The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Monday that they have signed S Craig Loston to their active roster and placed S Winston Guy on waivers. Loston, 24, signed on with Jaguars as an undrafted free agent out of LSU back in May. He has already been promoted once to the team’s active roster, but did not record […]
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The JAcksonville Jaguars released former starting safety Winston Guy Jr. on Monday, one day after a 41-10 loss to the San Diego Chargers. Guy, a starter at free safety in the first three games of the season, had been replaced in the starting lineup by Josh Evans before Sunday’s Week 4 loss at San Diego. Guy played […]
The Blake Bortles era started on Sunday with a road game against the San Diego Chargers. Unfortunately for Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars, this game ended the same way every other game this season has ended. The Jaguars lost 33-14 to the Chargers and were outscored 16-0 in the 2nd half. Through three games the defense has looked horrible. They have looked lost in their pass coverage, generated a sluggish pass rush, and simply looked out-matched in all aspects of the game. It’s been a tough few years to be a Jaguars fan, and I feel that this season will not be much different.
Here, I’ll break down some important topics from Sunday’s game against San Diego. As with previous weeks, the positive comments will be few and far between for a team that is 0-4 and looks destined for another top 5 draft pick next May.
Where is the defense?
Philip Rivers picked apart the Jaguars defense yesterday.
The defense for the Jaguars has been a problem all year and Sunday’s game was no different. Chargers QB
The Jacksonville Jaguars announced Monday that they have signed S Craig Loston to their active roster and placed S Winston Guy on waivers.
Loston, 24, signed on with Jaguars as an undrafted free agent out of LSU back in May. He has already been promoted once to the team’s active roster, but did not record a single statistic during the game.
Guy, 24, has appeared in all four of the Jaguars games this season and has recorded 14 tackles, one sack and a pass defensed. He still has two years remaining on his rookie contract that’s worth $2.210 million and includes base salaries of $570,000 (2014) and $660,000 (2015).
Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts Sidelined With Hamstring Pull: Jaguars’ oft injured receiver, Cecil Shorts, re-aggravated his hamstring against the San Diego Chargers during their week 4 game. Early indications are that he will miss an extended amount of time. An MRI is scheduled for Monday.
FFLockerRoom Sports: This is terrible news for Jacksonville, Shorts himself and all the fantasy owners who were holding onto him thinking he would come back healthy. There is no doubt that Shorts is a difference maker when on the field but his injury history has to give you pause about keeping him on your roster. Shorts missed the beginning of the season because of the same hamstring.
Luckily for the Jaguars, Ace Sanders‘ suspension is now done. With Marquise Lee and Cecil both sidelined, Sanders will likely play as the WR3 behind starters Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson. Hurns is the only receiver I recommend owning in leagues but I wouldn’t be shocked to see Sanders do well after a week or two back wi…
The third pick overall in the May draft, Blake Bortles was 29 of 37 for 253 yards against San Diego. He was intercepted by former Chief Brandon Flowers in the third quarter, but Bortles gained one fan. “He’s a great quarterback,” said San Diego cornerback Brandon Flowers, who had an interception. “He has a strong […]
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Don’t blame this one on rookie mistakes. This loss for the Jacksonville Jaguars turns to the defense and the inability to stop Philip Rivers.For 30 minutes, rookie Blake Bortles used a short passing game and a partially alive running game to go into the half down only by the score of 17-14. There was hope and a belief that if the team and the fans back home could believe in the rookie, good things can happen.But as we all know, there are two halves to play in a football game. Blake Bortles won the battle of getting through his first game with a modicum of success. Philip Rivers won the war, which meant another victory in the win column. And while the Jaguars used the second half of last week’s 44-17 loss to Washington as an audition for Bortles’ coming out party, this week was exiting and aggravating at the same time.Here are three things we learned on Sunday.CRY ME A RIVERSThe San Diego quarterback proved he is a top 10 quarterback in this league. The veteran overcame early opposit…
Given that the Jacksonville Jaguars are 0-3, the team and their fans are looking for any reason to be optimistic. But the argument put forth on Sunday morning by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, a supposed “NFL insider,” was a stretch for even the most-diehard supporters of the team.
Epect Blake Bortles to chuck it around, Cecil Shorts III healthy. The two worked together in off-season. Both repped by agent Bruce Tollner
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) September 28, 2014
Everyone hopes that Blake Bortles performs well in his first-ever NFL start; that’ll be a good sign for the future in Jacksonville. But to suggest that’s going to happen because he and one of his receivers share the same agent is a major, major leap.
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It finally feels like fall. We’re firmly into the NFL season as the first set of bye weeks have begun and we’re getting an idea of who are the contenders and who are the pretenders. Here are the best cover32 columns from the past week for you to enjoy.
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The Jacksonville Jaguars handed over the keys to rookie quarterback Blake Bortles last Sunday after the No. 3 overall pick stepped in for Chad Henne at the start of the second half with the team trailing the Indianapolis Colts 30-0. The UCF product wasn’t spectacular, connecting on 14-of-23 passes for 223 yards with two touchdowns a a pair of interceptions (one of which was a pick-six), but he showed some real promise and injected life into the Jaguars’ offense. Bortles also showcased his underrated athleticism by picking up 30 yards on a pair of scrambles during his NFL debut. With Bortles now under center, the Jaguars are expected to use “more read-option,” according to John Oehser of Jaguars.com. Photo Credit: Jaguars.com Oehser anticipates more mistakes will be made due to Bortles’ inexperience, but adds that there will be “a lot more hold-your-breath-wow look-at-that [type of] plays” with “a lot more reward for the risk.” There’s no question his rushing ability and willingness …
Anyone can pick games. Whether selecting winners or making guesses against the spread, it’s essentially an exercise in flipping a coin.
But providing some specifics about what’s going to happen in a game, detailing how things are going to play out, takes some thought, imagination and guts. And it actually provides some insight into what’s going to transpire on Sunday and Monday.
So with that thought in mind, here are five bold predictions for Week 4 in the NFL:
5. Michael Vick plays for the Jets
Rex Ryan won’t be able to avoid the temptation to make a change
The handwriting is on the wall, as the Jets are reeling at 1-2. If things start to go bad this week against the Lions, Rex Ryan will be tempted to make a change; he can’t let his season go up in smoke while he waits for Geno Smith to stop making the types of mistakes that prevent New York from winning. The J-E-T-S will need a spark at some point on Sunday; they’ll search for it in the veteran quarterback who once had a little magic in him.
The NFL season is quickly passing us by. Before we have had the chance to blink, it’s already Week 4 and many teams are in the midst of trying to find their team identity. Are the Giants really as good as their Thursday night beatdown of Washington suggests? Can the Cardinals contend for the NFC West title? Are the Jacksonville Jaguars really as bad as we all think they are?
I’ll try to tackle that last question here in my weekly preview of the Jaguars. Honestly, as odd as it may seem, I do not think the Jaguars are as bad as their performance suggests. The Jaguars were hurt by their initial belief in QB Chad Henne. I respect Henne as a 2nd string QB, but he has shown this season (and others before) that he is not a starting caliber NFL QB. Head coach Gus Bradley finally pulled the trigger last week and played rookie QB Blake Bortles in the 2nd half of a blowout loss to Indianapolis. I understand that one player does not make or break a team; however, the confidence and excitement that
It doesn’t take long for the pressure to mount in the NFL. Just three games into the 2014 season, plenty of people find themselves under the microscope, trying to answer questions about their most-recent performance.
Who is in that spot? Here are five on the hot seat this weekend:
5. Lovie Smith
Lovie seems to have no clue what he’s doing in Tampa
Yes, he’s only three games into his new gig, so it’s not as though the Buccaneers are already looking to can their head coach. But after getting embarrassed last Thursday night in Atlanta, a game in which Tampa Bay trailed 56-0, the pressure is on Smith to show his new bosses, his players and the Bucs fan base that he knows what he’s doing. At this point, it’s becoming a credibility issue for the head coach of an 0-3 team.
Heat Index: 3 – Given the way the Buccaneers have arrived at their record, there are plenty of reasons to doubt Lovie’s methods
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Three games is enough. It might seem like too small of a sample size, but it’s not; accurate judgments can be made just three weeks into the NFL season.
Some teams have proven to be contenders, while others have already shown to be pretenders. And there are about a dozen teams trying to decide which category they belong in.
The first group is pretty easy to determine; it’s the teams atop the standings. And the middle group can be decoded, as well; they’re the good teams off to slow starts. But that final group, the one consisting of teams who already have no hope, might not be as obvious.
Fans still want to believe. Coaches and players still hold out hope. But here’s the harsh reality: These 10 NFL teams might as well throw in the towel on their 2014 season:
10. San Francisco 49ers
Harbaugh is losing control in San Francisco
The past three years, the Niners have been more of a contender than any team in the league, playing in three straight NFC title games and advancing to one Super Bowl. But this
The 2014 season has been an ugly one so far for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Through three games, they’re dead last in the NFL in opponents passing and rushing yards per game, and they’re 30th overall in in rushing themselves.
It may be hard to believe right now, but the Jaguars have not always been this bad.
Since its inception into the NFL in 1995, the Jags have had seven winning seasons and have gotten as far as the AFC Championship. Remember when they destroyed the Dolphins 62-7? Eh? Eh?
Those times may seem like a fairy tale now, but since today is Thursday let’s enjoy a throwback video with some of the greatest moments in franchise history:
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