The Jaguars have done pretty well in the draft in recent years, but the jury is still out on the third overall pick from three years ago. And so the Jaguars admit they’ve yet to decide whether to pick up the fifth-year option on defensive end Dante Fowler’s contract.
At a Friday pre-draft press conference, Jaguars G.M. Dave Caldwell said that the team has not yet made that decision, adding that they still have until early May to exercise the option. The option would trigger a $14.2 million salary for 2019, guaranteed for injury until the first day of the next league year, when it would become fully guaranteed.
Ideally, the Jaguars would know whether and to what extent Fowler will be suspended before they have to make their decision. Unfortunately, the gears of the NFL’s justice system move at an unpredictable and erratic pace, with practical considerations (like this one) often ignored.
Marrone pointed to the coaching change before the 2017 season and the signs that Bortles developed a fuller grasp of offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett’s offensive system as the year played out as reason to think better things are ahead.
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This was the first time we could implement a full installation, a full season of what we wanted to do and wanted to get done from an offensive standpoint, Marrone said. And we really saw Blake make really great strides Adolphus Washington Jersey from the Cincinnati game on. I think that was important. And he showed us he can do a lot of good things with the football and showed he was able to improve.
The Cincinnati game that Marrone references came in Week Nine after the Jaguars had a bye. He had some shaky outings after that point, but was more consistent during the 6-3 close to the year than he was while the Jags were going 4-3 to open it and continued the solid play in the postseason.
It’s a better floor than the one Bortles was on heading into last season and it’s one that has changed the overall outlook in Jacksonville a tremendous amount.
Taggart also has made team dinners required three nights a week, as a way to help foster team bonding and growth. Francois says he has used those dinners as an opportunity to learn from defensive teammates.
In these areas, Taggart says he has seen a marked difference.