Jaguars make roster moves after rookie minicamp

Following the the team’s annual rookie minicamp, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed OL Jordan Agasiva, TE Michael Colubiale, TE Charles Jones, CB Jocquez Kalili and S Joshua Moon. To make room on the roster, the Jaguars waived TE Carson Meier, CB Marquez Sanford and WR Papi White. The Jaguars also waived/injured DB Cody Brown and DT Roderick Young, so they will revert to the team’s reserve/injured list if they go unclaimed on waivers. The Jaguars currently have 90 players on their offseason roster.

Agasiva, 6-3, 320, attended the University of Utah for two seasons and started 24 games at RG, earning first-team All-Pac-12 honors as a senior in 2018 after starting all 14 games. He previously attended Pima Community College and was a two-time first-team All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference selection.

Colubiale, 6-1, 223, attended UCF and appeared in 38 career games. As a senior in 2018, he appeared in 13 games with seven starts and caught 21 passes for 278 yards and three TDs. In 2017, Colubiale appeared in all 13 games and caught 10 passes for 221 yards and one TD. During the 2016 season, he appeared in 12 games and caught two passes for 17 yards.

Jones, 6-4, 255, attended Tulane and appeared in 40 games (22 starts), totaling 40 receptions for 268 yards and five TDs. As a senior in 2018, he hauled in 10 passes for 53 yards and played a key role in the run-game, helping Tulane rush for 218.2 yards per game, which ranked 23rd in the FBS. Jones started 10 games for the Green Wave during his junior season and recorded 13 receptions for 84 yards and two TDs.  Jones’ cousin, Jacoby Jones, played in the NFL for the Houston Texans and the Baltimore Ravens.

Kalili, 5-11, 185, attended UNLV from 2017-18 after spending two years at Mesa Community College in Arizona. While with the Rebels, Kalili appeared in 18 games, totaling 64 tackles, five passes defended, three forced fumbles and one INT. As a senior in 2018, he posted 49 tackles, including a season-high eight tackles in the season opener at Southern California.

Moon, 6-0, 200, attended Georgia State and played in 38 games for the Eagles, totaling 192 tackles, 11 passes defended, five INTs and two forced fumbles. He started all 12 games for the Eagles as a senior in 2018 and recorded a team-leading 71 tackles and three passes defensed. As a junior in 2017, he played in 10 games (seven starts) and finished third on the team with 47 tackles, two INTs and one fumble recovery.

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Marrone: ‘I really believe in my heart that Telvin(Smith) knows that we are here to support him in any which way’

On Thursday, Jaguars LB Telvin Smith announced that he is stepping away from the game of football for the 2019 season. Smith made the announcement on his Instagram account.

Smith, 28, made the Pro Bowl in 2017 and was one the team’s top defensive players. Smith skipped Jacksonville’s voluntary offseason workouts in April. He was scheduled to make $9.75 million in 2019.

Today,  Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone addressed the Smith situation, and according to Marrone, Jacksonville found out Smith was not coming back when the world found out.

Here is what he had to say at the Jaguars’ Rookie Minicamp:

(Opening statement)

Marrone: “I’ll go ahead and address the situation yesterday in regard to Telvin Smith Sr. and what he tweeted out. I have not spoken to him. You found out the same information that I found out at the same time that I found out. I think that for me, I kind of put football to the side. I think for me, that is an afterthought right now in concern with Telvin. I really believe in my heart that Telvin knows that we are here to support him in any which way. Not just myself, the coaches, the organization, his teammates … I’m sure he is aware of that and if all we can do is make sure we pray and he knows that if he needs some support then obviously we are here for him. That is No. 1. No. 2, as a coach, I think that you are prepared for things. You have to be ready for everything – injuries, retirements, stepping away – whatever it may be.

(On if he had any idea that Telvin Smith Sr. was struggling with anything)

Marrone: “No. Telvin’s a strong man. He feels like a lot of guys on this team that can handle their situations. We just want to make sure that everyone knows we are there to support them. If they reach out and hopefully each player does – not just Telvin – that they don’t have to do anything alone. We are here for him.”

(On why he feels that Telvin Smith doesn’t feel comfortable reaching out)

Marrone: “You would have to ask him. I don’t know.”

(On if he is concerned for Telvin Smith’s well-being) “Yes, I mean in the beginning, the first thing I said was that you have to take football and put it to the side. It’s not about football. It’s about making sure that he’s OK just as a person and being a good human being. That is the part that we want to be able to help him with, but obviously we respect his decision, and I know in my heart that he knows not only us as coaches, but his teammates and the organization – we are here to support him in any which way we can.”

(On if he tried to have someone get a hold of Telvin Smith)

Marrone: “We just tried to make contact. That’s all we tried to do.”

(On if he’s made contact with Telvin Smith’s agent)

Marrone: “I have not talked to his agent, no. I don’t know that.”

(On if he plans to work Josh Allen at linebacker and if Telvin Smith’s announcement changes how the team will use Allen this weekend)

Marrone: “We have to look.  You look at Josh and you are looking at a 6 feet 4 inches and a half tall and a 265 pound athlete. There is a lot of things we can do. We just got him here. Obviously, he’ll play up, he’ll play down. We will see how he best fits our team as we go through and not try to put too much on his plate and try to see what he can do. Right now, today when he walked out there, he was impressive. It is impressive his moving skills for a big man. We’ll see how that goes, but to answer your question, no. We have a plan for him.”

(On if he had an idea that the team may not have Telvin Smith)

Marrone: “Anytime you don’t have communication, you really don’t know. You have to be prepared in this profession for anything. I think being a head coach for this long, things come up that you don’t expect and you kind of learn early on your first year probably when you’re a head coach that you have to expect everything. I just look at it as more like I said before – my immediate reaction is that the football side of it is out. What can we do to make sure that we are here to support and help the player?”

(On the process if Telvin Smith was to come to him in July or August wanting to play football)

Marrone: “I’m just hoping that if he needs me, I’m here. That is all that I know. As far as the process and everything, I don’t know. I’ve never been through this.”

(On if the door would be open for Telvin Smith to rejoin the team)

Marrone: “Hopefully we have some communication before that. And if we do, yes. That would be great.”

Jaguars sign rookie QB Gardner Minshew

The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed 2019 sixth-round draft pick QB Gardner Minshew to his NFL rookie contract, the club announced today.

“I think all of the past experiences have prepared me for this moment and this opportunity and I’m just looking forward to it,” Minshew said.

Minshew, 6-1, 225, played at Washington State in 2018 after playing for East Carolina in 2016 and 2017. He had a prolific senior campaign at Washington State, finishing fifth in the 2018 Heisman Trophy voting after being named Pac-12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year and throwing for 4,779 yards and 38 TDs.

Minshew’s 367.6 passing yards per game and 468 completions both led the FBS and he was the only player in the NCAA to record six 400-yard passing games and 11 300-yard passing games. Prior to playing for East Carolina from 2016-17, Minshew was a national champion at Northwest Mississippi Community College in 2015.

Jaguars announce rookie minicamp participation list

The Jacksonville Jaguars will host 62 players, including seven drafted rookies, 21 undrafted rookie free agents, five first-year players, one 2018 draft-eligible rookie and 28 workout players during the team’s rookie minicamp, which runs tomorrow through Sunday (May 10-12) at TIAA Bank Field

The club’s five first-year players are:

NAME POS. HT. WT. SCHOOL
Christian Kuntz LS 6-1 227 Duquesne
Tanner Lee QB 6-4 217 Nebraska
KC McDermott OL 6-5 311 Miami (Fla.)
Alex McGough QB 6-3 214 Florida International
Pharoah McKever TE 6-6 260 Florida International

The club’s one 2018 draft-eligible rookie:

NAME POS. HT. WT. SCHOOL
Cody Brown DB 6-2 207 Arkansas State

The club’s seven draft picks are:

ROUND, OVERALL PICK NAME POS. HT. WT. SCHOOL
Round 1, 7th Josh Allen DE/LB 6-5 262 Kentucky
Round 2, 35th Jawaan Taylor OL 6-5 312 Florida
Round 3, 69th Josh Oliver TE 6-5 249 San José State
Round 3, 98th Quincy Williams LB 5-11 225 Murray State
Round 5, 140th RyQuell Armstead RB 5-11 220 Temple
Round 6, 178th Gardner Minshew QB 6-1 225 Washington State
Round 7, 235th Dontavius Russell DL 6-3 320 Auburn

The club’s 21 undrafted rookie free agents are:

NAME POS. HT. WT. SCHOOL
Shane Bowman DE 6-4 290 Washington
Tyre Brady WR 6-3 211 Marshall
Khairi Clark DT 6-1 309 Florida
Donnell Greene OL 6-5 335 Minnesota
Joe Giles-Harris LB 6-2 234 Duke
Tae Hayes CB 5-9 188 Appalachian State
Raphael Leonard WR 6-2 197 Southern Illinois
Carson Meier TE 6-5 254 Oklahoma
Picasso Nelson Jr. CB 5-10 193 Southern Mississippi
Marquez Sanford CB 5-10 189 Murray State
Saivion Smith CB 6-1 199 Alabama
Dredrick Snelson WR 5-11 189 UCF
Bunchy Stallings OG 6-2 324 Kentucky
Connor Strachan LB 6-0 230 Boston College
Michael Walker WR 5-11 194 Boston College
Brandon Watson CB 5-11 198 Michigan
Papi White WR 5-8 188 Ohio
Andrew Williams DT 6-4 294 Auburn
Andrew Wingard S 6-0 209 Wyoming
Zedrick Woods S 5-11 205 Ole Miss
Roderick Young DT 6-1 307 North Texas

The club’s 28 tryout participants are:

NAME POS. HT. WT. SCHOOL
Jordan Agasiva OL 6-3 320 Utah
Darren Andrews WR 5-10 181 UCLA
DeAndre Applin S 6-1 210 Georgia State
Ka’John Armstrong OL 6-4 294 Eastern Michigan
Jesse Burkett* OL 6-4 300 Stanford
Kyle Chung^ OL 6-3 310 Virginia Tech
Michael Colubiale# TE 6-1 223 Central Florida
Evan Croutch LB 6-0 227 Ohio
Keonatye Garner DL 6-4 285 Louisiana Tech
Malik Hammer DE 6-4 280 Jackson State
Obi Iheoma LB 6-2 245 Northwestern State
Ty Isaac RB 6-3 228 Michigan
Charles Jones II TE 6-4 255 Tulane
Jocquez Kalili CB 5-11 185 Nevada-Las Vegas
Daniel Lacamera K 6-4 230 Texas A&M
Anthony Manzo-Lewis FB 6-0 256 Albany
Taj McGowen RB 6-1 210 Central Florida
Devin Mondie OL 6-5 302 Arkansas State
Joshua Moon S 6-0 200 Georgia Southern
Trevor Morris LB 6-1 232 Rutgers
Flynn Nagel WR 5-11 195 Northwestern
Chris Register DE 6-3 260 Clemson
Michael Rodriguez OL 6-6 250 Louisiana Tech
Jonas Schenderlein K 6-1 185 Concordia
Michael Shaw LB 6-4 230 Georgia State
Hunter Snyder DE 6-6 270 Florida Atlantic
Kalani Vakameilalo DT 6-3 322 Oregon State
Joe Zema P 6-2 210 University of the Incarnate Word

Jaguars sign linebacker Najee Goode

The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed fifth-year LB D.J. Alexander, eighth-year LB Najee Goode and fifth-year LB Ramik Wilson to the 90-man offseason roster, the club announced today.

Alexander, 6-2, 233, was originally drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fifth round (172nd overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft and has appeared in 56 career games, primarily on special teams. In 2016 with the Chiefs, he earned a Pro Bowl nod as a special teamer after leading Kansas City with 12 special teams tackles. He has accumulated 35 special teams tackles in his career and has also played with Seattle (2017) and Philadelphia (2018).  Alexander is from Palm Desert, Calif. and attended Oregon State.

Goode, 6-0, 244, was selected by the Buccaneers in the fifth round (140th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft and has appeared in 80 career games, making four starts. He has accumulated 40 total tackles (28 solo) and 40 special teams tackles in stints with Tampa Bay (2012), Philadelphia (2013-17) and Indianapolis (2018). In 2018, Goode appeared in all 16 regular season games and two postseason games for the Colts and in the 2018 postseason, he blocked a punt that was recovered for a TD.  He is from Cleveland, Ohio and played collegiately at West Virginia.

Wilson, 6-2, 237, was originally selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth round (118th overall) has appeared in 45 career games and registered 142 tackles, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one INT. After spending three seasons (2015-17) with the Chiefs, Wilson played for the Rams in 2018 and registered 31 tackles (nine solo) and four special teams tackles. Wilson is from Tampa, Fla. and played in 44 games (25 starts) at Georgia from 2011-14.

The Jaguars currently have 75 players signed to their active roster. The team has also agreed to terms with 21 undrafted rookies, and will need to make corresponding moves when those players are signed to the 90-man offseason roster.

Jaguars claim LB James Onwualu off waivers

The Jacksonville Jaguars have claimed third-year LB James Onwualu off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers, the club announced today.

Onwualu, 6-1, 232, originally signed with the Los Angeles Chargers as a rookie free agent in 2017 and appeared in nine games, posting six special teams tackles during his rookie year. In 2018, he played in five games with the 49ers and registered two special teams tackles and one forced fumble.

The Saint Paul, Minn. native attended Notre Dame and began his college career as a wide receiver before switching to linebacker during his sophomore season. As a senior in 2016, he registered 75 tackles, three sacks and led the team with 11.5 tackles for loss.

Jaguars grab Temple RB RyQuell Armstead in the fifth round

The Jacksonville Jaguars have selected former Temple RB RyQuell Armstead with the 140th overall selection (fifth round). Jacksonville obtained the 35th overall selection (second round), the 140th overall selection (fifth round) and the 235th overall selection (seventh round) in a trade with Oakland for the 38th overall selection (second round) and the 109th overall selection (fourth round). The Jaguars selected OT Jawaan Taylor with the 35th overall selection on Friday night.

Armstead, 5-11, 220, played in 47 collegiate games and recorded 2,812 career rushing yards and 34 TDs on 573 attempts (4.9 rush avg.). As a senior in 2018, he finished 10th in the nation in rushing TDs (13) and 11th in rushing yards per game (115.8) and earned first-team All-American Athletic Conference honors.

Armstead also recorded a sack in a game against Tulsa, becoming the third player in the FBS since 2000 to rush for 100 yards and register a sack in the same game.

Armstead is the second player from Temple to be drafted by the Jaguars, joining DT Terrance Knighton, who was selected in the third round in 2009.

Jaguars pick up Jalen Ramsey’s fifth-year option

The Jacksonville Jaguars have exercised the fifth-year option on fourth-year Pro Bowl CB Jalen Ramsey, the club announced today. Ramsey is now under contract with the Jaguars through the 2020 season.

Ramsey, who has totaled 193 career tackles, 44 passes defensed and nine INTs (one for TD), has started all 48 games since being drafted with the fifth overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft. He has been selected to back-to-back Pro Bowls and finished the 2018 season with 65 tackles (59 solo), 13 passes defensed and three INTs. Ramsey is the only AFC CB to earn consecutive Pro Bowl bids, and he’s one of eight players in franchise history and just three on defense (DTs Marcus Stroud and John Henderson) to earn multiple Pro Bowl honors.

In Week 11 vs. Pittsburgh, Ramsey, 6-1, 208, became the youngest player in franchise history to register multiple INTs in a single game. His 11 career games with multiple passes defensed are the most by a player 24-or-younger in franchise history. In 2017, he was part of the NFL’s No. 1 passing defense and posted four INTs and 17 passes defensed en route to Associated Press first-team All-Pro honors. The Smyrna, Tenn. native played collegiately at Florida State University and earned unanimous All-America honors.

Foles talks leadership style, playing Eagles in preseason, basketball skills, & more

In life, all you can ask for is hope, and the Jaguars have just that with their new QB Nick Foles. Last season was a massive disappointment for Jacksonville after the team finished  5-11. They struggled on both sides of the ball, especially at the quarterback position. With the addition Foles, who signed a four-year, $88 million contract with Jacksonville after spending the last two seasons in Philadelphia, there is optimism again in Duval County.

The 30-year-old Foles was magical for the Eagles, which included a victory in Super Bowl 52. Can Foles work his magic in Jacksonville? That is the hope, and all starts this week as the Jaguars begin voluntary offseason workouts.

Today, Foles addressed the media as he discussed his leadership style, the importance of the tight end position, his new house in Jacksonville,  playing the Eagles in the preseason, his basketball skills, and more:

(On building chemistry with his new teammates)

“It’s great getting back to work. The offseason is a great time to spend time with your family, get a break from everything, but I know all of us were excited to get back in the building yesterday and get back to work. For me it’s an opportunity to get to know everyone. I haven’t really had the opportunity to get to know the guys in this building. When I signed a lot of the players aren’t here during that time of the year. There are a few guys on the team that I’ve played with before, but it’s fun these last couple days putting faces to names and understanding everything. It’s been great.”

 (On his leadership style)

“I think the big thing is being genuine, being who I am, and a lot of that is getting to know the guys. Obviously, leading by example. I don’t know how everything works here. There are a lot of guys that have been here before, so I’m also observing and watching and the different things I’ve learned throughout my career is there will be a time and a place about implanting it or discuss. We’re all here to make things better, to ultimately give us the opportunity to succeed. To do that you have to build a foundation and that is trust and getting to know each other. That’s why this part of the year is great because we come to work four days a week. You get an opportunity to get to know the guys and then you can build that trust and go from there.”

 (On how the move went for his family down to Jacksonville)

“It’s been great. We really enjoyed it. We’re still moving. Moving takes a long time. We’ve really enjoyed it. I’m blessed to have an amazing wife who we have gone through this whole journey together, my daughter, and we have one on the way too due in November. There’s a lot going on in our life. I’m not going to forget our dog, Henry, he would be mad at me. It has been a wild ride, but we’re excited to be here. My mother-in-law has been with us the last couple of days helping us move in and getting acquainted. It’s a really special time for us for sure.”

(On how involved he was in choosing their new home)

“I was extremely involved. I knew right away when we had signed here we looked online. We were trying to figure it out quickly because it happens fast and we eyed one that we loved, but you also have to go see homes. Right after we signed we went the next couple of days and found a place to live and it ultimately ended up being the place that I had a gut instinct on, and my wife agreed. We’re very blessed to be there.” 

(On his top must-have in his new house)

“For me, growing up since I was a kid I wanted a basketball goal and a little bit of a sport court. That’s what I got. I have always wanted that since I was a kid, so I’m going to be very safe on it. Shooting baskets is therapeutic for me. It’ll be the first time in my career that I have that since college.” 

(On why he likes to shoot hoops)

“In college my roommate and I, my roommate David Douglas, who was a receiver, we lived together all four years. We would go to the rec center one or two days a week and play horse, shoot around and maybe play a little bit of one-on-one during the season just to get away from everything, class, football and just take our minds off of it. When I was in Kansas City there was a basketball goal in the locker room, so we had fun playing horse and stuff like that. It’ll be fun to go home, put on some music, shoot for ten minutes and do what I have to do.”

 (On if he had college basketball scholarship offers)

“I was alright (laughs). I’m 30 now; I can still shoot. My jumping legs aren’t as good as they used to be, but I’m sure with this strength training and everything they will come back pretty quickly.”

 (On if he can still dunk)

“Yes.”

(On the importance of the tight end)

“Tight end in this league right now is so important. The big reason is you want a guy that can go out and catch the ball. I have played with two of the best in the game; Travis Kelce and Zach Ertz and a young, up-and-comer Dallas Goedert, and I have also played with Brent Celek. I’m trying to get those guys’ names out just in case because I will get messages and they will get mad at me. It’s really important. You have to be able to run the ball with the tight end in the game, but they also have to be able to go out and catch the ball. It’s very hard to find guys that are good at both, but a key to a great offense is you really do need a good tight end.”

 (On if he is comfortable enough now to talk to the personnel staff about his feelings about tight ends)

“They’re going to make the best decision for this team and what this team needs. The guys we have here I’m getting to know them. I haven’t had an opportunity to throw with them yet. I was with [James] O’Shaughnessy in Kansas City, so there are a couple familiar faces. I’m going to let them make their decision and I’m going to do what I have to do in the locker room.”

 (On how patient he has to be building trust with his teammates)

“Trust is something you can’t just rush. That’s why you come in here each day. I don’t try to be anything other than myself. I think guys respect that. When they step in the huddle with me they’re not going to say, ‘This is the guy on game day, but then this is the guy that is different in the locker room and different outside of the facility.’ My goal is right here to be who I am all the time. That takes time. It was a lot of fun going out there and working today. Doing our conditioning test, going in the weight room and working, being in the meeting room, getting back to football and getting to see all the different personalities in this locker room. I have played for a couple coaches and one of their lines was, ‘Let your personality show.’ That’s what makes football such a special sport, is all the different guys from all the different backgrounds who come together in the locker room and go out there to achieve great things. This is the start of all that.” 

(On if he only was able to choose one would he want an elite tight end or an elite right tackle)

“To be honest, the foundation of an offense is always through the [offensive] line. It really is through the O-line. The guys I have played with – it’s really hard to run a successful offense without those guys up front. Not only from a skill perspective up front, but also the mindset. The thing I noticed the last couple years in Philly with those guys and the O-line was they are a special group of dudes. You step in the huddle and they have a great relationship. They know all their calls, but great personalities. A lot of fun to play with. I have gotten to know a little bit of the O-line these past couple of days and I see the same thing. Great personalities and it’s going to be a lot of fun stepping into the huddle with them, getting to know them, trusting them with calls, talking to them with the calls, but a foundation – defense – let’s flip it over. You have to have a great [defensive] line. It all starts up front. That’s football and then you build all around that.”

 (Eagles RT Lane Johnson over Eagles TE Zach Ertz)

“No, no I didn’t say that (laughs). Once again those are guys that I love right there and I know I will hear from them if I make a statement. Both of those guys are great players.”

 (On if he likes the fact Philadelphia will be here for the first home preseason game)

“It’ll be crazy. I’ll be excited to go out there and compete against them with these guys. This is my home now. I couldn’t be more excited. Philadelphia knows how much I will always love them. I don’t have to lie about that. My wife and I are grateful to be here and excited to be here for a long time, but it takes a lot of work and ultimately going out there and winning games. It will be fun to compete against Philadelphia.”

 (On if he will jokingly trash talk during the game)

“That’s not really my style. They know that as well. I’m sure they’re going to have a little bit of trash talk just to have fun with me. You build relationships through the years. I have great relationships in that organization, but it will be fun to compete against them. It’ll be fun in warm ups to be across from them. Ultimately that’s what this game is about.”

 (On how deep into the playbook can the team get during the time of year)

“The goal is to get everything down this time of year. It’s a ten-week program and then you get that break so you can fine-tune it and review it, but the goal is to get everything down this time of the year. Then you will probably do a similar install during training camp and then once the season starts that’s where the game planning changes a little bit.”

 (On how far into the playbook is he now)

“We just started today.”

 (On Coach Marrone wanting the quarterback to know more about the offense than anyone)

“I would say if you are running the offense you should know it pretty well. Ultimately, the quarterback, you’re the one that is going to change plays if need be. If it’s built in, we’re going to have plays where there are multiple plays within one or if we need to change a route. Flip and I have been together before so we understand each other’s mentality. That’s the big thing. A play caller and a quarterback, you have to build that relationship and know how each other work. There’s a foundation set for Flip and me. We just have to build on that. It’s going to be a little bit different. There’s some verbiage that is different, but this time of year – teaching the guy the verbiage, me learning the stuff that is a little different for me and then teaching all the guys what I expect, what I see, what I feel, so we can be on the same page. That’s where this time of year is so valuable.”

 (On building on his familiarity with DeFilippo and learning the new nuances of the offense)

“This is Flip’s first year, so it’s basically Flip’s offense and what they want to do here with the guys here. That’s how it is everywhere you go. You get all these coaches from all these different backgrounds, so when they get together they build the best offense that they deem possible for this team. That’s what they have done and now they’re teaching us. That’s how every team works.”

 (On how much time he will need to completely learn the playbook and how much is it reduced because of his previous stops with DeFilippo)

“I don’t know if I can give you a time, but I can say it really helps. It really helps when you have a background in offense where there are similarities. It really gives you a head start as opposed to if you go to an offense that is totally different schematically and verbiage-wise. It’ll take a little bit longer. Because there are similarities, we’ll be able to go a lot faster. I’ll be able to ultimately teach the guys and talk to them at a high level to where they can understand what I see and then if they don’t understand then I can help them with that.”

 (On how helpful it is to have DeFilippo here to ease the transition to a new team)

“It’s wonderful. Anytime you know someone and you get along with that person and you’re on the same page and you get to go forward on a new journey, it’s huge.”

 (On if there has been one person in the locker room he has leaned on to begin to understand the culture of the team)

“Calais and I talked several weeks ago on the phone for a little while because I wanted to hear about his time here and what the locker room is like here. I didn’t know. This is all new to me. We had a great conversation. Ultimately, it’s important for me to understand the people here and what has been going on, what they see, what is the rhythm of the week, how they practice, how they prepare and stuff like that is good for to know, so I can acclimate quicker. You chose a great one. [Campbell] is a guy I have admired since I have been in the NFL. He’s a guy that is one of the best in the league, but you can tell by the way he handles himself that he is a pro’s pro and he is more than a football player. That’s really special.”

 (On if he will watch the Jaguars 2018 offense to get acclimated with the returning players’ playing style)

“There might be some clips of that. A lot of it will be getting a feel throwing with them. Honestly, we saw a lot of Jacksonville offense last year when we were studying film of defensive opponents who we were playing because Jacksonville had played similar opponents. We saw the offense and the different personnel a lot last year. I sort of have an idea coming in. A lot of it will be getting that feel and timing throwing with them. That’s how I work.”

 (On who else on the team has he played with)

“Chris Conley and I played together in Kansas City. Benny Cunningham, Cody Davis, Parker Ehinger. There might be one I’m missing, but there are some guys I have played with before, which is really cool because this is a different part of all of our journeys and we can come together again and do something special.”

Jaguars claim G Parker Ehinger off waivers

The Jacksonville Jaguars have claimed fourth-year G Parker Ehinger from the Dallas Cowboys, the club announced today.

Ehinger, 6-6, 310, was originally selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth round (105th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft and appeared in five games with four starts as a rookie before being placed on Kansas City’s reserve/injured list with a knee injury.

In 2017, Ehinger appeared in the season opener for the Chiefs before being declared inactive for the final 15 games. On Aug. 20, 2018, he was traded from Kansas City to the Dallas in exchange for CB Charvarius Ward, but was placed on the Cowboys’ reserve/injured list on Sept. 7 after sustaining a knee injury. Ehinger was waived by the Cowboys on April 11.