Jaguars rookies are set to report to training camp on Wednesday and that group should include defensive tackle Taven Bryan.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Bryan has agreed to his rookie deal with the team. Bryan was the 29th overall pick of this year’s draft and, like all first-round picks, Bryan’s deal will run four years with a team option for a fifth season.
Bell will need to stay healthy in 2018 and not show any signs that he could be losing a step. If he does that, he could re-set the running back market.
When Jon Gruden returned to the NFL, he wanted Paul Guenther to build his defense. How the long-time Bengals DC is putting togther the Oakland D nearly from scratch, from uprooting his family, to finding coaches and teaching them how to teach players, to calling upon years of scouting to get the roster right
On a Saturday evening last December, Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther drove downtown after work and picked up Jon Gruden from the Renaissance Cincinnati hotel. Gruden was in town to call Monday’s Bengals-Steelers game for ESPN. The two had known each other for years, and Guenther was friends with Jon’s brother Jay after their three seasons together in Cincinnati. The two went to dinner at a country club near Guenther’s house.
Peyton Barber, Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers will be Jones’ chief competition for playing time in the Tampa backfield and whoever winds up on top come September will be asked to help the Bucs offense show well while Jameis Winston serves a three-game suspension.
And so Guenther not only wants unified verbiage, with everyone calling everything the same thing, he wants many of the instructions unified. For example, Guenther told his coaches to have cornerbacks kick-slide and not let the receiver go untouched. A coach who tells a cornerback to just press and kick-slide is wrong; he must say, Kick-slide and not let the receiver go untouched. The more unified the verbiage, the easier it is to teach and learn deviated concepts.
All items are covered here. I come in and I go on this board for about a week, Guenther explains. I’ll go through fronts; stances, alignments and initial keys; initial movements; run-pass responsibilities; how and where each player physically stands, be it a cornerback, nose tackle, etc. We do this for every defensive package, every formation. I take at least a week just to go through our base alignments.