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A few former Wisconsin Badgers found (either reportedly or officially) new homes in the NFL within the past two weeks.

On March 19, Jacksonville officially announced that linebacker Authentic Joe Schobert Jersey had “agreed to terms to a five-year contract.”

Originally a fourth-round selection by the Cleveland Browns in the 2016 NFL Draft, Schobert emerged to become one of the league’s leading tacklers. According to’s stats, the linebacker has recorded 100 or more tackles in the past three seasons.

In 2019, his 133 stops ranked 10th in the NFL. Two seasons prior to that as a second-year player, he finished tied for first along with Green Bay’s Blake Martinez and Buffalo’s Preston Brown with 144.

Last season, he also recorded a career-high four interceptions. caught up with Schobert last week regarding his new professional home in the AFC South. Now, we caught up with JaguarReport’s John Shipley to discuss how the former Big Ten linebacker of the year fits with Jacksonville.
What were your overall impressions of the signing?

Shipley: The Jaguars badly needed a veteran inside linebacker after Myles Jack, who played the spot the last two seasons, regressed in a big way in 2019. Schobert maybe isn’t the run-stuffer the Jaguars really needed, but he is great in coverage and at creating takeaways and is, at worst, a serviceable starter. This was their best offseason signing because Schobert brings consistency as well as allows Jack to move to weak-side linebacker, a better fit for his skills.
Schobert will plug in at middle linebacker. What roles are required within Jacksonville’s defense, and how do you feel the former Badger can fulfill them?

Shipley: Ultimately the middle linebacker is vital in the Jaguars’ 4-3 defense. Not only does the linebacker have to cover a lot of ground vs. the run and the pass, but the player at the position typically wears the green dot for the Jaguars, which means he is the one who relays the play calls from the sideline and helps line the defense up. Schobert has the athleticism to thrive in the Jaguars’ run and chase run defensive scheme, while his range in coverage makes him a valuable piece in defending the middle of the field.
Where do you feel he can positively impact the Jaguars, and vice versa, any concerns about the signing?

Shipley: The Jaguars’ issues at linebacker last season were rampant. Players struggled to get lined up pre-snap or adjust post-snap, and it seemed like there was too much thinking and too little attacking. Schobert should be able to help the Jaguars simply by being a consistent and steady presence in the middle of the defense who does his job and doesn’t try to cover for too many others mistakes. The only real concern with the Schobert signing is his issues vs. the run at times and the Jaguars’ lack of big bodies on the defensive line in front of him, but his strengths should offset this
Lastly, does the signing affect another former Badger, Leon Jacobs, at the linebacker spots?

Shipley: The Jaguars’ staff is really big on Leon Jacobs, which makes sense considering how much he improved in 2019. Luckily for him, he plays strongside linebacker in the Jaguars’ base defense, so Schobert won’t be taking any snaps away from Jacobs. If anything, Jacobs’ role may increase next season.

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With Marcel Dareus officially an unrestricted free agent, the Jaguars reportedly agreed to terms with defensive tackle Authentic Rodney Gunter Jersey on Wednesday evening.

A fourth-round selection of the Cardinals in 2015, Gunter has appeared in 77 games, including 13 in 2019. He owns 11 career sacks and 86 solo tackles — including a career high 44 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles through 16 games and 10 starts in 2018.

He suffered a toe injury that forced him to miss the remainder of the 2019 season on December 10. Gunter played on a one-year, $1.75 million deal in 2019.

The deal will be finalized pending a physical.

According to the NFL, clubs may not bring any FA player to a club facility or other location to meet with club personnel during this time. Club personnel, including members of the team’s medical staff, may not travel to any location to meet with or conduct a medical examination of a FA player.

There were just a handful of technical speed-bumps. No phone calls or major interruptions were had.

“We are doing everything we can, making sure that there is distance and all of the things that people are advising us to do,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone assured reporters. “I want to go in and get that cup of coffee and go behind my desk, turn on my computer, start watching film. Now, I’m watching it from home and the dog will be barking or someone will be knocking on the door.”

While the serious change in the global landscape was discussed — including the potential of a delay in the NFL season — Marrone maintained that, whenever the season does begin, he and his team must be ready. That’s the focus right now.

“I think the worst thing that could happen is they say, ‘Ready, let’s go,’ and you’re not prepared,” the fourth-year head coach said. “So I’m really taking it day-by-day like everyone else, reminding myself how serious this is, you know, what we have going, knowing that takes priority over a season of sports …but more importantly we’ve got to rally around.”

If and when there is a 2020 season, Marrone will be rallying around one of the youngest rosters in the NFL — something he admitted during the teleconference.

“Everyone knows we have a lot of picks [in the NFL Draft],” Marrone said. The Jaguars currently have 12 selections in the 2020 Draft, which is still scheduled for April 23-25. “We’ll have a young football team which, like anything else, there’s a lot of positive to that. A bunch of hungry guys coming in here. A lot of enthusiasm. A lot of guys trying to work.”

After the Jaguars relieved Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin of his duties in December, Jaguars owner Shad Khan noted that personnel decisions would now fall to Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell. In a sense, aside from the NFL Scouting Combine, this was the first time the media truly got to hear Marrone’s “vision” for constructing his 2020 roster. Two big themes emerged:

  1. “Not a lot of drama”
  2. Building a “tough, strong football team,” particularly “up the middle”

“I think when you’re looking at those three players that we brought in, they’re solid guys, they’re solid football players, they bring some versatility, but the main thing is, like I said before, our priority was making sure we brought people in to stop the run,” Marrone said of free agent acquisitions Al Woods, Cassius Marsh and Rodney Gunter. Gunter and Woods are both interior defensive linemen. The Jaguars gave up 200+ yards on the ground four times during the second-half of the 2019 season.

Part of shoring up “the middle” included signing former Cleveland Browns linebacker Joe Schobert. Schobert will play middle linebacker, with fifth-year Jaguar Myles Jack transitioning to the “Will” or weak-side linebacker. Marrone said Jack is “excited” for the move and his new teammate.

“Myles Jack is able to play really all three positions and play them all we feel at a high level. When it showed itself that we could get a player with the caliber of [Joe] Schobert, we went along and did that. We feel that we bettered ourselves at two positions.”

In terms of fulfilling his first goal — “not a lot of drama” — the Jaguars have had trouble escaping that this off-season, as lingering contract negotiations with defensive end Yannick Ngakoue have led to a social media outburst from the 2017 Pro Bowler. Tuesday morning, prior to Marrone’s address, Ngakoue fired off on social media once more, saying it was time for both his camp and the Jaguars to “move on.” Marrone note that contracts negotiations fall under Caldwell’s responsibilities, but did offer this:

“As a coach you always want your players to be happy. You want the best for your players. From that standpoint, I understand the challenges that are going on for Yann…. It’s just tough, it really is, especially with a player that has done everything we’ve asked. I’m hoping that somewhere down the line we can get this situation resolved.”

On the offensive side of the ball, Marrone gave a firm “no” when asked if the Jaguars had enough play-makers on their roster. They only signed one offensive player in free agency: tight end Tyler Eifert, who Marrone did praise as a “three-down tight end” who he has watched for quite some time.

“We’re always trying to find more weapons whether it be on the outside, whether it be on the backfield or at the tight end position or whether it’s someone that is going to push the offensive line,” Marrone said.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever heard said, ‘Oh my gosh, we have enough.’ It’s one of those things that you never have enough. It’s like chocolate chip cookies. There’s never enough in the house for me.”

We’ll see how many cookies the Jaguars take from the offensive cookie jar in this April’s Draft. The Draft will be broadcast on ABC25 beginning Thursday, April 23.

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ebraska quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco’s Class of 2022 quarterback evaluations are continuing, and the offers keep coming. 

On Monday, the Huskers extended a scholarship offer to Texas signal-caller Alex Orji. 

Orji is listed at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds and transferred to Sachse High after attending Bishop Dunne for his first two years of college. NU is familiar with both, as running back Authentic Devine Ozigbo Jersey came from Sachse and defensive linemen Damion and Darrion Daniels from Bishop Dunne. 

Orji is the third known 2022 quarterback to pick up an offer from Verduzco in the past four days, joining Steve Angeli (Oradell, New Jersey) and Nicco Marichol (Chandler, Arizona). 

Huskers in top six for DT: Nebraska is the lone school outside the SEC to crack the top six for 2021 defensive tackle Anquin Barnes. 

The 6-5, 300-pounder from Robert E. Lee High in Montgomery, Alabama, included the Huskers among a top group that also includes Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee. 

Barnes has not yet been to Lincoln on a visit, but it would be a big win for the Huskers if they can get him to Lincoln once recruiting restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic have been eased. 

Typically, NU defensive coordinator Erik Chinander leads the Huskers’ efforts in Alabama and the program has had success there recently, landing defenders like Cam Taylor-Britt (2018), Jamin Graham (2019) and Jimari Butler (2020). 

Woods a consensus four-star: Omaha Central Class of 2022 offensive lineman Deshawn Woods on Monday was named a four-star prospect by Rivals. 

That comes one week after he earned four-star status by 247Sports, as well. 

Rivals is rolling its 2022 class out over the course of the week, so Woods’ exact placement isn’t yet known, but clearly the young offensive lineman’s stock is pointing up. 

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The Jacksonville Jaguars finished free agency and look to go into the 2020 NFL season with upgrades at linebacker, cornerback, and defensive line.

But what about their offense?

That will be the question going into the next few weeks as teams prepare for the NFL Draft in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Will they add another running back? What about a backup quarterback? Any chance they continue upgrading their defense?

As you can see, there are still some major deficiencies on the roster and the front office has some obvious needs for the NFL Draft:

Tight end
Wide receiver
Running back
Interior offensive line
Defensive end
Some (if not all) of those positions will get addressed in the NFL Draft. But here’s where I stand right now on what the 53-man roster looks like if these were our players going into the offseason to prepare for the 2020 season.

Quarterbacks (2): Gardner Minshew, Josh Dobbs
This one’s not too difficult. There’s literally two quarterbacks on the roster currently. I have to imagine they draft a guy on Day 3. No offense to Dobbs, but I think they also sign a veteran to be a true backup to Minshew.

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Again, it’s very obvious to see we’re going to be drafting a running back. After the first three running backs, I don’t know if anyone is going to make the 53-man roster. The Jaguars need to move to more of a running back by committee approach instead of letting Fournette handle more than 82 percent of the offensive snaps like he did last season.

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Things are very fluid at wide receiver. I think Chark, Conley, Westbrook, and Cole are the only ones playing snaps next season on this list as I think Lee gets traded or cut and they draft a receiver in the first two days of the NFL Draft. As you can see, they need an upgrade here, but not as massive as at…

Tight end (4): Josh Oliver, James O’Shaugnessy, Charles Jones II, Matt Sokol
Uh… yeah. This team is definitely signing a veteran and drafting a guy in the middle rounds. These are the only four tight ends on the roster as of today.

Offensive line (9): Cam Robinson, Andrew Norwell, Brandon Linder, A.J. Cann, Jawaan Taylor, Tyler Shatley, Will Richardson, KC McDermott, Brandon Thomas
The first five players are the tentative starters before the NFL Draft and the team has made big investments in Shatley and Richardson. I’m surprised the team wasn’t able to offload Norwell during free agency as the team had an out this offseason on his contract. I wonder if he’ll be a part of a trade closer to April.

Defensive line (10): Josh Allen, Yannick Ngakoue, Dawuanne Smoot, Lerentee McCray, Rodney Gunter, Abry Jones, Taven Bryan, Dontavius Russell, Brian Price, Chuck Harris
Another position group that isn’t done yet. The Jaguars could lose Ngakoue, add one (or two!) defensive linemen in the NFL Draft, and even sign a guy to fill out the bottom of the roster. Whew.

Linebackers (5): Joe Schobert, Myles Jack, Quincy Williams, Leon Jacobs, Austin Calitro
Did not expect Calitro to be coming back on an exclusive rights tender, but here we are. I wouldn’t rule out drafting a guy and the team going with six. Hopefully they’ve learned from last season to keep more than they need.

Cornerbacks (5): Darqueze Dennard, Tre Herndon, D.J. Hayden, Parry Nickerson, Brandon Watson
These are the five cornerbacks currently on the roster and I expect one in the first round, likely with the No. 20 overall pick. The most proven outside cornerback this team currently has is Herndon and that’s just not good enough.

Safeties (4): Jarrod Wilson, Ronnie Harrison, Andrew Wingard, Josh Jones
Another position group that desperately needs an upgrade, albeit not as much as others. Look for them to target a safety either in the third or fourth round of the NFL Draft.

Special teams (3): Matt Orzech, Josh Lambo, Logan Cooke
Please do not ask me questions about special teams. My @ is not open at this time.

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JACKSONVILLE – This was a big surprise in the best way imaginable.

That was the consensus around the Jaguars Thursday night after using the No. 7 overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft on Josh Allen, an edge player from the University of Kentucky.

The Jaguars couldn’t have been more surprised Allen was available.

They couldn’t have been happier, either.

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“As it was coming down, there were a number of picks in front of us where we thought he would go,” Jaguars Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin said shortly after selecting Allen. “When he fell to us, he was a superior football player – and too good a player to possibly pass up.”
Allen (6-feet-5, 260 pounds), the 2018 Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, was a consensus Top 5 selection in most mock drafts leading to Thursday.
“In most of the hypothetical scenarios we put together, he was gone,” Coughlin said.

But Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell said there was a feeling in the last week or so that Allen might be available at No. 7.

“About a week ago, I started doing some due diligence and talking to people around the league, and this was the guy who kept coming up like, ‘Hey, he might be there because of what some teams need and what some teams are going to go with,” Caldwell said.

While the top three selections – Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray to the Arizona Cardinals at No. 1, Ohio State edge player Nick Bosa to the San Francisco 49ers and Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams – were widely projected before the draft, the Oakland Raiders surprised many by selecting Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell No. 4 overall.

When the New York Giants selected Duke quarterback Daniel Jones following the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ selection of highly-regarded linebacker Devin White of Louisiana State, it left the surprising scenario of Allen available for the Jaguars at No. 7.

“We thought he was the guy that if two quarterbacks went we could be staring at,” Caldwell said.

Caldwell also said while much pre-draft speculation focused on a possible trade the Jaguars got no legitimate trade offers for the selection.

“We got one call before from way down in the first round that wasn’t worth our time,” Caldwell said. “It would have had to have been something significant and we weren’t moving into the 20s for what they were offering.”
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Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen carries the American flag onto the field during introductions before the first half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)
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Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen carries the American flag onto the field during introductions before the first half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)

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Portrait of Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen during the NFL Scouting Combine, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Indianapolis. (Todd Rosenberg via AP)
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Portrait of Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen during the NFL Scouting Combine, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Indianapolis. (Todd Rosenberg via AP)

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Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Allen in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Allen in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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Caldwell said one reason the team didn’t believe Allen would be available was the belief was three teams ahead of them – the Raiders, Jets and Giants – all would take pass rushers. The Raiders and 49ers indeed focused on that area, but the Jets’ selection of Williams and the Giants’ selection of Jones left Allen on the board.

Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson, a player widely projected to the Jaguars before the draft, was selected by the Detroit Lions No. 8 overall. Caldwell called Hockenson “a very good player.”

“We had Josh rated a level higher than him (Hockenson) as a player,” Caldwell said. “We said from the get-go we would take best available player.”

Coughlin called Hockenson “very close to up where we were.”

“But Allen was the higher thought-of player,” Coughlin said, adding that the Jaguars also considered offensive line at No. 7.
“We were very much involved in offensive linemen, the tight end and the outstanding defensive player if he fell to us,” Coughlin said. “That’s kind of the way it went.”
Caldwell said the Jaguars also liked Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver, who was selected by the Buffalo Bills No. 9 overall.

“He was a consideration; we like Ed,” Caldwell said. “But if we were going to go defense it was going to be more on the edge.”

Caldwell said he envisions Allen initially playing edge rusher in passing situations opposite fourth-year defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, a Pro Bowl selection following the 2017 season. Caldwell said he would play a role similar to former defensive end Dante Fowler Jr., who had eight sacks in 2017 before being traded to the Los Angeles Rams midway through this past season.

Allen was among the Jaguars’ 30 pre-draft visits in March, a time when – as was the case during most of the pre-draft process – it seemed unlikely he would be available when the Jaguars selected No. 7.

“We had a real fine visit with him,” Coughlin said, adding with a smile. “We kidded him about where he was going to go. He said, ‘Well, maybe you’ll have to trade up.’ So, I just reminded him of that one.”

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JACKSONVILLE – This is still new for A.J. Bouye. Really new.
But Bouye knows this much already about his new team, new surroundings, new town: There’s a lot of potential and a lot of opportunity.

His task now? To do the work necessary to turn those things into results.

“I’m definitely excited,” said Bouye, who arrived in Jacksonville Thursday to prepare for the official beginning of the team’s offseason program on April 17. “I’ve been grinding hard and I know a lot of players have, too, because we know what we can do here. …

“The people here, the players here … I’ve watched the way they play. These guys are hungry, and when you’re around a lot of guys who are hungry, it’s going to make you compete.”

Bouye, a cornerback who signed with the Jaguars early last month as an unrestricted free agent from the Houston Texans, joined senior writer John Oehser on O-Zone Live on Facebook Thursday. Among the topics covered: his chance to play opposite Jalen Ramsey, as well as just how much potential there is around the Jaguars moving forward.

That’s something Bouye said he saw up close in recent seasons.

“Playing against the Jaguars two times a year since I’ve been in [the NFL], we’ve always seen how athletic this team is and what they’re capable of,” Bouye said early Thursday afternoon.

Bouye (6-feet-0, 192 pounds), who originally signed with the Texans as an undrafted free agent from the University of Central Florida following the 2013 NFL Draft, started 19 games for the Texans in four seasons. He became a full-time starter last season, starting 11 games and registering 16 passes defensed and a sack.

He entered the offseason as one of the NFL’s top available unrestricted free agents, and his signing along with the presence of Ramsey at one corner and Aaron Colvin at nickel potentially gives the Jaguars one of the NFL’s best young trios at the position.

“To have us three out there, it’s going to be fun,” Bouye said, adding of he and Ramsey. “It’s very exciting. We’re both going to be competing, because we’re both going to want to play better than each other. At the end of the day, we’re all competing to get better. There’s no telling what’s going to happen.”

Ramsey as a rookie last season often shadowed the opponents’ No. 1 receiver much of the game. Bouye was asked about which player would do the shadowing next season.

“Hopefully, we’ll just go left and right, because at the end of the day, he’ll want to follow and I’ll want to follow,” Bouye said. “Whatever the coaches ask, I’ll understand that because we’re just trying to win and make plays.”

Also Thursday:

*Bouye, as he did during his introductory press conference at EverBank last month, said he looks forward to playing against his former team – the Texans – twice a season. “I’m excited to go against them twice a year. I know those guys, so competing against those guys twice a year is going to be fun. … Everybody’s always going to have their opinions about me. I really don’t care about it. I always try to play with a chip on my shoulder, and I’m looking forward to it – going against those guys. I want to make plays on them. I’m thinking they’re going to try to make plays on me. I’m excited for every game, to tell you the truth, but I came from there.”

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JACKSONVILLE – Senior writer John Oehser examines the week that was for the Jaguars at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine while looking ahead to Thursday’s start of free agency



We’ll wrap up the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine later in this post, but first we look ahead.

An NFL look ahead in early March means previewing free agency, which officially starts Thursday at 4 p.m. – the official start of the 2017 NFL league year.

And yes, that could be a busy time for the Jaguars.

The busy-ness likely could begin with the trade for Miami Dolphins left tackle Branden Albert becoming official, which can happen when the new league year begins. And while that move may feel like old news because it reportedly has been agreed upon for a while, it’s a huge part of the Jaguars’ ongoing roster reshaping.

What’s next?

Hints and rumors likely will begin Tuesday afternoon because noon Tuesday is when teams can begin negotiating with agents for players from other teams. Before then, teams had exclusive negotiating rights with their own players scheduled to become free in 2017.

As for the hints and rumors …

You’ll hear them on Twitter and elsewhere, but not on this website. League rules regarding the pre-free-agency negotiating period preclude teams from officially signing deals or announcing that deals have been reached. That means news won’t be here until it’s official, which means sometime after Thursday at 3:59.59.

What will happen then? That remains to be seen.

“We have to be disciplined,” Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell said at the combine in Indianapolis last week. “We’re going to set a limit for our guys that we’re going to target. We’re going to be aggressive for the guys we want. We can’t be careless with the money.”

Monday’s release of Davon House and the team’s decision to allow Prince Amukamara to test free agency makes cornerback a possible target in the first-wave of free agency. The top free-agent corner is widely believed to be A.J. Bouye of Houston, with Stephon Gilmore of Buffalo, Logan Ryan of New England, Morris Claiborne of Dallas and Dre Kirkpatrick of Cincinnati also expected to hit the market.

The Jaguars also appear to have a need on the interior offensive line. The team likes center Brandon Linder and right guard A.J. Cann, though Caldwell said last week moving Cann to the other guard remains a possibility, as is moving Linder back to the guard position he played in 2014 and 2015. The guess here is Linder stays at center, with the team possibly – but not definitely – being active in what will be a pricey free-agent guard market that includes Kevin Zeitler of Cincinnati, T.J. Lang of Green Bay and Larry Warford of Detroit.

Caldwell said early last week that 2017 free agency looked like a market with a quality player or two at each position, then a drop-off after that. Two other positions where the top player could make sense: safety and defensive end.

Jaguars strong safety Johnathan Cyprien, like Amukamara, is testing the market – and free agents who test the market sign elsewhere more often than not. Arizona safety Tony Washington is considered the top strong safety on the market, but the market could – as could be the case with Cyprien – get prohibitively pricey in a hurry.

Another position to watch: defensive end/tackle, where Jared Odrick was released by the Jaguars last week and where veteran Tyson Alualu also appears likely to test free agency. Arizona defensive end/tackle Calais Campbell is considered by some the top free agent regardless of position. He likely will command a contract on a similarly staggering scale to the one Malik Jackson signed with the Jaguars last offseason, but his impact on a new team could be similar to the one Jackson had in 2016 as well.

Stay tuned.



Thoughts from the NFL 2017 Scouting Combine …

*A major combine takeaway is Blake Bortles seems a clear favorite to start at quarterback for the Jaguars next season. None of the decision-makers – Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin, Head Coach Doug Marrone or Caldwell – has indicated anything to the contrary, and the theme when the trio has spoken in recent weeks has been about improving around Bortles. Could something happen in the coming weeks? Yes, and the team undoubtedly will explore improving every position, but the plan for now seems to be Bortles being the likely starter. …

*Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik, now an NFL insider for ESPN, provided insight into one reason Bortles as the starter makes sense during a Friday appearance on LIVE last week. While observers have suggested bringing in competition for Bortles, Dominik said finding legitimate competition for an incumbent quarterback often is tough because of the perception that the incumbent has a major advantage. The other option at quarterback would be to sign a player with the idea that he will be the starter. Players such as Tony Romo of the Cowboys, Jay Cutler of the Bears or Mike Glennon of the Buccaneers have been mentioned as possibilities. Would such players be the right fit at the right price? Would Cutler or Romo – both of whom are under contract with their teams – even be available? Such are a few of the questions that make acquiring competition at quarterback difficult.



*Marrone at the combine: “We’re looking to better our team. We didn’t win a lot of football games, so whichever way we can better our team, and there’s a lot of different ways, there’s so much improvement in what we need.” …

*Marrone on secondary coach Perry Fewell and offensive line coach Pat Flaherty, each of whom were part of Super Bowl-winning staffs with the New York Giants: “When you’ve hired coaches that have had a lot of experience that have won games, that have been to the Super Bowl and things of that nature, I think that helps the cause. They know what it should look like and the direction we need to go.” …

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JACKSONVILLE – And now we get defensive.

This is Part 2 of’s early look at 2017 NFL free agency. The focus: defense, where the Jaguars will address important issues in the coming weeks.

The Jaguars between now and the March 9 start of free agency must determine which of their players they will try to re-sign and keep off the open market. That means high-profile decisions regarding players such as starting strong-safety Johnathan Cyprien, starting cornerback Prince Amukamara and defensive end Tyson Alualu.

This is a strong year on the overall market for defense at some positions, with players such as safety Eric Berry of Kansas City, defensive end/edge rusher Jason Pierre-Paul and Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye scheduled to become free agents.

The guess here is that Berry will return to Kansas City, but could the Jaguars pursue Pierre-Paul in an effort for the veteran edge rusher they couldn’t acquire last offseason?

Could a player such as Bouye make sense if the Jaguars opt not to re-sign Amukamara?

Stay tuned, but the early days of free agency will be intriguing for the Jaguars both offensively and defensively, and we will learn much about the organization’s direction under Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin, General Manager David Caldwell and Head Coach Doug Marrone during that time.

Here’s Part 2 of’s early look at free agency with a focus on defense:


Edge players

Top pending free agents: Melvin Ingram (28), Chargers; Jason Pierre-Paul (28), Giants; Chandler Jones (27), Cardinals; Nick Perry (27), Packers; James Harrison (39), Steelers; DeMarcus Ware (35), Broncos; Datone Jones (27), Packers; Mario Addison (29), Panthers; Charles Johnson (31), Panthers; Jabaal Sheard (28), Patriots; Lorenzo Alexander (34), Bills; Julius Peppers (37), Packers; John Simon (26), Texans; Jamie Collins (27), Browns; Jarvis Jones (27), Steelers; Dwight Freeney (37), Falcons; Chris Long (32), Patriots; Andre Branch (28), Dolphins; William Gholston (26), Buccaneers; Sam Acho (28), Bears; Jason Jones (31), Dolphins; Erik Walden (32), Colts; Jack Crawford (28), Cowboys; Devin Taylor (27), Lions.

Jaguars edge players: Yannick Ngakoue, Dante Fowler Jr., Chris Smith.

Pending Jaguars free agents: None.

Comment: The Jaguars pursued then-Miami defensive end Olivier Vernon last offseason before he signed with the New York Giants. While Ngakoue registered eight sacks and Fowler flashed at times in 2016, the Jaguars’ pass rush still lacked a veteran presence. Could Pierre-Paul, who played for Coughlin from 2010-2015, make sense? We’ll see.


Defensive tackles

Top pending free agents: Kawann Short (28), Panthers; Brandon J. Williams (28), Ravens; Calais Campbell (30), Cardinals; Dontari Poe (27), Chiefs; Chris Baker (29), Redskins; Nick Fairley (29), Saints; Bennie Logan (27), Eagles; Karl Klug (29), Titans; Alan Branch (32), Patriots; Lawrence Guy (27), Ravens; Tony McDaniel (32), Seahawks; Leger Douzable (31), Bills; Jonathan Babineaux (35), Falcons; Terrell McClain (29), Cowboys; Johnathan Hankins (25), Giants; Sylvester Williams (28), Broncos; Vince Wilfork (35), Texans; Domata Peko (32), Bengals; Ziggy Hood (30), Redskins; Glenn Dorsey (32), 49ers.

Jaguars defensive tackles: Malik Jackson, Abry Jones, Roy Miller, Sen’Derrick Marks, Sheldon Day, Michael Bennett, Jordan Hill, Louis Nix.

Jaguars strong-side defensive ends: Jared Odrick, Tyson Alualu.

Pending Jaguars free agents: Alualu, Jones, Hill.

Comment: This wouldn’t seem a high-priority area for the Jaguars, but the team must make decisions on Jones and Alualu in the coming weeks. Jones played at a high level after replacing Miller at nose tackle in October, and the guess here is the Jaguars try to re-sign the still-ascending player. Alualu is a reliable, versatile player who never has missed a game because of injury in seven NFL seasons and those players are hard to find. The team also must decide on the future of Odrick, who signed as a high-profile free agent in 2015 and who costs no dead money on next year’s salary cap if he is not retained.



Top pending free agents: Dont’a Hightower (27), Patriots; Perry Riley (31), Raiders; Zach Brown (27), Bills; Gerald Hodges (26), 49ers; Kevin Minter (26), Cardinals; Ray-Ray Armstrong (28), 49ers; Sio Moore (27), Cardinals; Sean Spence (28), Titans ; Karlos Dansby (35), Bengals; Josh Bynes (28), Lions; Daryl Smith (35), Buccaneers; Justin Durant (31), Cowboys; Nick Bellore (28), 49ers; Donald Butler (28), Dolphins; Chad Greenway (34), Vikings; Malcolm Smith (28), Raiders; Lawrence Timmons (31), Steelers; Philip Wheeler (32), Falcons; A.J. Klein (26), Panthers; Keenan Robinson (28), Giants; Kelvin Sheppard (29), Giants; Michael Wilhoite (30), 49ers; Manti Te’o (26), Chargers; Jelani Jenkins (25), Dolphins.

Jaguars linebackers: Telvin Smith, Paul Posluszny, Myles Jack, Dan Skuta, Hayes Pullard, Marcus Rush, Sean Porter, Raphael Kirby.

Pending Jaguars free agents: None.

Comment: Smith and Posluszny were two of the Jaguars’ top three defensive players last season and the team figures to increase Jack’s role next season after he split time as a rookie with Dan Skuta at strong-side linebacker. This area doesn’t seem to be a free-agent priority, but a decision needs to be made on Skuta, who signed as a high-profile free agent in 2015 but who – like Odrick – costs no dead money on next year’s cap if not retained.



Top pending free agents: Eric Berry (28), Chiefs; Tony Jefferson (25), Cardinals; Barry Church (28), Cowboys; D.J. Swearinger (25), Cardinals; Quintin Demps (32), Texans; Jahleel Addae (27), Chargers; T.J. McDonald (26), Rams; Mike C. Adams (36), Colts; J.J. Wilcox (28), Cowboys; Bradley McDougald (26), Buccaneers; Duron Harmon (26), Patriots; Steven Terrell (26), Seahawks; Rafael Bush (30), Lions; Daniel Sorensen (27), Chiefs; Jaylen Watkins (24), Eagles; Rashad Johnson (31), Titans; Jordan Poyer (26), Browns; Kemal Ishmael (26), Falcons; Duke Ihenacho (28), Redskins; Donte Whitner (32), Redskins; Bacarri Rambo (27), Dolphins; Chris Conte (28), Buccaneers.

Jaguars safeties: Johnathan Cyprien, Tashaun Gipson, Peyton Thompson, James Sample, Jarrod Wilson.

Pending Jaguars free agents: Cyprien.

Comment: Cyprien will be a major decision for the Jaguars. He turned in his best season in four NFL seasons last season, but he could demand more than the Jaguars are willing to pay.



Top pending free agents: A.J. Bouye (26), Texans; Stephon Gilmore (26), Bills; Trumaine Johnson (27), Rams; Terence Newman (38), Vikings; Morris Claiborne (27), Cowboys; Darius Butler (31), Colts; Logan Ryan (26), Patriots; Captain Munnerlyn (29), Vikings; Dre Kirkpatrick (27), Bengals; Leon Hall (32), Giants; Micah Hyde (26), Packers; Sterling Moore (27), Saints; Jerraud Powers (30), Ravens; B.W. Webb (27), Saints; Antwon Blake (27), Titans; Corey White (27), Bills; Nolan Carroll (30), Eagles; D.J. Hayden (27), Raiders; Marcus Cooper (27), Cardinals; Leonard Johnson (27), Panthers.

Jaguars cornerbacks: Jalen Ramsey, Prince Amukamara, Aaron Colvin, Davon House, Josh Johnson, Doran Grant, Akeem Davis, Elijah Shumate.

Pending Jaguars free agents: Amukamara.

Comment: This is another area worth watching. Amukamara, who signed a one-year “show-me” contract with the Jaguars last offseason, showed he could stay healthy – and he played at a high level opposite Ramsey. Like Cyprien, this could be a situation where the player’s demands exceed what the team will pay. If so, could the Jaguars pursue a player such as Bouye? Coughlin likes to sign free agents within the division because it hurts division rivals while helping his own team. Stay tuned.