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Report- Boselli denied Hall of Fame again

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For the fourth consecutive year, Jaguars left tackle Tony Boselli was denied entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame after making it to the finalist round.

Although the official word on the five inductees of the Pro Football Hall of Fame voters named will not be until later Saturday night, Boselli reportedly has told multiple people that the Hall of Fame informed him that he not selected during their meeting Saturday in Miami:

We had written previously that Boselli has a very compelling case, even with the fact that he did not have an extremely long career.

Bosellli was the first ever Jacksonville draft pick, being taken #2 overall in the 1995 draft. And, from the very beginning, he became one of the cornerstone’s of the franchise. In addition to five straight Pro Bowls, he was given the prestigious All-Pro selection (there’s only one of those each year) three times, as well. Boselli was such a dominant force that he was part of the NFL’s “All Decade Team” of the 90s playing only five seasons in the decade.

Boselli confirmed on social that he had been informed that he had not made it, again this year, later Saturday:

As for the Hall of Fame and it’s voting, a contemporary of Boselli’s at the left tackle position, Orlando Pace, got into the Hall four years ago.

Pace was a former #1 overall pick by the Rams, and had a longer (13 years) career, but not that much more distinguished, individually. His seven Pro Bowls were more than Boselli’s, but he only equaled Boselli’s three All Pro selections.

Yes, Pace was part of 1999 Super Bowl win and had another appearance in 2001, but it’s not as if Boselli didn’t repeatedly play in and play well in several Jaguar playoff wins in his career. This would include the Jaguars appearance in the 1996 AFC Championship Game.

So, they are comparable. And Pace made it in the Hall in year number two. Boselli has now waited for over twice that long.

Yes, there is an argument that Boselli only played in 107 games over 8 seasons due to chronic shoulder problems late in his career. But the voters put in Broncos RB Terrell Davis two years ago, and he played in only 78 games over 7 seasons due to bad knees. That’s about two seasons less of games played than Boselli played for the Jags.

There are two other offensive linemen, former Seahawks and Vikings Chad Hutchinson and former Steelers Alan Faneca, who were also finalists this year. And likely, one of them were included in the five man “modern era” selections.

 

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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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