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Should the Jaguars target Dez Bryant?

Ari Russell

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With the Dallas Cowboys cutting WR Dez Bryant late last week, several teams have indeed shown interest. Is Bryant a player that the Jacksonville Jaguars should be interested in? This is going to take different pundits in different directions.

One opinion comes from Alfie Crow from the site Big Cat Country. Crow doesn’t think it’s a good idea for the Jaguars to pick up Dez Bryant:

Bryant, 29, has been a productive receiver in the NFL for a number of years, but the last time he had a “good” season was back in 2014. The past three seasons have been underwhelming for a receiver like Bryant, though he has posted solid touchdown numbers, his receptions and yards just aren’t there.

Part of that is because there was a quarterback change, part of it was because the Cowboys offense changed and some of it was because of injuries. The reality of it is though, the Jaguars don’t need to be interested in signing someone like Bryant in the hopes of him finding his form

Obviously the Jaguars are going to have a different look at WR this season. Allen Robinson who was injured last season has signed with the Bears. Allen Hurns is now with the Cowboys. Obviously Dez Bryant would bring some buzz from a name perspective. The challenge really is his price tag.

The only way brining in Bryant would make sense is if they can get him at a cheap price. The challenge is that there will already be several teams interested in Bryant pushing his market price up. The Jaguars at this point aren’t looking to tie up a lot of dollars for a player who’s production has diminished over the last few years. Also the team signed Donte Moncrief away from the Colts for $9 million and resigned Marqise Lee for four years in March. Dez Bryant would be beyond a luxury.

Also what’s the opinion of a guy who covers the Jags on a daily basis?

It looks as if Bryant and the Jaguars is something that isn’t going to happen. I’ll take O’Halloran’s sources over any other speculation or fans wishes. Sure it’s a flashy move, but judging from how the Jaguars have conducted business this offseason, flashiness isn’t in the cards. When it comes to finding a larger WR target for Jacksonville, expect them to look towards the draft.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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Jags coach Marrone acknowledged Wednesday he’s in jeopardy

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As the Jaguars 2019 season has spiraled downward, their head coach acknowledged Wednesday that there are likely changes coming in North Florida.

Doug Marrone, in his third full season as the Jags head coach, met with the media prior to Wednesday’s practice:

“We’re all fighting for our jobs. When you look at it from that standpoint, each person has to make their own decision on how they handle those things….It’s a constant microscope in this league, but I think it gets magnified when you are not winning football games,” Marrone said plainly.

It’s no secret that the Jaguars are plummeting. Sunday they were embarrassed again at home, this time by the L.A. Chargers 45 – 10. That was the fifth consecutive decisive loss (by at least 17 points) for a team that was once 4 – 4 and in the conversation are the AFC Wildcard picture.

Yes, there are injuries including the team losing defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and recently linebacker Myles Jack to season-ending IR. The same on offense where WR Marqise Lee never got healthy and made contributions this year. He, too is back on injured reserve.

Further, the team also had to deal with the constant off field distraction and then decided to trade away arguably their best player, defensive back Jalen Ramsey to the LA Rams. Granted, Ramsey wanted out and was trying not to play while the trade was being consummated. Still, this missed him on the field and it was an issue.

Then, there’s the mess on offense, where the Jags offensive line is in shambles and Marrone had to bench high-priced free agent quarterback Nick Foles before last week’s game. That’s because of his ineffective play and lack of mobility to play behind their poor line.

Rookie Gardner Minshew, who had won four games earlier this year, didn’t do much with only 162 yards in the air and a late third-quarter touchdown that only cut the lead to 31 – 10 in the loss Sunday.

Further, running back Leonard Fournette has now been neutralized by the lack of good line play and the inability to get the passing game going. Fournette went from having a good start to the season that included three 100-yard or more games out of four in late September and October, to having five of his last six games where he has run for 50 yards or less.

So, everywhere you look, the Jags are struggling and losing, and owner Shad Khan is expected to make wholesale changes at the end of the year.

But for now, Jacksonville must go out to Oakland this week and try not to be further embarrassed there.

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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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