Jaguars News (7/11): Doug Pederson joins NFL Network from the fairway


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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 2024 state of the roster: Edge rushers (Big Cat Country)

As our own Gus Logue put it, Hines-Allen is getting paid mightily after one year of solid production, but that is OK. Hines-Allen is a homegrown talent on a team that cannot grow talent. He is a Jaguar success story and he is going to be around for a long, long time. Undoubtedly, Hines-Allen will benefit from a better defensive scheme next season under Ryan Nielson. The hope is for Hines-Allen to rekindle last year’s magic and not regress towards his career average of about seven sacks per season.

O-Zone: Thinking cap (Jaguars.com)

Hines-Allen indeed will host a jersey exchange in Jacksonville in September for fans who own his “Allen 41” jersey. More details of the free, family-friendly event will be available soon.

Jaguars’ Ventrell Miller eyes year two debut: ‘Itching to make a play’ (Jaguars Wire)

He continues to learn the specific terminology of Nielsen’s defensive scheme, but given his experience with coaching turnover, he has quickly adapted to its general philosophies and is convinced they will highlight his strengths as a linebacker.

“I’d just say getting into the football, blitzing and stuff like that. I feel like I’m just [able to play] sideline to sideline,” Miller stated. “So really, [I can play] wherever they need me. Special teams, as you know. But wherever they need me to fill in at.”

Jax Greatest 100: Multiple medalist, first Creekside NFL star, submarine sensation in 61-70 (Times-Union)

[Darious] Williams’ determination to not give up on his career — UAB had temporarily shut down its football program and he came home briefly to work delivering flowers for Ace Hardware — is a testament to perseverance. The 5-foot-9 cornerback, regarded as a better basketball player in his early high school years, blossomed at UAB after a one-year stint at Division III Marietta in Ohio. Williams put up with two years of football exile, returned to UAB and somehow made it to the NFL. His football journey is nothing short of remarkable.

Execs, coaches, scouts rank the NFL’s top 10 edge rushers for 2024 (ESPN)

“Grew a ton as a player — more decisive, better angles and get-off,” a veteran NFL defensive coach said. “Played with more power. Has a really nice cross-chop that he’s mastered. Him and Travon Walker will be a force next year.”

Ranking NFL team WR, TE, RB talent for 2024 season: Top players (ESPN)

The key players for the Jags just aren’t dominant playmakers. Etienne is a good all-around back, but he isn’t the Christian McCaffrey-esque receiver they hoped for coming out of college. Christian Kirk racked up plenty of receiving yards in 2022 before battling injuries in 2023, but he’s really a slot receiver who doesn’t do much after the catch; he ranks 88th in ESPN’s wide receiver metrics over the past two seasons. And Evan Engram’s path to the Pro Bowl consists almost entirely of checkdowns; no wide receiver or tight end had more catches that didn’t add expected points to his team’s total than Engram (36) last season, and his average target traveled just 4.7 yards in the air, which ranked 103rd out of 104 receivers. All of those guys are fine and professional options, but this offense is succeeding when it does because of Lawrence as opposed to the guys around him.

Best 2024 NFL offseason decision by every AFC team (PFF)

The Mitch Morse signing was an option here, but the biggest move was the Jaguars giving Trevor Lawrence his contract extension before Dak Prescott, Jordan Love and Tua Tagovailoa inked new deals.

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Jaguars coach Doug Pederson: Late-season collapse ‘a motivating factor’ for 2024 (NFL.com)

“It’s going to burn for a long time until we get to meaningful games again and start playing in September,” Pederson said during a Wednesday appearance on NFL Network’s The Insiders. “But I think that’s the same fuel and the motivating factor for our players that the way we ended is not us and no matter what you go through as a football team, everybody goes through adversity. There’s always going to be injuries but you can’t make excuses. You got to go play football. So for us, we got to learn from that, roll up our sleeves during training camp, work hard, and just play it one game at a time.”

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Title: Jaguars News (7/11): Doug Pederson joins NFL Network from the fairway
Author: Gus Logue

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