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Jaguars sign versatile QB/WR Terrelle Pryor

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The Jaguars continue to try to upgrade their offense in every way possible. And, proof of that is their Monday morning signing of former quarterback, now turned receiver, Terrelle Pryor to a free agent contract.

The team announced the move Monday morning in advance of their latest offseason workout:

Pryor originally entered the league as a quarterback with the Oakland Raiders in 2011, but has most recently been exclusively a wide receiver over the course of the last three seasons. The former Ohio State star quarterbacked the Buckeyes to two Big Ten titles in 2009 – 10. He was then taken by the Raiders in the third round of the 2011 supplemental draft playing sparingly in three seasons there.

Since his time in Oakland, has bounced around too numerous teams including: the Seattle Seahawks, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Cleveland Browns, the Washington Redskins, and played for both the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills a year ago.

Pryor’s best season as a receiver came three years ago where he had 77 catches 1,007 yards and four touchdowns for the Redskins. However, he’s been on and off of three teams since then.

So, this move is viewed as a low-risk signing to help with depth at the wide receiver position for the 6’4, 230 lbs. Pryor, who has also battled injuries in recent years. After signing a one-year $8 million contract with the Redskins in 2017, Pryor was injured early in the season and had to have ankle surgery landing him on injured reserve in November.

Pryor signed a one-year $4.5 million deal with a Jets in 2018, but, after catching a couple of touchdowns (above), he suffered a groin injury early in the year and the Jets released him in an injury settlement last October. He signed and played two games with the Buffalo Bills before being released, again, in November of last season.

The Jaguars have a largely inexperienced and undersized receiving core led by former draft picks D.J. Chark and Dede Westbrook, as well as veteran Keelan Cole. Speedy Marqise Lee is coming off of a torn ACL in last preseason. Pryor is bigger than all four of those receivers.

The Jaguars are apparently looking to install more of a vertical passing game with free agent quarterback Nick Foles and new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.

The team will also get set to hold a mandatory mini-camp June 11-13.

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Jaguars injury woes continue- LB Myles Jack to IR

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The bad news on the injury front for the Jaguars continued on Thursday, when they placed star linebacker Myles Jack on injured reserve.

The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport had the news first:

Jack missed Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers with a knee injury that was believed to be a sprain suffered in the loss to the Colts two weeks ago. However, the move to IR indicates it may be more serious.

The Jaguars season has unraveled over the course of the last month with injuries to their defense and the team trading away perennial Pro Bowl defensive back Jalen Ramsey to the Rams. Jacksonville had already put DT Marcel Dareus on IR, All-Pro defensive tackle Calais Campbell has been trying to battle through a bad back and DB Tony Harrison has still not been cleared with a concussion.

Coach Doug Marrone has expressed the last two weeks that it has been a struggle for his defense with all of the injuries mounting late in the year.

As for Jack, he had settled in the middle linebacker roll after Telvin Smith abruptly retired in May.

Jack has been solid, but not spectacular, in the middle of the defense registering 7 or more tackles in five games this season. However he hasn’t forced a fumble, has only one interception and half of a sack. Jack also has just three tackles-for-loss at a position that often dictates much more output than that.

The former second-round pick out of UCLA had question marks about his knee coming out of college, when the Jaguars took him in the 2016 draft. However, he has answered critics on his durability by being active for all 59 games of his career up until last week.

Jacksonville will use veteran Donald Payne at middle linebacker for now. Payne played significantly last week against the Buccaneers and has been on and off of Jacksonville roster this season.

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Can Jaguars get necessary spark from Gardner Minshew?

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The Jaguars were back on the practice field on Wednesday and have to rally around their rookie QB, Gardner Minshew, to re-ignite their season. And their opponent, may be the perfect for them, too.

Minshew took over in the second half for an ineffective Nick Foles, as Foles committed turnovers on each of Jacksonville’s first three possessions. Now, he’s back as their starter to see if the 4-8 Jags can salvage some games in December.

Now, the 4-win L.A. Chargers come stumbling to North Florida off a dramatic loss in Denver and yet, somehow, have been listed as 2.5-point underdogs by top sports betting sites.

Philip Rivers and the Chargers, new-look defense is coming to Jacksonville to try and move to 5-8 and make a run at a .500 season. In effect, both of these teams’ seasons are all but over, so they are just playing for pride.  And while mathematically, the Jags are not completely out of the AFC South race, yet, let’s be honest … the Titans and Texans are not going to drop four straight games … and it definitely isn’t looking like the Jags are going to win four straight.

Coach Doug Marrone is clearly in trouble and everything they try is not working. There were plenty of games that the Jaguars could have or should have won, but didn’t. And, now they are sitting on the very bottom of the AFC South with few games remaining.

Onto to the matchup.

The Chargers have owned the Jaguars historically, as they have won in two of the last three and seven of the last ten meetings. But right now, this is a pretty good spot for the Jags.

When we look at standard offense on any given Sunday, the L.A. Chargers are about two points better than the Jacksonville Jaguars on average. The Chargers put up 20.33 points per game against the Jags 18.33. It would be nice for Jaguars fans, if the Chargers performed significantly worse on the road, but they don’t.

They are almost exactly the same level of bad whether at home in Los Angeles or out on the road. And unfortunately, for Jags fans who buy tickets to home games, they have let them down at TIAA Field by performing worse in Jacksonville, to the tune of nearly three points per game. They score just 15.83 on their home field.

The yardage stats are comparable in this one, as the Chargers pass for 255.33 per game, while the Jags pass for 242.50. The Chargers rush for 92 yards per game, while the Jags run game with Leonard Fournette has dropped off to 79.67 average, currently.

On defense, the Chargers are a respectable top ten unit (No. 7 in the league) that allows just 18.50 points per game. They hold teams to 212 yards passing and 97.83 yards rushing.

However, that’s where Minshew will put them to the test. He is far more mobile than Foles and got Jacksonville 11 points in the second half Sunday with them driving for more. That is until the rookie’s killer interception at the Tampa Bay goaline midway through the fourth quarter.

So, most of the numbers point the another Jacksonville loss. That said, the Chargers have lost three straight but have shown some flashes of brilliance. So too did Minshew, who won four games in eight tries earlier this year as the fill-in starter.

If you can avoid this game for your “Survivor Pools” do so … If you are a bettor … stay away.

This is a game where anything can happen, especially with “Minshew Mania” back.

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