Hi there. Thanks for coming back to another edition of Jaguar Jungle.
Tony Gerhart should be ready for week one. He is out with an abdominal strain. Hopefully he will be at 100% because it looks like he’s the third down back.
I did take pictures of the cheerleaders at the autograph table with my I-phone 6S, downloaded it to my computer, and when I view the pictures they are sideways. Any suggestions on how to correct it so I can post it on a future blog?
TE Julius Thomas expected to miss 4-5 weeks for finger surgery….
Detroit Lions Versus Jacksonville Jaguars
Out for Game: Cody Booth, Desmond Cooper, Will Corbin, Johnathan Cyprien (broken finger), Khairi Fortt, Tony Gerhart (abdominal strain), Greg Jenkins (high ankle sprain), Marqise Lee (hamstring), Erika Lora, Sen’Derrick Marks (knee), Demetrius McCray (knee contusion), Chris Reed, LaRoy Reynolds (knee sprain), Jack Rummells, James Sample (forearm), Neal Sterling (hamstring), Julius Thomas (broken hand), Peyton Thomas (hamstring), Jeff Tuel, and Josh Wells (dislocated thumb).
This game can be described as a tale two cities. The first city I’ll call the land of the Offense, and the second city I’ll name the land of no Defense.
In the land of the Offense all is well, at least in the air, and I think it was done on purpose. Mayor Bortles distributed the ball, as he has in the previous games as 8 receivers caught the ball. Bortles was 20-29 for 245 yards and one touchdown pass to Allen Hurns. The assistants to Bortles did well as Henne was 8-12 for 62 yards and Morris was 4-8 38 yards. In total 16 players caught passes. The team did score on the first two possessions of the game. Bortles was not sacked and no interception were thrown. I think we will be using our tight ends a lot which is good. In the end our 1st team beat the Lions first team. Yeldon got his feet wet, 8 carries for 10 yards and 1 touchdown. It was his first game and it showed. It’s not a bad thing, it just will take another game. I hope he plays against Washington. I think this game was more about Bortles, since he will not be playing next week, than the run game. Next week, I expect to see more running and less passing.
Now in the land of no defense, how do I say this politely? WE NEED TO BE AGGRESSIVE!! I love high scoring games, and hope they are in our favor, but let’s get real. Again no sacks, no interceptions, NO TURNOVERS, NO RUSH! This has got to improve. One person should not make a defense no matter how good that individual is. Our defensive backs made Golden Tate look like Jerry Rice. 62 yard touchdown while beating Davon House. Then House and Craig Loston getting beat by Tate for a 22 yard gain. Loston missed a tackle on the play. Why are our backs playing several yards away from the receivers? Why is our defense in the same basic defensive package? It looks the same as it did last year.
Okay that’s it on the defense rant I have one for the offensive line, second and third offensive lines gave up sacks, 3 on Henne and one on Morris. First stringers are not going to play the whole game guys. Tighten up.
There were injuries in this game:
Brandon Linder (Toe). He came back to the bench after the Jaguars scored and he took his shoe off and found that his second toe was facing the other way. It was popped back into place and is nothing serious he could have returned to the game.
Allen Hurns left the game with hip tightness. He said if it was a regular season game he would have played on.
Clay Harbor hurt his right ankle. It is a minor injury.
An update on Sen’Derrick Marks and Marqise Lee: According to the coach Sen’Derrick Marks might not be ready for the season opener. Doctors feel he has a chance to be ready. We will need him. Marqise Lee is hoping to make it back by the season opener in two weeks.
Next weeks game players will be fighting for roster spots. I am excited about the possibilities of who will make the team.
My take on the 2015 Jacksonville Jaguar Team
Here I thought I had time to write a blog before the cuts, but I was so wrong. The team released players way before the deadline date. I was hoping the Jaguars would wait until Tuesday’s deadline to trim down to 75. But I will be honest and give you the players I feel will make the team. Anyway this is more about the 53 man roster than it is about the 75 man roster But have no fear this is what the 53 man roster will look like for the season opener against the Carolina Panthers on September 13th, so let’s dig in.
We will start with the no brainer, Quarterback:
In camp: Blake Bortles, Chad Henne, Stephen Morris, Jeff Tuel.
Makes cut: Blake Bortles, Chad Henne
Practice Squad: Stephen Morris
Bortles is the quarterback for at least the next 10-12 years. Contrary to what reporters are saying, and even some fans, Henne can manage the offense while Tuel will be the odd man out. Morris is looking to be the backup quarterback for 2016.
In Camp: Corey Grant, Toby Gerhart, Storm Johnson, Bernard Pierce, Denard Robinson, T.J. Yeldon.
Makes Cut: Toby Gerhart, Corey Grant, Bernard Pierce, Denard Robinson, T.J. Yeldon.
Practice Squad: Storm Johnson
It’s Yeldon’s job to lose and that is not going to happen. Robinson will be the backup and Gerhart will be the 3rd down back. Pierce will be the spot player as needed. Corey Grant looks like he has the inside track on kickoff returns with his outstanding speed.
In Camp: Connor Hamlett, Clay Harbor, Nic Jacobs, Ben Koyack, Marcedes Lewis, Julius Thomas.
Makes Cut: Connor Hamlett Clay Harbor, Nic Jacobs, Marcedes Lewis, Julius Thomas.
It is safe to say that Thomas, Lewis and Harbor are going to make the team. The question is will the team keep an extra tight end. With the two tight end set the Jaguars will keep 5 so Hamlett and Jacobs make the team.
In Camp: Arrelious Benn, Kasey Closs, Damian Copeland, Trandon Doss, Rashad Greene, Allen Hurns, Greg Jenkins, Marqise Lee, Erik Lora, Allen Robinson, Neal Sterling, Bryan Walters, Tony Washington.
Makes Cut: Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, Marqise Lee, Rashad Greene, Bryan Walters.
Injured Reserve: Arrelious Benn, Damian Copeland
Practice Squad: Neal Sterling
With the Jaguars keeping 5 tight ends I don’t see the team keeping more than 5 receivers. So it is easy to say that Robinson, Hurns, Lee and Greene make the team. With Benn, who was playing well, injured I feel that Bryan Walters has done a good enough job took make the team.
In Camp: Zane Beadles (LG), Cody Booth (LT), Luke Bowanko (C/G/T), A.J. Cann (LG), Will Corbin (LG) , Luke Joeckl (LT), Brandon Linder (RG), Jermey Parnell(RT), Austin Pasztor (G/T), Chris Reed (LG), Jack Rummels (RT), Tyler Shatley (G/C), Josh Wells (LT), Stefen Wisniewski (C), Brennan Williams (RT), Sam Young (RT)
Makes Cut: Jeremey Parnell, Zane Beadles, Stefan Parnell, Luke Joeckl and Brandon Linder will make up the starting five. Luke Bowanko will play several positions on the line. A.J. Cann, Austin Pasztor and Will Corbin will be the backups
Injured Reserves: Josh Wells, Brennan Williams
In Camp: Tyson Alualu (DE), Richard Ash (DE), Cameron Beard (DE), Michael Bennett (DT), Andre Branch (DE), Cap Capi (DE), Chris Clemons (DE), Eric Crume (DT), Ryan Davis (DT/DE), Dante Fowler (DE), Ziggy Hood (DT), Ike Igbinosun (DE), Abry Jones (DT), Sen’Derrick Marks (DT), Roy Miller (DT), Jared Odrick (DE), Chris Smith (DE),
Makes Cut: Alualu, Bennett, Branch, Capi, Clemons, Davis, Hood, Jones, Marks, Odrick, Smith.
Injured Reserve: Dante Fowler,
Dante Fowler is out of the season. Man could we use him now with injures to the line. Breakdown will be 5 DE’s, 5 DT’s and one player that can play both positions. Branch will be missing some time so it will be up to Chris Smith to pick up the slack.
In Camp: Mister Alexander, Thurston Armbrister, Khairi Fortt, Jeremiah George, John Lotulelei, Paul Posluszny, LaRoy Reynolds, Matt Robinson, Dan Skuta, Telvin Smith, Todd Thomas,
Makes Cut: Starters will be Posluszny, Skuta and Smith. With the backups being Armbrister, Reynolds, Thomas and Lotulelei,
Injured Reserves: Matt Robinson
In Camp: Sergio Brown (FS), Tommie Campbell (CB), Aaron Colvin (CB), Desmond Cooper (FS), Johnathan Cyprien (SS), Matt Daniels (SS), Josh Evans (SS), Dwayne Gratz (CB), Jeremy Harris (CB), Davon House (CB), Craig Loston (FS), Nick Marshall (CB), Demetrius McCray (CB), Rashaad Reynolds (CB), James Sample (FS), Peyton Thompson (CB),
Makes Cut: Brown, Colvin, Cyprien, Evans, Gratz, House, McCray, and Sample
I see nine players making the cut. It will be Brown, Cyprien, House and McCray starting. This unit will have a capable unit to back them up. But, in the end, the defensive backs are going to have to be aggressive.
In Camp: Jason Myers, Josh Scobee
Makes Cut: Myers
If the Jacksonville keeps Scobee I see the team putting Meyers on the practice squad.
Josh Scobee traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers pending physical
In Camp: Bryan Anger, Kasey Redfern
Makes Cut: Anger
In Camp: Carson Tinker
Makes Cut: Tinker
This was a no brainer
The following players were cut or waived:
Greg Jenkins, Tandon Doss, Jeff Tuel, Tommie Campbell, Desmond Cooper, Connor Hamlett, Kasey Redfern, Camaron Beard, Eric Crume, Cody Booth, Jack Rummels, Khairi Fortt and Mister Alexander.
Next week I discuss the Washington Redskin game and Jacksonville Jaguars won/loss record for 2015.
Til Next time