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2013 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS PREVIEW

June 12, 2013
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2013  JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS PREVIEW

Jacksonville Jaguars (2013 - Pres)

LAST SEASON: 2-14 in the AFC South

HEAD COACH: Gus Bradley, first season.

Are the Jacksonville Jaguars going to figure it out?  People in Jacksonville don’t care about the Jaguars any more.  Especially, since they have become a bad football team.  You know Los Angeles is an open market and it might be a good idea to head west.

Until they do, Jacksonville fans will have to endure another long season.  New Head Coach Gus Bradley will find out very soon just how bad this football team is.   This is a team that won just two games in 2012 and didn’t do much to make them better in the off season.  One off season incident that Coach Bradley could have done without was Justin Blackmon’s suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Well, let’s see if we can find something positive to talk about.  The Jaguars did draft OT Luke Joeckel with their first pick in the draft.  The 6-6 306 pound OT will anchor the offensive line and try to protect QB Blaine Gabbert.  If Joeckel and the offensive line can do its job, it will give Gabbert more time to develop as a QB.  If not, veteran Chad Henne will be waiting in the wings.

RB Maurice Jones-Drew was on the sidelines for a portion of the season with a foot injury and that truly hurt the Jaguars offense.  If Jones-Drew can come back healthy, then the running game will help Gabbert and Joeckel tremendously.   With Blackmon serving a four game suspension, the Jaguars drafted Ace Sanders in the fourth round and Denard Robinson out of Michigan.  Robinson is a converted QB who will try to hook on a WR.  Both will have to step in until Blackmon returns.  Veteran Mohamed Massquoi will help the rookies in camp.    Still, there are many questions about this offense coming into training camp.

For Coach Bradley to turn this train around, he must find an aggressive defense like he ran in Seattle.  The Seahawks became one of the most feared defenses in the NFL in 2012 because of Bradley’s style.  He does have some tools to work with in Jacksonville starting with DB Johnathan Cyprien, a second round pick out of Florida International.  Cyprien is the kind of player Bradley likes and will need more of.  The Jaguars will need a more productive pass rush in 2013.  Last season, Jacksonville had only 20 sacks and it doesn’t appear they did enough in the off-season to improve on those numbers.  They did add Jason Babin late in the season but after that, who will provide the pressure? 

OLB Geno Hayes was added from Chicago in free agency and CB Alan Ball was signed as a free agent from Houston but those two won’t be enough to call the defense an “upgrade”. 

This will be a difficult rebuilding process in Jacksonville but it appears Coach Bradley will be up for the challenge.  We will see how he feels November 3rd when Jacksonville gets their bye week.

 Jacksonville Jaguars (2013 - Pres)

2012 IN REVIEW:

TOTAL OFFENSE: 299.2 (29TH)

RUN OFFENSE: 85.6 (30TH)

PASS OFFENSE: 213.7 (21ST)

TOTAL DEFENSE: 380.5 (30TH)

RUN DEFENSE: 141.0 (30TH)

PASS DEFENSE: 239.5 (22ND)

 Jacksonville Jaguars (2013 - Pres)

2013 JACKSONVILLE DRAFT

1 -- Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M; 2 (33) - Johnathan Cyprien, S, Florida International; 3 (64) - Dwayne Gratz, CB, UConn; 4 (101) - Ace Sanders, WR, South Carolina; 5 (135) - Denard Robinson, WR, Michigan; 6 (169) - Josh Evans, FS, Florida; 7 (208) - Jeremy Harris, CB, New Mexico State; 7 (210) - Demetrius McCray, CB, Appalachian State

Top Picks Analysis: New general manger David Caldwell made the prudent decision to take the sure thing early in Joeckel. Even though Gus Bradley is a a defensive-minded coach, Joeckel was too good to pass up at No. 2 overall because the Jags went into the process with just one proven tackle on their roster in Eugene Monroe. Joeckel will step in on Day 1 as the right tackle and sure things up so Jacksonville can concentrate on other areas. In the second round Bradley was given a big piece for the back end in the heavy-hitting Cyprien, while Gratz fills an immediate need at corner and could push for a starting job.

Best Value Pick: Sanders is only 5-foot-7 but he could turn into am impact slot receiver and return guy. It remains to be seen if he can hold up for 16 games, though.

Questionable Calls: Robinson, a quarterback for most of his time at Michigan, seems like a redundant pick. Obviously, he is terribly athletic but at the best case scenario at the NFL level projects him as a guy who will give you what Sanders was drafted for.

Summary: Joeckel, Cyprien and Gratz will all be penciled in as starters while Sanders should add some juice to the return game and provide the slot threat to complement Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon. It's all about the quarterback in Jacksonville, though, and the only competition Caldwell brought in for embattled incumbents Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne was undrafted read-option threat Matt Scott of Arizona and Aaron Rodgers' far less talented brother, Jordan Rodgers of Vandy.

FINAL GRADE: B

Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Georgia Tech DT T.J. Barnes; Cincinnati LB Maalik Bomar; Delaware CB Marcus Burley; Rutgers OT R.J. Dill; Ole Miss DT Uriah Grant; Nevada LB Jeremiah Green; Western Michigan DE Paul Hazel; Georgia DT Abry Jones; Southern Oregon WR Cole McKenzie; Arizona State WR Jamal Miles; Massachusetts G Stephane Milhim; San Jose State TE Ryan Otten; N.C. State WR Tobias Palmer; Florida State FB Lonnie Pryor; Nebraska TE Kyler Reed; Virginia OLB LaRoy Reynolds; Vanderbilt QB Jordan Rodgers; Arizona QB Matt Scott; Texas A&M Steven Terrell; Alabama LS Carson Tinker; Murray State OT Roderick Tomlin; Vanderbilt CB Trey Wilson; Illinois State LB Mike Zimmer

 Jacksonville Jaguars (2013 - Pres)

2013 JACKSONVILLE SCHEDULE

Sept. 8: vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.

Sept. 15: at Oakland Raiders, 4:25 p.m.

Sept. 22: at Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m.

Sept. 29: vs. Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.

Oct. 6: at St. Louis Rams, 1 p.m.

Oct. 13: at Denver Broncos, 4:05 p.m.

Oct. 20: vs. San Diego Chargers, 1 p.m.

Oct. 27: vs. San Francisco 49ers, 1 p.m.

Nov. 3: Bye

Nov. 10: at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.

Nov. 17: vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m.

Nov. 24: at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.

Dec. 1: at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.

Dec. 5: vs. Houston Texans, 8:25 p.m.

Dec. 15: vs. Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.

Dec. 22: vs. Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m.

Dec. 29: at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.

 Jacksonville Jaguars (2013 - Pres) 

2013 JACKSONVILLE ROSTER

Active

#

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Age

Exp.

College

50

Allen, Russell

LB

6-3

238

27

5

San Diego State

93

Alualu, Tyson

DT

6-3

295

26

4

California

19

Anger, Bryan

P

6-3

202

24

2

California

72

Asper, Mark

OL

6-7

325

27

2

Oregon

58

Babin, Jason

DE

6-3

267

33

10

Western Michigan

23

Ball, Alan

CB

6-2

197

28

6

Illinois

33

Banjo, Chris

S

5-10

204

23

R

Southern Methodist

70d

Barnes, T.J.

DT

6-7

364

22

R

Georgia Tech

14

Blackmon, Justin

WR

6-1

210

23

2

Oklahoma State

38

Blake, Antwon

DB

5-9

198

22

2

Texas-El Paso

44

Bomar, Maalik

LB

6-0

232

22

R

Cincinnati

47

Brackett, Brett

TE

6-5

246

25

2

Penn State

78

Bradfield, Cameron

OL

6-4

308

25

3

Grand Valley State

90

Branch, Andre

DE

6-5

265

23

2

Clemson

60

Brewster, Mike

G/C

6-4

305

23

2

Ohio State

12

Brown, Mike

WR

5-10

200

24

1

Liberty

43d

Burley, Marcus

CB

5-10

185

22

R

Delaware

48

Cain, Jeremy

LS

6-1

245

33

7

Massachusetts

17

Clemons, Toney

WR

6-2

210

24

1

Colorado

37

Cyprien, Johnathan

S

6-0

217

23

R

Florida International

59

Davis, Ryan

DE

6-2

260

24

1

Bethune-Cookman

68

Deaderick, Brandon

DE

6-4

305

25

4

Alabama

70o

Dill, R.J.

OT

6-6

316

22

R

Rutgers

80

Ebert, Jeremy

WR

6-0

195

24

1

 

96

Egboh, Pannel

DE

6-6

277

27

2

Stanford

39

Eskridge, De'Leon

RB

5-11

215

23

R

San Jose State

26

Evans, Josh

S

6-0

205

22

R

Florida

21

Forsett, Justin

RB

5-8

194

27

6

California

11

Gabbert, Blaine

QB

6-4

235

23

3

Missouri

73

Gerberry, Dan

C

6-3

302

27

1

Ball State

27

Gratz, Dwayne

CB

5-11

201

23

R

Connecticut

41

Green, Jeremiah

LB

6-1

245

23

R

Nevada

69

Griggs, J.D.

DE

6-5

244

22

R

Akron

43o

Grimes, Jonathan

RB

5-10

209

23

2

William & Mary

31

Harris, Jeremy

CB

6-2

185

22

R

New Mexico State

20

Harris, Mike

CB

5-10

188

24

2

Florida State

55

Hayes, Geno

LB

6-1

226

25

6

Florida State

79

Hazel, Paul

DE

6-5

227

23

R

Western Michigan

7

Henne, Chad

QB

6-3

230

27

6

Michigan

76

Joeckel, Luke

OT

6-6

306

21

R

Texas A&M

32

Jones-Drew, Maurice

RB

5-7

210

28

8

UCLA

91

Jones, Abry

DT

6-4

312

21

R

Georgia

4

Kafka, Mike

QB

6-3

225

25

3

Northwestern

92

Lane, Austen

DE

6-6

265

25

4

Murray State

89

Lewis, Marcedes

TE

6-6

272

29

8

UCLA

74

Love, Kyle

DT

6-1

315

26

4

Mississippi State

25

Lowery, Dwight

DB

5-11

212

27

6

San Jose State

99

Marks, Sen'Derrick

DT

6-2

294

26

5

Auburn

53

Marshall, Brandon

LB

6-1

238

23

2

Nevada

13

Massaquoi, Mohamed

WR

6-2

207

26

5

Georgia

35

McCray, Demetrius

CB

6-0

185

22

R

Appalachian State

63

Meester, Brad

C

6-3

292

36

14

Northern Iowa

81

Miles, Jamal

WR

5-9

188

22

R

Arizona State

61

Milhim, Stephane

G

6-4

300

22

R

Massachusetts

97

Miller, Roy

DT

6-2

310

25

5

Texas

94

Mincey, Jeremy

DL

6-4

265

29

6

Florida

75

Monroe, Eugene

OT

6-5

306

26

5

Virginia

64

Nowak, Drew

G

6-3

300

23

2

Western Michigan

77

Nwaneri, Uche

G

6-3

310

29

7

Purdue

88

Otten, Ryan

TE

6-6

241

23

R

San Jose State

83

Palmer, Tobais

WR

5-11

178

23

R

North Carolina State

67

Pasztor, Austin

G

6-7

308

22

1

Virginia

51

Posluszny, Paul

LB

6-2

242

28

7

Penn State

15

Price, Taylor

WR

6-1

195

25

4

Ohio

42

Prosinski, Chris

S

6-1

208

26

3

Wyoming

34

Pryor, Lonnie

FB

6-0

224

23

R

Florida State

65

Rackley, Will

G/C

6-3

310

23

3

Lehigh

49o

Reed, Kyler

TE

6-3

225

23

R

Nebraska

87

Reisner, Allen

TE

6-3

225

24

2

Iowa

56

Reynolds, LaRoy

LB

6-1

243

22

R

Virginia

29

Robinson, Denard

RB

6-0

197

22

R

Michigan

6

Rodgers, Jordan

QB

6-1

212

24

R

Vanderbilt

22

Rutland, Kevin

CB

6-0

193

25

3

Missouri

18

Sanders, Ace

WR/PR

5-7

178

21

R

South Carolina

10

Scobee, Josh

K

6-1

210

30

10

Louisiana Tech

5

Scott, Matt

QB

6-3

212

22

R

Arizona

16

Shipley, Jordan

WR

6-0

188

27

4

Texas

84

Shorts III, Cecil

WR

6-0

202

25

3

Mount Union

95

Smith, D'Anthony

DT

6-2

300

25

4

Louisiana Tech

66

Spitz, Jason

G/C

6-3

298

30

8

Louisville

86

Stanback, Isaiah

TE

6-2

228

28

4

Washington

57

Stanford, Julian

LB

6-1

230

22

2

Wagner

45

Ta'ufo'ou, Will

FB

5-11

247

26

2

California

40

Terrell, Steven

S

5-10

197

22

R

Texas A&M

46

Tinker, Carson

LS

6-0

233

23

R

Alabama

30

Todman, Jordan

RB

5-10

198

23

1

Connecticut

62

Tomlin, Roderick

OT

6-5

312

22

R

Murray State

24

Trufant, Marcus

DB

5-11

197

32

11

Washington State

30d

Wilson, Trey

CB

5-10

193

22

R

Vanderbilt

49d

Zimmer, Michael

LB

6-1

235

22

R

Illinois State


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