Feb 12, 2021; Clemson, SC, USA;  Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence works out as Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer (right) looks on during Pro Day in Clemson, South Carolina. Mandatory Credit: David Platt/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Urban Meyer: Jags leaning toward Trevor Lawrence at No. 1

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New Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer just about confirmed the worst-kept secret in the NFL: His team is likely to select Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft next month.

“I’d have to say that’s the direction we’re going,” Meyer told NBC Sports. “I’ll leave that up to the owner when we make that decision official. But I’m certainly not stepping out of line that that’s certainly the direction we’re headed.”

Lawrence, who led Clemson to the national championship following his freshman season in 2018, won’t be in attendance at the draft, to be held in Cleveland beginning April 29. ESPN reported Monday that Lawrence will watch the draft at Clemson with family members and close friends.

He is third all-time on the school’s passing list in passing yards with 10,098 and second in touchdown passes with 90.

The Jaguars were 21st in the NFL in passing last season with 3,699 yards behind the trio of Gardner Minshew, Jake Luton and Mike Glennon.

Jacksonville has been searching for a franchise quarterback since the departure of Mark Brunell after the 2003 season. Since then, they have taken three quarterbacks in the first round: Byron Leftwich (No. 7 overall in 2003); Blaine Gabbert (No. 10 in 2011); and Blake Bortles (No. 3 in 2014).

Lawrence is recovering from surgery in February to repair the labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder but is expected at training camp.

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Agent: Jaguars to re-sign S Josh Jones

The Jacksonville Jaguars will re-sign safety former Green Bay and Dallas safety Josh Jones for the 2020 season, his agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN Friday.

Jones started a career-high 13 games for Jacksonville last season, becoming a starter in the secondary before the season opener shortly after the team traded Ronnie Harrison to the Cleveland Browns.

Jones, 26, enters his fifth NFL season and second with the Jaguars. The team originally grabbed him as a waiver claim in December 2019 from the Cowboys. In 2020, Jones posted a career-best 83 tackles (third on the team), with one interception.

Selected in the second round (No. 61 overall) by the Packers of the 2017 NFL Draft out of North Carolina State, Jones played two seasons with Green Bay (starting 12 of his 29 games) before being cut before the 2019 season. The Cowboys signed him to the practice squad that October.

In his four seasons, Jones has 211 tackles, two interceptions and three sacks in 48 games (25 starts).

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Reports: CB Rashaan Melvin agrees to 1-year deal with Panthers

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Veteran cornerback Rashaan Melvin agreed to a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers, according to multiple reports on Thursday.

The move comes one day after the 31-year-old Melvin was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Melvin never played for the Jaguars. He signed with Jacksonville in the offseason but later opted out of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Melvin has started 40 of 64 games since breaking into the NFL in 2014. He has 244 tackles, four interceptions and three forced fumbles.

Three of his four interceptions came in 2017 during his second season with the Indianapolis Colts.

Melvin has also played in NFL games for the Baltimore Ravens (2014-15), New England Patriots (2015), the then-Oakland Raiders (2018) and Detroit Lions (2019).

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Report: Jaguars, CB Shaquill Griffin agree to $40M deal

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The Jacksonville Jaguars agreed to a three-year, $40 million deal with free agent cornerback Shaquill Griffin, according to multiple reports Tuesday.

Griffin was in talks to return to the Seattle Seahawks but instead is relocating to Florida. Griffin, 25, is from St. Petersburg, Fla., and played collegiately at Central Florida in Orlando.

Jacksonville was flush with cash to spend on free agents following a roster purge the previous two offseasons that included trading away Pro Bowl cover men Jalen Ramsey (Rams) and A.J. Bouye (Broncos).

Light on experience, Jaguars cornerbacks were charged with 19 touchdown passes surrendered in 2020 even as rookie first-round pick CJ Henderson flashed shut-down potential. But Henderson had labrum surgery and only played in eight games. Head coach Urban Meyer said Henderson is recovering but remains “integral” to the defense going forward.

Landing Griffin adds to a focal point for the Jaguars early in free agency. Per reports, cornerbacks Sidney Jones and Tre Herndon also re-signed with Jacksonville.

Griffin was a third-round pick of the Seahawks in 2017. He had three of his six career interceptions last season.

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Report: Jaguars to place franchise tag on OT Cam Robinson

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The Jacksonville Jaguars will place the franchise tag on offensive tackle Cam Robinson, NFL Network reported on Tuesday.

The reported move appears to be a sound one, considering the Jaguars are expected to select Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft.

The franchise tag for offensive tackles is earmarked at approximately $13.6 million. Robinson made $1,422,022 last season, per Spotrac.

Robinson, 25, started 16 games last season and all 47 games in which he has played since the Jaguars selected him in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

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Feb 12, 2021; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence works out during Pro Day in Clemson, South Carolina. Mandatory Credit: David Platt/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Lawrence says left shoulder is progressing well

Projected No. 1 overall draft pick Trevor Lawrence said the recovery from surgery on his non-throwing shoulder is going well.

The former Clemson quarterback had the labrum repaired in his left shoulder on Feb. 16.

“As you know, this is really the first serious thing that I’ve dealt with, but I’m doing great,” Lawrence told ESPN on Tuesday. “I actually feel way better than I thought I would at this point.”

After having the surgery, Lawrence’s goal was to be ready prior to training camp. He is expected to starting throwing in late April or early May.

Lawrence is currently rehabbing in Orange County in California.

The Jacksonville Jaguars own the top pick in the 2021 draft and are expected to tab Lawrence.

Lawrence completed 758 of 1,138 passes (66.6 percent) over three seasons at Clemson and recorded totals of 10,098 passing yards, 90 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He added 943 yards and 18 scores on the ground.

Lawrence guided the Tigers to the national championship following the 2018 season.

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Feb 12, 2021; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence works out during Pro Day in Clemson, South Carolina. Mandatory Credit: David Platt/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Report: Trevor Lawrence’s shoulder surgery set for Tuesday

Shoulder surgery for Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the presumptive No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, has reportedly been scheduled for Tuesday.

NFL Network reported Saturday that Lawrence will have the procedure to repair his left (non-throwing) labrum in Los Angeles with Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Surgery Center.

The expected recovery time is 5-6 months and the 21-year-old Lawrence should be ready in time for training camp, per the report.

Lawrence performed for NFL scouts — including the Jacksonville Jaguars, who hold the No. 1 pick — at his pro day on Friday morning in Clemson, S.C.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Lawrence completed 758 of 1,138 passes (66.6 percent) over three seasons at Clemson and recorded totals of 10,098 passing yards, 90 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, adding 943 yards and 18 scores on the ground.

The Tigers won a national championship and lost just two games with Lawrence under center.

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Feb 12, 2021; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence works out during Pro Day in Clemson, South Carolina. Mandatory Credit: David Platt/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Jags coach Urban Meyer watches Trevor Lawrence’s pro day

Clemson All-America quarterback Trevor Lawrence had the spotlight to himself on Friday during his pro day, drawing the attention of the media, NFL scouts and the new head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Lawrence, 21, projected to be the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft, had a morning workout for scouts at Clemson’s indoor practice facility.

Among those watching was Jaguars coach Urban Meyer, who stood next to Clemson coach Dabo Swinney for most of the workout. Jacksonville owns the No. 1 pick in the April 29 draft and is expected to choose Lawrence.

Lawrence, who led Clemson to three ACC championships and a national title in 2018, held his pro-day workout a month early. He is scheduled to have surgery next week on a torn labrum on his left (non-throwing) shoulder. Lawrence said he expects to be cleared to practice before NFL training camps open in July.

Lawrence, who measured at 6-foot-5 5/8 and 213 pounds, said he expects to start throwing six to eight weeks after the surgery.

“The original plan was to have two months training out in California, then come back March 11 and put on a show and do all that, but life happens sometimes,” Lawrence said on the ACC Network/ESPN2 following the workout.

“Just having to adjust and showing I’m able to adjust and adapt and still willing to come out there and throw and give teams a chance to see me, that was important to me and important to my team to make sure we made that happen.”

Lawrence threw about 50 passes, mostly from under center. He made a variety of throws and ended with a 65-yard pass on a broken play in which he scrambled before launching the ball.

Thirty-one people from 17 NFL teams were scheduled to attend, including three from the Jaguars, who also sent offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and passing game coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

While most eyes were on Lawrence, the quarterback couldn’t help but notice Meyer standing nearby.

“Yeah, yeah. I saw him,” Lawrence said. “I saw a lot of the guys coming through. But yeah, I saw him. Just waved at him real quick. Can’t really communicate out there. But yeah, it’s been real cool to see all the teams come out. It’s definitely a cool thing to experience. I’m glad I got to still do it.”

The Jaguars clinched the No. 1 pick after finishing with the worst record in the NFL at 1-15 under former coach Doug Marrone.

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Jaguars name Trent Baalke as general manager

The Jacksonville Jaguars officially removed the interim tag from Trent Baalke’s job title on Thursday morning.

Baalke, 56, was named general manager after serving in that role in an interim capacity since late November following the firing of Dave Caldwell. Baalke joined the team as director of player personnel in February.

Baalke took over as GM of the San Francisco 49ers in 2011, and the team promptly went to three straight NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl, losing to the Baltimore Ravens following the 2012 season. He was fired by the 49ers following the 2016 season before spending two-plus years as a consultant in the league office.

“Trent Baalke has had success at virtually every level of football, notably so as a general manager who shrewdly and quickly built an NFL conference championship organization and team,” Jaguars owner Shad Khan said in a statement. “That experience inspired us to recruit Trent to Jacksonville a year ago to serve as our director of player personnel and is one of the many reasons why we are naming Trent as the new general manager of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“Trent thoroughly knows the NFL and the dynamics of today’s game, has an exceptional eye for talent, and I know will have excellent chemistry with head coach Urban Meyer as they begin their mission to bring a consistent winner to our fans in Jacksonville.”

Baalke said he is anxious to get started working with Meyer.

“I would like to thank Shad Khan for the opportunity to continue with the Jacksonville Jaguars as the team’s general manager,” Baalke said in a statement. “I look forward to getting to work with coach Meyer and giving Jaguars fans everywhere the winner they deserve. I am confident that our shared vision will lead our team to success in 2021 and beyond.”

Meyer, 56, had a 187-32 record in 17 seasons as a college head coach, winning three national championships. Two of those titles came down the road from Jacksonville at the University of Florida. He grabbed a third title at Ohio State, where he was 83-9 in seven seasons.

He retired after the 2018 season and has been working as a college football analyst for FOX Sports.

The Jaguars fired Doug Marrone after four-plus seasons a day after the 2020 season ended. The Jaguars finished the season at 1-15.

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Report: Alabama to hire Doug Marrone to coach OL

Former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone is joining Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama, AL.com reported Wednesday.

Marrone will serve as offensive line coach, becoming the second former NFL head coach on the offensive staff. The Crimson Tide’s new offensive coordinator reportedly is former Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien, although his hiring has not been announced officially.

Marrone was fired in Jacksonville on Jan. 4 after the Jaguars finished the 2020 season with a 1-15 record.

The Jaguars went 23-43 in four-plus seasons under Marrone.

Marrone previously coached the Buffalo Bills (2013-14) and was head coach at Syracuse (2009-12). He had a 25-25 record with the Orange.

The openings on Alabama’s staff came about when Texas hired Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian as its head coach. He took offensive line coach Kyle Flood with him.

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