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I'd just like to point out that it's January and we are still talking about Jaguars football and it doesn't even involve the draft.

Like nearly everyone else in America, I will be pulling for Jacksonville next week.  Get it done, gentlemen.

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Josh Scobee seeks to be paid as an elite kicker

By Brian McIntyre

Around the League writer

The Jacksonville Jaguars have until the middle of next month to sign franchised kicker Josh Scobee to a multiyear extension. According to Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union, the two sides haven't talked in months which, when combined with the team concluding their offseason workouts, won't help a deal get reached before the deadline.

Jaguars general manager Gene Smith thinks the team has made a fair offer.

"We tried to, relative to the market, be fair with our players and we'll continue to work to get a long-term deal done," Smith said last week. "There's been a couple recent deals done this out of season, and we're hopeful we'll get his done...Certainly the team and the player and the agent, when you're in negotiation, you look at deals that are done recently."

Let's take a look those recent kicker deals Smith speaks of.

Following the lockout, Matt Bryant ($2.675M), Mason Crosby ($2.95M), Olindo Mare ($3M), David Akers ($3M) and Adam Vinatieri ($3.066M) all signed contracts in the $3 million per year range. Late last season, the Kansas City Chiefs locked up Ryan Succop, who was headed towards restricted free agency, with an extension that averaged $2.75 million per season, further establishing where the floor of a multi-year deal is for the five kickers that were franchised this offseason.

The most recent contract, and perhaps the one that may be most pertinent to future negotiations, was also signed by a franchised kicker in the Sunshine State. On May 17, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers replaced Connor Barth's $2.654 million franchise tag with a four-year, $13.2 million extension that contained $4 million in guaranteed money. Among multi-year contracts for active kickers, Barth's $3.3 million per year deal ranks third behind those signed by Oakland's Sebastian Janikowski ($4 million per season) and New England's Stephen Gostowski ($3.4 million).

Scobee's agent, Ken Harris, is certainly trying to beat the Barth contract. Harris' argument will be that his client is more experienced (120 games, all with the Jaguars, to 41 with two teams for Barth) and has posted similar statistics over the last two seasons. Last season, Barth tied with Bryant for the league lead with a 93 percent accuracy rate with Scobee right behind them at 92 percent. Another argument is that at $2.88 million, Scobee's franchise tag is over $200,000 larger than the franchise tags for Barth, Mike Nugent (another Harris client) and Matt Prater received.

If Scobee plays out the season on the franchise tag, and has another solid year, it would cost the Jaguars $3.456 million to use the tag on Scobee in 2013. Combined with this year's tender, that's $6.336 million over two seasons, which could help Harris beat the $4 million in stated guarantees that Barth received.

Of course, none of this matters if the two sides don't resume talks. That should pick up as the July 16 deadline approaches or if the Denver Broncos do a deal with Prater, which was reportedly close to happening late last week. If we had to venture a guess, though, an extension averaging over $3 million per season with a stated guarantee north of $4 million gets a Scobee deal done.

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Mike Brown draws Wes Welker comparison

By Brian McIntyre

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The Jacksonville Jaguars signed wide receiver Laurent Robinson to a five-year, $32.5 million contract and moved up in the 2012 NFL Draft to select Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon, all to upgrade a passing game that ranked 32nd in 2011. The Jaguars further addressed the position by adding some undrafted rookie free agent wide receivers.

One of those players was Mike Brown from Liberty. Brown -- a converted quarterback -- got a tryout because a former college coach, Charlie Skalaski, had joined the Jaguars' coaching staff. Brown took advantage of his chance and earned a three-year contract. He remains on the roster, even as two receivers, Jarrett Boykin, Nelson Rosario, who received base salary guarantees were waived.

Part of the reason for Brown's survival thus far is that he's ideally built for the slot, at 5-foot-10 and 205 pounds. His work during OTAs and minicamps has prompted receivers coach Jerry Sullivan to compare Brown to Wes Welker.

"We talk about the roster often in staff meetings," Skalaski told The Daily Progress last week. "Mike has left an extremely favorable impression on the whole staff, from the offensive coordinator to the head coach to the special teams coordinator...I know Jerry Sullivan said Mike has a lot of the same qualities as Wes Welker."

Before anyone expects Brown to lead the league in receptions, it's important to remember that he caught five passes for 25 yards over his final two seasons in college after moving from receiver to quarterback in 2010. He's very much a developmental player who is facing an uphill climb just to make the Jaguars' 53-man roster. Also, Wes Welker wasn't "Wes Welker" until his third season in the league.

That Sullivan sees something in Brown, however, is noteworthy because he was coaching the Miami Dolphins receivers when the team signed Welker off the street, early in the 2004 season. If Brown lives up to that comparison this summer, he could push current slot receiver Mike Thomas for playing-time in 2012 and off the roster next year.

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Rashad Jennings could benefit from MJD situation

By Brian McIntyre

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As we count down the days to training camp, Around the League will examine one player from every team set for a breakout campaign in 2012. Next up, the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Rashad Jennings could take advantage of Maurice Jones-Drew's contract squabble.

The Jacksonville Jaguars do not know if three-time Pro Bowl running back Maurice Jones-Drew will show in time for training camp. The NFL's leader in rushing attempts (343) and rushing yards (1,606) is not happy with the two years and $9.5 million that remains on his $31.35 million extension from 2009 and skipped the team's offseason program, including a mandatory minicamp.

Between $60,000 in potential fines for the minicamp absence, and forfeiting a $50,000 workout bonus in his contract, Jones-Drew may have spent $110,000 to show his dissatisfaction.

Part of Jones-Drew's willingness to play hardball with the Jaguars may be due to a lack of organizational depth at the running back position. Jones-Drew accounted for 70.1 percent of the team's carries and 81.5 percent of the Jaguars' rushing yards last season.

A potential ace up Jaguars general manager Gene Smith's sleeve is Rashad Jennings, a 2009 seventh-round pick out of Liberty who spent last season on injured reserve with a sprained medial collateral ligament.

The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Jennings has 123 carries for 661 yards (a 5.4 yards per carry average) with five touchdowns, a pair of 100-yard performances and 42 receptions for 324 yards out of the backfield.

What's impressive about Jennings' production is that he played in less than 25 percent of the Jaguars' offensive snaps over the 2009 and 2010 seasons (492 of 2,106, according to a source with access to official playing-time documents).

Even if Jones-Drew reports in time for the regular season, the Jaguars would be wise to lessen his workload by putting more on Jennings' plate. With Jennings entering the final year of his contract, and getting the reps with the first-team offense as Mike Mularkey installs his system, the 27-year-old could be poised for a breakout season.

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Jeff Lageman: Blaine Gabbert better than Chad Henne

By Marc Sessler

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The Jacksonville Jaguars are committed to Blaine Gabbert at quarterback, but if he looks anything like he did last season, it won't be long before Chad Henne sees the field.

It might be time, however, to see Gabbert through new eyes. His teammates have praised his performance this offseason, and one former Jaguars star believes Gabbert has tightened his grasp over the starting role.

Jeff Lageman, the team's former defensive end, told Pat Kirwan of CBSSports.com that Gabbert, in his first full offseason, "is clearly a better passer than Chad Henne after the spring workouts."

Henne was brought in for insurance. The former Miami Dolphins starter has a good chance to see the field this season if Gabbert stumbles, but the Jaguars haven't given up on last year's tenth overall pick.

Gabbert's arm wasn't the problem last season. When he shook off the ghosts, Gabbert put the ball into tight spaces with power. But he completed only 50.8 percent of his throws. He was a lost soul when it came to reading defenses. We expect to see a more comfortable young quarterback this season.

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Maurice Jones-Drew right to want more from Jaguars

By Brian McIntyre

Around the League writer

Around the League" is taking a look at each team's salary-cap situation heading into training camp. Next up: The Jacksonville Jaguars.

Adjusted cap number: $148.541 million

Cap room remaining: $25.116 million

Best bargain: Given all the injuries the Jaguars dealt with last year, a case could be made for giving the medical staff this honor. However, Maurice Jones-Drew would have you believe that he's the Jags' best bargain, and given that he's set to make $4.55 million in base salary and incentives, the NFL's reigning rushing champ has a point. Fifteen running backs will earn more than MJD, including both of the Bushes (Michael and Reggie) and Jacksons (Fred and Steven).

Potential camp casualty: The Jaguars have the most salary cap space left in the NFL and are not under any pressure to free up space this summer. To pick one player on the bubble, however, we'll look to the backfield. Fullback Greg Jones played in fewer than 40 percent of the Jaguars' offensive snaps last season and gained a total of just 26 yards from scrimmage; he also scored a touchdown and added a pair of tackles on special teams. Will first-year head coach Mike Mularkey's offense incorporate the fullback enough that the team can justify keeping the 31-year-old Jones around on a $3.4 million base salary?

Wide receiver Mike Thomas (who averaged 9.4 yards per catch and scored one touchdown in 2011) would have been the obvious choice, but the Jaguars already paid him a $3.5 million roster bonus in March, and he has $1.45 million fully guaranteed. So he's not going anywhere.

Contract issue looming In 2013: The Jaguars have until 4 p.m. ET on Monday to agree to a multi-year extension with franchised kicker Josh Scobee. The veteran kicker has not signed his tender, but does plan on arriving in time for the season. The Jaguars could apply the franchise tag to Scobee again next offseason (at a cost of $3.456 million), but might have more important positions to address first. Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton is a run-stuffing force in the middle and veteran outside linebacker Daryl Smith turned in another solid season in 2011, despite changing positions to accommodate the signing of Paul Posluszny.

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Mike Mularkey wants more from Laurent Robinson

By Gregg Rosenthal

Around The League editor

A trend has emerged early at Jaguars camp. The receivers are struggling, starting at the top of the depth chart with Laurent Robinson.

"He's got to make some plays. Maybe he's pressing. I'm not sure," Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey said about Robinson via the Florida Times-Union. "I know he knows it [that he's got to make more plays]. Heck, he's been around the league a long time, and he knows he's got make a play. Sometimes, you press. He'll come around. ... All he has to do is make one, and they'll come in bunches."

Mularkey made those comments on Sunday. On Monday, Robinson and the other receivers reportedly struggled to get open, according to Big Cat Country. Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne barely completed any passes, holding the ball too long.

Without Justin Blackmon and Maurice Jones-Drew in camp, the Jaguars are hurting for weapons. Mularkey also mentioned tight end Marcedes Lewis needs to get in better shape. The writers around the team uniformly say that Gabbert has looked better this year, but the Jaguars defense remains well ahead of the offense.

The Jaguars paid Robinson huge money for a guy that has been a journeyman throughout his career. He must prove he can handle the extra attention and pressure that comes with a big contract.

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Offensive line is getting a little dinged.

Following an injury during practice Tuesday that required second-year offensive lineman Will Rackley to be carted off the practice field, more details were revealed when Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey spoke to the media on Wednesday. Via Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union, Mularkey told the media that Rackley will be out 3-4 weeks with a high ankle sprain on his right ankle that had him in a boot on Wednesday.Taking his place on the starting offensive line will be veteran guard Jason Spitz, according to Mularkey. Spitz is a former member of the Packers that signed a three-year deal with the Jaguars in 2011, but has not yet made a start with the team and hasn't made a start in the NFL since 2009.

The injuries on the offensive line will be a major concern if they continue to linger. Monroe is expected to be out the rest of the week, including the Jaguars scrimmage on Friday evening. Rackley is out at least a month with a high ankle sprain, which could wind up being worse once the swelling goes down and an MRI can be done. Having the starting left side of the offensive line down won't help either quarterback.

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Tweets from tonight's intra-squad scrimmage

jaguarsinsider ‏@jaguarsinsiderGabbert finishes 3 of 3 for 38 yards on last drive and is 10 of 13 for 91 yards passing with one TD overall for a 120.9 rating. jaguarsinsider ‏@jaguarsinsiderChad Henne finishes 3 of 7 for 25 yards in first three series and was picked off by Will Middleton who could have raced to end zone for TD. jaguarsinsider ‏@jaguarsinsiderRashad Jennings finishes with 37 receiving yards on three receptions including 15 and 16-yard receptions.

Gabbert checking down? Still nice to the completion rate up.
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Pretty decent review by Kuharsky.

Theirs is a defense loaded with quality front-line talent. Beyond middle linebacker Paul Posluszny, most of it remains largely unknown. But if you don’t know linebacker Daryl Smith or cornerback Derek Cox or defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, that’s not the Jaguars' concern.

“If anyone feels we are not in a proper place or we have problems, that’s OK,” Posluszny said. “We feel like inside these walls we’re doing everything that we can to be a very successful team.

“Mularkey’s done a great job for us. He’s a former player who’s been through it. To me, that all means a ton, because he knows exactly what we are going through and what it takes to be successful.”

While the offense is being revamped, and Mularkey and his assistants are trying to reformat quarterback Blaine Gabbert after a horrific rookie season, the defensive system and bulk of the staff have been in place for a while now.

Gabbert has nice moments, but his overall inconsistencies halt any anxious proclamations that he made a significant offseason jump.

It’s a slow process, installing a new offense and rebuilding a quarterback’s confidence. How slow, is the question we need answered.

Mentions of mechanical or technical adjustments by his coaches have been well-received, and he acts on them quickly. That’s great, but when the rush turns live and the pocket starts collapsing, will he have open people he can stand in and find? We simply can’t know yet.

Rashad Jennings is the lead back without Jones-Drew in camp, and is a bigger guy who also ranks as a power runner. I liked what I saw and heard from him.

http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/61032/camp-confidential-jacksonville-jaguars-3
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My personal thoughts from last night's game

- When given time, Gabbert looked quite comfortable in Mularkey's offense. He looked much improved in going to secondary reads.

- When pressure came straight up the middle, he still looked panicked though. Although honestly, I'm sure that would apply to quite a few young QB's.

- Mike Thomas had a nice night to help secure his roster spot.

- Cecil Shorts looked better catching the ball than last year.

- Jags lack depth along OL and LB corps. That was evident in 2nd quarter last night.

- Rashad Jennings has nice burst out of backfield and did nothing to change Jags plans concerning MJD. Not a fan of Jalen Parmalee though.

- Derek Cox left with a minor calf sprain and Rashean didn't play so that left William Middleton out there against some of the better NYG receivers and he got away with at least one blatant PI that went uncalled.

- Speaking of which, the replacement refs were bad. Calling phantom fouls and missing obvious ones.

- Anger really boomed the ball last night although he outkicked the coverage a couple times.

- Though Branch had a couple nice pressures but the DLine pressure needs to improve.

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I still do not understand why so many people are freaking out about taking a punter in the third round. It is not a pick I would have made, but people are acting like it has not happened in ages. Punters go in the third round or sooner in about 1/3 of drafts(10 of the last 31, 3 of the last 10). It certainly does not happen every year, but it far from a rare occurrence.

It doesn't really matter I guess since they would have just drafted some other bust. Gene Smith has no clue.
Gene Smith's third round picks:KnightonCoxD'Anthony SmithRackley3 starters and one guy who has not yet played a down due to injury. Those are busts?
D'Anthony Smith - drafted in the 3rd round in 2010. Hasn't played a snap due to a torn toe ligament and torn achilles. I'd say he's a bust and on his way out the door.Knighton - Fat ### that is out of shape and can only play about 1 or 2 snaps at a time before he is sucking down an oxygen tank. Add to the fact his recent off field issue and I'd say we may be cutting our losses with him soon as well.Cox - A middle of the road talent starting because they don't have anything better. I'd say his "starting" job is up for competition. And he is constantly nicked. Injury prone.Rackley - may be the only one worth holding on to. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then.
Is this a joke post? Is there something I am not seeing? :confused: Cox and Knighton are two of the best players.Gene Smith is considered one of the best GM's in the league by personnel people around the NFL.
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My personal thoughts from last night's game- When given time, Gabbert looked quite comfortable in Mularkey's offense. He looked much improved in going to secondary reads. - When pressure came straight up the middle, he still looked panicked though. Although honestly, I'm sure that would apply to quite a few young QB's.- Mike Thomas had a nice night to help secure his roster spot. - Cecil Shorts looked better catching the ball than last year.- Jags lack depth along OL and LB corps. That was evident in 2nd quarter last night.- Rashad Jennings has nice burst out of backfield and did nothing to change Jags plans concerning MJD. Not a fan of Jalen Parmalee though.- Derek Cox left with a minor calf sprain and Rashean didn't play so that left William Middleton out there against some of the better NYG receivers and he got away with at least one blatant PI that went uncalled.- Speaking of which, the replacement refs were bad. Calling phantom fouls and missing obvious ones.- Anger really boomed the ball last night although he outkicked the coverage a couple times.- Though Branch had a couple nice pressures but the DLine pressure needs to improve.

- I thought Gabbert looked good. He looked way more comfortable out there. He does need to protect the ball better.-I'd like to see Aaron Morgan run with the first team for a bit. There's some potential there. He looks bigger, as well.- Branch has nice speed around the edge. It might take some time, but I think he's going to be good.- I know there's some injuries there, but the o-line didn't look particularly good.- The team seems to enjoy playing for Mularkey. I already notice a different energy with this team.- I have to admit, Anger has a big league leg.- Pendleton played well. Gotta like seeing production from your 7th round pick, preseason or not.- Robiski fights for the ball. That didn't occur often with last year's WR corp.- Didn't like seeing Cox get banged up. That seems to be his MO. That's too bad; injuries are preventing him from realizing his potential. Outside of the injuries, I have high hopes for him. Edited by Mr. Brownstone
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Thought this was cool

Mularkey seems to be doing a good job of . . . well, connecting with players. He has implemented a program he first had when he was the head coach at Buffalo in 2004-2005 in which he donates $250 to the Ronald McDonald House if a player hands the ball to the official after a touchdown. Mularkey started the program when the league started penalizing 15 yards for excessive celebration. “I thought, 'How can I make sure our guys don’t do something ridiculous and do that and create a penalty that will really hurt our football team?’ ” he said. “Everybody wins. It looks good. The Ronald McDonald House wins, we win with no penalties.” On Friday, Jaxson Deville knocked the ball from Shorts following the first touchdown, and on Sunday, the mascot donated $250 to the Ronald McDonald House. Owens faked a spike following a touchdown Friday, then handed the ball to the official. “He did it purposely just to see if it would get me going,” Mularkey said laughing, and Owens added, “We talked throughout the week and he kept reminding us, ‘If you get in the zone, make sure.’ I was just pulling his leg.” The team will match every $250 Mularkey donates, meaning $500 will go to the Ronald McDonald House each time the Jaguars hand the ball to an official following a touchdown.

http://www.jaguars.com/news/article-InsideTheJaguars/Inside-Training-Camp-Day-13/287766ba-9cde-4896-8942-e2c3d7ddef75
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I'm officially starting to get a little worried about Monroe now

Jacksonville Jaguars starting left tackle Eugene Monroe will be out once again on Thursday against the Baltimore Ravens, dealing with a head injury he suffered in practice two weeks ago. Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey told the media on Tuesday after practice that Monroe would be out for the game, but would once again still travel with the football team to Baltimore."I don’t know if traveling has anything to do with the testing part of it," said Mularkey. "If they felt like it had anything to do with speeding up the process and having him come back and they felt like travel was a concern they would not have let him travel."Monroe has been going through daily concussion testing, which means he likely has a concussion. Teams are not required to file official injury reports for the NFL preseason, but if Monroe is going through daily baseline testing it's a safe bet that he has a concussion.

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With the Jones-Drew holdout at the 31-day stage, Mularkey was asked if Rashad Jennings will now start the season at running back. Mularkey said, “Today he is. If there was a game today, I could give you a starting lineup. Right now, to give you a [lineup for a] game that’s playing in two weeks, I could not do that.”

When he was asked if Jones-Drew could still return soon and start the year, Mularkey said, “It depends on him. What kind of shape he’s in. How fast he picks up the system. I’m not going to put him in a position where he has any chance to fail because in the long run, we all fail. I’m not going to expose him to failure. It’s not going to happen. If he’s ready and all those conditioning wise [things], and he picks it up immediately, the faster he can progress, yes. I don’t know where we’re at right now. I have no idea.”

When Mularkey was asked if there is a point of no return, he said, “I’ve never gone through this process with any player at any position, so I don’t know where we’ll be when we get to it.”

He said Jones-Drew doesn’t have a playbook.

Jones-Drew also can’t put on pads until the fourth day after he does return because of new rules.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2012-08-25/story/jaguars-notebook-mike-mularkey-holds-out-hope-jones-drew#ixzz24fUxcM1n

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John Oehser ‏@JohnOehserHC MIke Mularkey said he definitely expects Rashad Jennings to start at RB in regular season opener. #jaguars.

John Oehser ‏@JohnOehserMularkey says Cox and Ross likely will start season at CB with Mathis still working way back to normal level. Cox iffy to start reg season

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Might mean nothing but it sure seems odd that free-agent RB Ryan Grant has tweeted a picture of a Jaguar.http://instagram.com/p/O5fNssSGXA/

Yea, I heard a couple rumors lasts night that the Jags were in communication with him. I have no idea if they worked anything out but it would be an interesting pick up.
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Maybe MJD will offer to return if the Jacksonville media will stop tweeting about who is getting the latest set of applause at the Jaguars luncheon. This is getting pathetic.

The local media and fans have not shown much sympathy for MJD during this dispute. While everyone wants him back I think most people are prepared to move on if he decides to extend his holdout. It is not like anyone is expecting a Super Bowl run with or without him.
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Maybe MJD will offer to return if the Jacksonville media will stop tweeting about who is getting the latest set of applause at the Jaguars luncheon. This is getting pathetic.

The local media and fans have not shown much sympathy for MJD during this dispute. While everyone wants him back I think most people are prepared to move on if he decides to extend his holdout. It is not like anyone is expecting a Super Bowl run with or without him.
And I think most fans are happy to get a coaching staff that has a clue on what to do with a young QB.Khan's "train leaving the station" comment wasn't the wisest move to make but the description is apt.
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Blackmon back practicing. Daryl Smith Limited

Ryan O'Halloran ‏@ryanohalloranIt's a groin injury for LB Daryl Smith. Nwaneri and Blackmon went full.

MJD getting up to speedhttp://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/544821/ryan-ohalloran/2012-09-06/jones-drew-getting-speed
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Jags have to be worried about these injuries

Left guard Ebon Britton, right guard Uche Nwaneri and right tackle Cameron Bradfield departed Mall of America Field with protected left ankles, injuries sustained in the Jaguars’ 26-23 overtime loss to Minnesota on Sunday.

All were hurt in the first half. Only Nwaneri returned to regular duty. Britton tried to play on before being shut down, and Bradfield returned only for short-yardage situations.

Despite the tumult, the Jaguars’ front protected and blocked well enough to allow the offense to nearly pull out a last half-minute win over the Vikings.

Subbing in the second half were Guy Whimper at right tackle and rookie Mike Brewster at left guard. One problem: Whimper spent the week of practice working almost exclusively at left tackle and Brewster at right guard and center. The transition was on the fly.

“Obviously, it’s always tough when guys are coming in and out, but they really did a great job,” center Brad Meester said. “Throughout the preseason, we had a bunch of guys go in there. We kept clicking away.”

How bad did things almost get?

“We were talking to [tight end] Zach Potter and going over the blocking schemes for a tackle,” Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey said. “That’s not something you practice for. Rarely do you lose linemen as quickly as we did.”

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/2012-09-09/story/jaguars-offensive-line-overcomes-tumult-give-team-chance-win#ixzz263t7UKxA

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Some positives from yesterday

- Gabbert looked so much better handling pressure in the pocket yesterday.

- Monroe did a great job on Jared Allen

- Nice to see Cecil Shorts make a big-time catch

Negatives

- Too many WR drops

- Secondary needs to get healthier. Aaron Ross looks lost.

- Alualu looked overmatched especially on runs.

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I was extremely happy to see Gabbert continue the play we saw in preseason. What a difference a year makes (and coaching, capable targets). He'll have his bad games, but the improvement was so nice to see. The overthrow to Blackmon in the end zone hurt. He throws the intermediate pass well. I'd like to see more of that.

The injuries on the O-line are problematic, to say the least. It's already a thin group. I haven't seen any updates regarding the injured, but if Guy Whimper has to play any considerable amount of time, Gabbert's going to get decapitated. Right now, it's critical that he gets time to throw and isn't crushed every time he drops back due to Whimpers inability to not suck. I am hoping Bradfield, Uche, and Britton aren't out for significant amounts of time. On the bright side, Eugene Monroe looks really good.

Maurice looked like I expected. I thought he didn't look real fast last year, though. Supposedly Jennings isn't hurt too bad, but we'll see. Gene Smith loves to use IR, so you never know.

I thought the receivers played decent. Dropped balls continue to be a big problem though. I was happy to see Shorts produce, finally. Same with Marcedes and Robinson.

Branch and Mincey did not look great. They were impressive in the preseason and I was expecting more. Maybe it was just that Kalil and Loadholt had great games. The team needs to find more ways to get Aaron Morgan on the field. I thought Knighton and Mosley played OK. Alualu was getting pushed around pretty good. Not encouraging.

The LB's didn't have a very good game. The defense really missed Daryl Smith. It's clear that he is the most vital cog on D. I hope he comes back soon.

The secondary- bad. That's the best I can say. It should get better when Cox comes back from injury.

I know there are some fans grumbling about the play calling, but I thought it was okay. This is the type of game plan they will be utilizing as Gabbert develops.

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gthe big positive is that even if you keep losing like always down there at least you have that awesome new jaguar cheer dance from a few pages back that you can do to really feel awesome take that to the bank brohans

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I don't even know what to say after today's debacle. It was just an embarrassing display.

It's clear that this team lacks talent. That's on the GM. This is year 4 of the rebuild and they look worse than when they started rebuilding. I'm tired of the horrible play. I'm tired of continually drafting in the top ten. It's time for Gene Smith to go.

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I don't even know what to say after today's debacle. It was just an embarrassing display.It's clear that this team lacks talent. That's on the GM. This is year 4 of the rebuild and they look worse than when they started rebuilding. I'm tired of the horrible play. I'm tired of continually drafting in the top ten. It's time for Gene Smith to go.

Is the problem they tighten up and focus only on MJD with the offense w/ Reshad out of the picture. And Marcedes, Cecil and J.Blackmon all shut out of catches? It's amazing to be that bad.
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I don't even know what to say after today's debacle. It was just an embarrassing display.It's clear that this team lacks talent. That's on the GM. This is year 4 of the rebuild and they look worse than when they started rebuilding. I'm tired of the horrible play. I'm tired of continually drafting in the top ten. It's time for Gene Smith to go.

It is too soon for such gloom. They played well for 59 minutes in week one. Houston is a very good team and the Jags where forced to start a guard they picked up this week. The defense is down arguably their best two players and other contributors. There are 14 more games and enough reason to to think by December the future might look brighter.
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I don't even know what to say after today's debacle. It was just an embarrassing display.It's clear that this team lacks talent. That's on the GM. This is year 4 of the rebuild and they look worse than when they started rebuilding. I'm tired of the horrible play. I'm tired of continually drafting in the top ten. It's time for Gene Smith to go.

It is too soon for such gloom. They played well for 59 minutes in week one. Houston is a very good team and the Jags where forced to start a guard they picked up this week. The defense is down arguably their best two players and other contributors. There are 14 more games and enough reason to to think by December the future might look brighter.
I wish I shared your optimism Wads. I totally accept the fact that Houston is really good and that we were missing key contributors. But we weren't even competitive at any point in the game. I know the team is injured, but so is every other team in the league. Realistically, you should be able to offset some of that with proper depth. Hindsight is 20/20, but drafting some line depth instead of a punter in the third round would help to ensure that you're not starting a guard who's been out of the league for 4 years. We're the worst team in the league right now. I wouldn't have thought that would be the case a little over a week ago. I'm really bummed right now.
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I don't even know what to say after today's debacle. It was just an embarrassing display.

It's clear that this team lacks talent. That's on the GM. This is year 4 of the rebuild and they look worse than when they started rebuilding. I'm tired of the horrible play. I'm tired of continually drafting in the top ten. It's time for Gene Smith to go.

It is too soon for such gloom. They played well for 59 minutes in week one. Houston is a very good team and the Jags where forced to start a guard they picked up this week. The defense is down arguably their best two players and other contributors. There are 14 more games and enough reason to to think by December the future might look brighter.
I wish I shared your optimism Wads. I totally accept the fact that Houston is really good and that we were missing key contributors. But we weren't even competitive at any point in the game. I know the team is injured, but so is every other team in the league. Realistically, you should be able to offset some of that with proper depth. Hindsight is 20/20, but drafting some line depth instead of a punter in the third round would help to ensure that you're not starting a guard who's been out of the league for 4 years.

We're the worst team in the league right now. I wouldn't have thought that would be the case a little over a week ago. I'm really bummed right now.

Rackley, Estes and Spitz; all three interior O-linemen who were likely to make the team went on IR in preseason. In week one they lost Eben Britton and Cameron Bradfield, two starters. On top of that Uche Nwaneri is playing hurt. How is drafting an offensive lineman in the third going to change any of that? The Jags had plenty of quality depth on the line 3 weeks ago.
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I don't even know what to say after today's debacle. It was just an embarrassing display.

It's clear that this team lacks talent. That's on the GM. This is year 4 of the rebuild and they look worse than when they started rebuilding. I'm tired of the horrible play. I'm tired of continually drafting in the top ten. It's time for Gene Smith to go.

It is too soon for such gloom. They played well for 59 minutes in week one. Houston is a very good team and the Jags where forced to start a guard they picked up this week. The defense is down arguably their best two players and other contributors. There are 14 more games and enough reason to to think by December the future might look brighter.
I wish I shared your optimism Wads. I totally accept the fact that Houston is really good and that we were missing key contributors. But we weren't even competitive at any point in the game. I know the team is injured, but so is every other team in the league. Realistically, you should be able to offset some of that with proper depth. Hindsight is 20/20, but drafting some line depth instead of a punter in the third round would help to ensure that you're not starting a guard who's been out of the league for 4 years.

We're the worst team in the league right now. I wouldn't have thought that would be the case a little over a week ago. I'm really bummed right now.

Rackley, Estes and Spitz; all three interior O-linemen who were likely to make the team went on IR in preseason. In week one they lost Eben Britton and Cameron Bradfield, two starters. On top of that Uche Nwaneri is playing hurt. How is drafting an offensive lineman in the third going to change any of that? The Jags had plenty of quality depth on the line 3 weeks ago.
You make a valid point, even though I'm not as high on Spitz and Estes as you are. They certainly would have been better than what was trotted out today. Still trying to wrap my head around the re-signing of Whimper.

The Anger reference was a generalization on Smith's selections. What do people see in Gene Smith that I am missing?

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