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Doss practiced today at PR and WR.

25 August 2014 - 02:07 PM

If doctors clear him again for practice tomorrow he's likely for Thursday to hopefully help a meager punt return game.

NYC's Insomniac Quick 1st Quarter Breakdown

23 August 2014 - 04:05 AM

OK.   - after re-watching the 1st quarter - here are my quick draw reactions to what happened:



 --   first drive - cyprien had a pick go off his hands - was a bullet pass that would be an impressive catch - but still catchable

Guy had a pick off his hands too  - was not an easy grab either
Stafford got off easy on that drive
 - Marks and Branch had  nice pressure on one play early
- run stuffing just not there by our revamped D-line 
 - note; mike brown on punt return duty early - staff giving him extra options to makre the roster - they obviously like the kid
no big returns - but looked comfortable and caught the ball well
 - Marquis Lee not given much of a chance early by Henne's odd timed and  badly positioned throws / busted screen play
 - Hurns first catch a conversion on 3rd and 6  -  the kid is legit and ready for the big stage
 - Henne's first pass to Shorts -  a horrible pass
 - Bowanko inserted early for McClendon and made a nice pass rush block - didn't stay in - quick sub - still interesting that it wasn't Brewster (came back before halftime)
 - Bush TD run  -  Marks and Bryant were well blocked to the opposite side of run  -  Telvin Smith might have filled the gap had he stayed at home a split second longer -  Cyprien the same - a little youthful anxiety may have cost us there
 - Second offensive drive  - 1st down - Gerhart run to the right -  might have had more had he bounced outside -  Jags had two TEs blocking but Gerharts cut inside only gained 4  - next play - same play- but  he gets better blocking - makes same inside cut and gains 7 for a first down  - obvious evaluation call by staff

- early poor running from jags wasn't just o-line's fault   - Det LB core was playing well  - Whitehead, Levy, Tulloch 

 - D-rob made two great stops as a gunner on punt duty - 1st one after jags 2nd off. drive
 -Branch's INT was a fairly impressive athletic play in that he was somewhat hesitant about his drop into coverage - but quickly read Staffords eyes and made a play on the ball.  It could be viewed as an easy pick for him - but he did everything right. 
 - Gerhart's first down run stuffed by a good gap fill by Levy   --- and some mediocre blocking in the middle
 - following third down  -  Bradfield gives up pressure on Henne and he rushes and under throws to Lee who may have been within inches of a first down with a better throw
 - Gratz first completion allowed to CJ  - He misread the stop-route  and thought he was going to turn outside.(fade)   Gave up an 11 yard catch .  not ugly - but not good.
 - next play - Cyp fills a running lane gap and stops Bell for a minimal gain if that - nice play
 -next play - Jags LBs stop the flats pass to the FB
 -Then CJ gets a push on Gratz who loses footing and its a big first down - Gratz slipped - no biggie
 - screen to Tate catches Jags off guard - looked like they were thinking screen to opposite side and were faked
It wasn't pretty  -- but it wasn't bad either.  The D-line was underwhelming against the run, but the misses seemed fixable. A few reasons to be excited and a few to be concerned about.  

TE Depth Chart Uncertainty

21 August 2014 - 02:47 PM

Obviously Lewis is "the guy," but how will it shake out on the depth chart?  Harbor may or may not be ready for week one. Barden is stating his case. Jensen is green and a PS candidate.  Will they sign someone after cuts - just like they did Harbor?  


(for those not aware - Harbor came on in late August 2013 and re-signed through 2015 to a very reasonable contract back in March of this year)



ESPN article on the topic:


Clay Harbor, who caught 24 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns last season, has been out with a calf injury since July 28, and when he will return to practice is unclear. There is hope that he will return for the Sept. 7 season opener. 

"It’s doing a lot better," said Harbor, who suffered a partial tear of his calf muscle. "I’m working toward hopefully Philadelphia game Week 1. That’s what the plan is, and if everything keeps going well then that’s what I’m going to try to do, get ready for that week and try my best to play." 

Harbor is the only other tight end on the roster that has caught a pass in an NFL game, leaving the Jaguars with undrafted rookies Marcel Jensen and D.J. Tialavea and second-year player Branden Barden, who played in three games with Tennessee in 2010. 

Barden and Jensen are essentially fighting to be the third tight end because the Jaguars will only keep three on the 53-man roster. The one that doesn’t make it is likely headed for the practice squad, and right now that looks to be Jensen. Tialavea appears to be the odd man out. 

"I think Barden is having a real nice camp," offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said. "It’s fun to see him compete. He’s smart, has good experience and is catching the ball actually really well this camp."




Practice Squad Size to Increase

19 August 2014 - 12:55 PM

With the number on the practice squad increasing to 10 players (from 8) there will be 2 more rookies or younger players with minimal active roster time eligible.   Who do you think will make the P.S.? 


Eligibilty guidelines:


  • A player is eligible if he does not have an accrued season of NFL experience. Players gain an accrued season by being on the active roster for at least six games.
  • If a player has one accrued season, they can still be practice squad eligible if they were on the 45-man active gameday roster for less than nine regular season games.
  • A player is deemed to have served a season on the practice squad if he remains on the practice squad for at least three weeks. Players are eligible to be on the practice squad for two seasons.
  • Players can be eligible for a third practice squad season if their team maintains no less than 53 players on the active/inactive list at all times.

Tweet from Shefter:





By next week, NFL is expected to increase size of practice squads to 10 players from 8, per source. So 64 more jobs.






Polian on Jags Roster Improvements

13 August 2014 - 04:33 PM



On Bortles:  


"He's got presence, arm strength, diligence, he's smart.....   Rome wasn't built in a day. You could set him back significantly if you put him in there before he's ready, or before the right people around him are in place."


On D-Line:

"It's a group that can not only turn some heads but it's deep.  ...you need to have a wave of defensive lineman who can replace each other, take snaps and play at a high level. And they have that." 


O-Line -  "They need to solidify a core group on the offensive line. The answer at center has to be found. Once you find that - I think that group will solidify."


RBs :   

"I think it's a pretty deep RB group to be honest with you...."



"receiving core has real talent in it. Will take a while to develop, but the talent is there."


ST:  "When Ace comes back they may be, certainly the best in the division, and maybe even among the best in the league." 



"linebacking core is much improved and maybe a budding star in the young man from Florida State...."


On division:

"...this could be the team that sneaks up on everybody."