A. J. Cann Jersey

JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars addressed offensive-line depth Friday.

They did so by re-signing a familiar, reliable player who has started a significant number games for the team in recent seasons.

Tyler Shatley, a sixth-year veteran guard/center who has spent all five of his NFL seasons with the Jaguars, re-signed with the team Friday morning. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Shatley became an unrestricted free agent on March 13.

Shatley, who originally signed with the Jaguars as a collegiate free agent shortly following the 2014 NFL Draft, has started 15 of 62 games in five NFL seasons. He has been the Jaguars’ swing interior lineman the past four seasons, and has been active for all 16 regular-season games each of the past three seasons.

Shatley, who played collegiately at Clemson, started a career-high seven games at center last season when starter Brandon Linder missed the season’s final seven games with a knee injury.

The Jaguars now have nine offensive linemen on the roster, including four 2018 Week 1 starters: left tackle Cam Robinson, left guard Andrew Norwell, Linder and right guard A.J. Cann. The Jaguars re-signed Cann on March 13. Other offensive linemen on the roster: Shatley, right tackle Will Richardson, right tackle Cedric Ogbuehi, center K.C. McDermott and guard Brandon Thomas.

I mean, Cam Robinson blew out his ACL during the second game of the season. Then we had issues with Andrew Norwell and his ankle. Brandon Linder, the center, blew out his ACL in the middle of the season. The only guy who was really healthy was A.J. Cann, who was the right guard while Parnell struggled with injuries as well. As much as you give attention to the quarterback, running backs and the receivers, if your offensive line is depleted your team is going to struggle.

T.J. Yeldon Jersey

Perhaps, that addition will come sooner. The Bills hosted former Jacksonville Jaguars running back TJ Yeldon on a free-agent Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

General Manager Brandon Beane hinted at a potential move other than the draft when he met with reporters Monday.

“I don’t want to sit here and say we need it,” Beane said of drafting a running back. “I get it, we’ve got two guys who are over 30. We’ve paid attention to it. But I still think there’s guys who are out there and even some in free agency still who can help who will get on teams and help them.

“It’s kind of a different market for that position altogether in a lot of ways. I think there are some guys in the draft who do have a good skill set and we’ll see how it falls.”

Yeldon, 25, had 104 carries, 414 yards and one touchdown last season in 14 games, with five starts and was an effective weapon in catching passes out of the backfield with 55 receptions for 487 yards and four scores.

The Bills have room for a third running back behind McCoy and Gore after releasing Chris Ivory — another ex-Jaguar — earlier this offseason.

In 61 career games, Yeldon has 465 carries for 1,872 yards and six touchdowns and 171 receptions for 1,302 yards and six touchdowns. He has caught at least 30 passes in each of his four NFL seasons.

His most prolific season as a rusher was as a rookie second-round draft pick out of Alabama in 2015. He finished with 182 carries for 740 yards as Jacksonville’s primary back. He then shared the workload with Ivory in 2016 and Leonard Fournette the last two seasons.

Yannick Ngakoue Jersey

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said he wanted full attendance for the team’s offseason conditioning program, and while that realistically won’t happen, it appears one of his top players entering a contract year is at the team’s facility ready to work towards improvement.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, defensive end Yannick Ngakoue was present for the kickoff of the offseason workout program despite being on a contract year.

Ngakoue, 24, has been nothing short of solid since the Jags selected him in the third round of 2016’s draft, averaging just under 10 sacks a season. He certainly didn’t have to show up for the voluntary part of the offseason, but when considering how hard of a worker he is, his attendance certainly isn’t surprising.

In 2017, the young edge rusher was named to his first Pro Bowl after recording a career-high 12 sacks and 30 tackles. In 2018, teams began to key in on him after showing growth in 2016-17, which slowed him down a bit earlier in the year. But in the end, he was able to make 28 tackles and 9.5 sacks.

Earlier in the year, Jags general manager Dave Caldwell said the Jags will turn their attention to Ngakoue’s and Jalen Ramsey’s contract situations after the draft. However, they may have to clear out more cap space as the rookie pool will only leave them with just over $5 million in cap space.

Myles Jack Jersey

JACKSONVILLE – Doug Marrone is a Myles Jack fan.

If that wasn’t evident before, it was when the Jaguars’ head coach discussed the fourth-year linebacker this week.

Marrone was asked during this week’s 2019 NFL Annual Meeting if signing veteran linebacker Jake Ryan recently as an unrestricted free agent from the Green Bay Packers might mean moving Jack from middle linebacker. Marrone said it did not, then discussed Jack at length.

“Myles Jack is always an interesting subject,” Marrone said Wednesday during the AFC-NFC Coaches Breakfast at the Arizona Biltmore. “The perspective I have on Myles Jack seems to be so different than everyone else, meaning the media and or people who ask me questions about him.”

Jack, a second-round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft from UCLA, has increased his role in each of his three NFL seasons. He started at strong-side linebacker as a rookie in 2016 before starting at strong in base situations and moving to middle in passing situations in 2017.

He moved to the middle full time when former Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny retired in the 2018 offseason.

“I look at Myles Jack as gosh how lucky are we that we have this guy that can play Sam (strongside), Mike (middle) and Will (weakside),” Marrone said. “In the beginning, I think Mike was a position where you have to get experience because you are seeing things at a different level, but look how quickly Myles picked that up and he was able to play at a high level.”

Jack, after a standout 2017 postseason, entered 2018 focused being a consistent playmaker as he transitioned to the middle full time. While hack didn’t reach the Pro Bowl level last season that many observers predicted for him, Marrone said in no way was 2018 a disappointment for Jack.

“We are fortunate to have someone like Myles Jack in that he is big, he is strong, he is fast, he can tackle, he has great ball skills,” Marrone said. “When people say, is Myles a Will, is he a Mike, is he a Will, is he a Sam? It is very difficult for me – what is he? He is good enough to be any of them and be the best at those positions. I really believe that.”

Dede Westbrook Jersey

It’s been a campaign of calamity for the Jacksonville Jaguars, one of unfulfilled expectations in which underachieving has seemingly becoming the norm.

Ahead of Sunday’s instate showdown with the Dolphins, jobs are at stake as a season lost limps to its conclusion.

Highlights have been hard to find, but lost in the losses has been the promise of receiver/return man Dede Westbrook.

Westbrook’s 56 catches, 662 yards receiving, five receiving touchdowns and six total touchdowns are all team-highs, though admittedly the Jaguars’ offense has been anemic (30th in scoring offense).

In the Jaguars’ latest loss, a 16-13 setback to the Redskins in which the teams engaged in a woeful offensive outing, Westbrook’s 74-yard punt return to the house was Jacksonville’s only touchdown.

It was a play perhaps emblematic of Westbrook being a glimmer of hope in an otherwise disastrous season for the Jaguars.

Westbrook has showed his ability for the big play and to be a consistent weapon at receiver.

Over the last three games, the Jaguars have cobbled together only 28 combined points with two touchdowns — both of them scored by Westbrook. He’s tallied three touchdowns over the last four games, with a 6-0 win against the Colts as the only game in which he didn’t find the end zone. While the stats certainly don’t jump off the page, in the offensive struggles that have been a huge storyline for Jacksonville, Westbrook has been the one who provides the rare exclamation points.

“I feel like I’m an athlete,” Westbrook told Heilman. “I can play whatever you need me to play. That’s my tendency. That’s what I live by. For those guys, they can pretty much put me anywhere, and I’m going to do it.”

As a rookie out of Oklahoma, Westbrook played in only three games and mustered 339 yards receiving and one touchdown during the Jaguars’ ascent to the AFC Championship Game.

Losses have mounted this season for the Jaguars (4-10), though, as they look to snap a two-game losing streak and rescue themselves from a stretch in which they’ve lost nine of 10.

“I’m frustrated because at the end of the day, we’re going out there and busting our tails and we can’t all come together as one and get a team win,” Westbrook said. “That’s tough and that’s difficult because at the end of the day, yes we love football. But we also love to win.”

Changes aplenty will come for Jacksonville when the 2018 season reaches its merciful end, but Westbrook — along with the play of stellar Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey — has provided some overlooked promise that some hope — and highlights — still lies within the Jaguars.

Cam Robinson Jersey

JACKSONVILLE – Senior writer John Oehser examines the week that was around the Jaguars, with an eye on the Jaguars’ offensive line as 2019 free agency moved forward.

A feeling among some observers is the Jaguars’ need to overhaul the offensive line.

The reality is that the changes to the starting line this offseason will be more of a tweak, with the overhaul limited to backups.

That became clear last week when the team re-signed veteran right guard A.J. Cann, and Jaguars Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin shortly after the move said injuries were the primary reason a line that performed well in 2017 struggled at times last season.

“If we get our guys back healthy and can add a little bit here and there … I was happy and confident with our offensive line last year until it started to disappear,” Coughlin said Thursday, shortly after the Jaguars signed quarterback Nick Foles as an unrestricted free agent.

Cann’s re-signing means four of five Week 1 offensive line starters from last season will return: Cann, left tackle Cam Robinson, center Brandon Linder and right guard Andrew Norwell.

As Coughlin mentioned, injuries were a major factor for the line last season. Not only did Robinson miss the final 13 games with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, Norwell missed the final five games with an ankle injury and Linder missed the final seven games with a knee injury.

The injuries to Norwell and Linder weren’t believed serious enough to linger deep into the offseason. And while General Manager David Caldwell declined to discuss the specifics of Robinson’s return, the timing of the injury was such that a return by Week 1 is reasonable.

Whereas the starting offensive line seems likely to undergo just one change, the situation among the reserves is different. The Jaguars had seven linemen who started at least one game last season become free agents: tackle Josh Wells, center/guard Tyler Shatley, guard Patrick Omameh, tackle Ereck Flowers, guard Chris Reed, guard/tackle Josh Walker and tackle Corey Robinson. Flowers, the No. 9 overall selection by the New York Giants in 2015, signed with Washington this week. Perhaps the most notable of the others were Wells and Shatley. Wells played well in place of Cam Robinson last season but struggled to stay healthy in five Jaguars seasons. Shatley started 15 of 62 games played in five Jaguars seasons. While the team could re-sign one or two of last season’s reserves, it’s more likely the offensive-line depth will have a dramatically new look in 2019.

Leonard Fournette Jersey

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette was arrested on Thursday afternoon following a traffic stop in Jacksonville for driving with a suspended license. He posted bond and was released 24 minutes later.

According to a police report, Fournette was pulled over near the intersection of St. Johns Bluff Road and Atlantic Boulevard for driving 65 mph in a 45 mph zone. Records show the same officer pulled Fournette over during the summer for driving 85 mph in a 45 mph zone and gave him a written warning.

The suspended license charge stemmed from an unpaid ticket from last November. Fournette was booked into jail and charged with knowingly driving while his license was suspended, Duval County jail logs show. Fournette’s bond was $1,508. He paid that and was released at 3:04 p.m.

News4Jax Jaguars Analyst Mark Brunell released a statement in response to Fournette’s arrest.

“Leonard is a guy with such incredible talent, we’ve seen what he can do on the field when he’s healthy and focused. For whatever reasons, he has just struggled with maturity issues. We’ve talked about that before. This latest incident, even though its relatively minor in the grand scheme of things, goes along with the growing up that we’ve talked about. Let’s hope that he uses this as another learning experience.”

The Jaguars also released a statement about the arrest.

“The Jacksonville Jaguars are aware of the situation involving running back Leonard Fournette and are continuing to gather more information. No further comment will be provided at this time.”

Jacksonville defense attorney Gene Nichols, not affiliated with Fournette’s case, said people are only issued a minor civil citation if they don’t know their license is suspended.

Fournette was cited on Nov. 17, 2018, in Neptune Beach for going 37 mph in a 25-mph zone. The ticket was $204 and he never paid it. Fournette’s driver’s license was suspended last month.

While the incident is a relatively minor offense, it doesn’t help that Fournette was coming off of a highly disappointing second season in the NFL and criticized for maturity issues.

Fournette played in just eight games last year and rushed for 439 yards and five touchdowns. He was suspended a game for leaving the field to join an altercation during a game at Buffalo and was publicly called out by Tom Coughlin in the final week of the season for his sideline demanor.

Logan Cooke Jersey

How a kid from rural Mississippi who grew up riding horses and lassoing steers became an NFL punter begins with a picture sitting in the den of Jaguars rookie Logan Cooke’s childhood home.

Seen in that family keepsake is a younger Cooke — likely 3 or 4 years old at the time — with his grandfather, Jackie, as he kicks a football with his tiny legs.

Cooke, a seventh-round pick by the Jaguars in April who is currently the only punter on the team’s 90-man roster, never outgrew the small-town way of life that involves hours spent hunting, fishing and farming.

And he never tired from his grandfather’s shared passion: kicking a football as far as his powerful right leg would allow.

“It’s something that throughout my life I’ve had a knack for and enjoyed,” said Cooke, who signed a four-year contract with the Jaguars. “I’ve been doing it since I was a little kid, and then I got into junior high and high school and I figured out I could actually be really good at it, so I kind of got a little more serious about it.”

The Jaguars are serious about their belief in Cooke. Two days after selecting him with the 247th overall pick out of Mississippi State, they released six-year veteran Brad Nortman, who spent the past two seasons in Jacksonville.

Moving on from Nortman cleared $2.125 million in salary cap space for the Jaguars, according to the contract analysis website spotrac. And it sent an immediate message to Cooke that the job is his to lose.

“It was odd,” Cooke said. “It put a lot of pressure on me, but it also gave me the assurance that they really like me and really want me here. … I know I’ll still have to compete. Even if no one’s here, I’m still going into that deal with a competitive mindset. At this level, if you don’t perform, even if you are the only guy here, they can wave goodbye pretty quick.”

Cooke developed that competitive mindset growing up in Darbun, Miss., a quiet city about 90 minutes south of Jackson and a couple hours north of New Orleans. (“We have a little general store, that’s about it,” Cooke said. “You can go to that store and get everything.”)

Before he became one of the top high school punters in the country, Cooke and his older sister, Jordan, grew up competing in rodeos. Jordan is 26 and still rodeoing away today, Cooke said.

Back home, the siblings helped their parents maintain about 50 animals — cows, horses, etc. — on the family farm.

“It all teaches you responsibility and hard work,” Cooke said. “That’s actually the reason I quit rodeoing is I had to keep my horse in shape. Once I started really getting big into sports, I didn’t really have time to keep me in shape and my horse in shape, so I had to pick one.”

It’s fair to say Cooke made the right choice.

The Jaguars became interested in the 6-foot-5 Cooke following his productive four-year career at Mississippi State. In 45 career games and 150 punts, Cooke checked all of the necessary boxes. His 41.7-yard average and 35 punts of more than 50 yards showed his strength. His 60 punts placed inside an opponent’s 20-yard line displayed his precision.

Cooke also served as the Bulldogs’ kickoff specialist and could be an option in that role for the Jaguars. However, Josh Lambo produced 22 touchbacks on 57 kickoffs last season and has proven to be a good directional kicker.

Ronnie Harrison Jersey

Nick Saban didn’t want to name names, but he didn’t do a very good job of keeping the subject of his shade a secret.

The Alabama football coach was lamenting players who left for the NFL draft too early, and referenced one nameless player specifically to get his point across that he would have been better off staying in school for another year.

“If you’re a third-round draft pick, and we had one here last year — I’m not going to say any names — goes and starts for his team, so he’s making third-round money, which is not that great,” Saban told reporters Saturday after the Crimson Tide’s spring game. “He’d be the first guy taken at his position this year, probably, and make $15-18 million more. So, the agent makes out, the club makes out, and now they’ve got a guy that’s going to play for that kind of money for three more years.”

The only problem is Alabama only had one third-round pick last year, and it was safety Ronnie Harrison, who was drafted 93rd overall by the Jaguars. It didn’t take long for Harrison to catch wind of Saban’s not-so-subtle comments, jabbing back with a tweet Sunday.

“Coaches get so Butt Hurt Now Days About a Kid Making a Decision to live out his dreams and Go Pro,” he wrote. “Makes me think do you really care about the success of the kid or how well your program performs?KeepMyNameOutYaMouth #Bama #Saban #GodGotIt.”

Of course, where a player goes in the draft is not the only consideration when they leave school early. Some decide they need to make money now and be compensated for their play instead of spending another year on scholarship under their coach who is making millions of dollars.

After being drafted last year, Harrison signed a four-year, $3.4 million contract with $803,032 in guaranteed money — $803,032 more than he would have been making this season at Alabama.

The Crimson Tide had four first-round picks last year, but Harrison was one of eight taken in the third round or later. The trend clearly irks Saban, who seems to prefer his players come back if they are not surefire early-round picks.

“I do know there’s some pretty compelling stats out there about guys going out early for the draft,” Saban said. “I think in the last five years, not counting this year, there’s been 380 or thereabouts go out early for the draft, and 25 percent of those guys didn’t even get drafted. And another 25 percent weren’t on the team in three years. So, that means 50 percent of the guys that went out early for the draft had failed grades. But if you look at the number of guys that were first- and second-round draft picks, there were very few guys that had failed careers.

“Now, we have guys that have no draft grades, seventh-round grades, free-agent grades, fifth-round grades that are going out of the draft. And the person that loses in that is the player.”

Jalen Ramsey Jersey

Jacksonville Jaguars outspoken cornerback Jalen Ramsey is apparently in the market for a new deal.

He’s apparently now looking for a whopping deal that might top the one safety Landon Collins just inked with the Washington Redskins.

Collins just made a bank six-year deal that pays him a massive $14 million per year. That’s not small change by any means for a safety.

It obviously did not take long for Ramsey to note the dollar signs here. Nor did he fail to take advantage of campaigning on behalf of fellow cornerbacks around the league.

Ramsey is entering the fourth year of his rookie deal that will pay him $3.6 million in 2019. This is unless Ramsey can convince the Jaguars to extend him early.

With the news that the Jacksonville Jaguars have interest in signing Nick Foles to a deal, star cornerback Jalen Ramsey is looking to raid the entire Eagles organization. Ramsey hopped on Twitter recently and did his best to recruit Golden Tate to the Jaguars, using family as an excuse to bring the two together.