Yannick Ngakoue is officially holding out. Doug Marrone met with the media at noon on Wednesday and confirmed that he has not heard from Ngakoue.
Marrone did say, however, that he feels confident that Ngakoue will be ready to play, if and when he shows up at camp.
Ngakoue has publicly made trade demands and requests since the beginning of the offseason. He's gone as far as to get into a Twitter war of words with Tony Khan, a partial owner of the team.
Ngakoue has a couple of options. He could decide to hold out for a long period of time and If he holds out for the entire season, he won't make any money in 2020 and will be in the same position heading into next season. Finally, Ngakoue could decide to report to training camp and play for the Jaguars in 2020.
"We're prepared for every different scenario that can possibly occur (in regards to the Yannick Ngakoue situation)," Marrone said. "We feel prepared for it. So whatever action happens, we'll be ready to move on. You wouldn't want to take that risk of assuming something's going to happen."
The Jaguars drafted edge rusher K'Lavon Chaisson with the 20th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. They also added edge defenders Cassius Marsh and Aaron Lynch in free agency this offseason. And returning from the 2019 squad, Dawuane Smoot and Lerentee McCray should be able to contribute as well.
If Ngakoue does report, the team will be stacked at defensive end. But even without him, the Jaguars should have an effective and versatile group of edge players on the defensive side of the ball.
The possibility of a potential trade before the start of the season still remains. However, with each passing day, the chances of that happening seem more and more unlikely.
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