JACKSONVILLE – Yannick Ngakoue has arrived.
Ngakoue, a fourth-year defensive end, on Sunday morning reported to Jaguars 2019 Training Camp and was moved from the team's reserve/did not report list to its 90-man active roster. He reportedly had been holding out from training camp because he and the team had not agreed to a new contract.
"It was great to see him," Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone said before the Jaguars' Day 9 camp practice inside the Dream Finders Homes Flex Field adjacent to TIAA Bank Field. "We're happy to have him back and ready to go. We're excited. He's in great shape and we're all together."
Marrone said Ngakoue passed his conditioning test Sunday and should be ready to practice full immediately.
"I think he's ready," Marrone said. "He's ready to go. Yann's always been in great shape and ready to go. He's an anxious guy. He doesn't like taking it that way. He wants to get in there, and if he's ready to go he wants to go all the way. That's just how he's wired. …
"He's always been that way. The guy has had no issues. He has been awesome. He has been great. He has done everything we've asked him to do. The contract thing is part of the business, but as a football player and part of the team he's great.
Ngakoue is expected to speak to the media following practice Sunday. Marrone declined to discuss negotiations or Ngakoue's feelings on his contract.
"I don't get involved in that stuff," Marrone said. "He'll be able to explain that much better than me."
Ngakoue also did not participate in the team's three-day mandatory minicamp in mid-June, and he missed most of the team's voluntary organized team activities in May and June.
Ngakoue, a third-round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, was a Pro Bowl selection following the 2017 NFL season. He has 29.5 sacks in three seasons, including a career-high 12 in 2017 and 9.5 in 2018.
The Jaguars waived defensive back Anthony "Fish" Smithson to make room for Ngakoue on the 90-man roster. The Jaguars will leave for Baltimore Sunday evening and practice against the Ravens Monday and Tuesday before the teams' preseason opener in Baltimore Thursday.