Jaguars News (7/10): Josh Allen legally changes his last name


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Jaguars Training Camp 2024: Dates, Tickets, FAQ (Big Cat Country)

Similar to past training camps, be sure to reserve your free tickets with parking passes for each of your preferred dates, as the MEC stadiums hold approximately 2,000 attendees. The practice reservations are free but limited to four tickets per family. Anyone planning to attend any of the practices should be sure to reserve their tickets while they can, as practices have historically sold out quickly. Tickets are available here.

Jaguars star defender Josh Allen announces he will legally change last name to Hines-Allen (Times-Union)

This offseason, Hines-Allen has made it a point of emphasis to talk about his legacy, and what he will be known for in history. His aspirations include Super Bowl bids, All-Pro nods and Defensive Player of the Year honors. None of that trumps his goal to simply be better than his sister, Myisha, though.

Jaguars’ Star Changes Name to Josh Hines-Allen (Jaguar Report)

Joshua’s sister, Myisha Hines-Allen, plays for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. Sister Kyra Hines-Allen played basketball at Cheyney University, while sister LaTorri Hines-Allen played basketball at Virginia Tech and Towson. Uncle Gregory Hines is in the Hampton University Athletics Hall of Fame and was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in the fifth round of the 1983 NBA draft. Uncle Keith Hines played basketball at Montclair State.

CBS Sports outright omits Jaguars DE Josh Hines-Allen in pass rusher rankings (Black & Teal)

The same day Hines-Allen announced the name change, he made headlines because Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports snubbed him in his pass rusher ranking ahead of the 2024 NFL season.

Benjamin ranked the top 20 pass rushers in the NFL and the player formerly known as the better Josh Allen was nowhere to be found. While the list included several worthy candidates, you could make the case that the two-time Pro Bowl defensive end is objectively better than most of them in terms of production and impact.

2024 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Heath Cummings’ Sleepers 2.0 features position-by-position targets (CBS Sports)

I was fairly cautious about drafting Lawrence in 2023, and that turned out to be the right choice. So what changed? His price has fallen dramatically. Last year Lawrence was drafted as a surefire QB1, with top-five upside. This year he’s being drafted as an afterthought, if he’s being drafted at all. While the perception of Lawrence has changed plenty, I mostly view Lawrence the same I did last year, a borderline QB1.

Change in Scheme Is the Most Anticipated Defensive Storyline of 2024 (Jaguars.com)

The most important defensive storyline is who’s playing the cornerback positions other than Tyson Campbell. Is Ronald Darby going to start? Will rookie Jarrian Jones start outside or inside? Is Darnell Savage definitely the starting nickel or could he move back to safety? I really like the depth at cornerback for the Jaguars, but I don’t really know who will stand out the most as we enter training camp.

7 NFL hot takes on Steelers, Colts, Panthers, Vikings before 2024 season begins (SB Nation)

It feels like the AFC South is ready to step into the limelight this year. With the QB talent in the division at its’ highest and teams like the Texans and Titans putting together star-studded groups of surrounding talent, the division is truly an arms race. As other divisions in the AFC remain in flux, the AFC South can get three teams into the playoffs like the AFC North did last year. The Texans are the favorites to win the division, now boasting a defense complementary enough to support an offense led by QB CJ Stroud. The Jaguars have Trevor Lawrence primed for a big year, and a defense now coached by Ryan Nielsen should give Jacksonville the boost it needed last year. Indianapolis will hopefully get a full season of Anthony Richardson and Tennessee has the talent to push hard for a playoff spot. The AFC South is ready to get out of the doldrums and into the NFL spotlight.

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Josh Allen’s life and football career took a jump when he went to live with his uncle, a one-time Warriors draft pick (The Athletic)

Hines said their favorite activity — downstairs neighbors be damned — was a game they called “tap out.” The rules weren’t elaborate. Uncle and nephew would grapple, tussle, put each other in various holds and simply try to make the other guy give up.

“And I used to always make him tap out,” Hines said. Then he paused and laughed. “But I don’t think I’ll be making him tap out any more.”

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