Jacksonville Jaguars, early observations

Julie Dixon
OTFB Jaguars Reporter

 

By Julie Dixon// @ABroncoNole

After seeing the Jacksonville Jaguars during practices, a scrimmage, and a pre-season game, there are a few observations that can be made.

I have no idea how they’ll do, but they won’t be beaten due to being out of shape. Head coach Doug Marrone is a taskmaster and until you’ve been under a Jacksonville sun at noon, you can’t imagine the heat these guys practice in. To his credit, Marrone and all the coaches wear black shirts.

 

Quarterbacks

Blake Bortles is, and most likely, will always be an inconsistent quarterback. Andy Dalton comes to mind. However, his lows were better than Dalton’s and he’s had more highs. It’s clear that he feels relaxed and loose. When he makes mistakes they appear more testing boundaries over making dumb mistakes. FYI, the guy is an athlete. After going two and half hours in the heat of the day, the team does wind sprints and he’s the first one every time. This guy will be a threat with RPO’s.

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Our Turf Football 2018 NFL Mock Draft 16-32

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By Wanda Wiedman//@WandaW63

Earlier we had listed the first 15 draft picks with a trade. Let’s see what happens with the rest of the teams and who will get drafted from 16-32. So here is the final attempt in Round 1 of the NFL Draft.

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Jags continue to signal they’re going Super Bowl or bust mode.

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By Julie Dixon// @ABroncoNole

The Jacksonville Jaguars continue to make moves.  Their signings and releases freed up cap space and improved the roster in a few places.

Wide receiver Donte Moncrief was an uptick for them over WR Allen Robinson because his contract is less and is a “Prove It” one.  He signed a one-year, $9.6 million, fully-guaranteed contract that also contains another $2 million in incentives.

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AFC North / AFC South – Roster Updates

Meaningful player additions, releases, and re-signings    Last update:  April 19, 2018

 

Baltimore Ravens

Signed: WR John Browns, WR Ryan Grant, G Maurquice Shakir, C Matt Skura, QR Quincy Adeboyejo, LB Patrick Onwuasor, DE Brent Urban, RT James Hurst, CB Brandon Carr, RB Alex Collins, WR John Brown, WR Michael Crabtree, QB Robert Griffin III

Released: CB Lardarius Webb, OT Austin Howard, RB Danny Woodhead, WR Jeremy Maclin

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Jacksonville Jaguars Extend Blake Bortles

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By Julie Dixon //@ABroncoNole

 

In a move that shouldn’t have shocked anyone, the Jaguars offered quarterback Blake Bortles a three-year, $54 million deal, 26.5 guaranteed. Additional incentives are included making it worth up to $66.5M. More details will be released soon.

Bortles was the Jaguars 1st pick of the 2014 draft.  He went third overall, behind Houston Texans defensive end Jadevion Clowney and Detroit Lions tackle Greg Robinson.

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Shad Khan Doubles Down on His Staff with Big Contracts.

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By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole

Some people think the Jacksonville Jaguars flipped their team in one season. Wrong. When Shad Khan hired General Manager Dave Caldwell, he began four year long journey.

Caldwell drafted Blake Bortles, then went about the next three years drafting talent while removing older players with big contracts. In 2015 Bortles threw 35 touchdowns, but a ton of interceptions and the defense wasn’t good.

In 2016, the defense started taking hold, but Bortles was playing with two dislocated shoulders and a bum wrist. Doug Marrone, who had been hired that season to fix the OL, was moved up to head coach when Gus Bradley was fired.

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The moves and silence from the Jaguars

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By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole  

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ were active on the first day of free agency.

General Manager, Dave Caldwell, made a few moves today. He signed their longest-tenured player and fan favorite, Marcedes Lewis, to a contract option. The $3.5 million deal is for only one year. In his 12 seasons with the Jaguars, he has caught 33 touchdowns, five of which came this season.

Jacksonville also picked up options for guard Tyler Shatley and tackle Josh Wells, both backup offensive linemen. Considering head coach Doug Marrone was a former offensive line guy himself, that’s a good vote of confidence. Wells had three starts when Cam Robinson and Jermey Parnell were hurt.

Moves that weren’t made: offering options for big names like WR Marqise Lee, WR Allen Robinson, LB Paul “Puz” Posluszny, CB Aaron Colvin. The prevailing thought is Robinson and Colvin will be picked up.

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Jaguars notes and happenings

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By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole  

 

Three big changes will be coming for the Jacksonville Jaguars. First, they will be getting new uniforms and helmets for 2018. I thought it was pretty cool that a team who plays in such heat wore all black, it gave out a tough vibe. It seems as though they’re going to go back to having teal as their main uniform.

This could be a win or a big lose depending on the shade. Once they had uniforms that were more baby blue teal and those were awful; hopefully, the teal chosen is far, far away from the Titans’ blue. The helmets won’t be two toned, but all black. The Gold/Black was a good idea, but without a fade were too “Mr Two Faced” for most fans.

One can guess the change is being done to sell more apparel and other items. Winning two play off games means new fans and an additional way to profit.

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Brady, Amendola Lead Patriots to Super Bowl

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By Traci McCartney //@traciamc

Jacksonville 20-24 New England

For the 8th time in the 16 years that Tom Brady has been a healthy starting quarterback for the New England Patriots with Bill Belichick as his head coach, the New England Patriots are going to the Super Bowl.

Let that sink in. It’s amazing, astonishing, and sounds impossible, but it’s true.

The Patriots beat the #1 passing defense in the AFC Championship game, 24-20 to advance to Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis where they will take on the NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles after their rout of the Minnesota Vikings.

All week, the media was talking about two things: Jacksonville’s defense and Brady’s injured throwing hand. Despite the 12 stitches at the base of this thumb, Brady was able to engineer his 11th game winning drive to seal the Patriots’ victory.

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Previewing an old school match-up of Jaguars and Patriots

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By Julie Dixon//@ABroncoNole

 

The New England Patriots under head coach Bill Belichick, don’t lose in the postseason in Foxborough. This record has a chance to be broken when Belichick meets up against his old nemesis, Tom Coughlin.

Teams, coaches, and players try to outsmart Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. This won’t be one of those games. Doug Marrone and Coughlin believe in beating you with talent, playing simple, but effective smash mouth football.

The game will hinge, not on quarterback Blake Bortles, but on Jacksonville’s front five: defensive end Calais Campbell, outside linebacker Yannick Ngakoue, defensive tackles Malik Jackson, and  Marcell Dareus and OLB Dante Fowler. Brady will run if he has to, he will rush a yard or two on a QB sneak, but mostly he stays in the pocket and it’s up to those men listed above to push the pocket, snap after snap. Then hit him. And again. #Sacksonville doesn’t even need to sack him, just abuse him.

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