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Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is only a junior, but he's the odds-on favorite to be the first overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft and the Jacksonville Jaguars are in prime position to end up as owners of that pick. When Br...
Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is only a junior, but he's the odds-on favorite to be the first overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft and the Jacksonville Jaguars are in prime position to end up as owners of that pick. When Bridgewater takes the field for a game against Rutgers on Thursday night he'll draw the attention of at least 26 NFL scouts, representing at least 20 NFL teams, including a contingent of Jaguars reps that will feature general manager Dave Caldwell, according to a report. Rick Bozich of WDRB in Louisville reports that the Jaguars have reserved three seats for Thursday's game, including one for Caldwell, the man in charge of the team's current rebuild. More: For extended coverage of Bridgewater and the Louisville Cardinals, visit Card Chronicle Bridgewater, 20, has dominated the first five teams on the Louisville schedule, accumulating 1,562 yards passing, 16 touchdowns and just one interception, while completing 71.7 percent of his passes. A large increase from his 27 touchdowns and eight interceptions as a sophomore, the gaudy numbers have him in the middle of the race for the Heisman Trophy, although criticisms of his level of competition have been floated. Regardless of competition though, Bridgewater's 6'3 frame and ability as a passer have shined through and made him the majority favorite to be the first pick, assuming he foregoes his senior season to enter the NFL Draft one year early, which seems a foregone conclusion. Through five games in 2013, Jaguars quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne have posted a combined 55.5 passer rating with three touchdowns and nine interceptions. More from Big Cat Country: Jaguars 2014 offseason: Looking ahead Chad Henne to start against Broncos Jaguars will release Dwight Lowery when he passes a physical, per report NFL odds, Jaguars vs. Broncos: Jacksonville record underdog Jaguars news roundup 10/9
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My friends and I have planned this trip for a while, we leave Jax Friday, are going to the Great American Beerfest Saturday afternoon, and going to the game Sunday. We bought the tix before the season, and are still going to be there su...
My friends and I have planned this trip for a while, we leave Jax Friday, are going to the Great American Beerfest Saturday afternoon, and going to the game Sunday. We bought the tix before the season, and are still going to be there supporting the Jags. There will be 7 of us going (6 Jag fans) and I wanted to see if any other Jags fans will be there? It would be awesome if we could get together for tailgating before the game, and after we pull off the impossible, and cover the spread!
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Jaguars rookie free safety Josh Evans lasted until the sixth round in April's draft. Now, he has a chance to become the team's long-term solution at his position. With Dwight Lowery knocked out of the starting lineup and placed on injur...
Jaguars rookie free safety Josh Evans lasted until the sixth round in April's draft. Now, he has a chance to become the team's long-term solution at his position. With Dwight Lowery knocked out of the starting lineup and placed on injured reserve with a concussion, Evans should start for the remainder of the season. The former Florida standout has started the last two games for the Jaguars after playing nearly the whole game at Seattle when Lowery was injured on the second play. read more
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Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 13, 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS Stadium: Sports Authority Field at Mile High Weather: High 68, Low 40 Line: Denver (-26.5) The Jacksonville Jaguars are easily one of the worst teams in rece...
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 13, 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS Stadium: Sports Authority Field at Mile High Weather: High 68, Low 40 Line: Denver (-26.5) The Jacksonville Jaguars are easily one of the worst teams in recent memory and how could you not compare them to the 2008 Detroit Lions? A team that went winless at 0-16, the Lions actually have had a better offense that Jaguars. Without a true quarterback at the moment, the Jaguars should consider adding one in the 2014 NFL Draft as they will surely have one of the top picks. Chad Henne will take over at the moment for an injured Blaine Gabbert, but that doesn’t solve the Jaguars issues at the position. Cecil Shorts will surely help the pass game — if healthy — with his 31 catches for 411 yards and a touchdown on the season. Heading into the game against the Jaguars as quite possibly the biggest favorite to win a game in NFL history, the Denver Broncos should not overlook this game. If they can focus on the Jags and not future games, this contest could get very ugly pretty quickly. Peyton Manning has been the early-season MVP in the league thus far, passing for an incredible 1,884 yards and 20 touchdowns this season as opposed to just one interception through five games. He has gotten major help from the best receiving crew in football in Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Eric Decker. If you have any of these guys on your fantasy team, you are a lucky owner. Demaryius has caught a team-best 34 passes for another team-best 450 yards and four touchdowns — unbelievable that all four targets have over 300 yards. Defensively, the Broncos have one of the worst passing defense in the league, but having the top rush defense almost makes up for it. Out-scoring teams is the Broncos thing and once they get all of their key defensive players back, this team will be even scarier. Jacksonville has the worst run defense in the league while having the 10th-best passing defense — almost the complete opposite of Denver. PREDICTION: Jaguars 10, Broncos 45 Related: Have Jacksonville Jaguars Seen Enough to Finally Sign Tim Tebow? Denver Broncos’ Champ Bailey is Key to a Deep Run Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at muldown5@gmail.com.
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In a bit of a surprise, the Jacksonville Jaguars plan to release veteran safety Dwight Lowery once he passes a team physical, according to a report by Mark Long of the Associated Press. While it seemed like Lowery's days as a Jaguars pl...
In a bit of a surprise, the Jacksonville Jaguars plan to release veteran safety Dwight Lowery once he passes a team physical, according to a report by Mark Long of the Associated Press. While it seemed like Lowery's days as a Jaguars player were all but over when he was placed on injured reserve on Thursday, it's now just a matter of time before he's released. It's a nice move on the part of the Jaguars front office, letting Lowery sign with another team once he's cleared medically. The team clearly has liked what they've seen from rookie safety Josh Evans and would prefer him to play out the rest of the season and grow with fellow rookie Johnathan Cyprien. Lowery's contract for the 2013 season is guaranteed, meaning no matter what he signs for after he's released he still gets his full $3.1 million salary for the year. The move to release Lowery makes me wonder if he was another player the team might have tried to actively shop had he not gotten injured. Lowery's contract is very manageable for a solid starting free safety. Once he passes a physical, I would imagine he'll get signed relatively soon by a team in need of safety help. Lowery originally joined the Jaguars in 2011 via a trade with the New York Jets and signed a four-year, $13.6 million contract with $4 million guaranteed. More from Big Cat Country: Jaguars 2014 offseason: Looking ahead Chad Henne to start against Broncos NFL odds, Jaguars vs. Broncos: Jacksonville record underdog Jaguars news roundup 10/9 Jaguars claim OT Sam Young, place Allen Reisner on IR
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This isn't to totally just brush aside the rest of the 2013 NFL season and give up on it, despite the fact that it looks like the Jacksonville Jaguars could realistically go 0-16, but more of a sort of epiphany I had while going back and...
This isn't to totally just brush aside the rest of the 2013 NFL season and give up on it, despite the fact that it looks like the Jacksonville Jaguars could realistically go 0-16, but more of a sort of epiphany I had while going back and watching some of the Jaguars games on coaches film. The Jaguars aren't a good football team, but I don't think they're nearly as bad as we all think they are. The big problem for the Jaguars is that they're critically bad at the two most important positions in the NFL; Quarterback and pass rusher. At this point I think it's safe to assume the Jaguars will be drafting a quarterback early in the 2014 NFL Draft. It's easy to say they need to trade down and get more picks, but the reality is they need a quarterback first and foremost. A quarterback can hide the problems on your team and makes team building that much easier, but you have to hit on the guy. So, for the sake of this we'll assume the Jaguars pick a quarterback with their first pick in the draft. Now, heading into free agency and knowing you're drafting a quarterback in the first round it still leaves a void at the defensive end position. It's likely the Jaguars lose Jason Babin in the offseason, be it by releasing him or Babin using the void clause in his contract to become a free agent. I also think it's likely the team loses Jeremy Mincey because his deal balloons to a $6.5 million cap hit, which is a lot of money for a role player (which is what he's been in this defensive scheme). I also think it's likely that Paul Posluszny is gone, especially if LaRoy Reynolds makes progress from where he's at currently. There's still a chance Posluszny sticks it out another year, but as a $9 million cap hit, that's a ton of money to use on a limited defender. Not only will the Jaguars be losing those players on the defense, but I feel it's safe to assume Brad Meester will retire at the end of the year, which will leave the Jaguars searching for a center. This leaves big holes at defensive end and center, which in turn are the two positions I could see the Jaguars spending money on in the offseason. I think the Jaguars are going to approach free agency similar to how they did in 2013, but they're going to have to spend money at one or two positions just for the sole fact that you can't completely build through the draft and it goes a long way in showing fans that you're trying, though that's never really a reason to go spending in free agency. One target I think may need to keep our eyes on is Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson, who was franchise tagged this past offseason and looks destined for free agency. The Bengals just signed Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap longterm, and given how they operate Johnson seems destined for free agency. He's a bit of a tweener defensive end that the Bengals use at linebacker at times, drop in coverage, and as an edge rusher. Sounds like a LEO to me, and he's only 26 years old, turns 27 in February. The big problem is, he could be coming off two double-digit sack seasons, which means you're going to have to pony up some cash, which I think the Jaguars will if they feel he can be a long-term solution to the position. Signing someone like Johnson wouldn't prevent them from drafting a pass rusher, either. Just look at how the Seattle Seahawks have stacked themselves with pass rushers, and you can see why this could be a play. It gives you an immediate pass rush threat, which is sorely lacking from the team, and also gives you a rookie to groom and work into the lineup. There's also guys like Michael Bennett, Brian Orakpo, Greg Hardy, Lamarr Houston, etc. scheduled to hit free agency, though doubtful most of those guys make it. It's also possible someone like Chris Clemons of the Seahawks is a depth/cap cut (however, unlikely) that we can look to as well. The next big issue is the center position, which is in my opinion the second most important spot on the offensive line outside of lef
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Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports The Denver Broncos are among the NFL’s undefeated teams to this point in the season, due in large part to a prolific offense led by quarterback Peyton Manning. Fantasy football owners that have him ha...
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports The Denver Broncos are among the NFL’s undefeated teams to this point in the season, due in large part to a prolific offense led by quarterback Peyton Manning. Fantasy football owners that have him have surely been happy with Manning’s production this season, as he has 20 touchdown passes with just one interception, a “season-low” of 307 passing yards in a game (1,884 total passing yards) and a rushing touchdown in Week 5 against the Dallas Cowboys for good measure. The Broncos are heavily favored in Week 6 against the winless Jacksonville Jaguars, and quite frankly it would a huge surprise if they do not win handily and the opportunity to rest some of their regulars could come. That creates a potentially risky situation for Manning’s fantasy owners, but is benching him a realistic option? Opposing quarterbacks have had success against the Jaguars, as they have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to the position (20.2 per game, ESPN scoring) and 10 passing touchdowns allowed over their last three games (12 total this season; tied for second-most in the league). So even if Manning plays less than a full game, he should do enough to still be a top-tier fantasy quarterback this week. It would take a very gutsy fantasy owner to even consider benching the elder Manning for anything other than his bye week, let alone actually pulling the trigger on such a move. But if you are an owner considering other options, here are some signal callers that have good matchups for Week 6 that you may have alongside Manning on your roster. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts, @ San Diego Chargers Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins, @ Dallas Cowboys Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears, vs. New York Giants Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers, @ Minnesota Vikings Matt Schaub, Houston Texans, vs. St. Louis Rams For what it’s worth I have Manning in one of my leagues, with Cutler as my QB2 and I can only start one quarterback. But I am not going to put Cutler into my lineup this week, and I’m willing to bank on Manning putting up high-level numbers even if he plays less than four quarters on Sunday. Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24. Related Top 10 Fantasy Quarterbacks for Week 6 Based on Matchups
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Written by Rich Arleo Edited by Ernie Estrella It may be hard to believe, but we are now five weeks into the NFL season. Fantasy football owners have seen a lot of disappointment from the running back position this season, but t...
Written by Rich Arleo Edited by Ernie Estrella It may be hard to believe, but we are now five weeks into the NFL season. Fantasy football owners have seen a lot of disappointment from the running back position this season, but things should get a little better in Week 6 with some big names returning from a bye week. There have been injuries and role changes in seemingly every team’s backfield, and the number of clear-cut workhorse running backs has diminished even more. Miami and Atlanta are on a bye this week, so that means Jacquizz Rodgers and Lamar Miller are out of the running. Movement in the fantasy football rankings continues, but with our help, you’ll be able to determine, which of your players look ready to start, sit or if a visit to the fantasy football waiver wire is required. Here’s a look at the 2013 Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week 6 Running Back Rankings. - The Oakland Raiders are playing well, but their backfield is ravaged with injuries. Darren McFadden is likely out again this week and replacement Rashad Jennings got owners four fantasy points before he went down with an injury himself. That leaves Marcel Reece and Jeremy Stewart as the only healthy backs. Reece deserves a look in deeper PPR leagues but that’s about it against a tough Kansas City Chiefs defense. - Adrian Peterson returns from a bye to rescue fantasy owners. The Carolina Panthers have actually done well against the run, but they call him “All Day” for a reason. He’s a lock for big points every week. - Two other top 10 backs return from a bye in Doug Martin and Alfred Morris. Both have solid matchups and are must-starts. -Ray Rice is finally…finally getting the ball. His 27 Week 5 carries are just three fewer than he had in four previous games combined. Not only that, but he added six catches and found the end zone twice. He’s back to being a must-start RB1. - The New England Patriots backfield is a mess. Legarrette Blount had a big fumble in what was supposed to be a breakout game for him. If Stevan Ridley returns, he’ll likely see the majority of carries again, but he’s still sharing touches with Blount and Brandon Bolden. None of these guys are ideal this week even though the matchup isn’t terrible. - Rookie Eddie Lacy returned this week and reclaimed the starter’s role. He is a low-end RB2, high-end flex option in Week 6 against the Houston Texans. - The St. Louis Rams may have found their runner in rookie Zac Stacy. He had a solid seven fantasy points (yes…that’s solid for a running back this season) and should be added in all formats. He has a tough matchup, but is a decent flex getting the bulk of carries. Daryl Richardson is still getting work, but hasn’t gotten it done and is losing value rapidly. - Rashard Mendenhall is still starting, but Andre Ellington is probably the best runner on the Arizona Cardinals. He’s doing a lot with a little and it won’t be a surprise if he sees a rise in touches in Week 6. - The injury bug returned for Ryan Mathews and he is now out a few weeks with a concussion. Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown will likely split carries moving forward. Woodhead is a good PPR start, and Brown could have sneaky value against a struggling Indianapolis Colts run defense. -Knowshon Moreno had a huge Week 5 and has cemented himself as the workhorse in Denver. Up against the Jacksonville Jaguars run defense ranked No. 32 in the league, Moreno is a borderline top 15 option. RB Rankings – Week 6 2013 Fantasy Football Rankings powered by FantasyPros
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When the Jacksonville Jaguars head west to take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday, they'll be starting Chad Henne for the third time this season. Blaine Gabbert has dealt with injuries all season, missing his third start this year and the ...
When the Jacksonville Jaguars head west to take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday, they'll be starting Chad Henne for the third time this season. Blaine Gabbert has dealt with injuries all season, missing his third start this year and the team will once again turn to Henne for spot duty, and maybe longer. On the season, Henne has completed just 55 percent of his passes and thrown for 601 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. In his two starts in 2013 he's thrown for over 200 yards twice, with just a single touchdown and two interceptions. Henne has a chance to hold on to the starting job longer than he did the first go-round if he plays well, but his play in the preseason and regular season so far have left a lot to be desired, and Gus Bradley doesn't seem ready to slam the door shut on Blaine Gabbert just yet. More from Big Cat Country: Jaguars news roundup 10/9 Jaguars claim OT Sam Young, place Allen Reisner on IR Jaguars place Dwight Lowery, Luke Joeckel on IR Raiders, Falcons join Jaguars as London hosts Jaguars Film Room: Run fits, it's the little things
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Sep 29, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) runs the ball past Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis (23) and outside linebacker Erik Walden (93) during the first NFL half of the ga...
Sep 29, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) runs the ball past Indianapolis Colts cornerback Vontae Davis (23) and outside linebacker Erik Walden (93) during the first NFL half of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports Just a few weeks until the NFL trade deadline and the biggest names available have come into clarity.  With several teams teetering between contention and preparing for next year, will any of them make a move? Josh Gordon to the Detroit Lions Matthew Stafford has proven he’s not an elite quarterback when he doesn’t have a big receiver to throw to.  That was proven when he managed just nine points in Green Bay without Calvin Johnson.  The Detroit Lions are hurting at wide receiver with Johnson and Nate Burleson out.  They sit in a tight race for the NFC North lead and can’t afford a drop off in production on offense at such a critical juncture.  If Johnson’s knee continues to cause him problem then the Lions need to find help.  That include going deep on the trade market.  Considering where they sit on the salary cap, price shouldn’t be their biggest issue, which is why Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns is a top target.  He is big, athletic and can make the tough catches for his quarterback.  The trouble is it will cost a second round pick to get him.  It’s steep price, but worthwhile if Detroit can pair him with Megatron down the stretch. Kenny Britt to the Atlanta Falcons Another team that could be favored in the Gordon race, the Atlanta Falcons normally don’t take aggressive routes to getting a receiver unless they’re certain he can help them win games.  They already did that once with Cleveland when they traded up in the draft to get Julio Jones.  Unfortunately the second-year star is likely out for the rest of the season with a foot injury.  With Roddy White also ailing they need help at receiver, but a second round pick may be too steep considering how many high draft picks they’ve given up over the past couple years.  On the other hand, they could find a much cheaper deal waiting for them with the Tennessee Titans.  They are at their wits end with wide receiver Kenny Britt, a talented but trouble 25-year old.  His off-the-field history and rumored laziness has gotten him benched.  His best hope to see the field now is with another team.  Atlanta would probably not have to surrender more than a fourth round pick for him, which is a bargain considering his potential in their offense. Justin Tuck to the Chicago Bears Julius Peppers got old in a hurry.  Such things happen to football players once they reach their mid-30s.  As a result the Chicago Bears pass rush, further hampered by injuries to Henry Melton and Nate Collins, ranks 30th in the league through five games.  This issue has led to some uncharacteristic breakdowns in their defense.  GM Phil Emery has said he’s always exploring trade possibilities but hasn’t seen anything worthwhile thus far.  One player that might become available soon is New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck.  The Giants are 0-5 and could be 0-6 soon as they visit Chicago in week six.  Tuck is a free agent next year and at 30-years old is unlikely to stay.  He’s not the same player he was a few years ago but he’s a veteran with good leadership qualities who can bring depth to a defensive front that sorely needs it. Maurice Jones-Drew to the St. Louis Rams Everybody mildly conscious can tell the Jacksonville Jaguars are done for the 2013 NFL season.  It’s approaching that time where they will start to consider unloading established veterans on the roster in order to collect as many draft picks as possible for 2014.  One valuable chip they haven’t made available yet is running back Maurice Jones-Drew.  At 28-years old he is set to become a free agent next year.  Having
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