Jacksonville Jaguars News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
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4/24/14: Anyone who has paid attention to the NFL over the past few years knows that the Jags need a franchise QB. Blaine Gabbert was obviously not the answer. Chad Henne has been serviceable, but is not an elite quarterback. He will be back next season and could serve as a good gap option. The Jags look like they have interest in Teddy Bridgewater out of Louisville. Jacksonville has now had two workouts with Bridgewater, whom they could select with the number three pick overall. Many people believe that Bridgewater's stock has fallen in the past couple of months, but that would mean nothing if the Jags like him enough.
4/17/14: The Jags are playing very coy with what they are going to do with the third overall pick. True, the team has a lot of holes to fill, so they really should not be able to go wrong with this pick. Jacksonville is hosting everyone in sight right now. That includes the top quarterbacks (Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, and Blake Bortles), 'second tier' QBs, Jadeveon Clowney and top wide receivers. Part of it may be to evaluate each of the players, but it also could be a smoke screen so no one can figure out what they will do with the third pick.
4/10/14: The NFL draft is still a month away. A lot of things can change including free agent signings, injuries and trades. There is also a lot of smoke screens being laid by coaches and GMs. That being said, it is looking more and more like the Jags will have their pick of QBs when they take the podium with the third overall pick next month. Houston seems to be falling love with defensive lineman JaDaveon Clowney while St. Louis does not need a QB. There is no consensus on who the top QB is this season. However, for a team that needs to gain relevancy, picking Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M would certainly create a buzz.
4/3/14: The Jaguars officially said goodbye to a long-time fan favorite and face of the franchise in running back Maurice Jones-Drew. Jones-Drew tried to get a long term deal from the club two years ago and held out of training camp. He was unsuccessful. The Jags let him walk after having two disappointing years that were marred by injury. Jones-Drew signed with the Oakland Raiders, his hometown team. Jacksonville did sign RB Toby Gerhart, who has been Adrian Peterson's backup in Minnesota for the past four years. Head coach Gus Bradley said that Gerhart could see 18 touches a game as an every-down back.
3/27/14: The Jags hired Gus Bradley in 2013 as head coach to rebuild the team. He had been the defensive coordinator of a terrific Seattle defense (one that won the Super Bowl in the season after he left). One common theme that many people rave about is Bradley's unbridled optimism. Apparently, his former players in Seattle loved him, as three from the defense signed with Jacksonville in free agency. Bradley did it again by getting running back Toby Gerhart to sign with the Jags. Gerhart himself says that Bradley's enthusiasm was a key reason for his decision. Don't look now, but Jacksonville is quietly putting together a decent roster.
3/20/14: This is not a prediction that the Jags will win the Super Bowl, or their division, or even make the playoffs, but they are having a pretty good free agency period up to this point. They have been able to pull in a few players from the Super Bowl winning Seattle Seahawks as they reshape their roster. It probably helps that head coach Gus Bradley is only about 14 months removed from being the defensive coordinator in Seattle and knows their players well. They also did well in trading QB Blaine Gabbert for a sixth rounder from the 49ers, rather than releasing him for nothing.
3/13/14: There had been some speculation that the Jags would not take a QB in the first round this draft, but would get Chad Henne back under contract and draft for other needs. That scenario got more likely as the team and Henne agreed to a two year deal for $8 million with $4.5 guaranteed. Henne then becomes a 'bridge quarterback', allowing the Jags to get someone in the draft with the expectation of grooming him for a year or two. Henne was surprisingly effective last season and really played well in the last six weeks or so, especially since he did not have his top targets to work with. Not a bad move if the Jags are thinking long-term.
3/6/14: There is a very good chance that longtime Jags running back Maurice Jones-Drew will not be back next season. He is getting up there in age and wants a big contract - likely the last big one he will be able to get. While it is uncertain where MJD will end up, the team seems to want to give Denard Robinson more time at running back. Last season, Robinson's rookie year, he was listed as 'offensive weapon', though did not see much time on the field. That should in 2014, and head coach Gus Bradley says that Robinson will get plenty of chances to play this time around.
2/27/14: Jacksonville is a curious case this fine draft season. They obviously want a franchise QB, but need help almost everywhere to get back to being a competitive team. One mock draft has the Jags trading with the Rams in terms of draft order. In that scenario, the Jags would move up one spot so they could grab a QB. That seems pretty far fetched considering the Rams will not use the second overall pick on a QB. It would make sense, though, if the Jags wanted star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney or wanted to prevent someone from jumping them. Either way, it seems like an expensive proposition and the Jags may well stay put with the third overall pick.
2/20/14: Like fellow running backs Knowshawn Moreno (Denver Broncos) and Darren McFadden (Oakland Raiders), Jags star RB Maurice Jones-Drew is likely to be looking for work and earning a new uniform in the 2014 season. MJD has been a standout in Jacksonville, and (unlike Moreno and McFadden) has been relatively healthy for his career. But he will carry a bigger price tag than the Jags want to pay, and they already stood him down when he tried to hold out for an extension two years ago. Also, since the Jags are rebuilding, it probably makes sense to go with a young veteran or draft someone new.
2/13/14: One of the big questions surrounding the Jags is if star running back Maurice Jones-Drew will be back next season. MJD is a free agent, and he is getting up there in years. The team famously refused to give him an extension a couple of years ago, and they had good reason for that. MJD is aging. The team has a lot of needs. He would be very expensive. And the list goes on. On the other hand, he is one of the most popular players in franchise history. Jones-Drew may return next season, but realistically, that seems unlikely as the Jags are trying to completely rebuild.
2/6/14: Jags' owner Shad Khan made a couple notable public statements this past week. First is that the team will draft a quarterback. That may have been the worst kept secret of all time, as everyone who follows football knows the Jags need a franchise QB. Chad Henne will probably be brought back to compete for the starting job, and there is nothing wrong with letting a rookie QB sit and learn the NFL game for a year or two. Also, Kahn hopes that WR Justin Blackmon's problems are behind him and says the team will welcome him back when his suspension is terminated.
1/30/14: OK, let's think about this for a minute. The Colts own the AFC South now and probably for the next few years. Meanwhile, the Titans and Texans are trying to get better while the Jags are in full rebuild mode. Jacksonville has a decent defense and some pretty good skill players. They also have an energetic coach that players respond to. So what to do in the draft. It may be in the Jags best interest to bypass a QB early and get Jadaveon Clowney with the third pick. They could let Chad Henne lead the team and develop a new QB from a later round, and that may help them out in the long term rather than go after a QB early.
1/23/14: The Jags, of course, are in need of a starting QB. They drafted Blaine Gabbert three years ago and he has not developed into the player they envisioned. Chad Henne filled in admirably last season and got four wins in the final eight games, but he is not the long term answer. Jacksonville picks third in the draft and will have the chance at Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, and/or Teddy Bridgewater. Manziel may be a great pick because of his name recognition to help sell tickets. While the Jags issues with sellout has been overblown, it would not hurt at all to generate some excitement in the city with Manziel.
1/16/14: Interesting times in Jacksonville. QB Chad Henne seems to understand that he will not be around next season, yet fellow QB Blaine Gabbert is saying that he expects to compete for the starting job next season. It is kind of sad, actually. Gabbert has all the physical tools to play QB in the NFL, but has been hampered by bad teams, bad coaching, and unrealistic expectations. Gabbert could actually turn out to be a good QB, but probably needs a fresh start elsewhere as a backup. Henne, however, could stick around and mentor a young QB for a year, and that may well benefit the Jags in the longrun.
1/9/14: Jacksonville did not win a lot of games last season - just four in total. The teams they beat were Houston (twice), Tennessee, and Cleveland. Those teams have a few things in common - all had losing records. All had serious QB problems due to injury or poor play. And all fired their head coach after the season. In short, losing to the Jags was a fireable offense. Jacksonville has a top five pick in the draft in May. They are expected to take a QB, but there is an argument to be made for taking Jadaveon Clowney if he is available, or even trading down for more picks.
1/2/14: The 2013 season is finally over for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and it was a tough season by any stretch. The team lost their first eight games of the season, but did come back to win four of the final eight. Everyone knows that QB Blaine Gabbert has been a bust and that Chad Henne is not the long-term solution. Most experts have the Jags taking a franchise QB with their first round pick. However, Henne has proven serviceable, so there is always a chance that the Jags could take someone like Jadavian Clowney with their first pick and get a QB later (to groom under Henne for a year or two).
12/26/13: Head coach Gus Bradley is trying to make the Jags relevant again. They have been an afterthought in the league for several years now, and many experts thought they would be the worst team in the league this season. But the Jags have bought into Bradley's message. They are not winning - the team lost 20-16 to the Titans last Sunday - but they are still playing hard. The offseason is looming and there are questions as to whether or not Maurice Jones Drew will be back or not. That is not know yet, but the team does look like they are on the way up at this point.
12/19/13: Jacksonville has played well of late and seems to have bought into head coach Gus Bradley's message and techniques. The Jags are clearly in rebuilding mode and were looking for their first four game winning streak since 2007. Unfortunately, the Buffalo Bills had other ideas. Buffalo effectively balanced their rushing and passing attacks to gain almost 350 yards, as the Jags fell 27-20. Of course, the Jags are out of playoff contention, but are showing that they are a team on the rise and could surprise a few people next year. Jacksonville (4-10) host the rival Titans (5-9) this Sunday.
12/12/13: The Jacksonville Jags have shown a lot of progress over the past several weeks. They have won four of their last five games and their last three in a row. The latest win was a 27-20 victory over the hapless Houston Texans, and really showed that the team has bought into head coach Gus Bradley's word. The Jags will have a high draft pick in April, but they are finding that QB Chad Henne can be a serviceable stopgap solution. One option available is to draft a new franchise quarterback, but then not ruin him by forcing him to play to early and instead letting him learn and develop for a year or two.
12/5/12: Believe it or not, but the Jags are one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now. They have won three of their past four games, most recently knocking off the Cleveland Browns 32-28. While their record will not get them into a playoff game, they are still 3-9 on the season, they are still playing as well as they have all year. They managed to win this game with a late touchdown, overcoming Browns' WR Josh Gordons' huge day of over 200 yards receiving. They have a short week as they host the 2-11 Texans this Thursday night.
11/28/13: The Jags may not be the worse team in the NFL. Apparently that dishonor is falling to the Houston Texans. The Jags beat the Texans 13-7 in Houston for their second win of the season. QB Chad Henne threw for a respectable 239 yards (though no touchdowns) while running back Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 84 yards and a score. The win gives the Jags the edge in avoiding the AFC South cellar for now. The Jags are back on the road this Sunday as they try to extend their winning streak to two games against the 4-7 Browns, who will be likely starting Brandon Wheedon (again) at QB.
11/21/13: Jacksonville really tried to get a win streak going. A week after upsetting the Tennessee Titans, the Jags hosted the Arizona Cardinals in a winable game. The teams were tied at 14 apiece at halftime. Unfortunately, the Jags could not muster any more offense in the second half and lost 27-14. QB Chad Henne was 27-42 for 255 yards and a touchdown on the day. Yet the Jags could not run the ball. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew led Jags rushers with only 23 yards. It was another tough one for the Jags and their fans. Jacksonville has a chance at win number two next week when they visit the Texans (2-8).
11/14/13: Jacksonville had a realistic shot of going 0-16 this season, especially after they lost their best receiver, Justin Blackmon, to suspension for the rest of the season. However, they came ready to play against Tennessee and earned their first victory of the season. The Jags offense wasn't pretty - Chad Henne only had 180 yards passing on 14 completions and Maurice Jones Drew and Jordan Todman combined for only 52 yards on 24 carries - but they did score a few touchdowns and held off the Titans 29-27. Jacksonville will try to make a win streak as they host the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday.
11/7/13: The season cannot get much worse for the Jaguars who even lose when they can't lose. The Jags had their bye in week 9, but learned that their best wide receiver and most explosive offensive threat, Justin Blackmon, will be suspended for the remainder of the season. Blackmon was suspended for the first four games of the season for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy, and this looks like another violation. The Jags are saying they will keep Blackmon and try to help him out, of course Blackmon must want to help himself in order to progress.
10/31/13: It is bad enough to get beat at home, but almost cruel when the league sends you to another continent for your next crushing defeat. However, that is exactly what happened to the Jags as they fell to 0-8 with a 42-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday. Chadd Henne started at quarterback again, and may have won the job from Blaine Gabbert. Henne completed 29 of 45 passes for 228 yards and a touchdown, but the 49ers were simply too much - as expected. Jacksonville will not lose this week, guaranteed. They have a bye week.
10/24/13: The misery in Jacksonville continued in Week 7 with the Jags remaining winless in a 24-6 loss to the visiting San Diego Chargers. With Chad Henne starting at QB for the injured Blaine Gabbert, the Jaguars were able to move the ball fairly effectively. Henne threw for 318 yards, but the team just could not score touchdowns. Rookie WR Mike Brown had five catches for 120 yards, while Cecil shorts had eight for 80 yards and Justin Blackmon had six for 59 yards. The Jags will likely fall to 0-8 after next week when they take on the San Francisco 49ers in London.
10/17/13: Granted there are no moral victories, but this has to be as close to one as there can be in the NFL. The Jags stayed winless on the season by losing 35-19 to the Denver Broncos - the consensus 'best team in the NFL'. Losing is not good, of course, but the line on the game was 28 points. In fact, the Jags only trailed by two at halftime. WR Justin Blackmon had another great game with 190 yards receiving. Unfortunately, WR Cecil Shorts left the game with an injury and his status is unknown. The team is better with Chad Henne at QB, and will win a game or two this season.
10/10/13: The terrible Jaguars' season continued over the weekend with yet another loss. Many thought that this game against the St. Louis Rams was the Jags' best chance for a win, but the Rams won the game 34-20. Wide Receiver Justin Blackmon returned from suspension and had over 130 yards and a touchdown. QB Blaine Gabbert left in the third quarter with a hamstring injury. He was relieved by Chad Henne who provided a bit of a spark and may now get the starting job. Jacksonville plays Denver this week, who is setting records with their offense. The line is expected to be the largest point spread in history.
10/3/13: The Jags are not a good pro football team this season, and that is obvious to everyone. QB Blaine Gabbert returned from injury but was not able to improve the team in any way, as Jags (0-4) fell to the Indianapolis Colts (3-1) 37-3. Gabbert managed only 179 yards passing, zero TDs, and three interceptions. Cecil Shorts led the team with 69 receiving yards. Maurice Jones-Drew was held to only 23 yards rushing on the day. The Jags get suspended wide receiver Justin Blackmon back in Week 5 when they head to St. Louis to play the Rams (1-3).
9/26/13: Nothing is going right for the Jags these days. The team was a 19.5 point underdog in Seattle, and that was not enough as the Seahawks simply overpowered the Jags 45-17. Seattle even put in their second string in the third quarter, but the Jags could not keep pace. A small group (about a dozen people) marched at the team's home stadium during the week to demand signing Tim Tebow. At this point, it could not hurt. The Jags get QB Blaine Gabbert back this Sunday. The host the Indianapolis Colts (2-1) in a division game.
9/19/13: This is shaping up to be a long, long season in Jacksonville. The Jags, unfortunately, are considered to be among the worst teams in the NFL and may have blown their best chance for a win this season by losing 19-9 in Oakland in Week 2. Chad Henne replaced the injured Blaine Gabbert as the starting quarterback and threw for 241 yards and one TD. It is unlikely that they would have been any better with Gabbert. Henne will likely start in Week 3. The Jags stay on the west coast to play Seattle (2-0) in a late Sunday afternoon game.
9/12/13: It is only one game into the Gus Bradley era in Jacksonville and the concern is that things have gotten worse. The Jags finished 2-14 last season and opened, at home, against the other 2-14 team in the NFL - the Kansas City Chiefs. It was easy to tell which direction each team is headed as KC rolled to an easy 28-2 victory. The lack of offense was particularly telling, especially since Maurice Jones-Drew was an afterthought. QB Blaine Gabbert severely cut his hurt thumb and will be out in Week 2 when the Jags travel to Oakland to face the Raiders. If Jacksonville does not win this one, then it may be a long season.
9/4/13: How demoralizing is the Jaguars' quarterback situation? Everyone already knows that 'competition' between Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne was won by Gabbert, and that does not instill a lot of optimism in the fan base. But more interesting is that the number 3 job was won by a guy that has not practiced yet. That means that two other QBs (Matt Scott and Mike Kafka) played so poor that a guy not around was deemed better. Scott and Kafka were cut while the team kept Ricky Stanzi. Another surprising move was that Jags cut veteran cornerback Marcus Trufant. Trufant is very good and should have no problem finding a better team quickly.
8/29/13: Blaine Gabbert has officially won the starting quarterback job for the Jags. Of course he will not be seen on the field until at least the opening weekend due to a fractured thumb. In the meantime, backup Chad Henne is holding down the fort. He looked good in the third preseason game against Philadelphia, connecting with Justin Blackmon for an easy score. However, it looks as though the team wants to see what they have in Gabbert. BG has all the physical tools and good mechanics, but simply needs to develop. That likely makes this a make or break year for him.
8/22/13: The Jags unveiled their new uniforms, which include helmets that are gold in the front and fade to black in the back. As one commentator put it, they look like a '77 Trans Am. That is a pretty good description, even if it is not what the Jags were going for. But that is not the concern right now. QB Blaine Gabbert has looked serviceable, at least in the second preseason game against the Jets. He threw for 167 yards and a touchdown in about a quarter and a half. However, he sprained his thumb in the game and will miss some time. The backup option is Chad Henne, who has never distinguished himself as a bonafide starter.
8/15/13: Jaguars fans have to be getting pretty nervous at this point. Their star running back, Maurice Jones Drew, missed 11 games last season with a foot injury. He missed the preseason opener as well. MJD is among the few bright spots on the Jacksonville offense, and his presence only helps who ever is under center. WR Justin Blackmon is suspended for the first four games this season, so the Jags need every bit of offensive talent they can muster. If MJD is still hurt, then a potentially long season just got longer for the long-suffering Jags fans.
8/8/13: There were a lot of jokes on social media this week when QB Blaine Gabbert left training camp due to a sprained ankle. The joke centered around that Jags fans are happy that he is out of the QB competition for now. What is no joke is that the team has to figure out a way to get better. Gabbert has not lived up to his 10th overall pick status, but he is still only 22 years old and has a lot of raw talent. The better bet is to be patient with him - at least for this season where the Jags are not going anywhere - and let him develop. If he does not show signs of improvement - then it is time to move on.
8/1/13: The Jacksonville Jaguars have been routinely ridiculed for putting tarps over the top section of their stadium to enhance their chances of getting a sellout (and avoiding local TV blackouts). What is interesting is that the Jags have outdrawn their Florida counterparts (the Dolphins and Bucs) even with the tarps. President Mark Lamping made the bold prediction that the Jags will not have any blackouts this season - meaning they will sell out every game (or at least 85% sellout). It would be good for the team to do that, but they must start winning to get more people in the stands.
7/25/13: Often overlooked by NFL pundits and casual fans, while they mock the Jacksonville Jaguars, is that the team has had significant injuries over the past year. Sure, Blaine Gabbert was probably a stretch as the 10th pick and the team will play a lot of games in London over the next few years - but they have also been without their star running back Maurice Jones-Drew. The team will examine him next week and make sure that he is good to go for training camp, as well as wide receiver Justin Blackmon. In truth, the team has some offensive talent and may be better than people realize this season.
7/18/13: When Jacksonville agreed to take the St. Louis Rams' spot in playing games in London for the next three years, many people speculated that it was the beginning of trying to move the team to England. Now, new owner Shad Kahn has purchased the English soccer team, Fulham - so the speculation is at full boil. The interesting argument is that the Jags cannot sell out their stadium and therefore they are liable to move. However, the Jags averaged higher attendance than both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins. And the Bucs have an owner that owns an English soccer team as well.
7/11/13: We already know that the Jags will be without wide receiver Justin Blackmon for the first four games for violating the league's illegal substance program. That suspension allows him to work out with the team during training camp and play in pre-season games. It is possible that Blackmon will miss part or even all of training camp. He had surgery on his groin recently and may not be cleared to practice by the time training camp starts. With the emergence of fellow wide receiver Cecil Shorts, the Jags actually have a very good and young tandem at WR. Now they need for a QB to step up and get them the ball.
7/4/13: It looks like the Jags have committed themselves to either Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne as the starting QB. Gabbert probably has more upside, but has not been very effective in his first two years in the league. Henne is more consistent, but no one believes at this point that he is a long term solution. This makes the selection of Denard Robinson more interesting. Robinson played QB at Michigan for a couple of years, and did pretty well. But where does he fit in here? Could he excel as a running back or WR, or maybe a return man? Only Gus Bradley knows, which keeps the rest of us guessing.
6/27/13: The Jaguars announced that they would join the ranks of Big Screen Teams by installing a new Jumbotron that would be 301'x52'. That is one foot longer than the length of the football field. Here is the problem. The Jags are committed to $23 million while the City of Jacksonville is on the hook for the other $40 million. J'ville does not have the money for that and some city council members are upset that the mayor agreed to it. Jags fans may point to this being a sign that the team is staying an not going to L.A. or London. However, in the talks of billions of dollars, this is nothing but a nice PR stunt.
6/20/13: The Jags signed four former Patriots players this offseason. Maybe that is why they did not want to go after hometown hero Tim Tebow. Maybe they want him to be an ex-Pat first. But they did draft Denard Robinson out of Michigan. Robinson is a slash player. He played both quarterback and wide receiver with the Wolverines and can provide some much needed excitement to the team. If the Jags can figure out how to get him, Justin Blackmon, and Cecil Shorts the ball, they may be much better than expected on offense - even with the Blaine Gabbert/Chad Henne QB tandem.
6/13/13: Jacksonville has remained in the news over the past week, and not because of the atrocious black fading to gold helmets they will wear this year. Star running back Maurice Jones-Drew continues to be investigated for his role in a bar fight a few weeks ago. The team brought the oft-injured Beanie Wells in for a workout, and there is rampant speculation that the team could move to London. As bad as the team has been - and they had to cover the top tier of their stadium to get close to sellouts - they are well supported in Jacksonville. In fact, the Jaguars had higher attendance than both the Miami Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season - even with the tarps.
6/6/13: The Jacksonville Jags are in the news this week, but not because of lousy play or a battle of wills over a contract. This time star running back Maurice Jones Drew may be getting charged with hitting a man in an altercation at a restaurant. The alleged victim's lawyer claims that the attack was captured on surveillance cameras. This is completely out of character for MJD, and no one really knows what happened. MJD was not charged at the time, but may be in the near future. Of course, the victim may just be looking for some easy money in a settlement.
5/30/13: One key piece of information that is continually ignored is that star running back Maurice Jones-Drew should return at full health for the Jags this season. Many people forget that he was sidelined early on in 2012, and missed most of the season. Some cynics speculate that either the team or MJD himself kept him off the field when it became apparent that last season's version of the team was terrible. Keeping him off the field shielded him from further injury and solidified a high (No. 2 overall) draft spot. However, if he is back in 2013, then that will take pressure off the QB du jour, and allow more opportunities for WRs Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts.
5/23/13: Jacksonville is an interesting story. It is a good city, but there are a lot of concerns these days of whether Jacksonville should have been given an NFL team at all. In 1988, Jacksonville made a very lucrative offer to land the then St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals chose Phoenix instead. Jacksonville got a team in the early 1990's and had a fair share of early success. But recent struggles and the economic downturn leave empty seats. Now the Jags are among the worst teams in the league. With a new coaching staff, hopefully they can turn out of their recent tailspin.
5/16/13: Former Jags wide receiver Jimmy Smith may well be the best player in franchise history. As he sits in a Mississippi prison for the next six years, he may be the best in their penal league as well. Smith was sentenced to six years for possession of cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Second year Jags WR is trying to hold up his part of the tradition with a four game suspension to start the season for substance abuse. Blackmon has all the skill needed to be a superstar in the league, but must start using some common sense so he does not become a Titus Young.
5/9/13: Casual and invested fans alike may have been surprised when Florida International University safety Johnathan Cyprien was selected by the Jags with the first pick of the second round. Most people probably had not heard of Cyprien, and just chalked it up to another bad Jacksonville pick (like taking the punter in the 3rd round). But Cyprien was a hot item. The Jags turned down three separate offers for the pick. One does not have to come from a football powerhouse to be a great NFL player, but the scouts have to do extra work to locate these diamonds in the rough.
5/2/13: It sounds strange to say, but the Jags may have had a good draft this year. They did not select a punter in the third round. They did not make a huge reach for a tremendously raw quarterback, and they did not pass over a local legend. Jacksonville benefited from the Chiefs taking OT Eric Fisher with the first overall pick, leaving them OT Luke Joeckle from Texas A&M. New HC Gus Bradley put his prints on the team by getting good value on the defensive side of the ball. But don't worry, they did take Michigan slash player Denard Robbinson (a former quarterback) and reportedly want to use him at running back.
4/25/13: There is not a lot of hope in Jacksonville that the Jags will do much of anything this season. The hope is that they can better their record from two dismal wins. The division got tougher. Houston is still the favorite and should win at least 10 games again. Indianapolis returns a young team that made the playoffs, and has only improved through experience. Even the Titans got better, and there is a chance that WR Kenny Britt can get on his annual work release program for the first half of the season. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew returns this season, so that will help, but this team must concentrate on improving each week, and eventually the wins will come.
4/18/13: Many people who have met new head coach Gus Bradley say that his enthusiasm and passion for the game is infectious. He seems to actually have belief that Blaine Gabbert may be the answer at quarterback for the Jags. But in Bradley's first workouts, he ran a very uptempo practice He even pumped in various music to keep people motivated. The enthusiasm is good for the Jags. It is nice that they can feel good now, because neither this team nor its dwindling fanbase will not be this happy again for the rest of the season.
4/11/13: Times are tough in Jacksonville. Many thought that the city never should have been awarded an NFL franchise in the mid-90's, especially when St. Louis, Portland, and Salt Lake City could have been available. However, the team was surprisingly good for their first decade or so, and has really only fallen on hard times for the past few years. The Jags hope that a new braintrust and ownership will get them back on track, but they do have to face the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts twice every year, and those teams look like legitimate playoff contenders for the next several years.
4/4/13: New head coach Gus Bradley says that the Jags will have an open QB competition this year. The current competitors are Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne. Some competition - like watching a drunk guy trying to figure out his options when the bar closes. The Jags will probably draft another QB and try to make this interesting. The team has said they will not pursue Tim Tebow, which makes little sense because they need to sell tickets and they cannot get any worse than they already are. In any case, without Tebow, not many people will be paying attention to the Jags this season.
3/28/13: The Jaguars waived wide receiver Laurent Robinson earlier in the month, which was odd considering how much they courted and payed Robinson to get him to Jacksonville and away from the Cowboys a year ago. Bu t this is a different regime and has no ties to the past roster. The team did sign slot receiver Jordan Shipley as his apparent replacement. Shipley was a third round pick of the Bengals a few years ago, and had a good rookie season. He has since battled injuries and was waived last September. Now healthy, he hopes to make a go of it in Jacksonville.
3/21/13: When the Jags signed unrestricted free agent linebacker Geno Hayes early in free agency, barely anyone outside the 904 area code noticed. But Hayes is a very talented player with an instinct for the ball. He dominated in college at Florida State - singlehandedly beating then number two Boston College in Boston on a nationally televised game. Now he is reunited with Gus Bradley - the new head coach of the Jags - and could not be happier to be in the system. The Jags have a long way to go before they are competitive in the AFC South, but they should have a defense that gives them a chance.
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3/14/13: Jacksonville said they would not be too active in the free agency, and they are being true to their word. To date, their only move has been to sign Geno Hayes. The Hayes signing means they may have found a replacement for Daryl Smith. Hayes was a sixth round pick out of Florida State in 2008 by Tampa. He was a dominant line backer in college, and has proven to be a solid pro. He spent four years with the Bucs and last season with Chicago. The signing is a reunion, as Hayes played for new Jags head coach Gus Bradley in his rookie season.
3/7/13: Fans and media alike have criticized quarterback Blaine Gabbert ever since he came into the league in 2011. But now even his off field and locker room attitude are being criticized by former coaches. One former coach claims that "nothing is ever his fault" and that he is known around the franchise as Blame Gabbert. Even though he is only two years into his NFL career and never had much talent around him, the team may elect to cut him and go with Chad Henne or a veteran retread next season simply to stop the bleeding now.
2/21/13: Jags quarterback Blaine Gabbert has been more of a punchline than a longterm answer for Jacksonville since he was drafted with the 10th overall pick in 2011. While it is true that he has not adjusted to the game like Andrew Luck or Cam Newton, there are some mitigating factors - like the fact that he plays in Jacksonville and does not have the talent around him that others do. But his former QB coach said that if he came out this year that he would be the number one ranked QB on the board. That really is a testament to how weak the quarterbacks are in this draft.
2/14/13: The Jags have a lot of first timers in major positions now. Owner Shad Kahn cleaned house after the season, firing long time GM Gene Smith and head coach Mike Mularkey after a dismal 2-14 season. Jacksonville hired David Caldwell as GM, his first time in that position. Caldwell hired Gus Bradley as head coach, his first time in that position. Bradley then hired Jedd Fisch as the offensive coordinator, his first time in that position, as well as Bob Babich as the defensive coordinator. It is not Babich's first time as a DC, but Lovie Smith controlled the defense when Babich was the Bears defensive coordinator.
2/7/13: It will take several years for the Jags to overhaul the roster into something that fans will get behind, so they took shortcut and unveiled a new logo. The traditional growling Jaguar logo is being replaced by something out of Thundercats, in that it looks far less intimidating and more cartoonish. Jacksonville management claims this is part of an overall rebranding project for the team. That being said, fans will support anything and buy merchandise when the team starts winning, and that does require overhauling the roster to put a competitive product on the field for the first time in years.
1/31/13: The biggest question surrounding the Jaguars - outside of who is Gus Bradley and why not get Tebow - is who will be the starting quarterback next season. Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne are on the roster. Gabbert has not shown he can play at the NFL level in two seasons - though he is still very young and the Jags do not seem inclined to dump him yet. Henne played the final few games and was better, but he is not seen as a long-term solution. Some possibilities could be Matt Flynn, T.J. Yates, or Alex Smith. Let the speculation begin.
1/24/13: What do the Jags do with star running back Maurice Jones-Drew? MJD is among the best RBs in the game when healthy, but he missed most of 2012 with a foot injury. He held out all of training camp in a contract dispute, as new owner Shad Khan would not renegotiate his contract. He has one year left on his deal now and is creeping towards 30 years old. Perhaps the best option is to trade him for draft picks and rebuild the team over the next few years, rather than sign MJD to a bloated long-term agreement that will hamper the franchise for years.
1/17/13: Jacksonville introduced their new General Manager, David Caldwell, who wasted no time in resetting the direction of the organization. Caldwell promptly fired head coach Mike Malarkey, who led the team to their worst record (2-14) in franchise history in his only season. The firing brings the body count to 8 head coaches this year, or 25% of the teams in the NFL. Caldwell also dismissed the notion of bringing Tim Tebow back to his hometown, meaning Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne will likely have an open competition for the starting QB job, though the team may bring in another arm for training camp.
1/10/13: Jacksonville has missed the playoffs for the past four seasons, and the last two regular season campaigns have been substandard by any measure, including the worst record in the team's 18 year history (2-14). Those results prompted owner Shad Khan to fire GM Gene Smith. Jacksonville is reportedly close to hiring David Caldwell as Smith's replacement. Caldwell has been the Director of Player Personnel with the Falcons for the past few season and was also interviewing with the Jets. Head Coach Mike Mularky's future will likely be defined by the new GM, so he still may be replaced.
1/3/13: Jacksonville wrapped up the season at Tennessee, in what was perhaps the most mocked game of Week 17. Considering the offensive struggles both teams have had, the combined 58 points was a veritable points explosion. Of course, about half of those points were scored on defense and special teams. The Titans won 38-20, leaving the Jags at 2-14 on season and holding the second overall pick in the April draft. GM Gene Smith was fired on Black Monday - essentially being held accountable for the lack of talent on the team. Head Coach Mike Mularky, finishing his first year, was not released, but may be once the organization hires Smith's replacement.
12/27/12: It may not be worth much, but the Jags can take some comfort in a moral victory in their 23-16 loss to the Patriots last Sunday. Jacksonville jumped out to a 10-0 lead and seemed to have the vaunted New England offense in check. But the Patriots tied the score by halftime and owned the third and fourth quarters. More disapointing than the game was the crowd. Thousands of New England fans showed up, giving the Jaguars their biggest home crowd in eight years. Patriot fans were loud enough to affect the Jags snap count, particularly in a crucial down at the end of the game. The good news, only one more game to go.
12/20/12: The Jags took a trip south to face in-state rival Miami last Sunday, but put in another poor performance in a 24-3 loss to the Dolphins. Jacksonville jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but that was all the scoring they could muster. QB Chad Henne threw for 221 yards, 106 to breakout wide receiver Cecil Shorts, but the team could not cross the goal line. The loss puts the Jags at 2-12 on the season, and the coaching staff will have to figure out what to do at the quarterback position. Now the speculation will be if the Jags will acquire hometown hero Tim Tebow in the offseason.
12/13/12: The Jets and Jaguars game did not look good on paper, and it did not look too good in real life either. The Jags were without Maurice Jones-Drew, Cecil Shorts, and Blaine Gabbert, and though Chad Henne has been an upgrade, the team could not generate the points needed to win. Jacksonville lost 17-10, dropping their record to 2-11. The quarterback play was weak on both sides, as the Jets Mark Sanchez only threw for 111 yards, while Henne had 185 yards. Jacksonville will have a top pick in the draft and it will be interesting to see what direction they go in. Until then, the Jags must travel south to Miami for a Florida showdown this Sunday.
12/6/12: The Jaguars struggles returned a week after upsetting the Titans for their second win of the season. Jacksonville visited Buffalo, and while the temperature was unseasonably warm, the rain did nothing to help the already stagnant passing game. Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick directed five consecutive scoring drives as the Bills went on to win 34-18. Maurice Jones-Drew continues to miss time with a foot injury, and backup Rashad Jennings went down with his own ailments. The Jags return home to host the Jets, but the game will likely not feature Tim Tebow, who is also hurt.
11/29/12: Finally, a win for the Jags. Jacksonville shelved starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert for the season and has turned to back up Chad Henne. Henne seems to have a better rapport with receivers and better understanding of opposing defenses. This past week, the Jags put up three touchdowns and outlasted the visiting Tennessee Titans 24-19. While it is too late for a turning point this season, it may show that Henne will take over as the starter next season and may be the end of the Blaine Gabbert era. Jags travel to Buffalo this week to face the equally struggling Bills.
11/22/12: The Jags, who are considered one of the lesser teams in the league, gave the Texans, who are considered one of the best teams in the league, all they could handle last Sunday. Jacksonville led late, until surrendering two fourth quarter touchdowns which forced overtime. Unfortunately, Matt Schaub connected with Andre Johnson for a touchdown which ended the game. Blaine Gabbert was hurt again, and is now out for the year, but Chad Henne looked great in relief, bringing out the best in Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts. Also, MJD should return soon and revive the running game.
11/15/12: There is just not much to say about the Jaguars this year, except that they are pretty much assured of a high draft pick in April. The Jags fell again, this time a 27-10 drubbing to the Indianapolis Colts and Andrew Luck. The lone bright spot, again, was young wide receive Cecil Shorts. Justin Blackmon was drafted to be the go-to wide receiver, but Shorts is the man making plays these days. He had 105 yards and the lone Jags touchdown. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert was knocked out of the game with a shoulder injury, though he may play this week at Houston.
11/8/12: The Jags are struggling in the worst way, and at least they have one win under their belt at the half way point. But at 1-7, they are effectively out of the playoff hunt. Maurice Jones-Drew continues to be out with a foot injury. Top rate rookie wide receiver Justin Blackmon has been non-existent. And quarterback Blaine Gabbert has never lived up to his high draft status. The latest loss was to Detroit 31-14. Now the Jags have to prepare for Andrew Luck and the Colts - something they will probably have to do for the next 10 or 12 years.
11/1/12: The Jaguars just can not catch a break. The team played the Packers tough for the first half, before finally falling 24-15 at home. There is still no timetable on star running back Maurice Jones-Drew's return from a foot injury - though Rashad Jennings is a capable backup. Rookie wide receiver Cecil Shorts has been a pleasant surprise, far outplaying fellow rookie Justin Blackmon. However, the Jags are 1-6, tied with the Chiefs and Panthers for the worst record in the league and the right to the number one draft pick next April. Next up: Jacksonville hosts Detroit on Sunday.
10/18/12: The Jags had their bye this week, and hopefully used that time to get back on track. Jacksonville is 1-4 and sits alone in the cellar of the AFC South. A playoff appearance is highly unlikely at this point, barring a miraculous mid-season turnaround. The next two games are on the road, against Oakland and Green Bay. The Raiders are also struggling at 1-4, so this is a great opportunity to get one in the W column. The Jags need to get on the scoreboard, though, as they only have 65 points through 5 games, and scoring 13 points per game just will not win a lot of NFL games.
10/4/12: Four weeks into the season and Jacksonville is as expected - winning 25% of their games, and losing the rest. The difference is that the Jags have played much better than expected, and quarterback Blaine Gabbert improved much more than anticipated. It doesn't hurt that a rookie wide receiver is making a name for himself by catching big touchdowns at the end of the game - no, not Justin Blackmon, but Cecil Shorts. Come Sunday, the Jags face off against the Chicago Bears, who just demoralized the Cowboys on Monday night, so the team has their work cut out for them.
9/22/12 ? Blaine Gabbert and Cecil Shorts are making a habit of late touchdown heroics. In week one, Gabbert and Shorts connected on a long touchdown to give the Jaguars the lead with only seconds left in the game. This week, the duo would come through again to give Jacksonville a 22-16 win over the Colts. After the Indianapolis Colts took a 17-16 lead. Gabbert found his wide receiver for a short pass, which Shorts turned into an 80-yard touchdown and the game-winning score. Gabbert finished with 155 yards passing on 10 of 21 completions and a touchdown. Maurice Jones-Drew carried the load early running for 177 yards on 28 carries including a 59-yard touchdown run. The win is the Jaguars first of the season and first as the Jaguars Head Coach for Mike Mularkey.
8/16/12: The Bucs are wrapping up training camp, and not a moment too soon for many players. New head coach Greg Sciano ran one of the toughest camps in recent history, which was a far cry from the Club Med vibe under former HC Raheem Morris. Coaches and fans are falling love with rookie running back Doug Martin. Many expect him to win the starting job over incumbant LeGarrett Blount. Both have played/practiced well, but neither has won the job. In any case, the Bucs look stronger and more focused than last season, and could surprise in the NFC South.
8/2/12: Running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who led the league with over 1600 yards last season is still a no-show at training camp. Jones-Drew wants a contract extension that will pay him like other elite backs - the $7-8 million per year range. The problem is that MJD has two years remaining on his deal and is creeping towards 30 years of age. The Jags are reluctant to throw big money after a guy with a limited shelf life. Jags fans hope a deal can be worked out in the near future, and it is in the best interest of everyone involved that some sort of understanding can be in place.
7/26/12: The Maurice Jones-Drew contract situation is now officially a serious issue for the Jaguars. MJD has repeatedly said he wants a new contract and will sit out until he gets one. The Jags say he has two years left on his deal and needs to honor the terms. The team has said they want MJD to report/play and they will work on a new deal then, but that leaves MJD open to injury. Another option is a trade. There are plenty of teams who would want the league's top rusher. At this point, that may be the best option, and could bring the Jaguars assets to help them rebuild.
With training camp officially beginning for many teams throughout the league on Thursday, that also means the beginning of another year of holdouts hoping for new contracts. This year, one of those holdouts is Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who is hoping to renegotiate his original five-year, $31 million deal that he signed three seasons ago. The deal now has two years left on it, along with roughly $9 million, and Jones-Drew is holding out to receive what he believes he deserves from the Jaguars front office after having yet another outstanding season last year when he led the league with 1,606 yards rushing.
5/22/12: Nothing like a good old-fashioned Southern-style roadtrip to drum up fan interest. The Jags announced they would embark on a 9-day, 7-city caravan throughout Florida and Georgia to engage fans and drum up team interest. While the city of Jacksonville is the geographically the largest in the country, the market is considered small, and the Jags have to work extra hard in surrounding areas for support. Being born into a state that already has the Dolphins and Bucs, as well as Florida State, UF, and UM only makes it harder - but give the Jags new owner Shad Khan credit for undertaking the challenge.
5/16/12: With quarterback development progressing with incumbant Blaine Gabbert as the starter and Chad Henne signed to back him up, as well as the likely improvement of the receiving corps thanks to selecting Justin Blackmon with the 6th overall pick and signing Lee Evans, the Jaguars may have thought they were starting to right the ship on the offensive side of the ball. However, Maurice Jones-Drew, who is consistently among the top rushers in the NFL, wants his fair share as well. Jones-Drew is currently skipping OTA's and demanding a new contract. He is due $4.45 million this season, far less than comparable RB's like Arian Foster and Chris Johnson.
5/11/12: The Jaguars stuck it to former nemisis Jeff Fisher during the draft by trading with Tampa to select Justin Blackmon in the first round. Blackmon, ranked the best receiver in this year's draft, is expected to bolster a passing attack that ranked dead last in the NFL last season. Jags receivers caught a total of 121 passes in 16 games. Blackmon caught 111 in twelve. The Jags did start overwhelmed rookie Blaine Gabbert for most of the season. After failing to land Tim Tebow from the Broncos, new owner Shad Khan needs Gabbert and Blackmon to jumpstart the offense and get fans in the seats.
5/3/12: The Jags showed they are serious about improving their offense by trading up with Tampa in order to select the highest rated wide receiver prospect in Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon. The Jaguars' offensive woes have been well noted, and the team did not offer Blaine Gabbert a viable receiving threat in his rookie year. Blackmon brings a legitimate number one wideout to Jacksonville for the first time since Jimmy Smiths played. Curiously, the Jags did not address needs for the league's worst-ranked offense in the remainder of the draft, and even used a valuable third round pick on punter Brian Anger.
4/25/12: The Jags endured a tulmultuous twelve months. First round draft pick quarterback Blaine Gabbert was overwhelmed in his rookie year, though he lacked true receiving threats. The team was sold by original owner and 'good guy' Wayne Weaver to Illinois businessman (and former almost-owner of the St. Louis Rams) Shad Khan. Jack Del Rio was fired late in the season and permanently replaced by Mike Mularky in February. The draft offers a chance for rebuilding, and the Jags have numerous holes to fill. The Jags traded with Tampa to move up two spots to #5 and selected the top wide reciever Justin Blackmon.
4/17/12: Jaguar fans learned the team's 2012 schedule on Tuesday, with the regular season kicking off at Minnesota on September 9th. The Jags play their division twice, the NFC North, the AFC East, as well as the Bengals at at Oakland. The NFL tends to reward successful, exciting, or intriguing teams with primetime games Since Jacksonville is 0-3 on those criteria, the only real surprise is that the Jags did get a Thursday Night primetime game against the Colts. However, this probably had more to do with getting Andrew Luck in the spotlight rather than Blaine Gabbert and the last-ranked passing offense from 2011.
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David Gerrard's production has increased and Maurice Jones-Drew is playing consistent. They cause trouble for defenses with a strong running game. However their lack of a strong receiver core causes them to be one dimensional and doesn't support a down field threat. Their defense isn't anything to talk about either. They don't stand out in any category and don't do much well. Its been tough for this team to be supported but with smart draft picks in the future this team could possibly start building a successful franchise.
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