Josh Allen and Jawaan Taylor (possibly the steal of the draft) are off to a great start to their career; what other rookie has stood out to you?
I really like Minshew obviously for his effort over eight-plus games this season. He is the Jaguars quarterback of the future.
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I also like Quincy Williams and what he has done this season. The young linebacker is raw, but he is quick and has looked good in space. He could be a better player than Telvin Smith in time. The Jaguars front office hit a home run with this draft class. It could be one of the best this organization has had in its 25-year history.
Yannick Ngakoue: Does he stay or does he go?
Tough question. I saw that because he was offered a deal this past offseason that he refused. He said he knew what he was worth and was gambling on himself to make it to a bigger payday.
Ngakoue plays with a chip on his shoulder and is one of the best pass rushers I have seen in years. But the drafting of Allen makes it a real question mark if he stays. Also, when asked about Ngakoue on Wednesday, Coughlin said there were five games left in the season and lots of players have something to prove. Take that for what it is worth.
Jaguars win this weekend if…?
They run the football, play with more consistency on defense. They do not have to worry about the run game as much as they must fear the vertical game from the Buccaneers.
The Jaguars need this win as much as Tampa Bay, but there is an element of the victory silencing some of the issues that are circling inside the stadium. Coughlin, Marrone and David Caldwell are all on the hot seat. Just win, and things might slow down a bit for the next week. Jacksonville has five winnable games. It starts here.