Jacksonville Jaguars: Kyle Van Noy

Jaguars leo Jason Babin knew that to stay in Jacksonville he was going to have to take a pay cut.

No problem.

"It's a free market and you're only worth what someone is willing to pay you," Babin told Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union. "No matter how you feel about your abilities, that's the cold, hard fact."

Babin said he spoke with other teams but they were offering numbers similar to what he signed for (three years, $8.28 million) and he wanted to remain in Jacksonville because his family likes it here.

Here are some additional pieces of Jaguars-related content from around the Web in our Reading the Coverage feature:

The T-U's Hays Carylon writes that safety is not a high priority in the draft.

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks did a four-round mock draft. His picks for the Jaguars: quarterback Johnny Manziel, defensive end Kyle Van Noy, running back Tre Mason, cornerback Rashaad Reynolds, and linebacker Christian Kirksey.

NFL.com's Adam Schein lists linebacker Khalil Mack as a perfect fit for the Jaguars.

Mel Kiper and Todd McShay did a three-round mock draft. Their picks for the Jaguars included a quarterback in the second round -- just not one that many expected.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars are bringing in a slew of prospects for visits over the next several days. That includes six quarterbacks, the best offensive tackle, and the most explosive offensive player in the draft.

But it doesn’t mean the Jaguars have decided not to take a pass rusher with the No. 3 overall pick.

Fans understandably get excited when news of the players visiting leaks, especially when it’s players like Johnny Manziel and Sammy Watkins, but a team using one of its allotted 30 visits on a player doesn’t always signify genuine interest.

Often there is, but teams also can bring in players for visits because they got a bad vibe during an earlier meeting at the combine or a pro day and they want to see if that was an anomaly. Teams also may want to give a player another physical examination or administer another psychological test. They may have questions about a player’s past they want answered, especially if it’s something that was uncovered after a previous meeting.

Sometimes the visit is to see if the staff can get a feel for whether the player will be a fit in the locker room.

The Jaguars, for example, played host to Dion Jordan, Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel, among others, last April. They took Joeckel with the No. 2 pick after Kansas City took Fisher. The Jaguars certainly needed pass rush help but passed for a left tackle around which the offensive line could be built.

According to various reports, including those by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, quarterbacks Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo and Zach Mettenberger either have visited or will visit the Jaguars within days.

Others scheduled to visit are offensive tackle Greg Robinson, Watkins, linebacker Anthony Barr, linebacker Khalil Mack, linebacker Kyle Van Noy, and defensive end Stephon Tuitt.

Some of those players are obviously in play for the Jaguars with the No. 3 pick. But others -- like Carr, Garoppolo, Mettenberger, Barr, and Van Noy -- are late first-rounders or second-day picks.

It’s the quarterbacks that are the most intriguing, because the Jaguars obviously need to find their future. Manziel, Bridgewater and Bortles are regarded as the top three quarterbacks in the draft but Carr, Mettenberger, and Garoppolo are among the players in the second tier group.

Whether the Jaguars choose from the first or second group depends on whether they feel adding Watkins or a pass rusher -- like Mack or Jadeveon Clowney -- is a better approach than going quarterback with their first pick. It’s a decision that won’t be made until later this month.
MOBILE, Ala. -- It was a productive week for the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Reese’s Senior Bowl. The information the coaching staff gained by their hands-on experience with the players is invaluable and will certainly help in draft evaluations.

The coaches were able to see how the players handled themselves in meetings, transferred what they learned onto the field, and reacted to unfamiliar situations. That’s information they can’t get at the combine, a school’s pro day, or in interviews. That could be a tie-breaker on draft day.

Here are 10 players from the South team who could end up on the Jaguars’ roster -- either as draft picks or free agents -- by the start of training camp. Obviously, not all of them will be available, but it wouldn’t be surprising if three or four ended up in Jacksonville:

LB Jerry Attaochu (Georgia Tech): He’s one of the players the Jaguars tried out at their "Leo" position (hybrid end/linebacker) and that is where they would play him if they drafted him. He has a good burst off the line and was one of the more athletic linebackers on the roster.

QB Derek Carr (Fresno State): He had the best week of all the South quarterbacks. He’s more polished than the others, and you can tell he has benefited from his older brother’s help. He’s got a quick release, too, although he doesn’t have ideal size (6-foot-2). He’s likely the Jaguars’ top quarterback target if they opt to take a pass-rusher in the first round.

DE Dee Ford (Auburn): Ford is explosive off the edge and blew by offensive tackles all week. He’s only 243 pounds, but his quickness more than makes up for his lack of bulk.

WR Kevin Norwood (Alabama): The Jaguars need to add size to their receiving corps, and Norwood certainly brings that (6-2, 197). He’s got good hands and ball skills. He can make plays on 50-50 balls, which is something the Jaguars lack. The only drawback is he doesn’t have great speed.

C Bryan Stork (Florida State): He might be a little undersized, but the guys at Scouts Inc. -- Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl -- raved about his toughness all week. The Jaguars need a center to replace Brad Meester. Stork is smart and plays with a bit of a nasty edge.

DT Will Sutton (Arizona State): He was the most impressive defensive lineman all week. He doesn’t have ideal size (6-1, 315 pounds) so he’ll have to get by on his quickness. He’s more of a fit as a three-technique tackle, and he has shown the ability to rush the passer from the interior.

RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (Coastal Carolina): What stood out about him was his pass blocking. He was clearly the best this week, and had no trouble locking up linebackers. He has good size (6-0, 231 pounds), runs downhill, and also showed he can be a factor in the passing game.

DE Brent Urban (Virginia): He moves very well despite having a huge frame (6-7, 298 pounds) and did a good job shedding blockers and maintaining the edge. Though he’s more of a run-stuffing end, his length makes him a factor as a pass-rusher. He’s a fit for the spot that Tyson Alualu mans.

OLB Kyle Van Noy (BYU): His athleticism really showed up this week. He was one of several players the Jaguars tried at the "Leo" position, and he did a solid job.

CB Jaylen Watkins (Florida): He’s versatile enough to play inside and outside (he did both in college) and his man coverage skills were the best of the group. He had some good battles with former Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Matthews, who was the best receiver this week. Watkins said his ability to recognize routes and his press coverage skills are because of his experience at Florida, where the Gators play nearly exclusively man coverage.
MOBILE, Ala. -- Here are 10 observations/thoughts from Wednesday's Senior Bowl practice(s) and interviews:

North team linebacker Chris Borland (Wisconsin) is a bit undersized at 5-feet-11 but that hasn't stopped him from making an impression this week. He's a stout 245 pounds so he's held up well in the run game and has been able to shed blocks. He also read Logan Thomas' eyes and easily intercepted a pass intended for running back David Fluellen (Tulane) during 11-on-11 drills. He also made a nifty juke to get by cornerback Pierre Desir (Lindenwood) during a kickoff coverage drill.

North receiver Josh Huff (Oregon) nearly made the catch of the day but just couldn't quite pull in a deep pass from Stephen Morris (Miami) in the end zone. Huff got a good release off the line of scrimmage and got behind cornerback Marqueston Huff (Wyoming). Huff has had a solid week.

Morris came right back several plays later with a good throw to receiver Mike Campanaro (Wake Forest) on an in cut. Morris was very accurate and looked better than Tajh Boyd (Clemson) and Thomas during that pass skeleton drill.

North Cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste (Nebraska) played well in 11-on-11, capped off by knocking away a fade pass in the back corner of the end zone intended for receiver Jared Abbrederis. Jean-Baptiste has the kind of size the Jaguars like in their corners (6-2, 215 pounds) but would be a luxury pick. The secondary is one area the Jaguars don't need to address this offseason.

South defensive end Brent Urban (Virginia) will miss the rest of the week and the game after suffering an ankle sprain. He had been having a solid week and was a player the Jaguars were keeping an eye on.

I really like the intensity and tenacity shown by South tight end Crockett Gillmore (Colorado State) during 9-on-7 drills. One personnel evaluator said they liked the 6-6, 255-pound Gillmore but he needed to improve as a blocker. He looked pretty darn good on Wednesday, though. He handled linebacker Adrian Hubbard (Alabama) on back-to-back snaps and took down defensive end IK Enemkpali (Louisiana Tech). He blocks through the whistle. He's a converted defensive end that brings a bit of nastiness to the position.

The Jaguars had defensive end Kyle Van Noy (BYU) working at outside linebacker and defensive coordinator Bob Babich was really pleased with Van Noy's performance in footwork and reaction drills. The Jaguars are looking for a leo (hybrid end/linebacker) and Van Noy is someone to watch.

The coaches also switched several offensive linemen around to see how they may fit at another position. Center Travis Swanson spent some time outside and really struggled with the ends during a pass rush drill. Guard Jon Halapio (Florida) took a few snaps at center and said after the practice that was the first time he had ever snapped.

South cornerback Chris Davis (Auburn) measured shorter than anticipated (5-10 ) but has shown the ability to deal with bigger and more physical receivers. He out-fought the 6-3 Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt) for a ball on the sideline and ripped it from Matthews' hands to force an incompletion.

North guard Brandon Linder (Miami) may have increased his draft stock with a solid three days of practice. The 6-5, 316-pounder had a reputation for being technically sound and that showed up this week. Linder, a three-year starter for the Hurricanes, was projected to be a late-round draft pick but that could change if he finishes the week strong.
MOBILE, Ala. -- Here are 10 observations/thoughts from Tuesday's Senior Bowl practice(s) and interviews:
  1. After practicing Monday on a mild 65-degree day, players had to deal with temperatures in the 50s and wind gusts of more than 20 mph. Naturally, it wasn't an easy day for the quarterbacks, who had trouble throwing the ball into the wind. It also was an issue for the punt and kick returners, who had trouble adjusting to the ball. Jalen Saunders (Oklahoma) did the best job of any of the South returners. Lorenzo Taliaferro (Coastal Carolina) completely whiffed on one punt and Mike Davis (Texas) dropped two kickoffs.
  2. Three South players are out with injuries: offensive tackle Ja'Wuan Jones (Tennessee) suffered a sprained knee; tight end Marcel Jensen (Fresno State) suffered an abdominal strain; and defensive end Ed Stinson (Alabama) suffered a groin strain. Former Colorado State tight end Crockett Gillmore has been added to the roster and was scheduled to arrive Tuesday night.
  3. One of the more fun drills to watch was the running back/tight end pass-blocking drills. Taliaferro was the most impressive of the backs, which shouldn't be surprising considering he's the biggest back on the roster (231 pounds). He handled linebacker Christian Jones (Florida State) and stuffed linebacker Telvin Smith (Florida State) before finally getting beat by defensive end Kyle Van Noy (BYU). Jones rebounded nicely, though, and consistently got by the other backs. He also beat tight end Arthur Lynch (Georgia) twice, including once with a nasty spin move.
  4. Running back Antonio Andrews (Western Kentucky) more than held his own in the pass-blocking drill despite being much shorter than the players he was blocking. Andrews is 5-foot-10 but a solid 225 pounds. He also showcased his agility with a nifty juke after catching a swing pass that left linebacker Lamin Barrow (LSU) on the ground.
  5. Smith's size is becoming an issue. He was a 6-3, 217-pound linebacker at FSU but he's having trouble getting off blocks and has been pushed around too easily at times.
  6. It's clear that Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt) is the South team's top receiver. He made a twisting sideline catch after adjusting to deep ball that got caught up in the wind and showed the ability to fight through press coverage. He also caught a short pass on a drag route with a defensive back all over him.
  7. Give the Senior Bowl staff credit for putting offensive tackle Billy Turner on the South team. Why is that interesting? Turner helped North Dakota State win three consecutive FCS national titles. The Jaguars are coaching the South team and head coach Gus Bradley played and coached at North Dakota State. "We talked a little bit. There's a saying up there, once a Bison always a Bison," Turner said. "I don't know if it'll help me but it's kind of a connection. I think that my play on the field will help me the most." Turner certainly has the size to be an NFL tackle (6-5, 316 pounds) but he has struggled a bit adjusting to the speed on the edge. Defensive end Chris Smith (Arkansas) blew by him quite easily in 11-on-11.
  8. Cornerback Jaylen Watkins (Florida) had an impressive day. He broke up several passes, including one intended for Matthews, and had an interception. He's comfortable in press coverage, which was what he played most of the time at Florida under coach Will Muschamp. Watkins (5-11, 194) has experience at field and boundary.
  9. Quarterback Derek Carr spent about 20 minutes throwing to Matthews after practice. He worked on slants and in routes because he missed several of those throws during practice. He wasn't just doing it for the field of scouts, either. It's part of his competitive nature, he said, and his commitment to continually improve. "If I miss a throw I'd be wrong to not throw it again after practice," Carr said.
  10. One outside linebacker who has flown somewhat under the radar so far this week is Jordan Tripp (Montana). The 6-3, 237-pound Tripp isn't flashy and doesn't have the speed and quickness of some of his SEC teammates but he always seemed to be around the ball. He is a two-time FCS All-American and was twice a finalist for the FCS defensive player of the year award.
Linebackers coach Mark Duffner liked living in Jacksonville and working for head coach Gus Bradley and the Jaguars, but the opportunity to work with an old friend was something he couldn't pass up.

That's the reason he decided on Sunday evening to join the Miami Dolphins' coaching staff, where he will be reunited with Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, with whom he worked in Green Bay, writes Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.

Duffner was hired by Jack Del Rio in 2006 and was retained by Mike Mularkey in 2012 and Bradley when he was hired in January 2013.

"The guy gave me a chance when nobody else would," said Jaguars linebacker Russell Allen, an undrafted free agent who has started 44 games -- including five as a rookie in 2009. "... I ended up playing quite a bit as a rookie because of what he taught me."

Here are some additional pieces of Jaguars-related content from around the Web in our daily Reading the Coverage feature:

The Jaguars certainly need to improve their pass rush and O'Halloran lists several players the Jaguars will look at this week at the Leo position (hybrid end/linebacker): Jeremiah Attaochu, Dee Ford, Adrian Hubbard, Kyle Van Noy.

NFL.com's Dan Hanzus writes that the Jaguars are one of eight eligible teams the league could appoint to be the subject of the HBO documentary "Hard Knocks" if no team volunteers.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell joined the Rich Eisen podcast and discussed playoff expansion and the possible elimination of the extra point, among other things.

NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Dane Brugler gives 10 observations from Monday's North team practice while Rob Rang of The Sports Xchange and CBSSports.com did the same for the South team practice.

Here are my observations from the South team practice.

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