Inside Pulse » Jacksonville Jaguars http://insidepulse.com A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:00:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse no A pop culture mega-site with Movies, TV, Music, Sports, Comics, Video Games coverage for diehards, including news, reviews, live event coverage, audio podcasts, exclusive interviews and commentary. Inside Pulse » Jacksonville Jaguars http://insidepulse.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://insidepulse.com Jacksonville Jaguars Fire Coach Jack Del Rio, Will Sell Team But Keep It In Florida http://insidepulse.com/2011/11/29/jacksonville-jaguars-fire-coach-jack-del-rio-will-sell-team-but-keep-it-in-florida/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/11/29/jacksonville-jaguars-fire-coach-jack-del-rio-will-sell-team-but-keep-it-in-florida/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2011 21:36:05 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=280171 Jacksonville Jaguars’ owner Wayne Weaver announced today that coach Jack Del Rio has been fired and that he is selling the team to businessman Shahid Khan, who will keep the team in Jacksonville.

By firing Jack Del Rio now, the Jaguars get a jump on the competition in trying to lure a top assistant to take their head coaching job.

“I told Jack I appreciated the nine years that he served the organization … but I said we deserve better. The community deserves better,” Weaver said Tuesday at the news conference. “We’ve been very average over the last few years. I take responsibility for a lot of that — making some mistakes in some personnel things.”

Also, general manager Gene Smith received a three-year extension, Weaver said.
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Carolina Panthers Top Jaguars for Cam Newton’s first Win: NFL Week 3 Commentary http://insidepulse.com/2011/09/27/carolina-panthers-top-jaguars-for-cam-newtons-first-win-nfl-week-3-commentary/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/09/27/carolina-panthers-top-jaguars-for-cam-newtons-first-win-nfl-week-3-commentary/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2011 16:00:19 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=268121 Jacksonville Jaguars 10 – Carolina Panthers 16

 

The story, to Grey Scherl at least, is Cam Newton’s first win: Cam Newton finally gets a win, but it’s over the still ailing Jaguars. These are two of the three teams to take first round quarterbacks, but while Cam has been the starter more or less since they announced he was drafted, plenty of people expected Blaine Gabbert and Jake Locker to sit this season and start next year. Well, the Mizzou alumni started his first NFL game today and…to be honest, neither quarterback was very productive. Gabbert had an INT, Newton couldn’t even rush 30 yards. Jacksonville gave up a SAFETY. I’d call this a defensive game, but that’s really just due to neither team having an offense worth speaking of.

 

And Daniels piles on with a tweet-style thought: At this point, the only question is if Cam Newton or the Bills are getting the cover of Sports Illustrated first.  I vote Cam.

 

My Take:  I’d love to talk about Gabbert, but he played like you’d expect a rookie to, but the story is really, clearly Newton. He’s among the best looking rookie QB’s I’ve ever seen.  He wasn’t great this week, but he played well enough to get his team the win and well enough that I really, really wish his team were in the AFC away from my Packers.  The Panthers defense, which everyone constantly forgets, is not bad at all.  They’ll be covering for Newton’s mistakes this year and maybe next, but as he gets it, they are not far from contention.

 

 
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NFL 2011 Week 2 Thoughts and Commentary: Jacksonville Jaguars – 3, NY Jets – 32 http://insidepulse.com/2011/09/20/nfl-2011-week-2-thoughts-and-commentary-jacksonville-jaguars-%e2%80%93-3-ny-jets-32/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/09/20/nfl-2011-week-2-thoughts-and-commentary-jacksonville-jaguars-%e2%80%93-3-ny-jets-32/#comments Tue, 20 Sep 2011 12:30:31 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=266722 Jacksonville Jaguars – 3,  NY Jets – 32

 

Rhett Davis: When you are a QB and you have a total of 59 yards and FOUR interceptions, it’s hard to say that your job is a safe one.  Luke McCown had better show up next week or he’ll be benched if he isn’t already.  Besides that, the Jaguars are a horrific team and they have been pretty much so for years.  There’s really not much to say on this game other than the Jaguars need to wake up.

 

Grey Scherl: The Jets may have sped up Jacksonville’s timetable a bit, as after 4 picks and enough offense in the game for a single field goal I think the Luke McKown experiment is over, and it’s time for the Blaine Gabbert one to begin. Sure, Gabbert didn’t score while he was on the field after relieving the ‘vet’, but he did go 5 for 6 with 52 yards compared to McKown’s 6 for 19 with 59 yards and four picks. And a safety. I think he’s done. I think Gabbert starts next week against the Panthers, and honestly, I think it might be an improvement. The Jets, on the other hand, took advantage of everything the Jags had to offer and completely abused them. This despite the fact that Mark Sanchez threw two picks of his own, but hey, that’s Sanchez, and the Jets will never get to the Superbowl until he stops throwing as many picks, if not more, than touchdowns.

 

Daniels: Didn’t learn much from this game.  The Jets won a game they should win and the Jags under Luke McKeown lost a game to a good defense.

 

Glazer: I forgot the Jets could blow people out, but, well, the Jaguars are playing hard in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.  Mark Sanchez looked as good as he ever does, and, well, it’s possible this is a confidence builder that helps him rise from the bottom of the QB rankings and make the Jets a true AFC favorite.  It’s hard to see this going down against a better team, though.

 

 
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Jacksonville Jaguars Cut Starting QB David Garrard http://insidepulse.com/2011/09/07/jacksonville-jaguars-cut-starting-qb-david-garrard/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/09/07/jacksonville-jaguars-cut-starting-qb-david-garrard/#comments Wed, 07 Sep 2011 18:30:03 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=264692 Associated Press:

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — David Garrard lost his starting job the same way he got it: Just days before the season opener and in stunning fashion.

The Jacksonville Jaguars released Garrard on Tuesday, making a “pure football decision” that will save the franchise $9 million in 2011.

Whether it saves coach Jack Del Rio’s job remains to be seen. Team owner Wayne Weaver has said Jacksonville needs to make the playoffs for Del Rio to stick around for a 10th season.

Del Rio made it clear late last season that he had grown tired of Garrard’s inconsistent ways, but the coach remained steadfast through training camp and the preseason that Garrard was his starter. That changed Tuesday, when the Jaguars parted ways with Garrard after nine up-and-down seasons.

If the timing of the move wasn’t strange enough — five days before Jacksonville’s opener against Tennessee — it came two hours after the team introduced Garrard as its starting quarterback at a kickoff luncheon at the chamber of commerce.

“He just couldn’t get it going,” said Del Rio, who added that the team didn’t try to trade Garrard. “I had met with him a couple of weeks ago and brought him in and said, ‘Hey, listen, you’re my guy. I need you to get it going.’ He was given every opportunity. He was somewhat apologetic that he wasn’t able to deliver.”

Del Rio turned the starting job over to Luke McCown, who outplayed Garrard and rookie Blaine Gabbert in the preseason. Playing mostly with and against second- and third-teamers, McCown completed 12 of 18 passes for 133 yards, with two touchdowns, no interceptions and no sacks.

“I was shocked by the decision,” tight end Marcedes Lewis said. “They obviously felt it was time to go in a different direction. Luke had a great camp, everyone knows that, and now he’s the guy. There’s no drop-off. We believe in Luke and we’re going to rally around him.”

Garrard missed the preseason opener because of a sore back, but started the final three games. He completed 50 percent of his passes for 216 yards, with no touchdowns and an interception. He was sacked three times.

Garrard didn’t return phone or text messages seeking comment, but he thanked fans on his Twitter feed.

“Thank you jaguar fans for an awesome ride! You are the best fans ever,” he wrote. “You’ll always have a special place in my heart and my family’s heart!”

The move was similar to what Del Rio did in 2007, when he released Byron Leftwich in favor of Garrard after the preseason finale. Garrard played well that season, throwing 18 touchdown passes and just three interceptions.

He’s been average since, with 53 TDs and 38 INTs over the last three seasons. He also has been sacked 117 times in that span.

His performance late last season was one of the final straws.

With running back Maurice Jones-Drew sitting out against Washington, the Jaguars put the game on Garrard’s shoulders and he struggled to handle the load. He failed to read Washington’s cloaked defensive schemes and nearly ended the day with five turnovers.

The Jaguars responded by drafting Gabbert with the 10th pick in April’s draft. Gabbert would have been given a chance to win the starting job in camp, but the NFL lockout denied him a a summer filled with meetings, film work and organized team activities.

Gabbert dropped to third on the depth chart last week. McCown moved up to second, although no one knew he was actually auditioning for the starting job.

“Our starter is our starter until he’s not our starter,” Del Rio said. “That’s the way it works. To do it any other way creates a circus atmosphere. We have not had that. We’ve had a very purposeful camp, we’ve had a very workmanlike, businesslike training camp. A decision was made in the best interest of the football team, and now we go forward.”

Garrard ends his Jacksonville career with 16,003 yards passing, 89 touchdowns, 54 interceptions and a 39-37 record. He also ran for 1,746 yards and 17 scores.

Garrard’s final game was one of his worst. He was hit repeatedly in last week’s preseason finale against St. Louis and misfired on four of five passes. He ended the night with an animated exchange with his offensive line on the sideline.

That, too, had become an issue inside the facility, with Garrard pointing the finger more often than taking the blame.

Del Rio called Garrard a middle-tier quarterback after the 2009 season, and Weaver challenged him to do more with teammates that offseason.

Garrard did. He responded by setting the franchise record for touchdown passes in a season (23), enjoyed five of the best eight games of his career, and led the Jaguars to several late wins. But he struggled down the stretch.

It became clear Monday how teammates felt about Garrard. They declined to vote Garrard a team captain, instead choosing Jones-Drew and Lewis as offensive captains.

Garrard was released the next day.

“I think he’s handled it like a man, like he’s handled everything else,” general manager Gene Smith said. “I think he’s been a tremendous example how to handle adversity since he’s been here. … At some point, you have to go through this as an NFL player.”
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
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NFL: Team Transactions From August as of August 8, 10:00 PM ET http://insidepulse.com/2011/08/09/nfl-team-transactions-from-august-as-of-august-8-1000-pm-et/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/08/09/nfl-team-transactions-from-august-as-of-august-8-1000-pm-et/#comments Tue, 09 Aug 2011 22:00:25 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=261009 Arizona Cardinals:
Aug. 2, 2011: Re-signed S Matt Ware. Waived OT Brad Thorson.

Atlanta Falcons:
Aug. 8, 2011: Agreed to terms with RB Jason Snelling.
Aug. 7, 2011: Waived PK Jacob Harfman and OT Rob McGill.
Aug. 3, 2011: Waived-injured TE Robbie Agnone.

Baltimore Ravens:
Aug. 8, 2011: Agreed to terms with RB Ricky Williams.
Aug. 5, 2011: Released FB Jason McKie.
Aug. 5, 2011: Agreed to terms with S Bernard Pollard on a two-year contract.
Aug. 3, 2011: Agreed to terms with C Casey Rabach on a two-year contract.

Buffalo Bills:
Aug. 5, 2011: Signed WR Craig Davis.
Aug. 2, 2011: Activated CB Reggie Corner from the physically-unable-to-perform list.

Carolina Panthers:
Aug. 8, 2011: Clamed G Bryant Browning off waivers from St. Louis. Waived-injured LB Kelvin Smith.
Aug. 7, 2011: Waived WR Brandon Smith.
Aug. 5, 2011: Agreed to terms with WR Legedu Naanee.
Aug. 3, 2011: Signed QB Derek Anderson.
Aug. 2, 2011: Agreed to terms with DT Terrell McClain.

Chicago Bears:
Aug. 3, 2011: Waived TE Draylen Ross.
Aug. 3, 2011: Agreed to terms with TE Desmond Clark. Signed TE Matt Spaeth. Waived S K.J. Gerard.
Aug. 2, 2011: Waived P Richmond McGee and DT Sean Murnane.

Cincinatti Bengals:
Aug. 8, 2011: Waived S Brian Lainhart and G Mark Wetterer.
Aug. 5, 2011: Signed TE Bo Scaife. Waived OL Ryan McKnight.
Aug. 5, 2011: Claimed TE John Nalbone off waivers from Philadelphia. Waived RB Steven Robinson.
Aug. 3, 2011: Signed RB Cedric Benson, LB Brandon Johnson and LB Manny Lawson.
Aug. 3, 2011: Signed G Max Jean-Gilles to a one-year contract. Waived LB Keith Darbut and LS Neal Dahlman.
Aug. 2, 2011: Acquired WR Andrew Hawkins off waivers from St. Louis. Signed CB Nate Clements.

Cleveland Browns:
Aug. 5, 2011: Signed LB Eric Gordon, LB Archie Donald, DB Dimitri Patterson and P Richmond McGee. Placed P Reggie Hodges on injured reserve. Waived LB Derrick Addai and LB Alex Wujciak.
Aug. 3, 2011: Agreed to terms with DT Phil Taylor.
Aug. 2, 2011: Signed DE Jayme Mitchell. Sent an undisclosed 2012 draft pick to St. Louis to complete an earlier trade for G John Greco.

Dallas Cowboys:
Aug. 7, 2011: Signed QB Tom Brandstater and WR Dominique Edison.
Aug. 3, 2011: Signed DT Jimmy Saddler-McQueen. Waived WR Jeff Moturi and DT Lawon Scott.
Aug. 2, 2011: Signed Pee Wei Herman to play QB (just a joke).

Denver Broncos:
Aug. 2, 2011: Agreed to terms with DE Derrick Harvey. Re-signed DE Marcus Thomas. Signed TE Daniel Fells and TE Dante Rosario. Waived S Nick Polk, CB James Rogers and WR Marshall Williams.

Detroit Lions:
Aug. 8, 2011: Released LB Daunte Akra and DB Jamal Robinson. Signed DE Keyunta Dawson and DT Montavious Stanley.
Aug. 5, 2011: Signed LB Bobby Carpenter, CB Chris Houston, DE Cliff Avril and T Isaac Sowells. Released CB Branden Bufford, G Pat Illig, WR Michael Moore and CB Brandon Stephens. Claimed WR Nate Hughes off waivers from Jacksonville and G Greg Niland off waivers from Arizona.
Aug. 3, 2011: Released LB Zack Follett, LB Korey Bosworth and DB Jack Williams. Signed DE Greg Banks.
Aug. 2, 2011: Signed WR Maurice Stowell. Released WR Jared Jenkins.

Green Bay Packers:
Aug. 3, 2011: Signed LB K.C. Asiodu. Re-signed WR James Jones.

Houston Texans:
Aug. 7, 2011: Signed LB Tim Dobbins.
Aug. 3, 2011: Signed FB Lawrence Vickers. Signed P Brad Maynard.

Indianapolis Colts:
Aug. 3, 2011: Signed OT Anthony Castonzo and LB Ernie Sims.
Aug. 2, 2011: Agreed to terms with DL Jamaal Anderson.

Jacksonville Jaguars:
Aug. 5, 2011: Signed TE Marcedes Lewis to a five-year contract.
Aug. 2, 2011: Signed G Wade Grayson. Waived WR Nate Hughes.

Kansas City Chiefs:
Aug. 8, 2011: Removed TE Tony Moeaki from the phyically-unable-to-perform list.
Aug. 6, 2011: Signed DL Amon Gordon.
Aug. 5, 2011: Signed FB Le’Ron McClain, CB Brandon Carr and S Sabby Piscitelli. Agreed to terms with DE Justin Houston on a four-year contract.
Aug. 3, 2011: Signed DB Javes Lewis and CB Mario Ruussell. Signed WR Chris Manno.
Aug. 2, 2011: Signed OT Barry Richardson to a restricted free agent tender and LB Brandon Siler.

Miami Dolphins:
Aug. 7, 2011: Waived T Micah Kia.
Aug. 6, 2011: Signed OT Ray Willis.
Aug. 5, 2011: Signed QB Kevin O’Connell, Signed T Micah Kia. Re-signed OL Nate Garner, RB Lex Hilliard, T Lydon Murtha and RB Kory Sheets.
Aug. 3, 2011: Terminated the contract of LB Tim Dobbins.
Aug. 2, 2011: Agreed to terms with OT Marc Colombo. Signed LB Jason Taylor and LB Mark Masterson.

Minnesota Vikings:
Aug. 5, 2011: Signed OT Ryan Cook.
Aug. 3, 2011: Released OT Bryant McKinnie.
Aug. 2, 2011: Signed OL Charlie Johnson. Placed OT Bryant McKinnie on the non-football injury list.

New England Patriots:
Aug. 8, 2011: Signed DE Shaun Ellis and DE Andre Carter.
Aug. 7, 2011: Signed DE Mark Anderson. Released DL Marlon Favorite and CB Thad Turner. Placed OL Kyle Hix on injured reserve.
Aug. 5, 2011: Signed OL Nate Solder.
Aug. 3, 2011: Re-signed T Matt Light. Signed C Chris Morris, CB Ras-I Dowling, RB Shane Vereen, DE Christian Cox, RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, OL Jonathan Compas and RB Richard Medlin. Released RB Thomas Clayton, OL Mike Berry and QB Jonathan Crompton.

New Orleans Saints:
Aug. 7, 2011: Waived DE Curtis Johnson.
Aug. 5, 2011: Agreed to terms with C Olin Kreutz on a one-year contract, DT Aubrayo Franklin, OT George Foster and OT Alex Barron. Placed LB Jeremiha Hunter on injured reserve. Waived PK Jacob Rogers.
Aug. 3, 2011: Agreed to terms with DE Cameron Jordan, TE Tory Humphrey and CB Terrraill Lambert. Waived-failed physical G Carl Johnson. Waived-injured CB Josh Gatlin.
Aug. 2, 2011: Agreed to terms with LB Clint Ingram. Signed G Carl Nicks and C Cecil Newton. Re-signed OT Zach Strief.

New York Giants:
Aug. 6, 2011: Re-signed DE Dave Tollefson.
Aug. 5, 2011: Signed CB Prince Amukamara to a four-year contract, CB Darnell Burks, and DT Rocky Bernard. Waived-injured DT Martin Parker and CB Bruce Johnson. Agreed to terms with CB Prince Amukamara.
Aug. 3, 2011: Signed RB Andre Brown, WR Michael Clayton, OT Stacy Andrews, DT Gabe Watson, and RB Ahmad Bradshaw.
Aug. 2, 2011: Signed QB David Carr and TE Ben Patrick. Waived-injured RB Martell Mallard. Waived/non-football injury S Chad Jones.

New York Jets:
Aug. 7, 2011: Signed WR Derrick Mason to a two-year contract and LS Wilson Raynor and TE Keith Zinger. Waived LB Cody Brown and TE Collin Franklin.
Aug. 5, 2011: OL Damien Woody announced his retirement. Re-signed S Brodney Pool. Signed G Trevor Canfield and T Pete Clifford. Waived CB Jeremy McGee, G Tom Ottaiano and T Jeff Wills. Released WR Jerricho Cotchery.
Aug. 3, 2011: Signed LB David Harris to a four-year contract. Signed S DaJuan Morgan. Waived RB Carlos Brown.
Aug. 2, 2011: Re-signed CB Antonio Cromartie to a four-year contract. Signed CB Donald Strickland. Placed WR Jerricho Cotchery and G Brandon Moore on the physically unable to perform list.

Oakland Raiders:
Aug. 7, 2011: Signed WR Derek Hagan, WR Chad Jackson, WR Shawn Bayes and FB Bryson Kelly.
Aug. 6, 2011: Re-signed RB Michael Bush.
Aug. 5, 2011: Signed TE Kevin Boss to a four-year contract and LB Darryl Blackstock.
Aug. 3, 2011: Re-signed C Samson Satele. Signed OL Seth Wand, OL Justin Smiley and OL Stephon Heyer.
Aug. 2, 2011: Agreed to terms with LB Kamerion Wimbley on a five-year contract.

Philadelphia Eagles:
Aug. 3, 2011: Agreed to terms with OT Ryan Harris, RB Ronnie Brown, S Jarrad Page, DT Anthony Hargrove and DT Derek Landri to one-year contracts and WR Cordario Calvin. Signed WR Brandon Caleb. Waived LB Terence Thomas and TE John Nalbone.
Aug. 2, 2011: Agreed to terms with OL Danny watkins on a four-year contract. Traded DT Brodrick Bunkley to Denver for an undisclosed 2013 draft pick. Waived WR Keith Carlos.

Pittsburg Steelers:
August 5, 2011 Signed LB LaMarr Woodley to a six-year contract.

San Diego Chargers:
Aug. 8, 2011: Waived WR Giovanni Stanley. Signed RB Dean Rogers to a three-year contract.
Aug. 7, 2011: Waived FB Kenny Younger. Waived-injured FB Patrick DiMarco.
Aug. 5, 2011: Agreed to terms with DE Corey Liuget on a four-year contract and WR Malcom Floyd. Signed RB Shawnbrey McNeal and S Nick Polk to two-year contracts.
Aug. 2, 2011: Placed TE Antonio Gates and LB Larry English on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

San Francisco 49ers:
Aug. 8, 2011: Placed WR Dontavia Bogan and CB Curtis Holcomb on injured reserve.
Aug. 7, 2011: Signed S Donte Whitner to a three-year contract.
Aug. 5, 2011: Signed C Jonathan Goodwin to a three-year contract and LB Blake Costanzo and WR Braylon Edwards to one-year contracts.
Aug. 3, 2011: Signed CB Carlos Rogers and S Madieu Williams to one-year contracts, and CB Phillip Davis to a three-year contract.

Seattle Seahawks:
Aug. 5, 2011: Agreed to terms with DE Raheem Brock.
Aug. 3, 2011: Agreed to terms with DE Jimmy Wilkerson and TE Zach Miller. Signed PK Jeff Reed, CB Kelly Jennings, LB Michael Johnson, TE Zach Miller, RB Chase Reynolds and DE Jimmy Wilkerson. Released DT Ladi Ajiboye, PK Wes Byrum, G Michael Huey, QB Zac Lee and LB Blake Sorensen.

St. Louis Rams:
Aug. 6, 2011: Resigned OL Adam Goldberg and T Quinn Ojinnaka. Activated FB Britt Miller from the physically unable to perform list.
Aug. 3, 2011: Agreed to terms with RB Jerious Norwood on a one-year contract.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Aug. 2, 2011: Re-signed LB Adam Hayward to a three-year contract. Released RB Deonte Jackson.

Tennessee Titans:
Aug. 5, 2011: LB David Thornton announced his retirement. Agreed to terms with CB Frank Walker and S Jordan Babineaux. Placed CB Ryan Mouton on injured reserve. Waived WR O.J. Murdock.
Aug. 2, 2011: WR Randy Moss announced his retirement. Agreed to terms with DE Dave Ball and FB Ahmard Hall. Signed DE Jacob Ford.

Washington Redskins:
Aug. 6, 2011: Signed OT Sean Locklear, C Donovan Raiola and P Sav Rocca. Released LB Robert Henson, DT Joe Joseph and LB Kyle O’Donnell.
Aug. 5, 2011: Signed S Reed Doughty, DL Kedric Golston and LB Rocky McIntosh.
Aug. 3, 2011: Re-signed QB Rex Grossman.
Aug. 2, 2011: Signed OT Jammal Brown, LB Horatio Blades, WR Isaac Anderson, LB Obi Ezeh, LB Eric McBride, DB Devonte Shannon, TE Joe Torchia, QB Marc Verica and DT Thomas Weaver.
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NFL: Team Free Agency For Friday and Saturday as of 10:00 PM ET http://insidepulse.com/2011/07/31/nfl-team-free-agency-for-friday-and-saturday-as-of-1000-pm-et/ http://insidepulse.com/2011/07/31/nfl-team-free-agency-for-friday-and-saturday-as-of-1000-pm-et/#comments Sun, 31 Jul 2011 18:00:22 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=259828 Arizona Cardinals: Signed LB Stewart Bradley, G Daryn Colledge, DE Nick Eason, TE Jeff King and WR Chansi Stuckey. Re-signed C Lyle Sendlein. Signed LB Sam Acho, FB Anthony Sherman, LB Quan Sturdivant, DT David Carter, WR DeMarco Sampson, CB Tae Evans. Agreed to terms with CB Richard Marshall on a one-year contract. Released CB Da’mon Merkerson.

Atlanta Falcons: Agreed to terms with OT Tyson Clabo on a five-year contract. Released DE Jamaal Anderson and WR Michael Jenkins.

Baltimore Ravens: Signed CB Chris Carr to a four-year contract.

Buffalo Bills: Signed DL Marcell Dareus to a four-year contract and DB Da’Norris Searcy and RB Johnny White.

Chicago Bears: Waived G Herman Johnson. Agreed to terms with CB Corey Graham on a one-year contract. Agreed to terms with OT Gabe Carimi, DE Stephen Paea and S Chris Conte on four-year contracts. Agreed to terms with DT Anthony Adams, DL Vernon Gholston, WR Sam Hurd, P Adam Podlesh, LB Nick Roach, TE Matt Spaeth, FB Will Ta’ufo’ou, WR Roy Williams, and QB Caleb Hanie. Signed DE Jake Laptad, TE Draylen Ross, RB Dan Dierking and T Mike Lamphear.

Cincinatti Bengals: Signed QB Andy Dalton, LB Dontay Moch, QB Bruce Gradkowski, HB Brian Leonard and S Gibril Wilson. Released DE Antwan Odom. Waived OT Andrew Mitchell, WR Shay Hodge and K Clint Stitser. Placed QB Carson Palmer on reserve/did not report list. Signed G Clint Boling, RB Jay Finley, OL Ryan McKnight, C Kyle Cook, G Nate Livings, QB Jordan Palmer, OT Dennis Roland, WR Quan Cosby, TE Clark Harris, S Tom Nelson, HB Cedric Peerman and LB Dan Skuta. Placed CB Adam Jones and DT Pat Sims on active/physically unable to perform list. Placed LB Keith Rivers on active/non-football injury list.

Cleveland Browns: Signed K Phil Dawson, RB Brandon Jackson, DB Usama Young, TE Evan Moore, LB Marcus Benard, DL Brian Schaefering, G Billy Yates, DE Jabaal Sheard, WR Greg Little, TE Jordan Cameron, RB Owen Marecic, DB Buster Skrine, OT Jason Pinkston, DB Eric Hagg, LB Derrick Addai, G Dominic Alford, DL Kyle Anderson, DT Andre Caroll, WR L.J. Castile, CB James Dockery, DE Jabari Fletcher, OL Calton Ford, WR Evan Frosch, CB Carl Gettis, DB Darian Hagan, LB Benjamin Jacobs, WR Chris Matthews, WR Juan Nunez, OL Jarrod Shaw, RB Armond Smith, LB Brian Smith, LB Sidney Tarver, QB Troy Weatherhead, K Jeff Wolfert and LB Alex Wujciak.

Dallas Cowboys: Signed RB DeMarco Murray and LB Bruce Carter. Re-signed DE Marcus Spears. Signed OL Doug Free, OL Kyle Kosier, S Alan Ball, WR Jesse Holley and CB Bryan McCann.

Denver Broncos: Signed LB Nate Irving.

Detroit Lions: Agreed to terms with DB Eric Wright.

Green Bay Packers: Re-signed K Mason Crosby, TE Spencer Havner and WR Brett Swain. Signed OT Derek Sherrod, RB Alex Green and CB Davon House. Released OT Mark Tauscher, LB Nick Barnett, LB Brandon Chillar, LB Brady Poppinga and DL Justin Harrell. Waived S Michael Greco and LB Curtis Young.

Indianapolis Colts: Re-signed QB Peyton Manning to a multiyear contract. Agreed to terms with K Adam Vinatieri and S Melvin Bullitt. Released K Brett Swenson and DB Jordan Hemby. Signed RB Delone Carter to a four-year contract. Signed P Travis Baltz, DE David Bedford, LB Chris Colasanti, RB Darren Evans, WR David Gilreath, QB Mike Hartline, WR Joe Horn, OL Jake Kirkpatrick, S Joe Lefeged, TE Mike McNeill, WR Larrone Moore, LB Adrian Moten, LB Kerry Neal, DT Ollie Ogbu and RB Chad Spann.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Agreed to terms with S Dawan Landry on a five-year contract and CB Drew Coleman on a three-year contract. Cut DE Derrick Harvey, G Vince Manuwai and DB Tyron Brackenridge.

Kansas City Chiefs: Placed TE Tony Moeaki on the physically unable to perform list. Signed WR Jonathan Baldwin, WR Steve Breaston and C Casey Wiegmann.

Miami Dolphins: Re-signed DL Tony McDaniel. Signed LB Jason Trusnik, QB Matt Moore, RB Daniel Thomas and WR Clyde Gates.

Minnesota Vikings: Acquired QB Donovan McNabb from Washington for a 2012 sixth-round draft pick and a conditional 2013 sixth-round draft pick. Signed DT Remi Ayodele.

New England Patriots: Signed QB Ryan Mallett and OL Marcus Cannon. Released DE Ty Warren, TE Alge Crumpler, OT Nick Kaczur, LB Tully Banta-Cain, DL Marcus Stroud, CB Tony Carter and LB Ryan Coulson. Traded a 2013 fifth-round draft choice to the Washington Redskins for DT Albert Haynesworth.

New Orleans Saints: Signed RB Mark Ingram and LB Martez Wilson. Agreed to terms with S Pierson Prioleau, FB Korey Hall, DE Curtis Johnson and G Dan Gay. Agreed to terms with S Roman Harper on a four-year contract.

New York Giants: laced DE Osi Umenyiora on the reserve-did not report list. Released DT Rocky Bernard, C Shaun O’Hara, G Rich Seubert, OT Shawn Andrews and FB Madison Hedgecock. Released RB Tiki Barber from the retired-reserve list. Signed DE Justin Trattou, DE Craig Marshall, DT Martin Parker, DT Ibrahim Abdulai, S Jerrard Tarrant, S David Sims, LB Mark Herzlich, LB Spencer Paysinger, OT Jarriel King, FB Henry Hynoski. Signed DT Marvin Austin, WR Jerrel Jernigan, OL James Brewer, LB Greg Jones, S Tyler Sash, LB Jacquian Williams and RB Da’rel Scott. Placed WR Ramses Barden on the active/physically unable to perform list. Agreed to terms with P Steve Weatherford.

New York Jets: Signed WR Santonio Holmes to five-year contract. Signed S Eric Smith, K Nick Folk, OL Wayne Hunter, OL Robert Turner and WR Jeremy Kerley. Agreed to terms with DE Muhammad Wilkerson on a four-year contract. Signed RB Bilal Powell, QB Greg McElroy, WR Scotty McKnight, OL Curtis Duron and CB Jeremy McGee. Released QB Mark Brunell. Waived QB Erik Ainge, CB Will Billingsley, G Marlon Davis and QB Kevin O’Connell.

Oakland Raiders: Agreed to terms with OL Jared Gaither, LB Jarvis Moss and LS Jon Condo.

Philadelphia Eagles: Signed CB Nnamdi Asomugha to a five-year contract. Signed QB Vince Young to a one-year contract. Signed DL Cullen Jenkins to a five-year contract and LB Akeem Jordan. Traded DT Brodrick Bunkley to Cleveland for a 2012 fifth-round pick.

Pittsburg Steelers: Released OT Flozell Adams. Agreed to terms with DT Cameron Heyward, OT Willie Colon and OT Jonathan Scott. Signed CB Curtis Brown.

San Francisco 49ers: Signed DT Ray McDonald to a five-year contract and QB Alex Smith and G-C Tony Wragge to one-year contracts. Cut C Eric Heitmann and K Joe Nedney.

San Diego Chargers: Agreed to terms with QB Brian Volek on a two-year contract.

Seattle Seahawks: Re-signed DT Brandon Mebane, LB Matt McCoy, FB Michael Robinson, K Wes Byrum and LB Leroy Hill. Signed WR Sidney Rice, OL Robert Gallery, QB Tarvaris Jackson, DL Alan Branch and G John Moffitt. Agreed to terms with OT James Carpenter. Waived DB James Brindley, DT Barrett Moen and LB Joe Pawelek. Terminated the contracts of OT Stacy Andrews and C Chris White.

St. Louis Rams: Agreed to terms with WR Mike Sims-Walker on a one-year contract. Agreed to terms with OT Harvey Dahl, DE Damario Ambrose, CB Timothy Atchison, S Travon Bellamy, G Bryant Browning, WR Jalil Carter, DE Kenneth Charles, SS John Dempsey, CB Dionte Dinkins, G Tyler Donahue, ILB Pete Fleps, TE Benjamin Guidugli, DT John Henderson, G Kevin Hughes, G Randall Hunt, OT Karri Kuuttila, LS Jacob McQuaide, TE Schuylar Oordt, QB Taylor Potts, CB Christopher Smith, FB Van Stumon, DT Arthur Thomas, C Beau Warren, DT Teryl White and RB Eddie Wide.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Agreed to terms with P Michael Koenen, G Davin Joseph and OT Jeremy Trueblood. Re-signed K Connor Barth, QB Rudy Carpenter, WR Micheal Spurlock, OT James Lee, OT Demar Dotson, DE Michael Bennett, S Corey Lynch, and CB Elbert Mack. Agreed to terms with RB Allen Bradford.

Tennessee Titans: Released QB Vince Young, DT Tony Brown, RB Dominique Lindsay, DE Marcus Howard, DE Kareem Brown and OL Jeff Hansen. Agreed to terms with LB Colin McCarthy, RB Jamie Harper, T Byron Stingily and DT Zach Clayton.

Washington Redskins: Released C Casey Rabach, DE Phillip Daniels, NT Maake Kemoeatu, RB Chad Simpson, RB Andre Brown, WR Roydell Williams and P Sam Paulescu. Signed LB Ryan Kerrigan, DE Jarvis Jenkins, WR Leonard Hankerson, RB Roy Helu, DB Dejon Gomes, WR Niles Paul, RB Evan Royster, WR Aldrick Robinson, DB Brandyn Thompson, G Maurice Hurt, LB Markus White and NT Chris Neild.
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2010 NFL Preview Part 4: AFC South http://insidepulse.com/2010/09/06/2010-nfl-preview-part-4-afc-south/ http://insidepulse.com/2010/09/06/2010-nfl-preview-part-4-afc-south/#comments Mon, 06 Sep 2010 20:24:41 +0000 http://insidepulse.com/?p=211775 Team                                                         Projected Wins – Losses (Range)

1. Indianapolis Colts                               11-5 – 14-2

The Colts will have another very good season this year mostly because they are returning 21 starters from their Super Bowl team. There is no question in my mind that Indianapolis is the best team in the AFC.  Peyton Manning is also probably the best QB in the league. RB Joseph Addai is a pretty good player, not a great runner though.  2nd year man Donald Brown is a better runner than Addai, but Addai is a much better receiver and pass blocker, so he is a perfect fit for this offense. Peyton Manning has a wide variety of options to throw to including All-Pros Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark, rising stars Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie, and even Anthony Gonzalez might sneak a few catches in there. The Colts have a good offensive line, but it has been better in recent years. DE’s Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney are two of the best in the NFL, the Colts also drafted Jerry Hughes to adding even more pass rushing depth. The starters at DT are Antonio Johnson and Daniel Muir, both are average players. Linebackers Gary Bracket and Clint Session are solid, proven players, but OLB Phillip Wheeler needs to become more consistent. Indianapolis has an excellent secondary with one of the best free safeties in the league, Antoine Bethea, 2 very good corners in Kelvin Hayden and Jerraud Powers. SS Bob Sanders, when healthy is one of the best in the league, but has never been healthy for a full 16 games. I’m guessing at some point this year Melvin Bullit will be starting for Sanders for at least a couple games. With only making small changes to their Super Bowl team, the Colts could very well make it back again this season.

2. Houston Texans                                   8-8 – 11-5

The Texans have been knocking at the door of the playoffs for a couple years now, this could be the season where they’re finally let in. When QB Matt Schaub is healthy, he has proven he is an elite player. Schaub’s favorite target is Andre Johnson who could very well be the best receiver in the league. TE Owen Daniels was great for the first half of the season before tearing his ACL and missing the remaining 8 games. Daniels return will take a lot of pressure off of Johnson.  Other than Daniels and Johnson, Matt Schaub does not have a lot of dependable targets. Kevin Walter is average and would be a 3rd receiver on most teams. Jacoby Jones did flash some potential last year, but he won’t become a starter until he is more consistent. Houston had a horrendous rushing attack last season and they are hoping Arian Foster can develop into a good RB. If Steve Slaton can control his fumbling and durability issues, Texans could have a very good combo. Houston has a decent o-line, but none of their starter will make the Pro Bowl. Defensively, the Texans have some amazing players, but most of them are fairly average. DE Mario Williams is a proven pass rusher, but unless last year’s free agent pickup Antonio Smith can get to the quarterback more often, Williams will be double teamed. DT Amobi Okoye has not been very good since his rookie season, if he could play up to his potential, it would make Williams’ job much easier. LB’s DeMeco Ryans and Brian Cushing, are both very good players, but Cushing is suspended for 4 games, leaving unproven Xavier Adibi in his place. Opposite Cushing/Adibi is 4th year player Zac Diles, who hasn’t shown anything to suggest he should be a starter. Houston secondary is on the rise with young players, such as corners Glover Quin and rookie Kareem Jackson. SS Bernard Pollard plays like a linebacker and is very underrated. FS Eugene Wilson has not been productive for quite a while, and I think it’s time for them to move on. Overall the Texans have a playoff caliber team, the only thing holding them back is a tough schedule.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars                        4-12 – 7-9

Jacksonville are trying to rebuild a team that has been, quite frankly not very good or entertaining in the past couple of years. I’m giving the Jaguars the slight edge over the Titans because of a better defense, a better throwing QB, and because of them having a number 1 receiver in Mike Sims-Walker. QB David Garrard has been quietly very consistent. I’m not saying Garrard is elite, but he gets the job done. RB Maurice Jones-Drew is easily one of the best in the league and he will carry this team as far as it can go. WR Mike Sims-Walker does need to be more consistent but should keep improving.  2nd year wideout Mike Thomas showed his potential in a few games last year, but on most teams he would be in the slot. The rest of Jacksonville’s WR’s are very young and might not be ready to step up to the NFL level. The Jags have an improving, young offensive line with players like LT Eugene Monroe, RT Eben Britton, and LG Uche Nwaneri. The Jaguars made a surprising move by drafting DT Tyson Alualu. Although it was a bit of a reach drafting Alualu at the 10th pick, pairing him with 2nd year DT Terrance Knighton will strengthen the defensive line for years to come. Jacksonville also added veteran DE Aaron Kampman from the Green Bay Packers. With Kampman switching back to his natural position, it will help not only underachieving DE Derrick Harvey break out, but he will also return to his form of 10 plus sacks (the Jags had only 14 last year). I also really like Jacksonville’s LB’s with Daryl Smith, Justin Durant and free agent addition Kirk Morrison. Jacksonville would have a much improved defense this season if not for their weak secondary. If Rashean Mathis stays healthy, he and 2nd year player Derek Cox could make a nice combination. Other than Mathis and Cox no one in this secondary is even decent. I don’t think trading underachieving FS Reggie Nelson to the Bengals was the right move. If Jacksonville’s young players continue to develop, they could contend for the division in a couple of years. For right now they are a sub 500 team, but will beat out the Titans.

4. Tennessee Titans                             4-12 – 7-9

The Titans have an average football team. QB Vince Young is an up and down player and he doesn’t have a clear cut number 1 receiver. Kenny Britt will eventually develop into a number 1, but isn’t quite there yet. Nate Washington and Justin Gage are decent veterans, but by no means great. RB Chris Johnson is the most electrifying player in the league. One concern with Johnson is his heavy workload. The Titans are hoping Javon Ringer can be a change of pace back. If Johnson goes down, Ringer is the only other RB on the roster. Tennessee has one of the best offensive lines in football, lead by Michael Roos. Just 2 years ago, Tennessee had one of the best defenses in the league, now they could have one of the worst. Other than Tony Brown, the Titans have no other impact players in the front seven. Rookie Derrick Morgan will one day be very good, but is currently listed as 3rd on the depth chart. LB’s Will Weatherspoon and Stephen Tulloch are decent players, but are not great. LB David Thornton is alright, but will miss at least 6 games, if not the entire season with a hip injury. Other than Cortland Finnegan, the Titans have absolutely no proven CB’s. Safety Michael Griffin struggled last year after a stellar ’08 campaign. SS Chris Hope is a good player but is on the decline. Tennessee could be a decent team, but they will have to rely on Chris Johnson to carry them past a difficult schedule.

Check back soon for the NFC East preview

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NFL Preview: Jacksonville Jaguars http://insidepulse.com/2010/08/12/nfl-preview-jacksonville-jaguars/ http://insidepulse.com/2010/08/12/nfl-preview-jacksonville-jaguars/#comments Thu, 12 Aug 2010 13:00:23 +0000 http://sports.insidepulse.com/?p=81285 Jacksonville Jaguars

Owner: Wayne Weaver

Everbank Field

Head Coach: Jack Del Rio, 8th year, 57-55 as Jaguars HC, 1-2 in playoffs, on the hot seat this season. He said it himself in his last 2009 season press conference, it’s playoffs or else.

Offensive Coordinator: Dirk Koetter, 4th year as OC, after a successful 1st season in 2007 with Garrard, the past two seasons haven’t produced up to par results. With Sims-Walker, Mike Thomas, Jarret Dillard, Marcedes Lewis, and Zach Miller expect the passing game to improve a bit and the running game will still be the backbone.

Defensive Coordinator: Mel Tucker, 2nd year as DC, came from Cleveland where he was defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator. Last season the defense attempted to be changed to a hybrid 3-4/4-3 front, but that was a disaster. This year, it has been established that the defense will be a 4-3 attacking front.

Special Teams Coordinator: Russ Purnell, 2nd year as STC, came in last year from Indianapolis. Has two of the best special teams players in the league to work with in Kassim Osgood and Montell Owens. Expect Jacksonville to have one of the best units in the league.

GM: Gene Smith, entering his second regular season as GM, he has stated that he sticks to the best available player draft philosophy. He has stuck to his draft philosophy, as the 2010 draft showed. When asked about the criticism he’s been receiving he replied, “This is not a popularity contest. I don’t give a damn about perception.” Many have regarded his 2009 draft as one of the best of last year’s, but he came under harsh criticism for his 2010 draft class. Only time will tell. The impact of the 2009 draft class can’t be ignored, and we’ll just have to wait and see who’s right about the 2010 class.

2009 Record: 7-9, 4th in AFC South

Additions:
Aaron Kampman DE, Green Bay – will be start DE but coming off ACL surgery.
Freddy Keiaho LB, Indianapolis – will provide depth or will be part of final cuts.
Teddy Lehman LB, FA (UFL) – will provide depth or will be part of final cuts.
Kirk Morrison MLB, Oakland (Draft Day trade) – will be starting MLB. Instantly improves linebackers.
Kassim Osgood WR/ST, San Diego – not a good receiver, but one of the best on special teams.
Justin Smiley OG, Miami (Trade) – in line to compete for starting guard spot, but will injuries get in way?

Rookies
Tyson Alualu DT, California #10 overall – GM Gene Smith and Mike Mayock love this guy. He’s got a high motor and he can definitely fly around, cause disruption in the backfield, and is a sure tackler. Fans and Teblowers (those are people who like to blow Tebow) criticized the pick, but hey, they’re the ones who watched tape on hundreds of players over year before the draft. Oh wait…
D’Anthony Smith DT, Louisiana Tech #74 – was going to be used in rotation replacing Terrance Knighton in passing situations, but tore his Achilles and will most likely be out for the season.
Larry Hart DE, Central Arkansas #143 – small, compares his game to Robert Mathis. Has great leg strength (squatted 650 in high school). Will start out as a pass rusher, but will have to prove his ability to hold up against the run.
Austen Lane DE, Murray State #153 – will rotate in and out of lineup as Jags try to help their terrible pass rush. Finished in the all-time top 10 in career sacks in the FCS.
Deji Karim RB/KR, Southern Illinois #180 – is an elusive back who stays small and compact as he runs across the line of scrimmage, obviously in the mold of MJD. FCS leading rusher last year with reliable hands.
Scotty McGee PR/CB, James Madison #203 – drafted to help the Jaguars gain an advantage in field position. Had 6 return TDs at James Madison.

Notable Rookie FAs: John Estes C Hawaii, Trevor Harris QB Edinboro, Kyle Bosworth LB UCLA (Brian Bosworth’s nephew)

Losses:
Kenard Cox CB, Seattle
Quentin Groves OLB, Oakland (Trade)
Reggie Hayward DE, FA
John Henderson DT, Oakland
Torry Holt WR, New England
Clint Ingram OLB, New Orleans
Brian Iwuh LB/ST, Chicago
Rob Meier DT, FA
Greg Peterson DE, Washington
Tra Thomas OT, San Diego

2009 Rankings
OFF: 18.1 (24th) Points, 336.6 (18th) Yards, 209.8 (19th) Pass Yards, 126.8 (10th) Rush Yards
DEF: 23.8 (24th) Points, 352.3 (23rd) Yards, 235.9 (27th) Pass Yards, 116.4 (19th) Rush Yards

2009 Leaders
David Garrard 314-516 60.9% 3597 YDS 15 TD 10 INT 42 SCK 83.5 RTG
Maurice Jones-Drew 312 ATT 1391 YDS 4.5 AVG 80 LNG 15 TD
Mike Sims-Walker 63 REC 869 YDS 13.8 AVG 61 LNG 7 TD
Josh Scobee 18-26 69%
Daryl Smith 107 Comb 84 TOT 23 AST
John Henderson 3 SCK
Derek Cox 4 INT

Fantasy Players
Maurice Jones-Drew RB
Mike Sims-Walker WR
David Garrard QB
Mike Thomas WR
Marcedes Lewis TE
Zach Miller TE

Projected Starting Lineup
Offense
QB: David Garrard
RB: Maurice Jones-Drew
FB: Greg Jones
WR: Mike Sims-Walker
WR: Mike Thomas
TE: Marcedes Lewis
LT: Eugene Monroe
LG: Uche Nwaneri
C: Brad Meester
RG: Vince Manuwai
RT: Eben Britton
K: Josh Scobee

Defense
DE: Derrick Harvey
DT: Terrance Knighton
DT: Tyson Alualu
DE: Aaron Kampman
OLB: Daryl Smith
MLB: Kirk Morrison
OLB: Justin Durant
CB: Derek Cox
CB: Rashean Mathis
FS: Reggie Nelson
SS: Gerald Alexander
P: Adam Podlesh

QB: David Garrard has this year to prove he’s worth the big contract the Jags signed him to after 2007. If he gets injured Luke McCown will come in. Undrafted FA Trevor Harris from Edinboro is the third option. No QB has shown any consistency in training camp so far.

RB: MJD will no doubt continue his dominance against defenses while backups Rashad Jennings and Deji Karim will help spell him. Jennings should be improved in hitting the hole and Karim could be a playmaker in open space.

WR: Mike Sims-Walker remains the number 1 while Mike Thomas, Jarett Dillard, Troy Williamson, Tiquan Underwood, Kassim Osgood, and Nate Hughes (along with other camp players) will compete for the remaining spots. Thomas, Dillard, and Osgood are the only ones who will no doubt be on the final roster.

TE: Marcedes Lewis has learned how to be a good blocker, but hasn’t lived up to his offensive production potential. He’s improved every year, so hopefully he’ll see a significant numbers jump. Zach Miller is a playmaker who can make the offense exciting and Ernest Wilford will provide depth.

OL: Tackles Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton will be improved, but the interior offensive line is shaky at best. Kynan Forney, Justin Smiley, Vince Manuwai, and Brad Meester are all either trying to prove they’ve recovered from past injuries or that they still have enough left in the tank despite their age.

DL: Kampman is coming off ACL injury but is penciled in as the starter. Harvey will be across from him and he’ll have to prove he was worth the 8th overall pick in the 08 draft. He’s dropped weight in order to get off the ball faster and has shown that he’s strong against the run. Alualu and Knighton will start on the inside. Alualu will push to get upfield while Knighton (who’s been trying to get his weight down) will be a hold the point, run stuffer. Ko Quaye and Atiyyah Ellison will provide depth in the middle (an extra spot will be left from the injury of D’Anthony Smith). Austen Lane, Jeremy Navarre, and Larry Hart will provide depth on the ends.

LB: Justin Durant, Kirk Morrison, and Daryl Smith are entrenched as the starters, but Russell Allen turned heads last season. He’s going to force himself onto the field at some point or if somebody doesn’t play up to par. Smith will move back to his natural position at strong side linebacker with Morrison coming in.

DB: Derek Cox and Rashean Mathis have proven they are the undoubted starters at the corners. Mathis held out during OTAs because he wants a new contract to keep him in Jacksonville until he retires. Ty Brackenridge, Scott Starks, and Don Carey will push for playing time. At safety, Gerald Alexander will be a solid option, but next to him it’s not looking pretty. Sean Considine, Reggie Nelson, and Anthony Smith are not exactly starting material, but if Nelson steps up his game, he should regain his spot as a starter.

Special teams: Kassim Osgood and Montell Owens are two of the best special teamers in the league. Josh Scobee was asked to kick tough FGs last year and as a result his stats suffered. Look for him to bounce back. Adam Podlesh has been working on directional kicking, so his average may not look good, but the unit should rank high against average return yardage again (1st in NFL last year).

Schedule
(1) 9/12 Denver Broncos 1:00 PM
(2) 9/19 at San Diego Chargers 4:15 PM
(3) 9/26 Philadelphia Eagles 4:05 PM
(4) 10/3 Indianapolis Colts 4:05 PM
(5) 10/10 at Buffalo Bills 1:00 PM
(6) 10/18 Tennessee Titans 8:30 PM ESPN
(7) 10/24 at Kansas City Chiefs 1:00 PM
(8) 10/31 at Dallas Cowboys 1:00 PM
(9) 11/7 BYE
(10) 11/14 Houston Texans 1:00 PM
(11) 11/21 Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM
(12) 11/28 at New York Giants 1:00 PM
(13) 12/5 at Tennessee Titans 1:00 PM
(14) 12/12 Oakland Raiders 1:00 PM
(15) 12/19 at Indianapolis Colts 1:00 PM
(16) 12/26 Washington Redskins 1:00 PM
(17) 1/2 at Houston Texans 1:00 PM

2010 Outlook:

To many outsiders, it seems the Jaguars are doomed for another bottom 10 finish season, and that’s the last thing their ticket situation needs, but more on that later. The Jaguars are in playoffs-or-bust mode for Jack Del Rio. This will be his last season if he can’t get this team to the playoffs. The Jaguars will need many second year players and rookies to step up this year and produce. They finished dead last in sacks last season, only getting 14. David Garrard is also a man who is walking on thin ice. He needs to not only step up his leadership, but also his playing ability. And for a man in his early thirties, it may be a little late for that.

Selling tickets and relocation has been the black eye on the Jaguars franchise for a few years now. The ticket sales started to decline in 1999 when the team had a franchise and league best 14-2 record. It just got worse when the team went through salary cap hell. Then when the team was even getting back to playoff contenders from 2005-2007 tickets were still an issue. This year has been a “save the whale” campaign by an organization called Team Teal headed by former first pick of the franchise Tony Boselli. The Jaguars have had the best ticket selling year since their inaugural season. The Jaguars need to have an exciting season if they want to get apathetic fans in Jacksonville to come to Everbank Field. They’re about 4,500 tickets away from having no blackouts in Jacksonville this year, so don’t count this town out yet. However, they need more.

Prediction

This team has a much improved front 7 on defense, but how many more times will the safeties let them down? The problems on offense are on the interior offensive line, second WR, and David Garrard. Garrard is a decent option, but he just hit his ceiling in 2007 and I’m afraid he’s not going to get any better this season, if not worse. Jack Del Rio is in a do or die situation along with Garrard. But I can only see this team going 8-8, third in the AFC South. They have the range of going between 10-6 and 6-10. They are a young team on the rise, but I don’t see them making the playoffs this year, especially from the tough AFC South. I think they’ll be drafting their franchise QB in the 2011 NFL Draft and having a very bright future ahead of them.
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NFL News: Alualu Agrees to Terms http://insidepulse.com/2010/08/01/nfl-news-alualu-agrees-to-terms/ http://insidepulse.com/2010/08/01/nfl-news-alualu-agrees-to-terms/#comments Mon, 02 Aug 2010 02:36:12 +0000 http://sports.insidepulse.com/?p=81144 According to jaguarsinsider on Twitter, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tyson Alualu have agreed to terms.

Tyson Alualu played all over the defensive line at California and will play defensive tackle for the Jaguars. He was the 10th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. He was considered the surprise of the first round.
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NFL News: Jaguars Get Stadium Sponsor http://insidepulse.com/2010/07/27/nfl-news-jaguars-get-stadium-sponsor/ http://insidepulse.com/2010/07/27/nfl-news-jaguars-get-stadium-sponsor/#comments Tue, 27 Jul 2010 19:35:11 +0000 http://sports.insidepulse.com/?p=80951 At a press conference earlier this afternoon, the Jacksonville Jaguars announced that EverBank has become the Jaguars’ new stadium sponsor. The official name of the stadium will now be EverBank Field.

The Jaguars have been searching for a sponsor since Alltel didn’t renew their sponsorship after 2007.

Many sources have been calling the sponsorship deal worth $5 million for 5 years.

This is good news for the Jaguars’ organization as they’ll now get some income that they won’t have to share with the other 31 NFL teams.

EverBank was one of the few banks that has been posting good numbers since the economic recession has hit. They have their corporate headquarters in Jacksonville and they operate by telephone, internet, and the mail.

Although no formal announcement has been made, Blue Cross Blue Shield is also said to have sponsored the Jaguars. The Jags’ practice fields outside of EverBank Field will be named Blue Field.
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