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Yannick Ngakoue: Defensive Rookie Of The Year?



Chances are, the name Yannick Ngakoue is probably unfamiliar to you. A third-round pick from Maryland playing for the 1-3 Jaguars, Ngakoue hasn’t had many opportunities to put his name into national relevance just yet. But if the rookie pass rusher continues to play at the level he has through the first four weeks of his NFL career, that will all change soon.

When Jacksonville took Ngakoue with the 69th pick in the draft, his expected role was to just be a rotational pass rusher on a defensive line that need much improvement. With his outstanding performances however, Ngakoue has quickly become a feature guy at the LEO position for the team.

Through a combination of speed and strength, Yannick has accumulated three sacks, three forced fumbles, and an interception in only four games. He has already out shined his expectations, and has become a very disruptive edge rusher for the Jaguars.

His sheer speed around the edge really stands out, as evident by his sack in the game this past Sunday against the Colts, shown here: (Credit: @FBLRave on Twitter)

The Jaguars took Jalen Ramsey fifth overall in this year’s draft, so it’s a surprise to no one that the Jaguars have a player in contention for Rookie of the Year early on. The surprise is that, at this point, it’s not Ramsey(who, to his credit, has played solid in his own right), but rather the third-round selection Ngakoue who is making noise.

Yannick Ngakoue has not only put himself firmly in the discussion for DROY, he has become Jacksonville’s most effective pass rusher. Surprising from the 69th overall selection from Maryland, but Yannick’s arrow is pointing way up, and it’s time to take notice of the young playmaker.

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Jaguars Owner Shad Khan Says Team Not Planning to Trade Jalen Ramsey



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Despite his demands and latest absence from the team, the Jacksonville Jaguars have no plans to trade All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey, according to the Associated Press’ Mark Long.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan made it clear that trading Ramsey is not in the team’s plans, despite Ramsey’s desire to go elsewhere.

Ramsey formally requested a trade after the Jaguars Week 2 game.

“Obviously, football is a team sport and I’m sensitive to what individual insight or viewpoint or requests (there) might be” Khan said.

“But we have to do the right thing for the team. We value the values Jalen adds to us, to the Jaguars. I think we value him highly. We’re still looking at what is the right thing for the Jaguars, and I think right now the best thing is to have him be part of the team.”

While the Jaguars may not be willing to trade Ramsey, it hasn’t stopped teams from making offers.

“Obviously, we’re turning the season around and I think he can help the team,” Khan said.

According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, the Jaguars rejected a deal consisting of two first-round draft picks.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson, Khan is considered to be a major hurdle for any deal as he prefers to keep Ramsey and ink him to a long-term contract as opposed to trading him away.

The Jaguars may not be figuring out a trade of Ramsey, but they sure need to figure out how to get the star corner back on the field.


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Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey Requests Trade



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The Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t a team superstar cornerback Jalen Ramsey wants to play with anymore.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, Ramsey’s agent, David Mulugheta says that he has asked the Jaguars to trade the disgruntled Ramsey, and the team has had talks with teams and are asking for at least one first-round pick but would like more than that in return for the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback.

There are rumblings that a trade could happen as early as this week, citing the damage to the relationship between Ramsey and Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone who got into a very animated argument on the sidelines during Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans.

Sunday’s argument wasn’t the first incident involving Ramsey. He expressed his frustration with his role in the defense back in 2016, when he was a rookie, alongside teammates Tashaun Gipson and Davon House, with Ramsey advocating for a clean sweep of the defensive coaching staff.

Ramsey also criticized the defensive play calling during the fourth quarter of the 2017 AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots.

Ramsey has also said that he would not be giving the Jaguars a hometown discount in contract discussions, and even showed up to training camp in a Brinks truck.

Ramsey’s antics and attitude have boiled over in Jacksonville, and it is now time for the two sides to part ways.

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Packers’ Aaron Rodgers Slams Colts’ Fans for Booing Andrew Luck



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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is speaking out against the fans who booed former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, following the stunning news of his retirement over the weekend.

“I thought it was pretty disgusting,” Rodgers said, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.

“He’s making a really tough decision and then before that, he makes the decision, I don’t know why that doesn’t stay in house to kind of protect him a little bit. Although when I think about it, I thought it would’ve been more of a standing-ovation type thing and a thank you than boos.”

While Rodgers says he is a long way away from his own retirement, he respects Luck’s decision to call it a career, calling it “very selfless, not selfish.”

“I, 100 percent, respect him immensely for his decision” Rodgers said.

“I salute him for choosing quality of life. He’s a fantastic player, he had a great career and he’s got a lot to be proud of. Like many of us in this locker room, if not all of us, we all have interests outside of football. Andrew is an extremely bright guy, and I’m sure he’ll have a lot of things to transition into. I know what it’s like to deal with rehab and going through injuries. I’ve been on IR twice. It’s tough. He was on it pretty much for an entire season and next offseason trying to get his arm back. Again, in my opinion, not playing with him but just reading what his teammates said, tough guy. What he went through to get himself back on the field is what it means to be a leader and I’m excited for him.”

“I’m sure when you’re going through stuff where you’re not sure if you’re ever going to play again — like Andrew did, like (Washington Redskins quarterback) Alex Smith might be dealing with right now — I’m sure there’s some tough days because, at some point, you start thinking about your post-career life and ability to move and functions,” Rodgers said. “A lot of guys over the years have had to end their years because of injuries. Two of my favorite quarterbacks growing up, Steve Young and Troy Aikman, those are tough decision but I think they’re decisions in the interest of your life at 40 and 50 and 60 hopefully. Again, I give him a lot of credit for making that tough decision, and I think he did it with enough time and lets them move forward with Jacoby [Brissett] and figure out what they want to do with their roster.”

Rodgers has also spoken about his thoughts about his post-career health, after suffering three known concussions already during his NFL career.

“Of course, of course,” Rodgers said. “Anytime you’ve had a concussion or a couple of concussions, the following days you’re always thinking about what it’s going to be like, but I think with medicine the way it is and research the way it is, there’s going to be more and more things that can help guys down the line to feel better, hopefully. And hopefully, we can do our job in the [NFL Players Association] and continue to take care of former players.”

While Colts’ fans may be angry at Luck, Rodgers is showing him nothing but support and respect for making the tough decision.

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