. Even if Castonzo doesn’t sign elsewhere, Wirfs can bump inside and challenge Mark Glowinski to start at right guard.

As long as Indianapolis plans to have Jacoby Brissett behind center, it will need to regroup and make sure the front five remains a strength.

Jacksonville Jaguars: OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia
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The Jacksonville Jaguars already have a pair of young offensive tackles in Cam Robinson and Jawaan Taylor. However, they shouldn’t rely on the former moving forward because he’s been a severe disappointment.

Robinson has gotten called for numerous penalties while still surrendering far too much blindside pressure. He may be better served moving inside if the Jaguars decided to replace either Andrew Norwell or A.J. Cann, or they could just bench him.

Either way, Jacksonville needs an upgrade at left tackle. Luckily, there should be multiple quality protectors available at No. 9.

Georgia’s Andrew Thomas is a smooth operator. His long levers and movement skills offset every top collegiate edge-rusher he faced. According to Pro Football Focus, Thomas allowed only 37 pressures in his three years as a starter in the nation’s toughest conference. The 6’5″, 320-pound lineman might actually be a better blocker at the point of attack.

Kansas City Chiefs: OG Netane Muti, Fresno State
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The Kansas City Chiefs are among the league’s most talented teams, but they aren’t without flaws.

Most of Kansas City’s weak spots are covered by the the play of surrounding positions. Running back and cornerback are obvious examples. Left guard is less so.

Andrew Wylie and Cameron Erving are below-average interior blockers, and Stefen Wisniewski is a free agent in March. The Chiefs require a far more sturdy and aggressive option.

Enter Fresno State’s Netane Muti.

The underclassman isn’t a household name compared to other prospects because he had only one healthy season for the Bulldogs. But when he’s on the field, watch out. The 307-pound guard loves to finish blocks and bury his opponents, which is the exact opposite of what the Chiefs currently have at the position.

Las Vegas Raiders: QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
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The Jon Gruden-Derek Carr marriage has never quite felt right. Gruden is a hopeless romantic when it comes to quarterbacks, while Carr has played solid but not great.

The Raiders showed significant interest in Kyler Murray last year, but they weren’t in a position to draft the eventual No. 1 overall pick.

As a whole, the Raiders organization is trying to build a foundation as it prepares for its move to Las Vegas.

“I mean, ‘continuity’ is a word that we’d like to live by here, and it’s something we have struggled to do, obviously,” Gruden said, per ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez. “So, hopefully the young tight ends, the young backs, the offensive line, we’re starting to collect some pieces in the secondary and on the defensive edge of our defense.”

Notice the one position Gruden didn’t mention: quarterback.

The Raiders own the 12th and 19th overall picks. The New York Giants sit directly in front of the Miami Dolphins with the fourth overall pick and don’t need a quarterback. Gruden and Co. should trade both of their first-rounders to select Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and start fresh at the game’s most important position.

Los Angeles Chargers: LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
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The Los Angeles Chargers are currently without a starting quarterback unless they re-sign Philip Rivers. Their offensive line is a mess. Running back Melvin Gordon, tight end Hunter Henry, wide receiver Travis Benjamin and fullback Derek Watt are free agents.

The Chargers could go in nearly any direction with the No. 6 overall pick and it wouldn’t be much of a surprise. Unless they double down on a similar talent to Derwin James in Clemson’s Isaiah Simmons, that is.

How much fun would it be watching those two outstanding players on the same defense? The Chargers’ defensive coaching staff would be giddy devising different ways to use the pair of multipurpose weapons.

Like James, Simmons can play linebacker, strong safety, free safety and nickel corner. Simmons is a little bigger and will probably start his career at linebacker, but the versatility he would present alongside James has the potential to create the most flexible and unpredictable defensive unit in the NFL.

Los Angeles Rams: DT Raekwon Davis, Alabama
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It’s difficult to project which direction the Rams will go in this offseason. They’re not exactly flush with salary-cap space compared to other teams, multiple key performers are set to enter free agency, and the front office traded away its next two first-round picks for Jalen Ramsey.

The offensive line is the most pressing unit to address since two starters—left tackle Andrew Whitworth and right guard Austin Blythe—are free agents. But the defensive line could use a boost, too.

Defensive tackle Aaron Donald is a superstar of the highest order and is under contract through 2024. However, defensive end/defensive tackle Michael Brockers is a free agent. Meanwhile, fourth-round nose tackle Greg Gaines was solid but nothing special in his rookie campaign.

Why not draft a prospect who can help at both positions?

Alabama’s Raekwon Davis has the size (6’7″, 312 pounds) and experience in the Crimson Tide’s varied front to play across the line.

Miami Dolphins: QB Justin Herbert, Oregon
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It wouldn’t be remotely surprising if the Miami Dolphins spent one of their three first-round picks on a quarterback. However, it would be somewhat stunning if they select anyone other than Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa.

The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reported last year that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross “really, really likes” Tagovailoa. The organization supposedly built a plan to “tank for Tua.” Instead, Miami won five games and earned the fifth overall pick.

Tagovailoa suffered a hip injury in November, so he might be available to the Dolphins at No. 5. However, other franchises know Miami’s purported affinity for the left-handed gunslinger and could try to trade ahead of the Dolphins for the chance to select him.

Or, something even more surprising could happen: The Dolphins could bypass Tagovailoa in favor of another quarterback prospect, like Oregon’s Justin Herbert. Herbert has prototypical size (6’6″, 237 pounds) with outstanding athleticism and is a tremendous anticipatory thrower once he gets into a rhythm.

Minnesota Vikings: DE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
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The Minnesota Vikings earned an impressive wild-card playoff victory against the New Orleans Saints in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome mainly because of their devastating defensive front.

On the surface, no major changes or additions are necessary. The key is keeping the majority of the group intact while building upon an already strong unit. The Vikings did this for years with their secondary.

Danielle Hunter is only 25 years old and an all-world talent. The other spot isn’t as secure.

Everson Griffen is a three-time Pro Bowl selection and an excellent edge-defender. He’ll also turn 33 later this year, and the Vikings have very little guaranteed money invested in the final three years of his contract.

The organization could move on at any point and invest in another edge-rusher, like Penn State’s Yetur Gross-Matos. The 21-year-old prospect is still a work in progress, but he improved each year for the Nittany Lions. The Vikings aren’t afraid of projects, as Hunter’s maturation from his time at LSU with 4.5 collegiate sacks can attest.

New England Patriots: C Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
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Quarterback will be at the forefront of everything the New England Patriots do this offseason, whether Tom Brady re-signs or not.

Even so, the Patriots must do a better job protecting whoever is under center next season. New England built its last Super Bowl victory on the game’s best offensive interior. The group is crumbling, though.

David Andrews missed the entire season after being diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism. His status for the 2020 campaign has yet to be determined.

“I’m not ready to be done playing football,” Andrews said to during a community event at Amos House in Providence (h/t ESPN’s Mike Reiss). “So if there’s any chance that I can go play football, that’s what I’m gonna do.”

The potential selection of an interior offensive lineman isn’t a knee-jerk reaction to Andrews’ pending status. Yes, Wisconsin’s Tyler Biadasz is the top-rated player at his position. The possibility exists that he could move to guard if needed, especially if New England’s stalwart left guard, Joe Thuney, leaves in free agency.

New Orleans Saints: OT Austin Jackson, USC
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The New Orleans Saints don’t mess around with protecting quarterback Drew Brees.

Granted, no one is entirely sure if Brees will return for yet another season in the Big Easy, but he’s more likely to re-sign than not.

Also, Terron Armstead or Ryan Ramczyk aren’t going anywhere.

New Orleans placed an emphasis on its interior offensive line play long before it was cool, because the Saints had a 6’0″ quarterback playing from the pocket.

When someone like USC’s Austin Jackson is mentioned, keep in mind the team’s previous history. Andrus Peat was an offensive tackle when the Saints drafted him with the 13th overall pick in the 2015 draft. The coaching staff moved him to left guard.

The organization sees value in offensive linemen. The talented Trojans blocker could move inside and replace Peat since the veteran is a free agent.

New York Giants: OT Mekhi Becton, Louisville
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New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman doesn’t give a damn about what anyone else thinks. Last year’s selection of quarterback Daniel Jones with the sixth overall draft pick made that quite clear.

Don’t be surprised if Gettleman throws another swerve at those watching, covering and actively participating in the draft by choosing someone sooner than expected.

Offensive tackle is a mess for Big Blue. Right tackle Mike Remmers is a free agent, while left tackle Nate Solder hasn’t played well enough to warrant his exorbitant contract.

The consensus top three offensive tackle prospects—Alabama’s Jedrick Wills Jr., Georgia’s Andrew Thomas and Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs—are very much in play. Don’t overlook Louisville’s Mekhi Becton. Well, it’s pretty much impossible to since he’s 6’7″ and 369 pounds. Becton’s size and movement skills will likely force a team, like the Giants, to select the mammoth blocker somewhere in the first half of the opening frame.

New York Jets: S Grant Delpit, LSU
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Imagine the fallout if the New York Jets actually traded All-Pro safety Jamal Adams and then drafted a player from the same college to fill his spot with the 11th overall pick.

New York City media is already salivating at the possibility.

It’s not too far-fetched, either.

Adams wasn’t happy with the fact that Jets general manager Joe Douglas listened to trade offers for the defensive back’s services. The two parties seem to be on the same page now, but the previous incident will always be there in the back of everyone’s minds.

The beauty of selecting LSU’s Grant Delpit in this year’s first round is he shouldn’t be classified strictly as a free or strong safety. He can be a nickel linebacker, used in various big nickel looks and more than holds his own in coverage.

With or without Adams, Delpit is a good addition.

Philadelphia Eagles: QB Jake Fromm
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Carson Wentz played like the league’s MVP during the Philadelphia Eagles’ playoff push. Another season also ended with an injury.

No one is saying Wentz should be replaced. But the Eagles must consider options beyond their franchise signal-caller since he’s bound to miss time based on his injury history.

Right now, the Eagles don’t have a quality backup on the roster. Both Nate Sudfeld and Josh McCown, who had to fill in for Wentz in the wild-card round, are free agents. The team signed Kyle Lauletta to a futures contract, but that doesn’t guarantee anything.

Georgia’s Jake Fromm won’t demand a first-round pick and could be an ideal long-term backup. Fromm won’t blow anyone away with his physical tools. However, he started as a true freshman and three straight years in the SEC for multiple reasons. Coaches will fall in love with his work ethic, attitude and leadership traits.

Pittsburgh Steelers: LB Malik Harrison, Ohio State
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But the Pittsburgh Steelers just traded up to draft Devin Bush with the 10th overall pick in the 2019 draft and still have Mark Barron and Vince Williams under contract.

Both of those facts are inarguable. Yet, the Steelers are all about long-term planning. More often than not, the franchise looks at an area and plans a logical succession, especially at critical positions within their scheme. Linebacker definitely falls into that category.

Bush showed exactly why he was worth what Pittsburgh traded to acquire his services. He’s now a foundational building block. Barron and Williams aren’t. Barron is a free agent after the 2020 campaign, while Williams is a projected cap casualty next offseason.

The fact that Pittsburgh doesn’t have a first-round pick thanks to the Minkah Fitzpatrick trade further suggests a long-term approach. Ohio State’s Malik Harrison is an aggressive sideline-to-sideline linebacker who can pair with Bush to become a dynamic duo for years to come.

San Francisco 49ers: DT Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma
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Another first-round defensive lineman? Exactly.

The San Francisco 49ers have five first-round defensive linemen on their roster. Four of those were drafted by the organization through the last five drafts. Dee Ford came along this offseason in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Robert Saleh’s defensive front is stacked.

But it won’t always be that way since Arik Armstead and rotational interior pass-rusher Sheldon Day are impending free agents. Also, 2017 third overall pick Solomon Thomas hasn’t lived up to expectations.

Obviously, San Francisco could use help elsewhere instead of investing yet another first-round pick in a defensive lineman. However, the team can continue to beef up its front to fortify the unit for years to come.

Oklahoma’s Neville Gallimore finally realized his immense potential this season. His first-step quickness helps create pressure along the interior with the versatility to play either 1- or 3-technique.

Seattle Seahawks: DE Julian Okwara, Notre Dame
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The Seattle Seahawks invested heavily in their defensive front, specifically defensive end, this past season.

The organization traded for Jadeveon Clowney, signed Ziggy Ansah and drafted L.J. Collier. On paper, the position looks loaded. But is isn’t.

Clowney has yet to sign a contract extension. Ansah didn’t provide much of an impact. And Collier, who entered the season with a high-ankle sprain, is a better interior than edge-rusher.

Rasheem Greene actually led the team with four sacks.

The Seahawks shouldn’t stop throwing talent at the problem, even though serious concerns can also be found along the offensive line.

Notre Dame’s Julian Okwara is an interesting fit in Seattle, because he can play the Leo role as a standup end capable of adding athleticism and quickness off the edge. He, Collier and a re-signed Clowney have the potential to create a formidable trio.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: QB Jacob Eason, Washington
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in the same season.

The mind-boggling feat places the Buccaneers franchise in a conundrum since Winston is a free agent. Does it consider moving on to another quarterback?

“Another quarterback? Oh, yeah. [If] we can win with this one, we can definitely win with another one too,” head coach Bruce Arians said, per ESPN’s Jenna Laine.

Well, the door has been flung wide-open to the possibility of moving on from Winston, and the team should probably take it.

Washington’s Jacob Eason is a tailor-made quarterback for Arians’ system. The 6’6″, 227-pound pocket passer with a rocket arm and willingness to stare down pressure can move into a starting role after being a mid-first-round selection.

Tennessee Titans: WR Jalen Reagor, TCU
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The Tennessee Titans struck gold in the second round last season when A.J. Brown fell to them.

Brown not only provided a significant weapon within the offense, but his rapid development has him on track to be a true No. 1 target in an offense that also features Corey Davis, a 2017 top-five draft pick, and slot receiver Adam Humphries.

Since the offense itself is so heavily slanted toward running back Derrick Henry with an already solid core of weapons, another addition to the wide receiver corps seems unlikely. It shouldn’t be.

First, the Titans must decide whether to re-sign quarterback Ryan Tannehill. If the organization does, another vertical threat, like TCU’s Jalen Reagor, will only make the offense more explosive. Tannehill led the NFL in yards per attempt during the regular season, and his skill set lends itself well to the deep passing game. Reagor, meanwhile, is one of the fastest men in college football and a dynamic target.

Washington Redskins: WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
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Some might think Jerry Jeudy to the Washington Redskins is a logical choice with little to no surprise factor. Those people are dead wrong.

Yes, Jeudy would be a wonderful addition as another weapon to pair with Terry McLaurin, Kelvin Harmon and Steven Sims Jr.

However, Jeudy’s impact can’t supersede what Ohio State’s Chase Young brings. Young is a legitimate game-wrecker. Opposing offenses must account for him at all times. He’s the clear choice with the second overall pick after the Cincinnati Bengals select LSU’s Joe Burrow.

Jeudy is an advanced route-runner, even at 20 years old. His potential addition would give Washington a complete wide receiver corps, hence why he’s a legitimate option.

But Young is far too talented at a premium position to consider any other prospect as long as the Bengals don’t lose their collective minds.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Jacksonville Jaguars could look a lot different in 2020. The team has a number of holes, a cap to maneuver, and players set to test the open market.

Jaguars’ owner Shad Khan announced earlier this week head coach Doug Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell would remain in their roles next season despite a 6-10 record in 2019. Khan said he wanted to see how the duo could build Jacksonville since, for the first time since 2016, Tom Coughlin is not calling the shots.

One of the key areas Caldwell and Marrone will have to work thoroughly through as they try to turn the Jaguars around is free agency. Aside from adding to their roster through negotiating with players on the open market, Jacksonville will also have to sort through its own impending free agents.

So, which current Jaguars have expiring contracts the Jaguars will have to make decisions on sooner than later?

Unrestricted free agents

TE Seth DeValve

Fourth-year tight end Seth DeValve joined Jacksonville after the Jaguars claimed him following 53-man roster cutdowns. Early on DeValve was the No. 3 tight end behind James O’Shaughnessy and Geoff Swaim, mostly serving as a fullback or H-back in offensive coordinator John DeFilippo’s scheme.

When a rash of injuries hit the Jaguars’ tight end group, DeValve began to see more action. He played in 59% of the team’s offensive snaps in Weeks 7 and 8 and caught a season-high four passes for 41 yards in Week 9.

DeValve eventually suffered through his own injury, an oblique issue that saw him miss four games. He would finish the season with 12 catches for 140 yards and no touchdowns. Bringing him back would be inexpensive, and it is likely Jacksonville would consider it amongst the rest of their options to improve the tight end position.

TE Ben Koyack

Ben Koyack has been on and off of the Jaguars’ roster for each of the last four years, and 2019 was more of the same. He was signed as a free agent in Week 6 after O’Shaughnessy suffered an ACL injury and ended up playing 259 snaps, nearly 25% of the Jaguars’ offensive snaps.

Koyack only recorded one catch for nine yards on three targets in 11 games in 2019. He primarily served as a blocking tight end and was about average in that regard.

It is unlikely Koyack is a Jaguar again unless the team once again goes through a bad string of injuries

OT Ben Ijalana

The ninth-year offensive tackle signed a one-year deal with Jacksonville in August but was placed on injured reserve with elbow injury a few weeks later.

TE Nick O’Leary

A former member of the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins, veteran tight end Nick O’Leary signed with Jacksonville after rookie tight end Josh Oliver was placed on injured reserve with a back injury after Week 11.

In only six games with the Jaguars, O’Leary actually had decent production for a guy picking up the offense on the fly. He caught 13 passes for 109 yards and one touchdown, better numbers than both DeValve and Koyack. It would make sense if Jacksonville kept O’Leary around for depth in 2020.

OT Cedric Ogbuehi

A former first-round draft pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2015, Cedric Ogbuehi was signed to a one-year deal by the Jaguars last offseason. He ended up serving as the team’s top swing tackle after being sidelined with injuries in the first two games of the season.

Ogbuehi went on to play 14 games for the Jaguars 2019, but he never started a game and only played more than 14 snaps twice.

Jacksonville will be remaking its offensive line in 2020, and it remains to be seen if Ogbuehi is part of that.

C Tyler Shatley

Tyler Shatley has been one of Jacksonville’s key reserve offensive linemen since entering the NFL in 2014. He played more than 300 snaps and started at least four games in each of the previous three seasons, including a career-high seven starts in 2018, but was not needed as much in 2019. Starting enter Brandon Linder finally stayed healthy for the full course of a season, and Shatley played only four snaps while on a one-year contract.

Jacksonville seems to be high on Shatley as a backup center, and while he barely played in 2019, he was active for every game. Expect him to be brought back on another cheap deal.

Restricted free agents

WR Keelan Cole

Keelan Cole didn’t post great numbers in 2019, but he still had a solid season all things considered.

Cole posted career-low numbers in catches (24) and receiving yards (361) but posted a career-best catch rate (24 catches on only 32 targets led to 68.6% catch rate) and tied a career-high in receiving touchdowns (3).

Cole did all of this while playing only 370 snaps (34%), which is more than 300 less snaps than he averaged in his first two seasons in Jacksonville. For whatever reason, he just did not see the field as much as he had in 2017 and 2018.

Cole had a solid 2019 season and it would make sense to bring him back in 2020 and maybe even expand his role, but it remains to be seen how high the Jaguars are on Cole.

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WR Terry Godwin

A seventh-round selection in the 2019 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers, Terry Godwin was waived and added to the Jaguars’ practice squad after Week 1. Godwin was not active in any games in 2019.

OL Brandon Thomas

Sixth-year offensive lineman Brandon Thomas wasn’t active in any games for Jacksonville in 2019, serving as a healthy scratch in most games before being placed on injured reserve with a knee injury on Dec. 11.

RB Devante Mays

Third-year running back Devante Mays was signed to the Jaguars at the end of July but was placed on injured reserve a month later, never laying a snap for the Jaguars.

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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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Jaguars 2019 offensive statistics

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 – Senior writer John Oehser and senior correspondent Brian Sexton both offer three quick thoughts on the Jaguars as they prepare to play the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., Sunday …

1.We won’t know what Minshew Mania means this season, so just enjoy it. Gardner Minshew II is starting again. And winning. That means the mania around the Jaguars’ rookie quarterback is back, too. What does that mean for future? We realistically won’t know until after Jaguars Owner Shad Khan decides the organization’s future structure. Veteran Nick Foles remains a viable option for next season and the Jaguars’ position in the 2020 NFL Draft could make an available quarterback too tempting to pass. Impressive, winning performances in the final two regular-season games would enhance Minshew’s status, but it won’t likely make him the guaranteed 2020 Week 1 starter. And you know what? That’s OK. Minshew remains a remarkable story, and he will be in the conversation at quarterback for the Jaguars next season – even if the result of that conversation remains a mystery. Advice for Minshew Maniacs: Don’t worry about next season yet. Enjoy the next two starts and have fun. Because he’s absolutely a lot of fun.

2.Good for Calais Campbell, but … The good news for the Jaguars this week was defensive end Calais Campbell being named to a fifth career Pro Bowl, his third such honor in three seasons since joining the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent in 2017. While Campbell always is deserving, the downside of the 2020 Pro Bowl selection was multiple deserving Jaguars players – particularly edge defenders Josh Allen and Yannick Ngakoue – were not named to the game. Allen and Ngakoue both were as – and perhaps more – deserving than Campbell this season and would have fared better in the Pro Bowl process had it not been for the team’s record. The same goes for: kicker Josh Lambo, punter Logan Cooke, running back Leonard Fournette and wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. All likely could have made the game it not for the five-game second-half losing streak that wrecked the Jaguars’ season. Such is the reality of 5-9.

3.Speaking of that list … The players mentioned above? The ones who narrowly missed the Pro Bowl? That’s a good place to start when figuring the franchise’s future core. It was appropriate that both Chark and Allen were recognized as Pro Bowl alternates, because those may be the best players on offense and defense respectively as the Jaguars move forward. Allen has a chance to be one of the NFL’s best defensive players – and it’s a good fortune for the Jaguars he plays the defense’s most-impactful position. It’s hard to find dominant pass rushers and the Jaguars appear to have found one. It’s also hard to find No. 1 receivers, and Chark has shown signs of being such a player this season. If the offense improves next offseason – i.e., adds a tight end and improves the running game – Chark should continue to emerge. Ngakoue and Fournette also figure to return, though it remains to be seen if Ngakoue will be under the franchise tag or on a long-term deal. Add right tackle Jawaan Taylor to the list and you have five young players who should be strong for this franchise for at least two more seasons. The thought here is that players such as linebackers Myles Jack and Leon Jacobs, wide receiver Dede Westbrook and center Brandon Linder also will remain or become front-line players. Are there areas where the Jaguars must improve? Yes. But the aforementioned appear to have bright futures, and there’s a foundation in that list.


1.The Jaguars should be able to stop the run in Atlanta. Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is a big-time back, but he isn’t having a big season. He is averaging just 3.6 yards per carry with one touchdown – and has rushed for more than 80 yards in just three of 14 starts in 2019. Any hope the Jaguars have of winning for the second consecutive Sunday rests on their ability to keep Freeman contained with six men up front in order to free another defender to reign in wide receiver Julio Jones. The Jaguars did a nice job last week on Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, who is having a much better season than Freeman and who plays behind a stronger-run blocking line. That means it’s not a reach to suggest the Jaguars can get the job done Sunday. Defensive coordinator Todd Wash has talked a lot this season about getting his guys to spots where they would have the right angles on the running backs, so he and his staff are going to have to have that covered this week. It’s up to the defenders to make every tackle. If you miss this guy, he can make you look slow and silly.

2.To that end, keep your eye on Leon Jacobs. Jacobs was credited for eight tackles last Sunday in Oakland, but to my eye he had more like 18. The second-year linebacker has the size – and has enough suddenness and speed – to be an impact player for the future. Besides his run-stopping skills, he has shown plenty of pass-rush ability in recent weeks and has upside in coverage. Jacobs, a seventh-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, is one of those under-the-radar guys who has quietly put together a good season – despite a foot injury in October that slowed him for several weeks. When the Jaguars begin to rebuild their defense next spring, they can focus on a big body up front and help for the secondary. Jacobs looks like a guy they can count on in-between.

3.I know everyone loves Minshew Magic … but how about the Jaguars score a few touchdowns in the first half instead of settling on field goals? In their last six games, three started by Foles, the Jaguars have managed five first-half field goals and just one touchdown. In his last three starts, Minshew has three of those field goals. If Minshew is the franchise-caliber quarterback so many folks want him to be, it can’t all be come-from-behind heroics. At some point he must stake his team to a lead and let the defense get after the guy in the other jersey. It’s obviously not all on him, but he’s the guy who got the headlines when they won last week so it’s on him. Great quarterbacks play hero enough to remind us they’re capable, but Minshew must find a way to get into the end zone and build a lead more often.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Adam Schefter had initially reported that Fournette was doubtful, and Fournette put all doubts to rest on his personal account.

In Fournette’s absence, Jaguars backup Ryquell Armstead should make his first NFL start.
Ryquell Armstead Fantasy Outlook

With Fournette solidified as the Jaguars’ workhorse running back this season, Armstead hasn’t had many chances to succeed in 2019. Armstead scored one touchdown this season in Week 4 against the Denver Broncos, but he’s had just 25 carries this season. Outside of a 5-catch day against the Houston Texans in Week 9, Armstead has not made much impact in the passing game either.

Armstead should at least see some volume in Week 17, as Fournette is averaging 17.7 rushing attempts and 6.7 targets per game for the Jaguars.

Armstead is not as talented as Fournette, but he should see enough work to be a viable fantasy option. The Colts rank No. 21 in rush defense DVOA and won’t be a bad matchup for the former Temple running back.

The other RB on the roster is Devine Ozigbo, who hasn’t had a single carry in his NFL career. The former Nebraska starter will likely be the secondary back for the Jaguars.

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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew II has been named the 2019 Big Cat Country Rookie of the Year, Big Cat Country announced today. Minshew was recognized online at and this morning during Big Cat Country’s Rookie Brunch Party in Jacksonville, which featured a written presentation by BCC’s Alfie Crow, a Spotify playlist, and a performance by a cup of Starbucks coffee.

The No. 178 selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, Minshew led the Jaguars with 3,271 passing yards, a franchise record, and threw for 21 touchdowns and only six interceptions with a quarterback rating of 91.2 on the way to leading the Jaguars to six wins. Minshew set multiple Jaguars franchise records during his season and also won the Pepsi Rookie of the Week seven of possible 12 times, yet was not included on their ballot for Rookie of the Year.

Minshew was one of two finalists nominated for this inaugural honor. The other finalist was Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Josh Allen, who set a franchise record for sacks and led all 2019 rookies in sacks with 10.5.

The two finalists were selected for their outstanding performances through the 2019 NFL season. Each week, five nominees were chosen for the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week and fans voted for the winner on Those results were clearly not used to help determine the finalists.

This is Big Cat Country’s 15th year as the official stop for all things Jaguars and the first year that Big Cat Country will present the NFL Rookie of the Year award.