Josh Oliver Jersey

The Jaguars waited until the third round of the NFL draft to select a tight end and came away with one of the most athletic options in San Jose State’s Josh Oliver.

Oliver totaled 98 catches for 1,067 yards and seven touchdowns in four seasons. As a senior, he posted career-highs with 56 catches for 709 yards and four scores despite three quarterbacks starting multiple games for the Spartans.

Oliver said his ability to remain part of the offense despite a revolving door at quarterback showed “my ability to adapt to change.”

“The ways I was able to still produce with different guys, different numbers, different types of things going on, different circumstances,” Oliver said. “I think that shows a lot about my game.”

Oliver’s performance at the NFL’s Scouting Combine might show just as much about what sort of player the Jaguars got with the fifth pick of the third round (No. 69 overall).

Oliver ran the 40-yard dash in 4.63 seconds, which was tied with Alabama’s Irv Smith Jr. Only Iowa’s Noah Fant (4.50) and UCLA’s Caleb Wilson (4.56) were faster. His 34-inch vertical leap was also impressive, ranking seventh.

Those attributes could help Oliver offer early value in an offense led by quarterback Nick Foles. Oliver visited the Jaguars before the draft and considered them a good fit.

“I’m a fast guy that can really spread the field,” Oliver said.

That’s the exact sort of player the Jaguars need. Oliver joins a tight end group of Geoff Swaim, James O’Shaughnessy, Ben Koyack and Pharoah McKever. O’Shaughnessy led the team’s tight ends with just 24 catches for 214 yards.

Of course, getting production from the tight ends has long been a challenge. A tight end hasn’t had a 100-yard game in the Jaguars’ offense since Julius Thomas did so on Nov. 29, 2015. Marcedes Lewis in 2010 is the only tight end in franchise history to be voted to a Pro Bowl.

Oliver arrives with an immediate connection. New Jaguars offensive coordinator John DeFilippo was San Jose State’s offensive coordinator for two seasons in 2011 and 2012. That was before Oliver got to campus, but it provides some early familiarity.

“He knows where I came from and the roots I came from and stuff and how things go over there,” Oliver said. “We have a good connection.”

Jawaan Taylor Jersey

Jacksonville traded up for Florida offensive lineman Jawaan Taylor, taking him with the No. 35 pick in the second round of the 2019 NFL draft in Nashville. The Jaguars were linked to Taylor as their potential first-round pick, but they selected Kentucky’s Josh Allen instead, which left Taylor as one of five players still sitting in the green room on Thursday night after the first round wrapped up.

Despite having to stick around in Nashville another day, Taylor still wound up with the Jaguars. Taylor will join newly signed QB Nick Foles and cornerback Jalen Ramsey in Jacksonville as the team attempts to improve on a disappointing 2018 season which saw it finish at 5–11 for last in the AFC South.

Here’s a few things you need to know about the lineman.

Taylor played in all 13 games and started 12 at right tackle in 2018 for Florida’s offensive line, which allowed just 18 sacks over the course of the entire season. He also has the potential to play as a guard in the NFL, according to the MMQB.

As a junior at Cocoa High School, Taylor weighed 384 lbs. The three-star recruit worked hard to earn a scholarship to play at Florida and arrived weighing 340 lbs. During his first season, Taylor was the only freshman to play on the offensive line, where he started 12 games at right tackle.

After last season ended, Taylor trained with veteran offensive line coach Bob Palcic in Pensacola to get ready for the combine. Some NFL scouts were worried about his weight, but the 6’5″ junior showed up weighing in at only 312 lbs. The weight loss coupled with his power helped improve his draft stock.

When Taylor isn’t on the football field, he often plays the drums. The Orlando Sentinel described him as “respectful and mild-mannered,” and called him “a gentle soul off the field who spends many Sundays playing drums at his church.”

After Florida beat Michigan in the Peach Bowl, Taylor declared he was entering the draft. The next day he was found at church playing the drums.
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Taylor impressed fans on the red carpet on Thursday by wearing a pair of spiked loafers, which caught a lot of attention on social media. He paired the bold footwear with a classic plaid suit and coordinating dark blue tie and pocket square.

Josh Allen Jersey

MONTCLAIR, NJ – Montclair native Josh Allen has been drafted into the NFL by the Jaguars.

After playing for Kentucky, the linebacker was the No. 7 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Allen was a two-star recruit to Kentucky and quickly rose to break the single season and career sack records by his senior year. His stellar performance earned him the Chuck Bednarik Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy for best defensive player in college football. The Bendarik Award is given to the top defensive player in college football, and the Nagurski is bestowed upon the best NCAA defensive player. Allen has also received the SEC Defensive Player of the Year recognition.

Born and raised in Montclair, Allen went to live with relatives in Alabama until his senior year of high school. According to published reports, Allen struggled in school and was given special education services, due to a stutter and was later diagnosed with ADHD. That didn’t stop Allen. When he returned to Montclair in his senior year, he became a powerhouse athlete on the Montclair High School football team.

Though Allen grew up playing basketball, he stated that his uncle convinced him to try out for the high school football team. Under the leadership of Coach John Fiore, Allen switched positions from receiver to defensive end and led the state in sacks that year and helped the Mounties to win the state title.

Allen comes from a family of athletes. He is a twin and has 4 sisters. His sister is Myesha Hines-Allen, who also played in Kentucky at the University of Louisville and was drafted into the 2018 WNBA. Hines-Allen plays for the Washington Mystics. Another sister, LaTorri Hines-Allen, played Division I basketball at Towson, another sister, Kyra Hines-Allen, played Division II basketball at Cheyney. Allen’s uncle, Gregory Hines, who works in the Montclair School District, was a basketball player at Hampton when they were still in Division II, and was selected in the fifth round of the 1983 NBA draft, though he never played in the league, he did play professionally for over a decade.

Nick Foles Jersey

It’s been a common theme since Nick Foles stood at the podium last month inside TIAA Bank Field and told the members of the media and the Jacksonville Jaguars organization he wants to build a solid foundation with his teammates for the upcoming season and beyond.

Those same words were echoed on Tuesday of this week when the Jaguars new quarterback told the media in attendance at his press conference that building chemistry was important for a successful 2019 campaign.

Nick Foles, who signed a 4-year, $88-million deal this offseason with Jacksonville, is still getting acclimated to the Jacksonville way of preparing for the regular season. Armed with a new playbook and teammates he is still getting to know, building trust and unity are vital for everyone in the locker room. After a 5-11 season in 2018, Foles takes the reins of a new offense run by his former quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia, John DiFilippo.

Foles, who is with the team during the first part of the Jaguars voluntary offseason workout program, will have the advantage of DiFilippo’s guidance and familiar faces he has worked with before, namely wide receiver Chris Conley and tight end James O’Shaughnessy. But the work put in with new faces and timing will be the essential reason for success this season. Foles, who has been a backup and part-time starter in Philadelphia and brought the Eagles a Super Bowl in 2017, won’t have the same kind of offensive weapons at his disposal here with the Jaguars.

The transition is one he is looking forward to. So are the fans here in a city that has had to deal with quarterback mediocrity (sometimes less) for years. Trust, as he explained, is a big part of the growth of this offense and franchise.

Nick Foles has played his best football in the biggest moments of the game the past couple of seasons. The Jaguars and DiFilippo must find a way to game plan for his strengths and use the skill players in a way that are complementary to their signal caller.

It’s a change in philosophy that might take some getting used to. Jacksonville has been a run-first type of team the past two seasons. Foles did say regardless of what the situation is, everything starts up front with the offensive line, a disastrous unit for the Jaguars in 2018 due to injuries. Whether that will be the focal point of the Jaguars NFL Draft process is something the 30-year-old said he would leave to the front office and coaching staff to decide.