Jacksonville Jaguars: Scott Trulock

RTC: Johnson will be available

February, 11, 2014
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One of the NFL's top young defensive ends is going to be available in free agency if the Jaguars want to pursue him.

NFL media insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Cincinnati's Michael Johnson is going to hit the open market and the Bengals believe their chances of re-signing the 27-year-old are slim.

The Jaguars need to improve their pass rush significantly. They finished with 31 sacks in 2013, which was tied with Chicago for the worst mark in the NFL. The 6-foot-7, 270-pound Johnson doesn't fit the Jaguars' profile for their Leo position (hybrid end/outside linebacker) but could work at the opposite end spot.

Johnson has 26.5 sacks in his five seasons.

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Offensive lineman Uche Nwaneri said he would welcome a gay teammate.

Here's a look at the Jaguars' strength of schedule in 2014.

The Jaguars announced the hiring of two new assistant coaches. Robert Saleh was hired to coach the linebackers while Scottie Hazelton was hired to be an assistant linebackers coach. Jaguars.com's John Oehser writes that Saleh is cut from the same mold as head coach Gus Bradley. The Jaguars also announced the hiring of athletic trainer Scott Trulock.

NFL.com's offseason forecast for the Jaguars doesn't include any surprises: Help is needed at quarterback, pass-rusher.

Johnny Manziel will not throw at Texas A&M's pro day on March 5 but will instead hold a private workout on March 27.

Jags announce new trainer

February, 10, 2014
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jaguars have announced the hiring Scott Trulock as head athletic trainer.

Trulock, who has spent the past seven seasons as the head athletic trainer for football at the University of North Carolina, is replacing Mike Ryan, who announced his resignation last month. Ryan has been with the Jaguars since their inception in 1995 and is leaving to spend more time with his family and pursue other interests.

Trulock spent 11 seasons in the NFL with Denver, Tampa Bay, Philadelphia and San Diego from 1996-2006 before heading to UNC.

"I am very excited for this opportunity with the Jaguars," Trulock said. "I had the opportunity to meet extensively with Dave Caldwell and Gus Bradley and the energy and passion they have for the organization was contagious. I’m looking forward to getting down to Jacksonville and continuing the first-class care they have shown for their players."

 

Jaguars close to hiring trainer

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jaguars are close to hiring Scott Trulock as head athletic trainer to replace Mike Ryan, according to a source close to the team.

Trulock, who has spent the past seven seasons as the head athletic trainer for football at the University of North Carolina, is replacing Mike Ryan, who announced his resignation last month. Ryan has been with the Jaguars since their inception in 1995 and is leaving to spend more time with his family and pursue other interests.

Trulock spent 11 seasons in the NFL with Denver, Tampa Bay, Philadelphia and San Diego from 1996-2006 before heading to UNC.

Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said earlier Thursday night that he had interviewed several candidates and hoped to make a hire before the NFL combine Feb. 19-25.

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