JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars’ offseason is upon us.
That has been true for more than a week – and there’s more to the offseason than learning who Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone will hire to coordinate the offense and to coach running backs, secondary, offensive line and defensive line.
The Jaguars also enter the offseason with questions nearly everywhere on offense: line, tight end, running back, wide receiver and most notably quarterback.
Answers could come when free agency begins March 13. More will come in the April 25-27 NFL Draft.
The pre-draft frenzy already has begun, with many observers eyeing quarterbacks such as Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State, Will Grier of West Virginia, Drew Lock of Missouri and Daniel Jones of Duke for the Jaguars at No. 7 overall in the draft.
Grier, Lock and Jones have accepted invitations to participate in the 2019 Reese’s Senior Bowl, which will be held January 26 in Mobile, Alabama – and which is the first major pre-draft event. The NFL Scouting Combine will be held in February/March, with free agency and Pro Days in March before the Jaguars’ offseason program begins in mid-April.
That month ends with the draft, with minicamps and organized team activities to be held in May and June.
What other changes will take place? What will the offseason bring?
Stay tuned, but here’s an early look at the Jaguars’ 2019 offseason with key dates, draft order and Jaguars players scheduled to become free agents:
*Underclassmen declaration deadline, January 14. Underclassmen wishing to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft must do so by this date.
*East-West Shrine Game, January 19 (St. Petersburg, Florida).
*NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, January 19 (Pasadena, California)
*Senior Bowl, January 26 (Mobile, Alabama): The key days here are the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday leading to the game, with coaches, scouts and general managers making Mobile the temporary center of the NFL world.
*Franchise/transition tag window, February 19-March 5. Teams can restrict player movement via free agency by designating one potential free agent as their franchise or transition players during this time. Most news in this area occurs late in the window.
*NFL Scouting Combine, February 26-March 4 (Indianapolis, Indiana). This is the NFL’s major offseason convention, with coaches, scouting staffs, general managers and media gathering for the better part of the week. The nation’s top draft-eligible players are there for interviews, medical examinations and on-field workouts.
*Pro Days, March through early April (nationwide): Throughout March and early April, scouts, coaches and general managers will attend on-campus workouts for college players throughout the country.
*Free Agency begins, March 13.
*NFL Annual Meetings, March 24-27 (Phoenix, Arizona) Owners, head coaches and general managers will gather to discuss rules changes and league business.
*Schedule announced, mid-April. The league typically announces the schedule a week or so before the NFL Draft.
*Beginning of offseason program, April 15. Players can begin supervised conditioning at team facilities. That “Phase 1” period of the program last two weeks, followed by three weeks of “Phase 2” in which players can participate in individual and instructional drills. Offseason workouts are voluntary except for a three-day mandatory minicamp. Teams that hired new head coaches may begin April 1.
*2019 NFL Draft, April 25-27 (Nashville, Tennessee) The Jaguars hold the No. 7 overall selection in Round 1 (Entire draft order below).
*May rookie minicamp. The Jaguars typically hold their rookie minicamp two weekends after the NFL Draft.
*End of offseason program, mid-June. The final four weeks of the offseason program are known as “Phase 3,” which includes 10 non-padded OTA team practices and a three-day non-padded mandatory minicamp. The offseason program typically ends around mid-June.
Begins March 13
Jaguars players scheduled to become free agents: Donte Moncrief, wide receiver; Corey Grant, running back; T.J. Yeldon, running back; Tyler Shatley, guard; A.J. Cann, guard; Josh Wells, offensive tackle; Matt Overton, long snapper; Patrick Omameh, guard; Kai Forbath, kicker; Tommy Bohanon, fullback; Ereck Flowers, offensive tackle; Blake Bell, tight end; Rashad Greene, wide receiver; Corey Robinson, offensive tackle; Tyler Patmon, cornerback; Josh Lambo, kicker; Josh Walker, guard; James O'Shaughnessy, tight end.
2018 NFL Draft order (2018 record)
1.Arizona (3-13 in 2018).
2.San Francisco (4-12).
3.New York Jets (4-12).
5.Tampa Bay (5-11).
6.New York Giants (5-11).
12.Green Bay (6-9-1).
24.Oakland (4-12, from Chicago).