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Devin from Hometown

Do you think Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone will run a tough camp? The Collective Bargaining Agreement could cut a lot of reps out.

It's hard to say how Marrone will approach 2020 Training Camp, particularly considering the uncertain nature of the entire NFL offseason schedule. He has taken various approaches during his tenure as the Jaguars' head coach, first running a very physical and taxing camp – at least compared to most camps of this era – in 2017, then dramatically reducing preseason-game repetitions for starters and front-line players in 2019 trying to reduce injuries after 2018's injury-ruined season. If the Jaguars indeed have any offseason program in the coming months, I would expect Marrone might run a relatively similar camp to last year's – emphasizing practice repetitions and playing starters relatively sparingly in preseason games. If there is no offseason at all, he might consider ratcheting up intensity in practice and preseason games repetitions a little. But whatever form the offseason takes I wouldn't expect him to veer too much toward a tougher camp and preseason. The reality is teams are playing players less – not more – in the preseason. That trend's unlikely to change, particularly with the new CBA further reducing contact and practices. Bottom line, though: Whatever plans Marrone or any other NFL head coach may have had regarding training camp, they may have to be rethought. Dramatically.

Steve from Nashville, TN

The first overall pick probably has not been traded all that often in the league's history but what would the Cincinnati Bengals expect to get in return for the No. 1 pick this year?

Three first-round selections.

Mark from Sobieski, WI

I know the XFL didn't really get started before all of this, but it looked like some of the players may have been NFL-caliber material. Do any of the teams watch this? If a player is deemed good enough, can he picked up by that team as a free agent?

NFL teams may sign ex-XFL players. Many of those players have previously been in NFL training camps and would have been in NFL camps this offseason with or without the XFL, but I do expect former XFL players will be on NFL rosters next season. Here and there.

Zac from Austin, TX

I just want linebacker/safety Isaiah Simmons at No. 9 and defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw of South Carolina at No. 20 and wide receiver Jalen Reagor of Texas Christian in the second round.


Kenny from Rochester, NY

Hey, Zone. Just wondering what you think the chances are the Jaguars could pick up two defensive tackles early in the draft? If somehow Derrick Brown of Auburn and Kinlaw fall to the Jaguars, would they pull the trigger or is that excessive draft capital for that position?

That seems excessive considering other needs and considering other players available in the Top 20 of similar ability at other positions.

Tudor from St. Augustine, FL

I have to disagree with you on your answer to Chris's draft question. Taking Matt Jones over Aaron Rodgers is the biggest flub. Patrick Mahomes is a close second, though.


Dakota from Dupree, SC

Zone, do the Jags draft Simmons at No. 9 overall if he is the best player available on their board after bringing in Schobert or do they select someone else? It would be tough to play Schobert, Jack and Simmons wouldn't it?

I would be surprised if the Jaguars select Simmons because he seems more of an NFL linebacker than a safety – and more than that, he seems mostly a weak-side or perhaps a middle linebacker. With the Jaguars already having Myles Jack on the weak side and Joe Schobert in the middle, it's indeed difficult to see Simmons fitting into that.

Sean from Jacksonville

With the lack of workouts and conditioning at NFL facilities and around the country in private facilities, how do you see injuries stacking up during the season?

I suspect there will be a few more. I expect analysts and fans to make much of it as a topic early in the season. I don't expect it to be as big a deal in reality as the analysts make of it.

Sean from Oakleaf, FL

Jaguar fans have been relatively fortunate most years in being able to go to bed early the first night of the draft. Now, we have to stay up for that second first-round pick.

Thank you, Sean.

Rick from Greenville, SC

Is declaring that the team is rebuilding like declaring for bankruptcy? Is there some sort of benefit? Just saying ...

Teams don't usually "declare" they're rebuilding, and the Jaguars certainly haven't declared that this offseason.

Manny from Atlanta, GA

When should we draft depth position during the draft? True Mike linebacker? Safety? My guess is fourth and fourth ...

Start over, Manny.

Alan from Jacksonville

With zero live sports going on thank goodness we have the draft to study, overanalyze, mock and argue over. It's especially fun to have this many picks in this particular draft. So, with 12 picks, could we take fliers on high ceiling/high risk players in the later rounds? Or do we use those picks to move up should a coveted player start to drop?

I anticipate the Jaguars will use their draft capital to trade up a couple of times. I don't expect them to do this to a ridiculous extent, but they could do it once or twice.

Hugo from Albuquerque, NM

So, the Jaguars' front office is unloading the contracts of aging veteran players who had large contracts they did not live up to in 2019. So, my question is, how is wide receiver Marqise Lee still on this team?

The Jaguars have not been freely unloading contracts. They opted not to retain defensive tackle Marcell Dareus because of a prohibitively large potential cap hit, and they traded defensive end Calais Campbell, cornerback A.J. Bouye and quarterback Nick Foles for draft selections. It's unlikely they could trade Lee, and there's no reason yet to release him.

Mike from Atlanta, GA

Are there any thoughts or worry that when a team like the Jaguars franchise a player that has made it clear he wants to be elsewhere that this player will not play "team ball" and will just play to put out good tape of himself? Like maybe that player might end up blowing some run assignments in an effort to boost his sack total? Is that a thing? How easy would it be for other teams to look at tape and figure out that the player was in fact playing for himself rather than to help the team?

That's a little bit of a concern, though in the case of Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (I assume your question has something to do with him), he's more of a pass rusher than run defender anyway, so I don't know that this is a mammoth concern.

Eric from Jacksonville

O to the zone, I like to the moves the Jags have made in free agency thus far as I expected them to be stagnant during this time. I keep reading that no one expects the Jags to be very competitive this season. With our draft picks, if Minshew takes a leap as well as wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. keeping his productivity among the others. I think the Jags could be very exciting to watch this season! What's your thoughts?

I think if Minshew takes a leap as well as Chark keeping his productivity among the others the Jaguars could be very exciting to watch this season.

Dave from Jacksonville

Has Marcell Dareus signed with another team?


Justin from New York City

You mentioned that there were positions on the offensive line that could be viewed as a need, but generally the offensive line was viewed as decent. Which positions (right guard, center, left tackle, etc.) could the Jags use the most help with if they used one of their top 3 picks on?

Left tackle and right guard represent the greatest unknowns, with left tackle Cam Robinson returning last season with a 2018 torn anterior cruciate ligament and with A.J. Cann and Will Richardson Jr. alternating last season at right guard. With Brandon Linder at center, the Jaguars do not view the position as a trouble spot.

Jeff from Orange, CA

If someone the Jaguars deem a franchise quarterback is available with their first first-round selection and a top-tier wide receiver slides for their second first-rounder, would the Jags ignore defensive needs to address the offense? Or is hard for you in any circumstance to see them ignoring cornerback and defensive line in the first round?

I expect cornerback, defensive tackle and wide receiver to be the Jaguars' first three selections. If a top-tier quarterback is available, I could see quarterback, cornerback and defensive tackle with the first three selections and a wide receiver early in Round 3. Remember: this is a guess. This is only a guess.