Jaguars Training Camp 2019: Yannick Ngakoue to report at some point
By David Levin
Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said he has been in contact with his star pass rusher.
The Jacksonville Jaguars started their 2019 training camp without Yannick Ngakoue on the practice field but do expect him to join them in the future.
Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone told the media on Thursday he has spoken to Ngakoue and expects the defensive end to be in camp at some point. When that will happen is still up in the air.
Marrone addressed the situation with Ngakoue – a fourth-year player in the final year of his rookie deal with no safety net for a fifth-year option. There is no doubt that he has outplayed the deal that will pay him just over $2 million this season. What is at stake is both sides coming together on a deal that makes sense for the franchise and keeps No. 91 in a Jaguars uniform beyond the 2019 season.
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"“Obviously, we know about Yannick (Ngakoue) right, so let’s address that. It’s really part of that business what goes on, this is the business side of it. I stay out of it. I always have. I’ve been in touch with Yannick,” Marrone explained. “We’ve been talking to him, and then again, it’s just between Yannick and his agent, management, contracts, but he’s working hard. He’s trying to get this thing done. We’re trying to get this thing done. We’re excited for him. He’s going to come. He’ll report. I don’t know when.”"
The Jaguars hope it is sooner rather than later. As the team prepares for the upcoming season, looking to erase the nightmare of a 5-11 season from 2018. Ngakoue is very much a part of the team’s future and one of the best pass rushes in the NFL.
"“I know it will be before a certain date, and when he comes, we’ll be excited about it. I mean, he’s looking to get back and looking to be with his teammates so that’s where he is,” Marrone said."
The Jaguars offense is still the focus of this offseason where this will be the third install by offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. Marrone said he and the coaching staff will go heavy on the install early in camp, looking for the players to pick it up quickly with a better result.
And above everything, Marrone stressed the players on the practice filed still have a lot of work to do.
"“We’re a team on paper,” he said. “We’re not a team yet as far as being ready to play. We’re not ready to go out there and start a season right now, let’s make sure that we understand that, but those are the things that are the challenges, those are the things that we’re building up to.”"