As their situation at left guard became murkier in recent weeks, some thought was given to the possibility of the Jacksonville Jaguars starting Luke Bowanko at center and moving center Brandon Linder one spot to his left.
That won’t happen now. The part about starting Bowanko at center won’t anyway, not after the Jaguars on Saturday traded the oft-injured Bowanko to the Baltimore Ravens for an undisclosed draft choice.
The move comes as the Jaguars continue to wrestle with a situation at left guard, where Bowanko was among three players to get a start during the preseason. Incumbent starter Patrick Omameh and Earl Watford were the others.
Who stood out as the best option, though, remains unclear as coach Doug Marrone has yet to name a starter for the Jaguars Week 1 AFC South battle with the Houston Texans.
Bowanko, a sixth-round draft pick of the Jaguars in 2014, leaves Jacksonville as he was about to enter into the final year of his rookie contract.
His rookie season, one in which he started 14 games at center was easily his best and he has been beset by injuries the last two years, playing in only nine games over that span, including just two year because of a hip injury.
The trade of Bowanko was arguably the most notable move the Jaguars made in reducing their roster to the 53-man limit on Saturday.
The Jaguars got a head start on the project on Friday by moving 15 players, off the roster, including tight end Mychal Rivera and rookie fullback prospect Marquez Williams.
Rivera, who missed all of the preseason after leaving the Raiders and signing with the Jaguars in free agency was placed on injured reserve along with sixth-year safety Jeron Johnson.
Williams, a 2017 seventh-round draft pick, was waived-injured, which means he could return to the team later in the season if he clears waivers, which is likely considering his injury status.
In other roster moves, the Jaguars waived-injured cornerback Doran Grant, safety Jarrod Harper and wide receiver Shane Wynn. All three will revert back to injured reserve if they clear waivers tomorrow.
The Jaguars also placed third-year wide receiver Rashad Greene Sr. on injured reserve, ending his season as he was not designated for a return.
Others let go by the Jaguars on Saturday were:
DE Malliciah Goodman
LB Andrew Gachkar
LB Josh McNary
RB Tim Cook
DE Hunter Dimick
CB Brian Dixon
TE Alex Ellis
TE David Grinnage
WR Amba Etta-Tawo
OL Avery Gennesy
RB DuJuan Harris
DT Kevin Maurice
DB Tracy Howard
CB Standly Jean-Baptiste
OL Nila Kasitati
DT Kevin Maurice
DE Carroll Phillips
OL Chris Reed
DE Jonathan Woodard
Jaguars exercise 2020 option for WR Conley
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:
We have exercised the team options for WR Chris Conley (through 2020) and S Jarrod Wilson (through 2021).
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) February 21, 2020
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.
Report- Jaguars to hire former Giants coach McAdoo as QB coach
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:
Ben McAdoo is being hired as the Jaguars quarterbacks coach, per source. The former Giants coach is back in after two years out of the NFL. McAdoo has worked well with Aaron Rodgers and Eli Manning in his previous stints.
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) February 12, 2020
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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