6 Things To Look For As The Jaguars Host The Saints In Week 6

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The Jaguars (2-3) are aiming to even their record when they host the Saints (4-1) on Sunday afternoon at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL. The jaguars are looking for back-to-back home wins after beating the Titans, 20-7, in Week 3.

Gardner Minshew Faces Fellow Brandon, Mississippi Native Demario Davis

Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew spoke with Saints linebacker Demario Davis on Monday. The two NFL players are both alumni of Brandon High School in Brandon, Mississippi. The Jaguars drafted Minshew in the sixth-round (178th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. He is in the first year of his four-year rookie contract worth $2,710,884 and includes a $190,884 signing bonus, $190,884 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $677,721 according to Spotrac.com. In 2019, Minshew will earn a base salary of $495,000 and a signing bonus of $190,884 while carrying a cap hit of $542,721 and a dead cap value of $190,884 also per Spotrac.com.

Davis was chosen by the Jets in the third round (77th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. He is in the second year of a three-year, $24,000,000 contract with the Saints that includes a $9,200,000 signing bonus, $16,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $8,000,000 according to Spotrac.com. In 2019, Davis will earn a base salary of $5,950,000 and a workout bonus of $250,000, while carrying a cap hit of $8,500,000 and a dead cap value of $13,100,000.

“He’s not a kid on the Saints, that’s a grown dude over there,” Minshew told reporters in Jacksonville, FL earlier this week. “He’s a guy that went to my high school, I looked up to him. I remember he came back and talked to us when I was in high school, always been a great role model, so it’ll be a lot of fun to play against him.”

Jaguars’ offensive coordinator John DeFilippo also appreciates what Davis brings to the Saints’ defense.

‘56’ [Demario Davis] is a blitzing [line]backer, I include him as almost part of the front because when he blitzes the [running] back, he tries to punish the back. They do a really nice job,” DeFilippo noted. “They try to press the pocket up the middle so the quarterback doesn’t have room to press up and it allows the edge rushers to do the work. We’re going to need to do a good job being solid at the first level and you know, [Demario] Davis is a damn good blitzer.”

While the Saints own a challenging defense, Minshew trusts his preparation.

“They’re a very good defense. They’re very, very tough up front,” Minshew said. “They have a good D-Line, athletic and smart. They’re all vets at linebacker. And then one of the most talented sets of DBs we’ve seen, so it’s a good challenge and I think one we’ll be ready for.”

Saints Stay Together With Drew Brews Sidelined 

Defensive tackle David Onyemata was asked this week what message Saints head coach Sean Payton had for his players to keep them together when Drew Brees was sidelined three weeks ago. He said Payton’s message was simple.

“It pretty much just came down to everyone doing their job, being fundamentally sound and executing the game plan,” Onyemata said. “That’s all it came down to.”

Doug Marrone Up Against Former Employer 

This week Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone weighed in on his time in New Orleans as the offensive coordinator for the Saints (2006-08).

“I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t spent that time down in New Orleans from a standpoint of learning from Sean and everyone else, [Saints Executive Vice President and General Manager] Mickey [Loomis] included, to a lot of great people I worked with [to] personnel,” Marrone recalled. “Now a lot of the players are, they replaced them with other great players, but Drew Brees and I have been close and communicate yearly with each other. I just have a ton of respect for everything that they’ve done down there, and I have a ton of gratitude for what they’ve done for me.”

Two Former LSU Tigers Making An Impact on Jaguars Offense

Former LSU standout, wide receiver DJ Chark Jr., has capitalized on the ability of teammate and former LSU running back Leonard Fournette to help the Jaguars’ play action. 

“Anytime we can get the linebackers sucked in, or get that eighth guy in the box, it gives us one-on-ones on the outside, and I’ll take our guys one-on-one with about anybody that we go against, so that’s huge for us,” Minshew added.”

Meanwhile, Payton has been studying Marrone’s recent game plan.

“I think the one thing is you see in the last couple of weeks this commitment to running the football, whether it’s out of sub personnel or base personnel and I know Doug (Marrone) well enough to know you’re wanting to help your quarterback and your team,” Payton told reporters during his weekly conference call. “We are the same way, so you are finding ways to reduce the third and longs. I think that you’ve seen that. You’ve seen the rushing attempts go up.”

Jalen Ramsey’s Playing Status Unsure For Sunday

There are mixed reports coming out of Jacksonville on the status of cornerback Jalen Ramsey who has been nursing a back injury after requesting a trade. Team owner Shad Khan expects his star player to be on the field this weekend.

"Well, I think [Jalen Ramsey] is going to be playing this week,” Khan told TheStreet.com. “You gotta balance what's good for the team and what the individual wishes may be...I met with [Ramsey] a couple of days ago, had a heart-to-heart and I think we'll be able to come to whatever makes sense for all.”

However, ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported Ramsey might not be as certain about playing on Sunday. 

“I'm told Jalen Ramsey is still "going to listen to his body," but nothing has changed about his stance.” Anderson posted on social media Thursday. 

Jaguars Celebrate 25thAnniversary Weekend As They Host The Saints

The Jaguars are celebrating their 25thAnniversary in the National Football League along with the NFL’s 100thAnniversary throughout this weekend. The team is hosting the New Orleans Saints on Sunday at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL. There will be lots of festivities surrounding the game with Jaguars alumni and legends on hand. The events range from Jaguars alumni attending a local high school football game as honorary team captains to a “For the Love of Football Fan Fest” at Daily’s place, a free-to-attend family festival featuring Jaguars Legends and three Pop Warner Football games along with a chance to win Super Bowl LIV tickets. The Jaguars will welcome back more than 80 Jaguars alumni who will be recognized in pre-game ceremonies and the Jaguars All-25 team will be introduced at half-time. The team will wear its teal jerseys and white pants to celebrate the tradition of its first year in the league in 1995. The Jaguars own a 63-46 record when wearing their teal jerseys. Game time is 1 P.M. 


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The Jaguars (2-3) are aiming to even their record when they host the Saints (4-1) on Sunday afternoon at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL. The jaguars are looking for back-to-back home wins after beating the Titans, 20-7, in Week 3.

Gardner Minshew Faces Fellow Brandon, Mississippi Native Demario Davis

Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew spoke with Saints linebacker Demario Davis on Monday. The two NFL players are both alumni of Brandon High School in Brandon, Mississippi. The Jaguars drafted Minshew in the sixth-round (178th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. He is in the first year of his four-year rookie contract worth $2,710,884 and includes a $190,884 signing bonus, $190,884 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $677,721 according to Spotrac.com. In 2019, Minshew will earn a base salary of $495,000 and a signing bonus of $190,884 while carrying a cap hit of $542,721 and a dead cap value of $190,884 also per Spotrac.com.

Davis was chosen by the Jets in the third round (77th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. He is in the second year of a three-year, $24,000,000 contract with the Saints that includes a $9,200,000 signing bonus, $16,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $8,000,000 according to Spotrac.com. In 2019, Davis will earn a base salary of $5,950,000 and a workout bonus of $250,000, while carrying a cap hit of $8,500,000 and a dead cap value of $13,100,000.

“He’s not a kid on the Saints, that’s a grown dude over there,” Minshew told reporters in Jacksonville, FL earlier this week. “He’s a guy that went to my high school, I looked up to him. I remember he came back and talked to us when I was in high school, always been a great role model, so it’ll be a lot of fun to play against him.”

Jaguars’ offensive coordinator John DeFilippo also appreciates what Davis brings to the Saints’ defense.

‘56’ [Demario Davis] is a blitzing [line]backer, I include him as almost part of the front because when he blitzes the [running] back, he tries to punish the back. They do a really nice job,” DeFilippo noted. “They try to press the pocket up the middle so the quarterback doesn’t have room to press up and it allows the edge rushers to do the work. We’re going to need to do a good job being solid at the first level and you know, [Demario] Davis is a damn good blitzer.”

While the Saints own a challenging defense, Minshew trusts his preparation.

“They’re a very good defense. They’re very, very tough up front,” Minshew said. “They have a good D-Line, athletic and smart. They’re all vets at linebacker. And then one of the most talented sets of DBs we’ve seen, so it’s a good challenge and I think one we’ll be ready for.”

Saints Stay Together With Drew Brews Sidelined 

Defensive tackle David Onyemata was asked this week what message Saints head coach Sean Payton had for his players to keep them together when Drew Brees was sidelined three weeks ago. He said Payton’s message was simple.

“It pretty much just came down to everyone doing their job, being fundamentally sound and executing the game plan,” Onyemata said. “That’s all it came down to.”

Doug Marrone Up Against Former Employer 

This week Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone weighed in on his time in New Orleans as the offensive coordinator for the Saints (2006-08).

“I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t spent that time down in New Orleans from a standpoint of learning from Sean and everyone else, [Saints Executive Vice President and General Manager] Mickey [Loomis] included, to a lot of great people I worked with [to] personnel,” Marrone recalled. “Now a lot of the players are, they replaced them with other great players, but Drew Brees and I have been close and communicate yearly with each other. I just have a ton of respect for everything that they’ve done down there, and I have a ton of gratitude for what they’ve done for me.”

Two Former LSU Tigers Making An Impact on Jaguars Offense

Former LSU standout, wide receiver DJ Chark Jr., has capitalized on the ability of teammate and former LSU running back Leonard Fournette to help the Jaguars’ play action. 

“Anytime we can get the linebackers sucked in, or get that eighth guy in the box, it gives us one-on-ones on the outside, and I’ll take our guys one-on-one with about anybody that we go against, so that’s huge for us,” Minshew added.”

Meanwhile, Payton has been studying Marrone’s recent game plan.

“I think the one thing is you see in the last couple of weeks this commitment to running the football, whether it’s out of sub personnel or base personnel and I know Doug (Marrone) well enough to know you’re wanting to help your quarterback and your team,” Payton told reporters during his weekly conference call. “We are the same way, so you are finding ways to reduce the third and longs. I think that you’ve seen that. You’ve seen the rushing attempts go up.”

Jalen Ramsey’s Playing Status Unsure For Sunday

There are mixed reports coming out of Jacksonville on the status of cornerback Jalen Ramsey who has been nursing a back injury after requesting a trade. Team owner Shad Khan expects his star player to be on the field this weekend.

"Well, I think [Jalen Ramsey] is going to be playing this week,” Khan told TheStreet.com. “You gotta balance what's good for the team and what the individual wishes may be...I met with [Ramsey] a couple of days ago, had a heart-to-heart and I think we'll be able to come to whatever makes sense for all.”

However, ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported Ramsey might not be as certain about playing on Sunday. 

“I'm told Jalen Ramsey is still "going to listen to his body," but nothing has changed about his stance.” Anderson posted on social media Thursday. 

Jaguars Celebrate 25thAnniversary Weekend As They Host The Saints

The Jaguars are celebrating their 25thAnniversary in the National Football League along with the NFL’s 100thAnniversary throughout this weekend. The team is hosting the New Orleans Saints on Sunday at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL. There will be lots of festivities surrounding the game with Jaguars alumni and legends on hand. The events range from Jaguars alumni attending a local high school football game as honorary team captains to a “For the Love of Football Fan Fest” at Daily’s place, a free-to-attend family festival featuring Jaguars Legends and three Pop Warner Football games along with a chance to win Super Bowl LIV tickets. The Jaguars will welcome back more than 80 Jaguars alumni who will be recognized in pre-game ceremonies and the Jaguars All-25 team will be introduced at half-time. The team will wear its teal jerseys and white pants to celebrate the tradition of its first year in the league in 1995. The Jaguars own a 63-46 record when wearing their teal jerseys. Game time is 1 P.M. 


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