Sidney Jones re-signs with Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars have re-signed CB Sidney Jones IV, the team announced on Tuesday.

No word on the length and money of the contract

Jones, 24, appeared in nine games with six starts with the Jaguars in 2020 after spending the first three seasons of his career with the Eagles.

The four-year veteran played well at times with Jacksonville last season. During his 2020 campaign, he totaled 25 tackles, a career-high nine passes defensed, two INTs, and one forced fumble.

On Oct. 11 against the Texans, Jones had a breakout performance as he tallied three tackles and a career-high four passes defensed and an INT, becoming the first Jaguars player to achieve the feat since 2017.

During his time in Philadelphia, Jones struggled with injuries and played in 22 contests over three seasons, including nine in 2018 and 12 in 2019. He was originally drafted in the second round of the 2017 draft by the Eagles.

This is a great opportunity for Jones, who has been a disappointment in his young career. However, he is still young and has shown some flashes, so it should be interesting to see if he can continue to impress in Jacksonville.

Jaguars re-sign CB Tre Herndon

The Jacksonville Jaguars have re-signed third-year CB Tre Herndon, the team announced on Friday. No word on the length and money of the contract

Herndon, 25, was the only undrafted rookie to make the opening day roster in 2018 and played in all 16 games in 2019 and 2020. He appeared in 43 games and made 26 starts in his three-year career in Jacksonville. 

He played in 16 games (12 starts) and recorded a career-high 76 tackles in the 2020 season. He started 14 of 16 games in 2019 and registered 54 tackles, 13 passes defensed, and three INTs. 

Herndon has been active in the community during his time in Jacksonville. In 2020, he and his girlfriend, Treyleanna, donated 10,000 meals to Feeding Northeast Florida to support families facing food insecurity during the pandemic.

Jags go back to teal-colored jerseys for home games

The Jaguars have officially switched their primary home color from black to teal, the team announced today. Beginning with the 2021 season, the Jaguars will go back to their roots and don teal jerseys for nearly every home game.

“We’ve heard the fans loud and clear,” Head Equipment Manager Jimmy Luck said.  “As the only team in the NFL that wears teal, we know what this color means to our organization, the 904 and our entire fanbase. Teal inspires great memories of some of our franchise’s greatest moments.  Making the switch to teal as our primary uniform color allows us to celebrate that history while kicking off a new era of Jaguars football.”

The team made the switch official at 11 a.m. today with the debut of a new hype video created by Jaguars Productions featuring DE Josh Allen. In four games played in teal jerseys, Allen has totaled 6.0 sacks, including two multi-sack games while wearing teal jerseys.

Please click here to view the video.

The Jaguars have officially worn teal jerseys 114 times and accumulated a 64-50 record in those games, including a 60-42 record in home contests. They donned the teal jerseys for the first time on Sept. 24, 1995 against the Green Bay Packers and earned their first victory in teal on Oct. 22, 1995 at Cleveland.

See below for some of the most memorable teal moments in franchise history:

  • The Jaguars wore teal jerseys and white pants in their 62-7 victory against Miami in the 1999 postseason on January 15, 2000. RB Fred Taylor ran for a franchise-long 90-yard TD while Jacksonville’s 62 points still serve as a franchise high.

  • OL Tony Boselli matched up with Dolphins DE Jason Taylor and held Taylor without a sack in Jacksonville’s 28-21 victory against the Dolphins on Oct. 12, 1998. The team donned teal jerseys and white pants and WR Keenan McCardell caught a 56-yard game-winning TD.

  • The Jaguars secured their first playoff appearance while wearing teal jerseys and white pants on Dec. 22, 1996 in a 19-17 victory against the Falcons. After Jacksonville took a 19-17 lead, Atlanta drove to the Jaguars 30-yard line before K Morten Anderson’s field goal sailed wide right and led to a Jaguars victory.

  • Jacksonville wore teal on white in the team’s first ever Monday Night Football Game on Sept. 22, 1997 against the Steelers. With the Jaguars holding a 23-21 lead, DE Clyde Simmons blocked Steelers K Norm Johnson’s 40-yard field goal attempt on the game’s last play and Hudson returned the block 58 yards for a touchdown.

  • Jacksonville wore teal uniforms and white pants on Sept. 18, 2006, shutting out the Steelers on Monday Night Football, 9-0. CB Rashean Mathis intercepted Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger twice while K Josh Scobee connected on three second-half field goals.

  • The Jaguars wore teal jerseys and black pants in 2019 on Thursday Night Football defeating the Tennessee Titans, 20-7. WR DJ Chark Jr. caught a 22-yard TD reception while K Josh Lambo connected on two field goals and DE Josh Allen posted 2.0 sacks in his first game wearing teal.

Urban Meyer: ‘The Jaguars are well-positioned to become competitive’

The Jacksonville Jaguars have named Urban Meyer their next head coach, the team announced on Thursday. Meyer will replace Doug Marrone, who spent five seasons as the team’s head coach before getting fired at season’s end.

With Meyer’s hiring, Jaguars owner Shad Khan is excited about the future, and according to Khan, Meyer is the leader the team needs to win going forward. 

“This is a great day for Jacksonville and Jaguars fans everywhere,” said Khan. “Urban Meyer is who we want and need a leader, winner, and champion who demands excellence and produces results. While Urban already enjoys a legacy in the game of football that few will ever match, his passion for the opportunity in front of him here in Jacksonville is powerful and unmistakable. I am proud to name Urban Meyer the new head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.”

Meyer, a three-time national champion, has a great chance of success when you consider that Jacksonville has the number one overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, which probably means Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence. Also, they have around 70-plus million in cap space in 2021. Meyer believes the draft assets and the commitment from ownership has put this team in an excellent position to be competitive.

“I’m ready to coach the Jacksonville Jaguars,” said Meyer. “Jacksonville has an enthusiastic fan base, and the fans deserve a winning team. With upcoming opportunities in the NFL Draft and strong support from ownership, the Jaguars are well-positioned to become competitive. I’ve analyzed this decision from every angle—the time is right in Jacksonville, and the time is right for me to return to coaching. I’m excited about the future of this organization and our long term prospect for success.”

The 56-year-old Meyer accumulated a 187-32 record and a .854 winning percentage, the third-highest in college football history, during head coaching stints at Ohio State (2012-18), Florida (2005-10), Utah (2003-04), and Bowling Green (2001-02). He is the only modern-day coach to win national championships in two different conferences (SEC in 2006 and 2008 at Florida and Big Ten in 2014 at Ohio State).

Over the years, we have seen college coaches come to the NFL and have a lot of success, like Jimmy Johnson, and we have seen successful college coaches come to the NFL and struggle, like Nick Saban, so we’ll see how Meyer adjusts to the league. However, if you have a franchise quarterback, which many believe Lawrence will be, you have a great chance to win in the NFL. 

We’ll see if Meyer can successfully transition from college to the NFL.

NFL Draft order for 2021, first 18 picks set

The Jacksonville Jaguars own the No. 1 pick in the 2021 National Football League Draft, which is scheduled for April 29-May 1 in Cleveland, Ohio.

The tentative order of the first round was announced today by the NFL, subject to the results of the playoffs.

The draft order is determined by the following procedures:

(A)            The winner of the Super Bowl selects last and the loser selects next-to-last in all rounds, regardless of the record of the participating clubs in the regular season.

(B)            The losers of the Conference Championship games select 29th and 30th in all rounds, according to the reverse order of their standing.

(C)           The losers of the Divisional Playoffs select 25th through 28th in all rounds, according to the reverse order of their standing.

(D)           The losers of the Wild Card games select 19th through 24th in all rounds, according to the reverse order of their standing.

(E)            Clubs not participating in the playoffs select in the first through 18th positions in all rounds, according to the reverse order of their standing.​

If, after all the foregoing procedures have been applied, ties still exist in any grouping except (A) above, such ties shall be broken by figuring the aggregate won-lost-tied percentage of each involved club’s regular-season opponents and awarding preferential selection order to the club that faced the schedule of teams with the lowest aggregate won-lost-tied percentage.

If ties still exist between teams in the same division or the same conference, the divisional or conference tie-breaking method is used, whichever is applicable.

If ties still exist, the procedures for breaking ties for teams of different conferences shall be applied.

For interconference ties, the draft order is determined by the following procedures:

  1. Ties involving TWO teams from different conferences will be broken by (a) head-to-head meeting; (b) best won-loss-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four, (c) strength of victory in all games, (d) best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed in all games, (e) best net points in all games, (f) best net touchdowns in all games, and finally (g) coin toss.

  2. Ties involving THREE OR MORE clubs from different conferences will be broken by applying (a) divisional tie breakers to determine the lowest-ranked team in a division, (b) conference tie-breakers to determine the lowest-ranked team within a conference, and (c) interconference ties breakers to determine the lowest-ranked team in the league. The process will be repeated until the draft order has been established.

Clubs involved in two-club ties will alternate positions from round to round. In ties that involve three or more clubs, the club at the top of a tied segment in a given round will move to the bottom of the segment for the next round, while all other clubs in the segment move up one position. This rotation continues throughout the Draft.

2021 FIRST-ROUND DRAFT ORDER

 

#

Team

Win

Loss

Tie

Winning Percentage

Opp Win

Opp Loss

Opp Tie

Strength of Schedule

1.

Jacksonville Jaguars

1

15

0

.063

140

115

1

.549

2.

New York Jets

2

14

0

.125

152

104

0

.594

3.

Houston Texans
(traded to Miami)

4

12

0

.250

138

117

1

.541

4.

Atlanta Falcons

4

12

0

.250

141

115

0

.551

5.

Cincinnati Bengals

4

11

1

.281

135

120

1

.529

6.

Philadelphia Eagles

4

11

1

.281

137

118

1

.537

7.

Detroit Lions

5

11

0

.313

130

126

0

.508

8.

Carolina Panthers

5

11

0

.313

136

120

0

.531

9.

Denver Broncos

5

11

0

.313

145

111

0

.566

10.

Dallas Cowboys

6

10

0

.375

119

134

3

.471

11.

New York Giants

6

10

0

.375

127

126

3

.502

12.

San Francisco 49ers

6

10

0

.375

140

115

1

.549

13.

Los Angeles Chargers

7

9

0

.438

123

132

1

.482

14.

Minnesota Vikings

7

9

0

.438

129

127

0

.504

15.

New England Patriots

7

9

0

.438

135

121

0

.527

16.

Arizona Cardinals

8

8

0

.500

121

134

1

.475

17.

Las Vegas Raiders

8

8

0

.500

138

118

0

.539

18.

Miami Dolphins

10

6

0

.625

119

136

1

.467

19.

Washington Football Team*

7

9

0

.438

116

Jaguars’ Khan: ‘What’s evaded the history of the Jags, really, has been a franchise quarterback’

After the Jacksonville Jaguars finished the 2020 season 1-15, it was clear that the team was going to make a change at the coaching position. On Monday, the team fired head coach Doug Marrone. In five seasons, Marrone went 23-43, including one playoff appearance.

The team fired GM Dave Caldwell back in November, so now the Jaguars are in the market for a GM and head coach.

Last season, Khan decided to bring back Caldwell and Marrone. On Monday, Khan was asked if that was a mistake. According to Khan, he has no regrets.

“Not at all. No, I don’t, and I’ll tell you why,” Khan said about bringing Caldwell and Marrone back in 2020. “When I sat down with them after [former Jaguars Executive Vice President of Football Operations] Tom [Coughlin] ‘s departure, both of them expressed a desire that they want to be able to demonstrate what they can do working together. Also, as I mentioned earlier, we had serious issues with the team, so who better to help clean it up [than] who were part of that, really creating the mess. That would include me. So it was the three of us really need to join hands.

“You want to win but you want to set the foundation, and that was how do we help the players who don’t want to be there exit, and exit with the right value for the Jaguars? Then who are the players, maybe veterans, how do we identify them who’d be better off going someplace else and it would bring salary cap and draft picks we could invest in new players. That was done earlier, or last year, this season and then some of the capital obviously we have for the future. They played a role but we’re not where we would be where we could sustain or extend them.”

Jacksonville has an appealing situation. They have cap space. According to Overthecap.com, Jacksonville has $77 million in cap space. Also, Jacksonville has the number one overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, which means they probably can get their franchise quarterback in Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence or Ohio State’s Justin Fields.

 “Well, I certainly think there’s a huge amount of interest in this, much more so than the last time around,” Khan said. “And I also look at really—we’re in a much different, and I would say a better position today than we were a year ago. A little over a year ago, as you well know—and I think you reported—we did have team disharmony, and we were—for lack of a better word—salary cap hell.

“I think today; I frankly thought that we would do better. We won six games last year [2019], but you know, certainly, we have a lot of salary cap availability along with the draft picks and obviously the number one pick. But what’s evaded the history of the Jags, really, has been a franchise quarterback. And I think what’s unique, certainly, is that we have the ability now to make a choice, and it’s going to define the franchise moving forward.”

There were reports that the Jaguars had interest in former Florida and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, Khan addressed those rumors on Monday.

“I’ve known Urban(Meyer) over the years through Big Ten and what have you,” Khan said. “But we have not spoken to anyone about this job or even, obviously, interviewed him. I mean, this is something—just made the decision this morning. So, you know there is—and I’ll leave it at that.”

Finding a franchise quarterback is never easy, and Jacksonville has not had one of those in a long time. Now, with a chance to draft Lawrence or Fields, the future could be very bright in Jacksonville. But before that, they must find a GM and coach, which will be a big decision for this team going forward.

Jags’ Marrone on Ravens: ‘This team was clearly the better team today’

The Jacksonville Jaguars went into Baltimore with little to no shot to beat the Ravens. Obviously, the Ravens(9-5) are a better team than the Jaguars, so for Jacksonville to win this game would have been a long shot, and ultimately, they were routed 40-14.

Jacksonville(1-13) has now lost 13 straight games.

“I mean, I can tell you what I told them in the locker room,” Marrone said after the game. “I told them that, ‘Hey listen, we came out here today and this team was clearly the better team today. There’s a lot of things that—there’s some things, obviously, I thought we did well and then—but for the most part, I’m not going to point those out. Obviously, we weren’t good enough at all those…’ I told the players after the game, kind of gave them—talked to them about our schedule next week, talked about our mindset, talking about playing our last home game, and really trying to put this game behind us quickly and move forward.

The Jaguars knew last night that they would be without their punter Logan Cooke, who did not make the trip to Baltimore due to illness. In his place, K Aldrick Rosas did the punting for Jacksonville. Rosas had three punts with an average of 36 yards, and he fumbled a snap. According to Marrone, losing Cooke was not the reason they lost, but it did change things.

“We were looking at, or I was looking at, the analytics of it for gain of field position, where Aldrick [Rosas] was as far as punting,” Marrone said. “So basically, we kind of expanded that zone more so, where if you’re looking at fourth-and-6 or less, you have a 40 percent chance of really making it. And if we go more than that, then obviously the number decreases, and you’ve got to make some decisions. So I guess my point is, obviously, like anything, you make adjustments when things occur. Did I feel forced to do that? No, I just thought that was the best chance for our team to win the game. And I want to make sure that just because Logan wasn’t able to play, that didn’t cost us the game.”

Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew, who made his first start for the team since October, threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday, but he was sacked five times and lost a fumble. After the game, Marrone did not name a starter for next week against the Bears.

“I don’t know,” Marrone said about who will be the starter next week. “I know everyone is going to talk to me about—that’s a question afterward. I knew you guys, I just think right now, I’m really, I really want to be in there to support these players and these coaches right now. And I’m not ready to say this or that, and all this other stuff, or really comment on playing time. And that’s not a knock on Gardner, and it’s not a knock on me not having a decision in my mind right now. My mind right now is totally focused. These guys, it’s tough to see. I know we’re pros, I know it’s like that, but when you see guys trying, they just, whatever it is that causes us not to get there or come with the win.”

Sunday was not all bad news for the Jaguars. The Jets won today, and with the victory, Jacksonville and New York have the same records, but due to strength of schedule(Jaguars having an easier strength of schedule), if the Jaguars and Jets end up with the same record, Jacksonville will get the number one pick. Therefore, the Jaguars could possibly get their hands on Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, so all is not lost for Jacksonville.

Jags’ Minshew on team celebrating James Robinson’s 1,000-yard season: ‘He definitely deserved that’

On Sunday, Jaguars RB James Robinson became the fourth undrafted rookie in NFL history to total at least 1,000 rushing yards, and the fastest to do so, on his longest rush of the season, a 47-yard gain in the fourth quarter. Robinson is the third rookie running back in Jaguars history to total 1,000 yards in a season and the fourth running back overall in franchise annals to rush for 1,000-plus yards.

However, the Jaguars(1-12) would lose their 12th straight game as they fell to the Titans(9-4) 31-10 at TIAA Bank Field on Sunday.

After the game, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone celebrated Robinson, which meant a lot to the former Illinois State product.

“I am grateful that he did that, and before the game was even over, all the guys were coming up to me and saying ‘Congratulations,’ Robinson said. “And, I mean, all those guys are behind me, and we were hoping I was going to get it in the first quarter.”

Some might find it odd that Marrone celebrated Robinson’s achievement in a loss, and after the game, Marrone explained why he decided to show Robinson some love.

“Normally, I don’t ever really talk about individual accomplishments after the game, but I did because we don’t really have a lot going for us, obviously, right now, except we have three more opportunities,” Marrone said. “But it’s something that could be celebrated by all of us, the offensive line, receivers, the tight ends, and I said even the defensive guys and specialists. I mean, it’s something of here’s a guy that represents so much of what’s good about competition, about playing, about humility, about keeping things in perspective. He’s been a great example, even though he’s a rookie free agent, he’s been a great example for everybody. So, I said that to the team after the game, and they clapped for him when there’s not a lot to clap about, really.

Jaguars QB Garnder Minshew agreed with Marrone’s decision to celebrate Robinson.

“No, he definitely deserved that,” Minshew said. “I mean, coming in as an undrafted rookie and to carry the load and help this team the way he has, he deserves all that. I’m all for individual accomplishments because that eventually that helps the team win. I wish everybody were out here breaking records and reaching milestones, so I think that’s something we should all strive for, and if everybody does their job to the level that James is doing it, then we’ll be alright.”

It’s been a long season for the Jaguars, but what Robinson has done this season is a huge accomplishment, so for Jacksonville to celebrate him is not a bad thing, even in a loss.

Jags’ Wilson on Henry: ‘Definitely not trying to be on no stiff-arm tape’

Anytime you prepare for the Tennessee Titans, you have to strategize and do everything in your power to stop RB Derrick Henry. The NFL’s leading rusher is having another big-time season. In 12 games, Henry has rushed for 1317 yards and 12 touchdowns. Along the way, there have been many highlight-reel runs, which includes that legendary stiff-arm. 

At 6-3, 247 pounds, Henry packs a punch and is very difficult to bring down. Jaguars S Jarrod Wilson knows firsthand what it’s like to tackle Henry, and he and his Jaguars(1-11) will have to do their best to get Henry to the ground on Sunday when they host the Tennessee Titans(8-4).

“We know this guy. We know this guy’s going to get the football a lot, and he’s coming downhill,” Wilson said about Henry. “We definitely have to execute, stay in our gaps, being just discipline in the run game. That’s a big thing for us is to definitely knock out this run. We know he’s getting the ball, so it’s really just man on man, trying to match up and do our job on Sunday.”

Jaguars DE Dawuane Smoot added on Henry: “I mean if you haven’t noticed his numbers go crazy like halfway through the season. It’s a mindset. We just have to put our body on him at the end of the day. We have to really hit him and kind of wrap him up and try to get as [many] people to him as possible.”

Like everybody else on the Jaguars, Wilson hopes to avoid being a victim of Henry’s stiff-arm.

“He’s coming around the edge at 250 pounds at 6-4, so he already has that length advantage,” Wilson said. “But, I’m not trying to be on that tape. [I’m] trying to cut his legs down, get him down the best way I can. Definitely not trying to be on no stiff-arm tape.”

In the first game between the two teams, the Jaguars held Henry to 84 yards and less than 4.0 yards a carry, but Jacksonville would lose to the Titans 33-30. So, if the Jaguars can control Henry, maybe they could put themselves in a position to end their 11-game losing streak, but if they can’t control Henry, it could be another long day for Jacksonville.

Marrone thinks Glennon gives Jacksonville the best chance to win

Last month, Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew was cleared to return to the field after dealing with a thumb injury. Minshew injured his thumb against the Texans in Week 5 but hid it from the team until after their loss to the Chargers in Week 7. 

The second-year quarterback has not been on the field since.

“It’s so frustrating,” Minshew told ESPN’s Mike DiRocco. “I pretty much went and begged before the Cleveland game to be able to play. It sucks, you know, There’s no way around it.

Rookie quarterback Jake Luton started three games during Minshew’s absence; Mike Glennon would start the next two, including the team’s 27-24 loss to Minnesota on Sunday.

On Monday, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone addressed Minshew’s situation, and according to Marrone, whose team host the Titans on Sunday, the 30-year-old Glennon gives Jacksonville the best chance to win.

“We talked today, and just like I told him, I just want to see more at practice,” Marrone said. “I think he’s working on his volume and the amount of throws and all of that. He’s obviously cleared medically, but still, you want to be able to see those things on the practice field. I just think right now, in practice, Mike [Glennon] is throwing better and giving us the best chance to win. I don’t think Gardner [Minshew II] ‘s 100 percent as far as his workload, and that’s always [of] concern to me. I’m trying to understand it, and we’re both trying to work through it.” 

During this time, according to Marrone, he and Minshew have been in constant communication.

 “We’ve been having a lot of conversations, so it’s not a problem at all,” Marrone said. “I mean whatever he feels he can do, what’s best for the team, he’ll do. He’s said that quite a bit, so I don’t see a problem there. The communication’s been fine. I think everything’s been upfront, everything’s been talked about, so I feel comfortable with that. I think he’s trying to do everything he can to get himself back to a point where he feels comfortable, and his workload is right.”

Minshew wants to prove that he can be a starting quarterback in the NFL, so you can understand his desire to want to get back on the field, but with only four games left, there is a chance that he does not play another down this season, especially if Glennon plays well. 

However, the Jaguars(1-11) are on an 11-game losing streak, and they will have a hard time winning another game, so we will probably see Minshew at some point again in the next four games. In seven games, the 24-year-old Minshew threw 1855 yards with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions, so his numbers aren’t bad. 

However, there’s a good chance that Minshew won’t be in Jacksonville next season. At this point, Jacksonville has the second-worst record in football, and if things go their way, maybe the Jaguars will be in line to draft Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence or even Ohio State’s Justin Fields. 

Next season, the Jaguars will have a new GM after firing Dave Caldwell last month, probably a new coach, and probably a new quarterback. 

Changes are coming in Jacksonville.