Welcome to the first edition of DUUUVAL Daily!
This will be a daily-ish column taking a look at all the latest news, notes, and rumors surrounding the Jaguars. My goal is for this to be a fun, fast, and easy way for fans to digest all the happenings surrounding the Jacksonville Jaguars.
With that said, let's get to it.
News that Darrell Bevell would interview with the Jaguars for their vacant offensive coordinator position surfaced last week via Jason LaCanfora. We've known his reports to not always be 100% accurate, especially when it comes to news regarding the Jaguars. But a Bevell interview with the Jaguars was confirmed today by Ian Rapoport.
Bevell is in town meeting with Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone. Bevell would seem to be an ideal fit with the Jaguars. During his time in Seattle as the Seahawks offensive coordinator Bevell personally vied for the team to draft Russell Wilson. He then molded Wilson into one of the best young QBs in the game. If Bevell is hired in Jacksonville he'll likely get another chance to help select and mold a young QB. In Seattle he ran an offense that was predicated on reducing risks, while also finding ways to manufacture explosive plays. That style of play is very much in line with what Tom Coughlin and Doug Marrone are looking for.
Stay tuned for more info on this story as it progresses. For a more in depth look at Bevell's career and his fit with the Jaguars check out this piece from last week.
Earlier today it was announced that Calais Campbell was the recipient of the Bart Starr Award. The award is given annually to the NFL player that "best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field, and in the community."
There's no question that Campbell is fantastic leader on and off the field. His presence in Jacksonville — both for the Jaguars and the city — has been undeniable since his arrival in Jax prior to the 2017 season.
The Jaguars informed Campbell that he was in the teams plans for next season, as he should be. Not only is he a fantastic leader and philanthropist, but Campbell has been a force on the field for the Jaguars. He was the highest graded edge defender by PFF this season. His 25 sacks in two years with the squad is the most in franchise history during any two year stretch. His 2017 sack total of 14.5 set the single season franchise record. As good as Campbell is as a pass rusher he's even better in run defense.
The Jaguars defensive line is in good hands with Campbell's leadership and playmaking ability.
When the Jaguars signed Donte Moncrief to a one year deal worth $9.6 million last offseason it raised some eyebrows. The oft injured Moncrief hadn't been produced a quality season in some time and likely could have been had for much less.
And his play on the field for the Jaguars in 2018 was, well, forgettable to say the least.
But the signing became even worse on Monday when Over The Cap produced their list of projected compensatory picks for 2019. The Colts — a bitter AFC South division rival — are in line to receive a fourth round compensatory pick thanks to the lucrative one year deal that the Jaguars gave Moncrief.
Now, the team in the AFC South with the most momentum heading into 2019, will also have an extra draft pick to show for it.
Dwayne Haskins Jr.
The Jaguars are in dire need of help at many positions on the offensive side of the ball, not the least of which is quarterback. You know, the most important position in all of sports . . . yeah, that one.
The 2019 crop of draft eligible QBs gained a vital talent on Monday. Dwayne Haskins Jr., Ohio State's redshirt sophomore QB, declared for the draft. Haskins has a laser rocket arm and all the smarts you could ask for.
The problem, however, is that the Jaguars hold the seventh pick in the draft. In order to acquire his services the Jaguars will almost certainly need to move up in the draft. But teams looking to enter the top three have given up a king's ransom in recent years. That means the Jaguars will likely have to give up at least two first round picks and other assets in order to move up high enough in the draft to get Haskins. I wouldn't blame the Jaguars if they did. Haskins is a legit talent and if they think he can be an above average starting QB in this league then Coughlin and company would be wise to do everything they can to bring him Duval. This market has been starved of quality QB play for far too long. It may be time to swing for the fences.