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Green Bay Packers WR Allen Lazard out indefinitely after core muscle surgery

Allen Lazard, who caught six passes for 146 yards and a score in the Packers’ Week 3 victory over the Saints, is out indefinitely after undergoing core muscle surgery this week, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Green Bay, without Lazard, will look to keep its unbeaten start intact Monday night versus the winless Falcons.  A former undrafted rookie out of Iowa State, the 6-foot-5, 227-pound Lazard signed with the Packers in December of 2018 after spending most of his rookie season on the Jaguars’ practice squad.

After catching just one pass that campaign, Lazard caught 35 passes for 477 yards and three touchdowns last season. Lazard is now the Packers’ leading receiver, with 254 yards and two touchdowns on 13 receptions.

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Lazard’s 19.5 yards per catch this season is over four yards over his career average. 

With Lazard out, that will lead to more playing time for Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Darrius Shepherd and Malik Taylor. Valdes-Scantling has caught eight passes for 165 yards and a score through three games, while Shepherd and Taylor have yet to catch a pass. 

The Packers did receive some positive news on Thursday when receiver Davante Adams, who missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury, was a limited participant during practice. Adams is hoping that his hamstring will let him to face the Falcons on Monday night. 

Regardless, it appears that the Packers’ offense may rely more on running back Aaron Jones, who has rushed for 303 yards and four touchdowns. He has also caught 10 passes for 95 yards and a score through three games.

The Packers signed two receivers to the practice this week, adding Caleb Scott and Juwann Winfree. The team also has Reggie Begelton and Robert Foster on the practice squad.

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Jaguars hire Ben McAdoo as quarterback coach

On Tuesday night, ESPN’s Jordan Raanan first reported the Jacksonville Jaguars are hiring former New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo as their new quarterbacks coach.

McAdoo has been out of the NFL for a couple of years after being fired by the Giants in 2017. While he went 11-5 and got to the playoffs in his first season as head coach, he won just two out of his first 12 matches in 2017.

After breaking into the NFL as an offensive quality control coordinator with the New Orleans Saints in 2004, he spent a season with with the San Francisco 49ers in the same role with the added responsibility of coaching the offensive line.

McAdoo then joined the Green Bay Packers as a tight ends coach, and was part of the staff that won Super Bowl XLV. He then took over as the quarterbacks coach, where he helped further Aaron Rodgers’ development.

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McAdoo then left to become the offensive coordinator for the Giants in 2014, and was promoted to head coach in 2016.

This is a win for the Jaguars, as McAdoo has experience with working with some of the NFL’s best quarterbacks such as Rodgers and Eli Manning.

He will be tasked with developing Gardner Minshew and Nick Foles, who figure to battle it out this offseason for the starting position.

The Jaguars’ former quarterbacks coach, Scott Milanovich, left Jacksonville to take over as the head coach for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.

He had served as the head coach of the Toronto Argonauts for four years and even won the 2012 CFL Coach of the Year award before leaving for his three-year stint with the Jaguars.

McAdoo, 42, also interviewed with Marrone to be the Jaguars’ offensive coordinator, a position that opened when the team parted ways with John DeFilippo.

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Jaguars fire Tom Coughlin

The Jacksonville Jaguars have informed the firing of executive vice president Tom Coughlin, just two days after the NFL Players Association went public with a breathtaking number of grievances filed against the team’s front office since the former coach’s hiring.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan explained the decision Wednesday, claiming that he had been planning to part ways with Coughlin after the season, but reconsidered and decided to make the change immediately. Given what the NFLPA was claiming, it’s hard to blame him for changing the timeline.

In its letter, the NFLPA stated a combative relationship with Coughlin’s front office over the Jaguars’ insistence, to the point of $700,000 in fines against former Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr., that injured players rehab with the team during the offseason.

That was a clear violation of the league’s collective bargaining agreement.

The conduct of Coughlin’s front office was reportedly so toxic that more than 25 percent of player grievances filed in the past two years have been against the Jaguars.

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The letter finished with an ominous warning: “You as players may want to consider this when you have an option to select your next club.” Essentially, the players union was warning players against signing with a specific organization, a move rarely seen in today’s game.

Coughlin has gained a reputation over the years as one of the NFL’s harshest taskmasters, and it appeared that his desire to control players was great enough to ignore their CBA-backed rights.

That approach predictably made him unpopular in the Jacksonville locker room, to the point that Fowler and former Jaguars star cornerback Jalen Ramsey took victory laps on Twitter after the NFLPA went public with Coughlin’s conduct.

Coughlin is now 73 years old and was unpopular enough on his last team that the NFLPA felt the need to swing its full might against his tenure.

Any team that wants to bring him on in any kind of executive role is going to have to publicly explain the decision, and any player on that team would have the upper hand if he went public with a grievance.

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Jaguars bench QB Nick Foles, go back to Minshew

Things did not go well for Nick Foles in his third game back from a broken collarbone. The Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback looked more than shaky versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and fans quickly grew restless.

How restless? The home crowd in Jacksonville started pining for former starting QB Garner Minshew, breaking out into “We want Minshew” chants before the second quarter had even reached its halfway point. Fans can be quick to want a change when things are going bad, but in this case it was warranted.

Through just 24 minutes of play, Foles was bad. Not just pretty bad, or sort of bad, but straight-up bad. Foles turned over the ball on the first three Jaguars possessions of the match.

On the first series, after going 48 yards down the field, Foles threw the ball directly to Bucs rookie linebacker Devin White. Foles fumbled the ball on the second possession, and did the same on the third.

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All three turnovers led to points for the Buccaneers.

The Bucs went up 7-0 on a touchdown after the Foles interception. The first fumble was recovered and immediately run in for a touchdown, putting Tampa Bay up 15-0 after a two-point conversion.

The second fumble was recovered by the Bucs, and they marched 63 yards down the field to score their third touchdown of the day. A field goal (which had nothing to do with Foles) put Tampa Bay up 25-0 at the half.

Foles is obviously being given more latitude by head coach Doug Marrone because of his injury and the four-year, $88 million contract he signed in the offseason. However, Foles is in his third game back from the broken collarbone, which should be enough time for him to shake off the rust and stop losing footballs like they’re coated in grease.

Fans can sometimes be unreasonable, but in this case, the “We want Minshew” chants are warranted.

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Jaguars trade Jalen Ramsey to Rams for pair of 1st-rounders

The Jacksonville Jaguars traded Jalen Ramsey to the Los Angeles Rams.

In return, the Rams will send Jacksonville first-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021 and a fourth-round selection in 2021, according to the ESPN report.

Ramsey demanded a trade from the Jaguars after a Week 2 sideline dispute with head coach Doug Marrone in a loss to the Houston Texans. He confirmed to media the request the next week in a Sirius XM interview.

Ramsey played in Jacksonville’s Week 3 win over the Tennessee Titans, but hasn’t suited up since, citing various ailments including a back injury and flu before taking an indefinite leave from the team for the birth of his daughter.

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The deal marks the third trade of the day for the Rams, who dealt cornerback Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens for linebacker Kenny Young and an anonymous draft pick, and sent a 2021 draft pick to the Cleveland Browns for second-year center Austin Corbett to help shore up a porous offensive line earlier Tuesday.

Ramsey, 24, is in his fourth NFL season after the Jaguars selected him with the fifth pick of the 2016 draft.

He lived up to his lofty draft status, earning Pro Bowl nods in 2017 and 2018, and All-Pro honors in 2017.

He’ll provide an instantaneous upgrade to a pass defense that ranks 14th in the league and will allow the Rams to play more man-to-man defense. He’s a legitimate lock-down cornerback.

The Rams have taken a hard slide after a 3-0 start, dropping to 3-3 with Sunday’s 20-7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers marking a new low on the season. The defending NFC champions are in win-now mode, but find themselves in a dogfight in the NFC West with the 5-0 49ers and 4-1 Seahawks, whom they have an 0-2 record against this season.

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