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Jags’ Marqise Lee held out of OTAs with knee injury

Second-year wide receiver Marqise Lee is being held of Jacksonville Jaguars OTAs this week after suffering a knee injury earlier in the team’s offseason training program.
According to ESPN’s Mike DiRocco, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley is uncertain if Lee will be healthy enough to participate in any of the team’s 10 OTA practices, but the hope is to have him back for minicamp June 16-18.
“He’s more day-to-day, probably more week-to-week,” Bradley said, via DiRocco. “We’re going to be smart with him and where he’s at. I know he wants to get back here, but we’re being smart with him. We’ll see if he makes it back before the minicamp or not.”
This isn’t Lee’s first issue with injuries during his short NFL career. As DiRocco notes, he missed most of last season’s OTAs with an ankle injury and missed three games during the regular season with a hamstring injury.
Lee, Jacksonville’s second-round pick in 2014, caught 37 passes for 422 yards and one touchdown as a rookie. 
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Marcedes Lewis adapting to new role with Jaguars

Veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis is back with the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 10th season, but much has changed from previous years.
For starters, his job as the team’s No. 1 tight end is gone with the arrival of big-ticket free agent Julius Thomas from the Denver Broncos. 
His salary is different as well. Lewis agreed to a pay cut in April. According to the Florida Times-Union, his salary cap number dropped from $8.2 million to $3.85 million with his re-worked deal.
Lewis said Tuesday he’s taking the changes in stride.
“Nothing changes inside here,” Lewis said, pointing to his heart, via Ryan O’Halloran of the Times-Union. “My job is to still go out there and do my best to help this team win. I’m paid to do a job. I’ve had a chance to come here and do some good things over the years.”
The 31-year-old Lewis said he believes the addition of Thomas will end up working to his benefit.
“We’re going to feed off each other,” Lewis said. “It’s going to be some problems for the other team no…

Will Blake Bortles be better in 2015?

Many of the 2014 NFL draft picks are looking to improve upon their rookie seasons with one of them being a key member of the young, Jacksonville Jaguars. Will Blake Bortles be better in 2015?
The second year for an NFL player is a chance to prove whether or not they have made sound adjustments and decisions to be consistent and have longevity in their careers.
Blake Bortles is no exception and perhaps his greatest strength, is knowing that he needs to make improvements in some areas to continue his progression into someday becoming a winning quarterback in the NFL.
NFL.com‘s Chris Wesseling reported on the young QB’s desires to improve inside the pocket.
With a new offensive coordinator Greg Olson, and mechanics expert Tom House offer the knowledge and expertise needed to help Blake Bortles prosper in 2015.
Blake Bortles commented on his progress;
“To me, it’s a big difference,” Bortles said Tuesday, of his altered mechanics. “To the guys that I worked with it’s a big difference. It…

Sen’Derrick Marks speaks about death of teen prom date

Sen’Derrick Marks made headlines during the NFL season for the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the offseason, he has made headlines for showing his kind heart and caring nature when he took a dying cancer patient to prom only two weeks ago.
Over the weekend, Marks learned his date, 18-year-old Khameyea Jennings had died from liver cancer.
In a world that has been so stricken with violence and pain lately, news like this brings out the human side in all of us.

Continue to fight and show others the Strenght and faith u have Khameyea. #angelonearth #khameyeajennings pic.twitter.com/dQauCcfkIs
— Sen’Derrick Marks (@senmarks) May 3, 2015

As taken from a report on Fox Sports, Marks, who had the best season of his six-year NFL career before tearing the ACL in his right knee in the Jaguars’ final game, was praised for agreeing to give Jennings a ride in his Lamborghini to the prom at the Jacksonville Zoo.
But he insisted Tuesday that the compliments, while well-meaning, were entirely misplaced….

There will be plenty of competition for the Jaguars free safety spot

One of the things that has to excite the Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff more than anything going into OTA’s is the thought of there being competition all over the roster for the first time in what seems to be forever.
Finally, there are enough players to not only contribute, but to challenge for starting roles and to provide depth where it has been a major issue in the past. Drafting the right players and signing solid veterans in free agency tends to help a team out more often than not.
This year, one of the better battles might be in the secondary at the free safety position, a spot where the team was noticeably weak last year and a concern that had to be addressed this offseason. The team drafted James Sample of Louisville in the fourth round to compete for a starting spot in an otherwise suspect secondary.
In John Oehser’s “What to Watch” story on Jaguars.com, the free safety spot is highlighted as one of the major positions to follow, most notably with a rookie pushing so …

Jacksonville Jaguars: Offensive Positional Ranking

The Jacksonville Jaguars have massively revamped their offense since head coach Gus Bradley and General Manager David Caldwell took over. Tight end Marcedes Lewis is the only player that remains from before their arrival. These drastic moves have paid off, as the offense is now young and has the potential to be very good. The 2015 offseason and draft also proved very beneficial to the team as they continued to take major strides forward. Below, I ranked the Jaguars improved position groups.
1. Guard
The Jaguars guard position is one of the deepest and most talented on the team. They have three players who would be solid starters on any team in the NFL. Brandon Linder has solidified the right guard spot and was one of the best players on the team last year. He’s just going into his second year, but Linder has the potential to lock down the right guard spot for the next decade.
The left side is less certain, but the talent is still there. The Jaguars signed former Bronco Zane Beadles to a big contract la

Jacksonville Jaguars Rookie Dante Fowler Really Proud After Catching First Fish

For the next year whenever he is not actively working on rehabbing his knee and getting stronger for the 2016 season Jacksonville Jaguars rookie Dante Fowler is going to have a lot of downtime. It looks like he is learning how to do something that is perfect for downtime–fishing. Here he is catching his first fish and even though the sucker is tiny he is extremely proud of himself.Just don’t fall off the pier and jack your knee up anymore than it already is Dante. Had a great time with the bros at the river house , S/o to @codyaveritt aka the river monster on helping me catch my first fish lol , And I know you see the time piece! Always GLOing ⭐️ , BTW that fish tried to bite me❗️ A video posted by Dante Fowler (@6ixxg.o.d) on May 23, 2015 at 7:02am PDT Read more »

Week 1 starters: Jacksonville Jaguars

Despite rookie minicamp beginning and OTAs not starting until this coming week, it is fun to make an educated guess at who will be each teams’ week one starters. Sadly, one key injury has already plagued the Jacksonville Jaguars. During the Jags rookie minicamp, number three overall pick Dante Fowler Jr. suffered a torn ACL and was lost for the season. Thankfully, his injury happened early enough that Jacksonville should have ample time in order to find his fill-in. Gus Bradley is known for his defensive prowess, and should accommodate for the team’s loss as well as build off of the previous record of 3-13.

WR1: Marquise Lee
WR2: Allen Robinson
LT: Luke Joeckel
LG: Zane Beadles
C: Luke Bowanko
RG: Brandon Linder
RT: Jeremy Parnell
TE1: Julius Thomas
TE2: Mercedes Lewis
QB: Blake Bortles
RB1: Toby Gerhart
RB2: T.J. Yeldon
RB3: Denard Robinson
Fingers crossed that the injury bug that infected the Jaguars receivers in 2014 was solely a freak accident, but barring no…

Jacksonville Jaguars: Biggest Offseason Additions

With one of the highest graded drafts and a stellar free agency period, it’s hard to lock down the three best additions the Jacksonville Jaguars made this offseason. The talent on this team has improved in a big way and that should be represented on the Jaguars’ record in 2015.
1. Julius Thomas
It’s obvious Julius Thomas is the biggest offseason acquisition for the Jaguars, but it’s amazing just how many different ways this is good for Jacksonville. Off the field, the Jaguars were able to land a big name free agent, something they have repeatedly failed to do. He made the Jaguars the hot team to talk about, which is no easy feat to accomplish.
Julius Thomas
On the field, he fits a huge number of needs. The Jaguars struggled in the red zone; they were 31st in the league in red zone touchdowns. At 6’5”, Thomas is a freak athlete who will be a great target in the end zone. He can easily rise above coverage and come down with a touchdown. He averaged 12 touchdowns each of the past two years. C

Jaguars Post-Draft Depth Chart: Defense

Jaguars Post-Draft Depth Chart: OffenseDefensive End: 1: Chris Clemons1A: Tyson Alualu3: Andre Branch4 Ryan Davis5: Chris Smith6: Ike Igbinosun7: Nordly CapiThe Jacksonville Jaguars had a relatively weak group at defensive end entering the 2015 offseason. After the addition of third overall pick Dante Fowler, the Jaguars were supposed to have the position set (at least at the LEO spot) for the next decade. While that might still be the case, Fowler will have to start a year late after tearing his ACL in mini camp. Without Fowler, the Jaguars are forced to start veteran Chris Clemons, the 2014 starter whose best days are undoubtedly behind him, at LEO. An 11-year veteran, Clemons was very successful playing under head coach Gus Bradley in Seattle in the same role, but hasn’t been able to produce at the same rate in Jacksonville due to a combination of his growing age and a serious drop off in defensive talent around him.Across from Clemons will be Tyson Alualu, a surprise top-10 pick in 2010 who has failed t

Jacksonville Jaguars: How will these different players work?

The Jacksonville Jaguars did not have a great start with their rookie minicamp. The now infamous play that took first round draft pick Dante Fowler Jr. out of the season really exemplified everything the Jags have been trying to get away from these past few years. Bad luck, injuries, and poor choices have haunted Jacksonville’s team throughout the seasons, but this year they are hoping to break the curse.
Jacksonville started the off-season with a bang, pursuing big names like DeMarco Murray and Julius Thomas in free agency. While the only big star they seemed to catch was Julius Thomas, the risky moves the Jags were making made news. They ended up signing a few castoffs like a Bryan Walters from the Seattle Seahawks and Sergio Brown from the New England Patriots, but overall, these guys have more to prove than Julius Thomas just because they know they were given a second chance to play professionally with the Jags.
Dante Fowler Jr. getting taken off the field
The draft, on the other hand, was much less t

Jacksonville Jaguars finish dead last in this very odd ranking

According to the latest and great Uni Watch NFL Power Rankings, the Jacksonville Jaguars have the most unappealing uniforms out of all 32 teams.
According to ESPN Uniform Columnist Paul Lukas the look of the Jags has flatlined and heres why:
You know, the superhero jersey isn’t bad, and the Jags’ color scheme has always been underrated. But there’s no getting around it: This is the worst helmet in NFL history, and everything else in this uniform set is subordinate to that. Woof! per espn.com
He couldn’t have said it any better, everything else isn’t so bad, but those damn helmets, what were they thinking?
There is nothing innovative or cool about them, just plain stupid and even worse they’re the main reason why the Jags finds themselves ranked No.32 when it comes to the best NFL uniforms.
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By now the Jaguars are used to being at the botto…

Julius Thomas: Bortles has the right attitude

New Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas spent most of his career playing with a pretty decent quarterback leading the offense in Peyton Manning.
So far, he’s liking what he’s seen from his new QB, Blake Bortles – at least in the leadership department.
“What stands out about him is his attitude,” Thomas said, according to Jaguars.com. “He’s very easy to get along with. That means a lot as a quarterback, when you can go out there and your players feel like they can be comfortable around you and they’re excited to play with you. He has a good amount of excitement around him. We’re out there at practice and the quarterback is 10-to-15 yards downfield to say, ‘Great catch.’ Those are the little things that help him be a great leader.”
Thomas was equally complimentary of the Jaguars’ group of young receivers: Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee, who are all entering their second seasons.
“I’m excited about them,” Thomas said. “Those guys are great athletes. They definitel…

Luke Joeckel knows he must player better this season in Jacksonville

The clock is ticking on Luke Joeckel’s career in Jacksonville.
Despite a rookie season that was wiped out because of injuries and given the fact management has spent the past two seasons building one of the weaker units on offense, Joeckel may be running out of time to prove himself to the Jaguars and the fans in Jacksonville.
And it seems everyone is taking notes. There is no fail in this equation, only a passing grade will keep general manager David Caldwell from flunking Joeckel after his third season as the team’s left tackle. He may get a “pass” for his rookie year spent on the sideline with a broken ankle for the final 11 games, but everything else is fair game, including the 16 games he will enter into this season.
“I think every year is [is huge],” Joeckel said. “You don’t want to put on added pressure and all that kind of stuff. I know I need to go out there, need to compete, need to play consistent football. I think that’s the most important thing for every single player i…

Jacksonville Jaguars: What Still Needs Work?

The Jacksonville Jaguars made great strides this offseason. Through the draft and free agency, they solidified and greatly improved several positions. The offensive line is deep and should encourage competition at guard, center and right tackle. Despite Dante Fowler’s injury, his addition alongside Michael Bennett will make the defensive line much better in the years to come. Tight end went from a liability to a huge strength with the acquisition of Julius Thomas. TJ Yeldon should be the team’s feature running back for the foreseeable future. Even cornerback will improve after the arrival of Davon House. However, after all that, the Jaguars still have several positions of need before they can really challenge for a playoff spot.
Free Safety
Free safety is an interesting position for the Jaguars. Sergio Brown is not the answer at free safety; he is a stopgap at the position and not much else. Fourth round draft pick James Sample has limited experience after transferring twice in college. Sample also p