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Jaguars News (5/14): 7 of 9 drafted rookies have been signed

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By: Gus Logue

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Good morning!

Here is today’s roundup of the latest news, rumors, and analysis on your Jacksonville Jaguars.

Local chatter

Who do you want the Jaguars to play in their home opener? (Big Cat Country)

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Jaguars stadium naming rights could expire in 2024 (Big Cat Country)

To be clear, I love calling the stadium ‘The Bank’ and hope it remains that name moving forward. However, with an understanding of the difficult conversations that lie ahead, are there any larger local companies that you feel the Jaguars could or should consider for 2025 stadium naming rights? Are there any company names that you like how it sounds, how it looks on the stadium, or maybe it just seems to fit the team?

DL Jordan Jefferson signs Jaguars’ rookie contract (Jags Wire)

Jefferson is the seventh member of Jacksonville’s 2024 draft class to sign with the club, following third-round cornerback Jarrian Jones, fourth-round offensive tackle Javon Foster, fifth-rounders — cornerback Deantre Prince and running back/return specialist Keilan Robinson, sixth-round kicker Cam Little and seventh-round edge rusher Myles Cole.

‘I’m Here to Compete’: How Joshua Cephus Can Become the Jaguars’ Next UDFA Success (Jaguar Report)

Cephus spoke to the Jaguars throughout the process after being invited to both the Hula Bowl and the East-West Shrine Bowl. It was at the Shrine Bowl where Cephus first met several players who are now his teammates, such as Jarrian Jones, Deantre Price, Cam Little, and fellow undrafted wide receiver David White Jr.

‘Felt like I was in my backyard’: Duval native David White Jr. details Jaguars rookie camp (Times-Union)

“I went on other visits, but this one was just, it was just something about it,” he said. “I felt like I was in my backyard. Music playing and just to be here in my city. It all felt right. It all felt like I was supposed to be here.”

NFL Power Rankings 2024: What’s most improved on every team? (ESPN)

Signing Arik Armstead and drafting Maason Smith (second round) and Jordan Jefferson (fourth round) significantly upgrades the defensive tackle rotation and should improve the team’s run defense. That was one of the biggest problems during the team’s 1-5 record over the final six weeks: The Jaguars gave up 44.4 more yards per game rushing in Weeks 13-18 than they did in Weeks 1-12. Armstead also provides an interior pass-rush presence the team lacked last season, in part because of DaVon Hamilton’s back injury.

Most underrated player on all 32 NFL teams: Paulson Adebo, Trey Smith and more (PFF)

Although Lloyd was a first-round pick, he was benched during his rookie season and saw his playing time reduced. However, he more than bounced back in 2023, proving why Jacksonville picked him so early two years ago. His 966 snaps ranked 23rd among linebackers, while his elite 90.3 run-defense grade ranked fourth at the position.

32 players to watch at NFL offseason workouts: Stefon Diggs, OBJ and lots of QBs (The Athletic)

Jacksonville lost the talented Calvin Ridley in free agency, so finding new targets for quarterback Trevor Lawrence topped its offseason priority list. The Jaguars used the 23rd pick in the draft on Thomas, a 6-3, 209-pound LSU product, who clocked a 4.33-second 40-yard dash at the combine. Thomas will spend the spring and early summer learning his new quarterback and playbook as well as how to react to NFL coverages.

Remembering ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, who changed how the NFL is covered (The Athletic)

In 1994, the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars lured Mortensen away from ESPN for a role as vice president on the personnel side. They wanted him to help build their football team. Mort accepted the gig, only to emotionally back out a few days later, mainly because Micki didn’t want to move to Jacksonville.

National links

2024 NFL schedule release: Cowboys to play at Browns in Week 1 in Tom Brady’s broadcasting debut (NFL.com)

Lions QB Jared Goff agrees to terms on four-year, $212 million extension (NFL.com)

Buccaneers safety Antoine Winfield Jr. agrees to four-year, $84.1 million contract (NFL.com)

Editor’s pick

How Mike Macdonald has NFL offenses guessing and defenses following his lead (The Athletic)

“What the Ravens have done so well is they pressure in so many ways that you can’t get a bead on them,” former NFL center A.Q. Shipley told The Athletic. “The other thing that’s great about them is you might watch them one week against Pittsburgh and it looks completely different against Cleveland, so it’s tough, too, because you’ve got to make so many in-game adjustments.”

Must-see media

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Originally posted on Big Cat Country – All Posts