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UWF basketball star sophomore Authentic Jon Brown Jersey landed on the All-Gulf South Conference Second Team as released by the league offices on Tuesday morning.

It’s Brown’s second consecutive year earning honors from the conference as he was the 2019 GSC Freshman of the Year. Brown leads UWF with 17.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

UWF men’s basketball opened its GSC Tournament play on Tuesday night at Alabama-Huntsville. The game started after press time.

UWF baseball wins fifth straight conference game

Despite dropping an 8-1 contest to Nova Southeastern on Monday, UWF baseball has won five consecutive conference games after a sweep of No. 23 Delta State this weekend at Jim Spooner Field.

It was the first time Delta State has been swept since 2015 and the first by a conference opponent since Arkansas Tech in 2010. 

Daniel Floyd and Jared Middleton enjoyed dominant outings in the first two games of the series, limiting the potent Delta State offense to just two runs in two games.

UWF baseball continues a home stretch with a series against West Georgia beginning with a doubleheader at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday. The finale is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday.

Howard wins GSC Player of the Week

UWF softball sophomore standout Teala Howard earned GSC Player of the Week honors for finishing with a .700 batting average, five runs, two doubles and a triple in a sweep of Delta State last weekend.

Howard leads the GSC in hits (31) and runs scored (25) on the heels of an All-America freshman season.

In Tuesday’s opening leg of a doubleheader against Palm Beach Atlantic, Howard hit a hard grounder to the right side of the infield for a walk-off victory.

UWF softball hosts a doubleheader with Christian Brothers at 2 and 4 p.m. Thursday efore welcoming West Georgia for a three-game series Saturday and Sunday.

UWF comes up short at ITA Nationals

The UWF men’s tennis team dropped its final two matches at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Oklahoma City last weekend.

After opening the contest with a 4-1 win over No. 4 Wingate, the No. 3 Argos lost to No. 1 Barry and No. 9 Hawaii Pacific University by 2-4 and 3-4 margins, respectively.

UWF tennis returns to Pensacola for a match against No. 5 Saint Leo at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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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 NFL.com’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.

AllBadgers.com 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 the high school and college basketball seasons finished, The Washington Post will use the coming weeks to look ahead to next season, when some of the area’s prep stars will take their skills to campuses across the nation. Last week we featured Oxon Hill’s Ronald Polite.

In the fall of 2018, when Gonzaga guard Authentic Chuck Harris Jersey was a junior sorting through his college options, Butler Coach LaVall Jordan came to the D.C. private school to watch him work out. Recalling that visit recently, Jordan didn’t mention anything about the physical tools displayed by Harris, a dynamically skilled point guard. Instead, the coach homed in on a smaller moment.

“One of Chuck’s teachers, I can’t remember his name, was actually from Indiana,” Jordan said. “So he knew Butler. He just came up to me and said: ‘Hey, Coach, I know Butler, and [Chuck] would be a great fit. I know Chuck, and I know what Butler’s about.’

Comments such as that matter to Jordan. He has spent a large portion of his adult life at Butler, first as a player, then as an assistant and now as head coach. He cares about the program’s culture and believes he can pick players who will thrive in Indianapolis.

Harris, a three-star prospect and a four-year varsity player for Coach Steve Turner and the Eagles, fit that bill.

“The tip of the iceberg is if the kid can play,” Jordan said. “But fit is huge for us. Knowing what’s made Butler successful and who we are, having played here and coached here, I have a pretty good idea of who fits and who doesn’t. It’s all about character.”

A few months after that visit, Harris committed to the Bulldogs, who finished this season 22-9 overall and 10-8 in the Big East. The 6-foot-2 guard said he chose Butler because the program made him feel valued.

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Chidi Okeke. Adam Bisnowaty. Jylan Ware. Brian Wallace. These are the names the Washington Redskins have brought into their midst, in the wake of Ty Nsekhe’s departure to Buffalo. The 2018 season left a scar with its chaotic injury waves, and now, Washington is refusing to take the swing tackle position for granted. Even if it means sifting through the deepest reserves, to find a hidden gem.

Of the above names, only one remains on the roster: Brian Wallace. The former Arkansas Razorbacks blocker managed to stick around with Bill Callahan, but one isn’t enough, outside of Trent Williams, Morgan Moses, Geron Christian, Ereck Flowers, and Timon Parris.

With all the uncertainty behind the two starters, the Redskins know they need to find a potential answer, and fast. Over the past few weeks, linemen have been coming and going, and now, the Redskins have added the latest developmental tackle: 2019 undrafted free agent Authentic Blake Hance Jersey.

While the names of the offseason are sometimes easy to forget, each one has a unique skill set, and unique traits that could bode well in their fight to stick around in the NFL. Hance isn’t a well-known player, but he brings his own kind of intrigue to the table.

At 6-foot-5, 310 pounds, Hance has good size for the tackle position, and with a basketball background, as well as a history at tight end and defensive end, tracking back to high school, Hance’s mobility isn’t a liability. His true movement skills are hard to quantify with the information available, but his combination of history and experience is at least promising. The lack of league interest in him, however, is not.

Hance finished his high school career as a three-star tight end recruit, and signed with the Northwestern Wildcats, where he was promptly moved to offensive tackle. After redshirting his freshman season, Hance started 46 games over the course of his career with the Northwestern Wildcats, primarily at left tackle, although he started four games at left guard in 2017.

Despite his impressive resume, Hance was not drafted in the 2019 NFL Draft. He signed with the Buffalo Bills after the draft as an undrafted free agent, but was then cut by Buffalo on May 22. Just over a week later, the Redskins have scooped him up, hoping to quantify his potential with the time they have.

Hance certainly looks the part, but can he keep up with the pace of the NFL, and can he convince the Redskins that he’s a project worth keeping? It won’t be easy, but with his size, experience, and relative versatility, he might be able to do just that.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars were one of the biggest topics of the NFL headlines due to trading veteran cornerback A.J. Bouye to the Denver Broncos for a 2020 fourth-round pick. While the move now gives them 10 draft picks for 2020, there isn’t much behind him and several additions will be needed at the position this offseason.

However, before we get into free-agency and the draft, here’s a preview of how the cornerback position looks at the moment for the Jags:

CB1: Tre Herndon (5-foot-11, 185-pounds)

When the 2019 season started, absolutely nobody saw this team being without both A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey the following year, but here we are. With both gone and D.J. Hayden being designated to the nickelback position, Authentic Tre Herndon Jersey is now the team’s No. 1 guy on the perimeter.

Herndon was thrust into the starting role a little after Ramsey notified the team that he wanted to be traded. By the season’s end, he had 14 starts to his name with 55 tackles and three picks. Of course, Herndon had some growing pains early in the year but settled down over time. He was only able to garner a Pro Football Focus grade of 54.7 but should be better with almost a full season worth of starts behind him.

As previously stated, Authentic D.J. Hayden Jersey will enter the 2020 season as the Jags’ top nickleback. His 2019 campaign went pretty well as he always was around the ball either making tackles or being a pest to receivers in the slot. He ultimately registered a PFF grade of 76.9, which was one of the highest on the entire team.

CB2: D. J. Hayden (5-foot-11, 190-pounds)

CB3: Parry Nickerson (5-foot-11, 179-pounds)

Like Herndon, Authentic Parry Nickerson Jersey will be entering his third season in 2020, however, he’s way more of an unknown. The Jags initially signed and waived Nickerson in October, but he ended up back on their practice squad and was promoted to the main roster in December.

Nickerson participated in four games total in 2020 and started in one. Before joining the Jags, he also had two starts with the New York Jets so it seems he’s a developmental player the Jags should look to find out more about.

CB4: Brandon Watson (5-foot-11, 198-pounds)

Rookie Authentic Brandon Watson Jersey joined the Jags last season after the 2019 NFL Draft as an undrafted free-agent from Michigan. He ended up being placed on the team’s practice squad after final cuts but was promoted to the main roster on Oct. 30. Watson’s stat line with the team is limited as he participated in eight games and accumulated five tackles. Clearly, this indicates that the Jags will need to learn more about him this offseason.

CB5: Jayson Stanley (6-foot-2, 201-pounds)

Authentic Jayson Stanley Jersey is the only player in this group who didn’t take a regular season snap with the Jags, so like Watson, they’ll have to learn more about him this offseason. He’ll probably be a bit behind the curve as the rookie converted from playing receiver at the University of Georgia to playing corner when he was briefly with the Atlanta Falcons. However, he did appear in 37 games while playing with the Bulldogs.

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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, Fla. — Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith has some harsh words for NFL players who charge a fee to attend their youth football camp.

“Y’all suckers,” he said.

Smith doesn’t believe that kids should have to pay to attend those camps — he doesn’t charge a fee for his — and said that players who do charge a fee, even a nominal one, have lost touch with what he called the “humble gratitude” that allowed them to reach the NFL.

Smith, who made those comments in a short video on Instagram, said in a phone interview with ESPN that he wasn’t calling out any specific player. However, he did say he felt that players charging for youth camps are essentially robbing the community.
Jags LB Telvin Smith on charging for youth camps: “Your heart’s not in the right direction when you’re doing that.” Logan Bowles/USA TODAY Sports
“I keep saying robbing these kids because I feel that’s what we’re doing,” Smith told ESPN. “We’re in the NFL. We’re in a multibillion corporation. You can write that off on your taxes, but you’re charging these kids? There’s no part of it that’s right.

“Your heart’s not in the right direction when you’re doing that.”

Smith wanted to be clear that he wasn’t calling out any player in particular and that he wanted to make sure people understood he isn’t talking about the multiday or overnight intense instructional camps. Camps such as those, which require the campers to be housed and fed, can cost close to nearly $1,000 per camper. Specialty companies run many of those types of camps, which bear the names of the sponsoring players.

Smith said he’s talking about the camps that usually last three to four hours, where it’s more about the experience of meeting an NFL player than learning football skills. Those camps should be free, Smith said, and there are ways to defray the cost. NFL players can apply for $1,000-$4,000 grants from the National Football League Foundation to help fund their camps. In addition, players are able to secure sponsors to help cover costs, such as local restaurants to provide lunches and drinks.

Smith said he did that last year for his first camp in his hometown of Valdosta, Georgia, in which he said he had more than 500 kids show up. He’s finalizing details for this year’s camp to be held in mid-June.

“Guys can reach out to the community and they’ll donate food, they’ll donate money, they’ll donate water,” Smith said. “We had so many things donated we had so much left over.

“… That’s how I know it can be done. I had to buy extra shirts. But I’m willing to do that because we’re buying these designer clothes and cars and jewelry and then you can’t give $600 or $2,000 extra out of your pocket to make sure a couple extra kids come to your camp? I’m going to make sure I’ve got that.”

Smith said athletes have a responsibility to give back to the community and there are a lot of kids who can’t afford to pay to attend a camp.

“That’s wrong,” Smith said. “You’re not giving back to the community. You’re taking from the community.”

Many players do hold free camps. Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles’ foundation partnered with local companies to host free one-day kids camps in Orlando and Jacksonville. Cincinnati quarterback A.J. McCarron and San Francisco safety Jaquiski Tartt each have held free camps for kids in Alabama.

Last July, Miami’s Mike Pouncey and Pittsburgh’s Maurkice Pouncey held their sixth annual Pouncey Twins Football Camp in Lakeland, Florida. More than 800 kids attended the free camp, held in conjunction with the Lakeland Police Athletic League.

Tennessee defensive end Jurrell Casey held a free camp for offensive and defensive linemen last July in Long Beach, California. That same month Seattle defensive lineman Michael Bennett held a free camp in Hawaii and criticized Golden State’s Steph Curry for charging $2,000 to attend his camp in Hawaii.

“You’ve got to remember where you came from at the end of the day,” Smith said. “C’mon, man, stop thinking we’re more than what we are.”

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars ended their offseason program on June 15. Here’s a look at how they fared:

Offseason goals/grade: The Jaguars entered the offseason with three things in mind: Get faster, get tougher and get better on special teams. They feel like they’ve accomplished the first with the additions of CB A.J. Bouye, RB Leonard Fournette, WR Dede Westbrook and CB Jalen Myrick. Joe DeCamillis is regarded as one of the best special-teams coaches in the NFL, so that alone should make the Jaguars better, but they also gave him solid special-teamers in LBs Lerentee McCray, Audie Cole and Josh McNary. As for getting tougher, that’s something we won’t know until training camp and the preseason, but coach Doug Marrone has been hammering the players about becoming stronger and more physical since the offseason program started in April. The offensive line sets the tone there, and Marrone called it out publicly at a season-ticket-holder forum, so it’ll be interesting to see how the unit responds. Grade: B.

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Move I liked: The Jaguars want to be a run-based offense and not have QB Blake Bortles throw the ball 37 times per game (which is his career average), and they needed a better option than Chris Ivory or T.J. Yeldon as the primary ball carrier, so they took the best running back in the draft in Fournette. The 6-foot-1, 228-pound rookie ran for 3,830 yards and 40 touchdowns in three seasons at LSU, including 1,953 yards and 22 TDs in 2015. The Tigers built their offense around him, and when he was healthy, he was certainly up to the task. He won’t have the same kind of season Ezekiel Elliott did last year as a rookie because the Jaguars’ offensive line is average at best, but Fournette was the perfect match for Marrone and new team executive vice president Tom Coughlin.

Move I didn’t like: It’s actually a move the Jaguars didn’t make that I didn’t like. They did add help at offensive tackle with Branden Albert and Cam Robinson, but GM Dave Caldwell failed to address the interior of the offensive line, which was a weak spot last season. It would have taken at least $9 million annually to lure any of the top free-agent guards (Kevin Zeitler, Ronald Leary, Larry Warford and T.J. Lang), and Caldwell didn’t want to spend that much on the position. He also didn’t want to pay guard Kelechi Osemele, nor center Alex Mack the year before. Had the team added just one interior lineman each year, the line would be significantly better and not the second-biggest question mark on the team behind quarterback. That would certainly have made things easier for Fournette in 2017.

Biggest question still to be answered in training camp: The entire season hinges on whether Bortles can make better decisions in the pocket, be more accurate with his throws and cut down on turnovers. They’re all connected, because it follows that better decisions lead to more accurate throws, which leads to fewer turnovers. Those are his biggest issues. He has committed the most turnovers in the NFL in the past three seasons (63) and has thrown more interceptions (51) in that span than anyone other than Philip Rivers (52). We’ll get a better idea of whether he’s improved in these areas when the Jaguars have joint practices with New England and Tampa Bay in training camp.

Salary-cap space: $45,325,703 (source: Overthecap.com)

2017 draft picks: 1. RB Leonard Fournette, 2. OT Cam Robinson, 3. DE Dawuane Smoot, 4. WR Dede Westbrook, 5. LB Blair Brown, 7. CB Jalen Myrick, 7. FB Marquez Williams.
Undrafted rookie free agents signed: TE Caleb Bluiett, WR Keelan Cole, C Parker Collins, RB Tim Cook, CB Jeremy Cutrer, LB P.J. Davis, DE Hunter Dimick, WR Amba Etta-Tawo, G Avery Gennesy, LB Justin Horton, DT Tueni Lupeamanu, RB I’Tavious Mathers, S Charles Miller, DE Carroll Phillips, CB Ezra Robinson, WR Kenneth Walker.

Unrestricted free agents signed: CB A.J. Bouye, DE Calais Campbell, S Barry Church, OT Earl Watford, DT Stefan Charles, TE Mychal Rivera, LB Audie Cole, LB Lerentee McCray, WR Bryan Walters, LB Josh McNary.

Restricted free agents signed: None.

Players acquired via trade: OT Branden Albert.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell is excited about what he has seen during the Jags’ nine organized team activities — especially from several young defensive ends.

Campbell said Thursday that he’s impressed with rookie Dawuane Smoot, second-year player Yannick Ngakoue and third-year player Dante Fowler Jr., and he can’t wait to see how the trio performs when training camp begins in late July.

“This team is stacked with talent, especially in D-line,” Campbell said. “We have a lot of guys who are just flashing, making plays, just being able to turn the corner.
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“I’m excited to see how camp’s going to be when we put pads on.”

So what exactly impressed Campbell about those three players?

Campbell likes Ngakoue’s desire to continually improve. Ngakoue is coming off a rookie season in which he set the franchise’s single-season rookie sack record (8.0), a mark previously held by Tony Brackens, the franchise’s all-time leader in sacks (55.0).

“He’s hungry,” Campbell said. “He’s always trying to get better, working on small things every day. Whether it’s hands, hand placement, his first step, the way he comes off moves. He’s working every day on something different and you see his progression. He had a great year last year, but I think he’s getting ready to become one of those premier pass-rushers.”

Campbell called Fowler, who missed his rookie season because of a torn ACL and had only 4.0 sacks last season, the best athlete on the field.

“That guy’s just special,” Campbell said. “His technique might not be perfect, but just the things he can do is amazing. He’s getting his technique better every day.”

Campbell also really likes what he has seen from Smoot, the Jaguars’ third-round pick from Illinois. Smoot was regarded as a potential first-round pick after his junior season, when he had 7.0 sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. While his reduced sack total his senior year caused his draft stock to drop, the Jaguars were elated to snag him in the third round.

“He’s really good dipping and ripping,” Campbell said. “He has a mean rip move and he has a feel for timing, which usually carries over.

“… We’re just in shorts, so, you can never get too excited, but he’s flashed a little bit. I told him, ‘Don’t disappear on me when the pads come on. I need you to keep this same stuff up when the pads come on.’ But he has a lot of potential.”

Aside from heaping praise on Ngakoue, Fowler and Smoot, Campbell says he believes the Jaguars are on the verge of becoming a very good team. A veteran of four playoff appearances and a Super Bowl, Campbell knows what a championship-caliber team looks like, and he sees the Jaguars as having the necessary pieces to match up against the NFL’s best.

“I want to make sure everybody [in the locker room] knew that we were closer than we thought,” Campbell said. “I came around and told the team, ‘I’ve been a part of winning teams. I know what it takes.’ We have every piece.

“It just comes down to execution. It comes down to taking care of the small things. It comes down to having an attitude toward the small things so that you do them well, and then once you take care of the small things, then the big things become easy. They become small things.”

Despite Campbell’s optimism, it’s natural to be dubious about the Jaguars’ fortunes in 2017. The team is coming off a 3-13 season, hasn’t had a winning record or made the playoffs since 2007, and has lost 11 or more games for six consecutive seasons.

Yet Campbell maintains a positive approach — he also had effusive praise for cornerback Jalen Ramsey and nose tackle Abry Jones — because he knows the defense is following his lead. He is regarded as one of the best locker room leaders in the NFL, an added benefit for a Jaguars team that signed him to a four-year, $60 million contract ($30 million guaranteed).

“When you have talent and you work hard, eventually good things are going to happen,” Campbell said.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The NFL released the preseason schedule on Monday. Dates and times for all games haven’t been announced, but here’s a first look at the opponents for the Jacksonville Jaguars:

Week 1 (Aug. 10-13) at New England

Comment: Opening against the defending Super Bowl champions will be an early – and overanalyzed – barometer of how much the Jaguars have improved, even though it’s unlikely that Tom Brady or other key Patriots starters will play much (if at all). This will be the first time Blake Bortles will test his supposedly improved footwork and delivery against an opponent. He spent more than two months in California at 3DQB after the 2016 season ended, but it’s easier to do everything properly in a controlled situation. Will he revert to his poor mechanics when he’s in live action?

Week 2 (Aug. 17, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN) vs. Tampa Bay

Comment: The teams held joint training camp practices in Jacksonville last year before the teams played at EverBank Field, and there have been preliminary discussions about doing it again this year. Last year’s practices really exposed the struggles of Dante Fowler Jr. He was having a great camp working against Luke Joeckel and Jermey Parnell but got shut down against the Bucs and was no factor for much of the season. This matchup against the Bucs will give him a chance to show if he has made marked improvement.

Week 3 (Aug. 24-27) vs. Carolina

Comment: This will be the first preseason meeting with the Panthers since 2006. The teams played seven times from 1995-2006, including the Hall of Fame game in the inaugural season for both franchises. Starters played the majority of the game in Week 3 so this will be the first extended look at the Jalen Ramsey-A.J. Bouye cornerback pairing. How much will we see Cam Newton? Though he’s expected to be recovered by the time training camp begins, the Panthers may be cautious with him as he recovers from rotator cuff surgery.

Week 4 (Aug. 31) at Atlanta

Comment: The Jaguars will close the preseason against the Falcons for the fifth time in the last seven years. They’ve played Atlanta more than any other team in the preseason (12 times). Rookie quarterback Brandon Allen played the entire game and threw for 164 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in last year’s Falcons 17-15 victory. He may get another chance to do that this year – or maybe we’ll see another rookie quarterback get the majority of the reps because the assumption is the Jaguars will draft one at some point later this month.