It’s nearly here.
The 2015 NFL Draft is just three days away and the excitement is nearing an all time high. Who’s your team going to take on Thursday, Friday and Saturday? That’s a crapshoot, but knowing the best players at each position is important. Whoever your GM pulls the trigger on, you’ll want to know at least something about that guy
With that in mind below is the top-10 rankings for each defensive position as voted on by the cover32 editors.
• EDGE RUSHERS (READ)
Leonard Williams is a monster
• DEFENSIVE TACKLES (READ)
Phillips could be an All Pro someday
• INSIDE LINEBACKERS (READ)
McKinney is a tackling machine
• CORNERBACKS (READ)
Peters’ stock keeps rising
• SAFETIES (READ)
Collins is the prize at safety
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NFL Draft 2015: What the Jacksonville Jaguars are thinking right about now
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Jacksonville Jaguars’ wide receiver Justin Blackmon has not been on an NFL field since early in 2013. Currently serving an indefinite suspension for violating the NFL’s Substance Abuse Policy, Blackmon’s status remains in limbo.
Back in January, Jags’ owner Shahid Khan had reported that he was “very optimistic” that Blackmon would return to play for the 2015 season. However, offseason workouts have started and nobody in the Jaguars’ camp has any idea if Blackmon plans to apply or has applied for reinstatement, according to general manager Dave Caldwell.
If Blackmon does apply, the NFL has 60 days to make a decision. Since his indefinite ban, Blackmon has spent time in a treatment program and he pleaded no contest to marijuana possession charges stemming from an arrest in July of 2014.
Caldwell spoke about the team’s plans should the elusive Blackmon choose to surface (via the Florida Times-Union).
Our process hasn’t changed. Plan to go without him, but if he emerges, he emerges and he’s g
Dante Fowler is simply a freak of nature and with the top two picks likely being quarterback, the Jacksonville Jaguars are loving life that he fell to them. Fowler is a 6-foot-3, 260 pound athlete who head coach Gus Bradley will lick his chops getting someone like this to add-on his defense that is slowly but surely getting better.
What’s even more amazing about Dante Fowler is he has dropped 25 pounds and as a result his explosiveness has soared. Also with a guy like this Coach Bradley, can use him anywhere on the front seven ideally the outside linebackers or if they want him to bulk up again he can be one of the defensive ends, thus making teams be aware of where he is from snap to snap.
Overall what will the Jacksonville Jaguars get from Dante Fowler?
“He’s had to play at different weights and different spots on the field, and I think he’s finally understanding how to use his athleticism to dominate a game. He will be way better in the pros than what he is now.” is what the AF…
Adrian Peterson would like to forget that the 2014 season ever happened. His off the field issues have led to a major disconnect between Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings. Due to this, rumors of Peterson being available to the highest bidder have run rampant. Similar rumors have said that Vikings GM Rick Spielman would trade the running back for a first round pick and a starting cornerback. Sports Illustrated’s Peter King said recently that it’s much more likely for Peterson to be traded for a second rounder, as no team will be willing to give up a first. King also went on to say that the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals are the front-runners to trade for him. Due to Peterson’s massive contract, it would not be easy for either to acquire him without asking him to take a major pay cut. Enter the Jacksonville Jaguars. Cap Space? Got it. Second round pick? Higher than the Cowboys or the Cardinals. Need for a running back? Well Adrian Peterson is certainly an upgrade over Denard Robinson or Toby Gerhar
Greg Jennings signed with the Miami Dolphins on Thursday leaving many teams with a hole at wide receiver that still needs to be filled. One such team is the Jacksonville Jaguars who would have loved to put Jennings at the slot position and lead their young group. The team spent two second round picks on wide receivers Allen Robinson and Marquise Lee in 2015 to give their rookie quarterback Blake Bortles some weapons to grow with. They also hit on undrafted free agent Allen Hurns out of the University of Miami who had a very successful year. Robinson battled injuries during training camp which prevented him from fully learning the playbook, evidenced by the fact that he greatly improved as the year went on. Outside of those three however, the talent is sorely lacking. Cecil Shorts left to play for the divisional rival Texans, and no other moves have been made as of yet to replace him. On top of all that, its doubtful that 5th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft Justin Blackmon will ever play for Jacksonville ag
Here we go again. The Jacksonville Jaguars seem to be repeating their stance with Justin Blackmon – the same one they used in 2014.
The team is moving on from the troubled wide receiver until otherwise notified. Right now, there is no plan to use No. 14 as part of the team’s plan for the upcoming season. To steal a popular phrase, it’s déjà vu all over again.
According to several sources, one of which is ESPN.com, General manager David Caldwell said Friday at the team’s annual pre-draft luncheon that he hasn’t heard anything from the NFL or Blackmon’s representatives about Blackmon’s plans regarding when — or if — he plans on filing for reinstatement. He has been suspended indefinitely since Nov. 1, 2013.
“Our process hasn’t changed,” Caldwell said. “[We] plan to go without him, but if he emerges, he emerges, and he’s going to go in with those top guys and compete with those other guys.
“Hopefully we’re able to get some news, but if not we weren’t planning on [having Blackm
It’s only fitting that Maurice Jones-Drew retire as a Jacksonville Jaguar, as a member of the team that drafted him into the NFL.
The Florida Times-Union has announced that Jones-Drew, the team’s second all-time leading rusher, will sign a one-day contract to officially retire from the NFL. Jones-Drew played his first eight NFL seasons for the Jaguars – the running back was named to three Pro Bowls – before leaving as a free agent last year for the Oakland Raiders. He announced his retirement last month.
Jones-Drew rushed 1,847 times for 8,167 yards, totals that rank 46th and 45th, respectively, in league history. He won the 2011 rushing championship with a Jaguars’ single-season record 1,606 yards.
Known for his bowling-ball approach to the game, Jones-Drew was the second round pick of the Jaguars back in 2006, the same year when his UCLA teammate Marcedes Lewis was picked by the team in the first round. He said he wore the No. 32 on his jersey as a reminder of the 32 teams who passed on him i
The Jacksonville Jaguars are not known for making the best decisions come Draft night since the team started playing football in 1995. Let’s just say the first round has not been kind to them.
Sure, they had huge success with Tony Boselli and Fred Taylor. Kevin Hardy was a solid player for the team in its infancy and there have been others who have been serviceable starters. But the second round and further down the Draft has proven to be better for this team (minus the Gene Smith years) rather than the top picks, overall.
And the jury is still out on players like Luke Joeckel and Blake Bortles because they have not had enough time in the league. Justin Blackmon is a non-factor and may never play in the NFL again.
But if you are looking to find the “worst” draft pick in this team’s history, maybe you should look at a position rather than a player. And if you want to take shots at this team for its poor drafting decisions, look no further than the wide receiver position.
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Speaking with the media on Tuesday,Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles discussed an issue with arm deterioration that took place over the course of the season.
“My arm kind of deteriorated during the season,” Bortles said at the start of Jacksonville’s voluntary offseason conditioning program, according to ESPN.com. “It didn’t affect anything. It was just, I think, a product of throwing for two years straight without any break.
Bortles then went on to say that he “Took some time off, let it heal, and then went kind of (to seek) out some proper mechanics on how to make it never hurt again.”
Bortles has changed his mechanics this offseason. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images North America)
If I am the Jacksonville Jaguars this news concerns me for a variety of reasons. Looking back at Blake Bortles college stats we see that during his freshman year he attempted 110 passes,completing 75 of those for 958 yards. During his sophomore campaign he attempted 399 passes, completing 251…
The Jacksonville Jaguars regular-season opener on Sept. 13 will mark the debut of a number of high-profile new faces, including tight end Julius Thomas, defensive tackle Jared Odrick and offensive tackle Jermey Parnell.If everything goes according to plan, it will also include the return of a familiar – and valuable – old face, working his way back from injury.Defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks, who tore his ACL during the 2014 finale against the Texans, told the team’s official website he hopes to be ready by the opener.“I want to be back before the season,” Marks told Jaguars.com. “That (the regular-season opener) would be my target, but other than that, I’m not pushing it.“It’s been progressing pretty well. It’s getting better and better every day. I’m going along with the flow, and however it comes about I’m just doing all the work I can. As far as the protocol and what’s on paper, I’m right on schedule of where I’m supposed to be. All that’s great.”His return would be a boon t
Tight end Julius Thomas joined the Jacksonville Jaguars last month after spending the better part of his first four NFL seasons catching balls from Peyton Manning in Denver.
Thomas, who doesn’t view himself as a product of Manning, would like to help his new quarterback become successful.
However, Thomas has a unique way of approaching his job, especially when it comes to second-year Jaguars signal caller Blake Bortles.
I’m hoping that five or six years from now they are saying, ‘You still aren’t any good. You caught passes from Peyton and now you caught passes from Blake. Those guys did all the work. You’re 6-5, put your hands out and the ball just stuck to it.
Thomas is basically indicating that he can just stand there and end up with the ball in his hands.
While this might have worked with a quarterback of Manning’s ilk, Thomas is in for a rude awakening if he thinks Bortles will be able to provide that type of accuracy early. Instead, he’s going to have to be patient with his young quarterb
The 2014 NFL season was pretty good for the Jacksonville Jaguars! Well, um, they drafted well. Their regular season wasn’t good at all. The Jaguars finished 3-13, which surprisingly had them finish third in the AFC South, one game ahead of the 2-14 Tennessee Titans. The Jaguars have had losing season after losing season. The closest they’ve been recently to a winning season was 2010, when they were 8-8. Since then, woof. They’ve been 5-11, 2-14, 4-12 and most recently, 3-13. When coach Gus Bradley and general manager David Caldwell took over in 2013, they’ve been slowly building towards something.
Gus Bradley is a good coach. It’s hard to make that claim, considering he’s only won 7 games in 2 seasons with his team. But Bradley has been gaining respect around the NFL. When he took over for the Jaguars, they were at the bottom of the the league. You need time to draft well and put together a winning team. You need patience. Bradley and GM David Caldwell are working together to put to
All along during the offseason, head coach Gus Bradley and general manager Dave Caldwell have said this was the year the Jacksonville Jaguars would take big step forward. Now that the team and the NFL have seen the 2015 schedules, as they were released Tuesday night, the question remains, “How many games can this franchise win in 2015?”
The Jaguars start the season – their 21st in the NFL – against the Carolina Panthers, the team they entered the league with in 1995, at home. How will second year quarterback Blake Bortles and his cast of young offensive players look against a strong defense led by Luke Kuechley?
The team then plays the Miami Dolphins in EverBank Field before beginning their first road test, which just happens to be against the New England Patriots.
As Jaguars.com senior writer John Oehser wrote, “The start has a homey feel, and they’re on the road at the finish.”
These Jaguars will be battle tested throughout the season. The schedule features three consecutive road games immedia
Blake Bortles was the first quarterback taken in last year’s draft after he was selected surprisingly third overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bortles is the prototypical big framed NFL quarterback at 6-foot-5 and weighing in at 232 pounds, but by the end he was hovering around the 250 pound mark.
By the end of last year, Blake Bortles’ arm was tired — worn down by months of NFL draft preparation, countless practices and then the grind of his rookie season. He noticed something else about his body, too. “I was kind of fat,” Bortles said Tuesday as the team began its off-season conditioning program.
What has Blake Bortles done in the off-season to improve for his 2nd season?
The Jaguars quarterback has taken steps to fix both issues. Blake Bortles spent more than two months in California working on his mechanics — mostly footwork — with quarterback guru Tom House and NFL journeyman Jordan Palmer. “There was a lot to do,” Bortles said. “Once you start playing, things kind of st
This is more than a meet and greet for the Jacksonville Jaguars. For the first time since the team’s season ended in December, players will walk into the training facility at EverBank Field and find familiar faces, new players and a the same dedication from the coaching staff to building a winner in 2015.
There is plenty of excitement all around the stadium and team facilities.
The Jaguars offense got a boost and early start in the offseason with Blake Bortles and his passing camp in California where many of the wide receivers joined him in working on timing, rhythm and getting acquainted with each other.
Newly signed tight end Julius Thomas was one of those in attendance.
The start of the workouts, where almost all participation is expected. According to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com, the nine-week offseason program is broken into three phases, and Phase 1 comprises the first two weeks and is limited to strength and conditional and physical rehab only.
Phase 2 comprises the next three weeks. On-field workout