Jaguars looking to get more use out of the no-huddle offense in 2016

Offensive coordinator Greg Olsen plans to use the no-huddle offense even more this season. Olsen told the Florida-Times Union, “When we evaluated the end of the season, we thought one of the things Blake was pretty comfortable with was our two-minute package so we’ve incorporated (more) of that.”

The Jaguars barely even utilized the no-huddle last year, which is fine. But expect Blake Bortles to take more command of the offense in his third year. Bortles was 22/33 for 348 yards, 2 TD’s and 0 interceptions while running the no-huddle last season. His yards-per-attempt were one of the highest in the league.

Over the off season, the Jaguars haven’t done too much on offense. They’ve added some offensive line depth, and signed RB Chris Ivory to a somewhat lucrative deal. It will be interesting to see how much Greg Olsen uses the no-huddle this season, but he sure seems to trust his quarterback. Olsen has admitted that Bortles is getting even better, but mentioned he still needs to put in some more work to “get there.”

This will be Bortles’ and Olsen’s second season together. Bortles will need to take even more control of the offense this year, and he can accomplish that by mastering the no-huddle offense.


Jalen Ramsey will be ready for Training Camp

After tearing his meniscus during the beginning of OTA’s, Jalen Ramsey is expected to be 100 percent for training camp. This comes as great news, since many were worried that he would miss valuable snaps during the offseason.

The first reaction to news of Ramsey’s tear was a mix between shock and disbelief. It was very similar to last year when the Jaguars’ first round pick, Dante Fowler, went down with a torn ACL an hour into OTA’s. Fortunately, Ramsey is only expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

Head coach Gus Bradley said that Ramsey will be ready for training camp, and it is widely considered that Ramsey will be starting at corner, opposite Davon House or Prince Amukamura when the season starts.

Jaguars sign OL Patrick Omameh

Patrick Omameh is heading to Jacksonville.  The four-year veteran lineman has played football for the San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Chicago Bears.  Omameh started all 16 games for the Bucs in 2014, then signed with Chicago prior to the start of last season.

Omameh is a very athletic interior lineman, but lacks the strength that many teams desire on the inside. This is purely a depth signing for the Jaguars, but the former Michigan Wolverine could end up seeing some time at right guard.

The loser of the left tackle starting job (Kelvin Beachum vs. Luke Joeckel) will likely occupy one of the guard spots, while 2nd-year OL A.J. Cann projects to start at the other.

Allen Hurns’ contract extended 4 years

The Jacksonville Jaguars have locked up part of their promising, young offense today.  The Jaguars signed 3rd-year wide receiver, Allen Hurns, to a 4-year contract extension.  The deal is believed to be worth $40 million, with about half of that being guaranteed money.

Because Hurns was an undrafted free agent in 2014, the two sides were able to negotiate a new deal.  The Jaguars jumped on the opportunity to re-sign Hurns before the market explodes.  The NFL’s salary cap is on a huge rise, and the prices of contracts will just continue to soar.  Had Hurns been considered a draftee, he wouldn’t have been eligible to negotiate a deal until next season.

This deal makes Allen Hurns one of the top 10-highest paid receivers in the league (2017-2020), a number than many may scoff at.  However, the former UDFA certainly deserves a pay raise.  In 2015, he recorded a 64/1,031/10 line, averaging 16.1 yards per catch.

Hurns has been a big part of Blake Bortles’ rise in the league.  I believe the Jaguars made a wise decision to lock up Hurns before the next big wave of contracts comes in.  A lot of receivers around the league will be delighted to hear news of the Hurns deal, especially Hurns’ teammate Allen Robinson.  Robinson is due for a big-time raise next season, after he completes the 3rd year of his rookie deal.

Thank you to Keith Allison for the featured image.