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Is Jaguars FB Tommy Bohanon headed to the Pro Bowl?

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Tommy Bohanon didn’t play in the NFL at all last season and after signing a one-year deal with the Jaguars this past summer there’s no guarantee he’ll he be playing in the NFL next season either.

Come February, though, there’s a good chance Bohanon will be playing in the Pro Bowl in Orlando. That is, if he and the Jaguars aren’t still in the hunt for the Super Bowl.

Though he’s only played 26-percent of the offensive snaps this year, the Jaguars fullback has emerged as a fan favorite and is currently the leader at his position in Pro Bowl fan balloting.

 “It’s a blessing,’’ Bohanon told reporters this week. “I mean, I’ve worked really hard for this. I’m very grateful and it’s definitely exciting to have that recognition.’’

No one can say it’s not deserved. Though Bohanon is a part-time player who actually gets more work on special teams than on offense, he has certainly made an impact on the Jaguars.

After beating out 2017 seventh-round draft pick Marquez Williams for the starter’s job during the preseason, Bohanon has helped vault the Jaguars rushing attack to the top of the league’s rankings.

Granted, that rushing attack has struggled a bit of late, but Bohanon continues to gain momentum as a potential all-star representative of the Jaguars with more than 87,000 votes.

And that comes as quite a surprise, especially to Bohanon, a 2013 seventh-round pick of the Jets who spent all of last season trying to get someone, anyone, to notice him again.

“If you looked at my Instagram, I kind of tried to show people my workouts throughout my time off last year,’’ Bohanon told Mike Kay of firstcoastnews.com. “So it’s definitely a blessing to be in this position.’’

 Bohanon isn’t the only Jaguar in position to earn a starting Pro Bowl nod. Cornerback A.J. Bouye ranks first in voting at his position, where teammate Jalen Ramsey ranks second.

Meanwhile, defensive end Calais Campbell and defensive tackle Malik Jackson are both in second place in the balloting at their respective positions while running back Leonard Fournette is third at his spot.

It’s possible then that the Jaguars could have two players in the same backfield come this year’s Pro Bowl in Orlando, though they’d much rather be prepping for a game in Minneapolis instead.

Roy Cummings is a native of Chicago, Illinois who grew up in the suburb of Lombard. He and his family later moved to Lakeland, Florida, where Roy attended high school at Kathleen High. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications in 1983 and immediately went to work for the Tampa Tribune. After five years working in a Polk County bureau covering everything from high school sports to college football to the Orlando Magic of the NBA, Roy moved back to Tampa and became the Tribune's first beat writer for the Tampa Bay Lightning, covering the team from its inception through the first eight years on the ice. He was then moved to the Buccaneers beat, where he stayed until the paper was folded in May, 2016. A two-time Florida Sports Writer of the Year, Roy has extensive experience covering all Tampa professional sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Jaguars exercise 2020 option for WR Conley

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Before free agency hits in March, the Jaguars have already begun to put some pieces together for their 2020 roster. And, that includes a big play wide receiver that they intend to keep around for this season.

The team announced on Friday afternoon that they have picked up a contract option on fifth year receiver Chris Conley, who comes off a career year in Jacksonville:

Conley signed a two-year deal with the first year being guaranteed and the second year being a team option. He definitely lived up to the free-agent billing having a career-high season in receptions (47) yards (775) and touchdowns (5) despite Jacksonville struggles.

Conley did develop a chemistry with rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew, as he took over for the injured Nick Foles early in the year and won four games to get the team to 4-4. Conley also averaged a career-high 16.5 yards per catch in 2019.

He previously played four seasons in Kansas City before coming to the Jaguars via free agency. In picking up the option Jacksonville will pay Conley $2.3 million for this season including a $445,000 roster bonus. That is very cost-effective for the team in terms of the salary cap can other players they are looking to fit in.

The team must decide whether they will put huge money in front of their top pass-rusher the last three years, Yannick Ngakoue. Ngakoue has 29.5 sacks from 2017-29 with is the most productive three season stretch for any Jacksonville pass rusher in that amount of time. Jaguars coach Doug Marrone and GM Dave Caldwell have to figure out if they can get Ngakoue to agree to a long term deal or will they perhaps use the 2020 “franchise tag” for him, which would pay him around $18-19 million for the upcoming year.

And, the team also can negotiate a new deal with star running back Leonard Fournette, who is about to enter the final season of his rookie contract and is also going to be seeking a huge extension.

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Report- Jaguars to hire former Giants coach McAdoo as QB coach

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The Jaguars are trying to fix things offensively and especially, at the quarterback position. And, to that end, they have apparently settled on another hire, involving another former NFL head coach to lead their QB room.

ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Raanan reported Tuesday night the Jacksonville is hiring former New York Giants head coach, Ben McAdoo, to be their quarterback coach:

McAdoo had been under consideration by head coach, Doug Marrone, for the offensive coordinator vacancy that occurred when the team dismissed John DeFilippo after just one season.

Eventually, Marrone decided upon another former NFC East coach, Jay Gruden, from the Redskins, as the offensive coordinator hire. Gruden, the younger brother of Jon Gruden, is known as an innovator in the passing game.

However, the Jags, including GM Dave Caldwell, were obviously impressed with Macado’s previous work with the Giants and Eli Manning. McAdoo began as an offensive coordinator in New York in 2014 – 15. He was then given the head coaching job, basically at the uriging of the two-time Super Bowl champion QB Manning to take over in 2016.

The Giants finished 11 – 5 McAdoo’s first year as the head coach and made the playoffs. However, the relationship with Eli Manning quickly soured and the team fell apart going 2 – 10 in its first 12 games with McAdoo actually benching Manning late in the 2017 season. McAdoo was fired the week after that benching and has been out of the NFL the last two seasons.

McAdoo will replace QB coach Scott Milanovich, who took over as head coach of the CFL Edmonton Eskimos for later this summer.

The Jaguars still have to resolve their quarterback situation, as they have high price free agent signing Nick Foles, who did not perform well in his first season in Jacksonville.  And then, they have fan favorite rookie 6th round pick Gardner Minshew, who did play well at times in relief of the injured Foles and when Marrone benched Foles for the final four games of the year.

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