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Jaguars battle but come up short in Carolina

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So far, they’ve been riding high behind rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew who has played well in relief of the injured Nick Foles. The Jacksonville Jaguars have earned back-to-back wins over Tennessee and last week in the final seconds at Denver, however, Minshew Mania came up a bit bit too short against the Carolina Panthers.

It was a hard fought battle between two back up QBs in Minshew and Kyle Allen as well as two star RBs between Leonard Fournette, and potential league MVP Christian McCaffrey.

Unfortunately for the Jags, McCaffrey ran through their defense immediately in a 78 yard drive to start the game, resulting in a TD to put the Panthers up 7-0 early in the first quarter.

Minshew responded quickly, with a 37 TD yard pass to DJ Chark to capitalize on a 75 yard drive.

McCaffrey then grabbed his second touchdown of the game, followed by a fumble by Minshew recovered and returned by Brian Burns to put Carolina up 21-7.

However, Minshew kept the game competitive at half with two back to back scoring drives, first, 83-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Chark followed by kicker Josh Lambo’s 35-yard field goal, cutting the Panthers’ lead to 21-17 at halftime.

And in his third and final TD of the game McCaffrey (photo above) ran for an 84-yard touchdown on Carolina’s first play after halftime, putting the Panthers up 28-17.

But their lead was immediately cut down to one when Minshew connected with Chark on a 31 yard reception, capped by a 1 rush into the end zone by Fournette.

After stopping McCaffrey on a 4th-and-1, Josh Lambo nailed a 38-yard field goal, making the score 27-28 with just under 6 minutes remaining.

The Jag’s defense were unable to stop Panthers running back Reggie Bonnafon’s 59-yard run to put Carolina up by 8.

On the Jags final drive, Minshew completed a pass wide receiver Marqise Lee, giving them a first down at the Panthers 34 with :19 remaining, however, Minshew’s final pass from the 24-yard line was incomplete, and the Panthers took home the 34-27 win at home.

For the second consecutive week, the Jaguars went without their best defensive back, Pro Bowl corner, Jalen Ramsey, who was spotted hanging out with Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson Sunday afternoon in Houston, as the Jags game was taking place.

This looming question question remains: whether or not Ramsey it’s going to be in a Jaguar uniform much longer? He’s made no secret that he has requested a trade looking to leave the franchise that drafted him in the first round in 2016.

As we previously wrote, it appears the Jaguars are not inclined to deal Ramsey at the moment, probably because they don’t like the compensation package that has been offered by other teams. We further reported that a source told us Ramsey does not have a major problem with Coach Doug Marrone. His bigger issue is with VP of football Tom Coughlin, who will ultimately be in charge of whether Ramsey gets a long-term massive contract extension with the Jaguars.

Abbey is a native Floridan who grew up a fan of all Tampa Bay sports teams. She’s recently graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Media Communication Studies. In her time at FSU, she was an In-Game Host for the Basketball and Baseball teams, and reported for Seminole Sports Magazine, producing feature stories that appeared on Fox Sports Sun. She’s excited to share her perspective on all of Florida’s Football teams, especially the Seminoles.

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Jaguars to get Nick Foles back to practice

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The Jaguars are in need of some positive news and it looks like they have some regarding injured quarterback Nick Foles.

Foles, who’s been out since an injury in game one, will apparently be back at practice starting next week

Coach Doug Marrone told the media Friday that their prized free agent acquisition is anxious to get back:

Foles was injured in the first quarter of the Jaguars opening game with the Kansas City Chiefs suffering a fractured left collarbone. And, the team has been aiming for him to be back at some point in the middle of the season.

ESPN’s Jaguars beat reporter Mike DiRocco’s tweet references that it apparently be the November 17th game with the Colts, as the goal.

In Foles is absence, Jacksonville has turned rookie 6th round pick Gardner Minshew. Minshew has become somewhat of a cult phenomenon in North Florida leading Jacksonville to a couple of wins including a dramatic last-second victory in week four in Denver. The team further embraced Minshew by passing out some 30,000 replica mustaches at last week’s home game with the Saints, to like what the rookie sports as part of his image.

Minshew, however, had a tough time with the Saints defense throwing for only 14 of 29 for 163 yards without a TD and an INT. He’s expected to have an easier time with the 0-6 hapless Bengals this Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Jags have optimism that Foles will be able to spark them in the second half of the season.

Jacksonville landed Foles in free agency this past March of his Super Bowl winning performance two years ago and did so, by guaranteeing him $50 million on a four-year contract. That’s the richest deal that the Jags have never given to a quarterback in their 25-year franchise history.

And, they have hoped all along that his veteran leadership and downfield passing arm will provide their offensive some needed help.

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Jaguars VP Coughlin on Ramsey trade- “time came to move on”

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The Jaguars have made the decision to part with problem Pro Bowl defensive back Jalen Ramsey and Wednesday morning the team made its first statement about it.

Jacksonville VP of football Tom Coughlin released a statement through the team website and social media about the deal they made with the Rams for the disgruntled Ramsey:

As we wrote Tuesday night, Coughlin and Ramsey not seeing eye to eye basically forced a move to be made. However, the Jaguars should be credited, as they waited and got two number one picks, as well as a mid-round pick in return for a player that has previously been an All-Pro at his position.

The soap opera boiled over in week two, when Ramsey got into things on the sidelines with coach Doug Marrone over Marrone not challenging a completion to receiver DeAndre Hopkins, whom Ramsey had been covering.

As we had been told at that time Ramsey and Marrone and cleared the air. However, his bigger problem had been with Coughlin and a meeting they had after the Houston game led Ramsey to demand a trade. This as, Coughlin would ultimately be in charge of approving a long-term contract extension for Ramsey be on this year, and that wasn’t going to be likely.

The Jaguars and the Rams also completed a big trade a year ago when Jacksonville dealt away defensive end  and former top five pick, Dante Fowler, for third and fifth round picks in return. Fowler went on to have a good year down the stretch in L.A. and ended up helping them make the Super Bowl.

Ramsey also comes to Hollywood at a bargain in the short term for the Rams, as he is only making the prorated remainder of his $2.4 million salary for this year.

The Rams and GM Les Snead can also decide to keep Ramsey for his fifth year option at $13.7 million for 2020.

And, the Rams cleared some salary-cap room, and at Ramsey’s position, when they traded defensive back Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens earlier on Tuesday. L.A. is in the “win now” mode, and not only did not have a first-round pick this past draft, but also do not have one in the next two drafts after the deal for Ramsey.

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