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As we get closer to the draft, speculation will swirl regarding Ryan Tannehill's stock.  However, if history tells us anything, it's that he will be coveted much more highly than just being a late first rounder. With potential locks at one at two, Luck and Griffin III will be off the board as quick as they get to the draft. Who is the next team looking for their potential starting QB?  The Miami Dolphins would be that team. Despite rumors that they will be going after Manning, Flynn, and pretty much anybody who is a headline this offseason, you never know what is going to happen. So why is this good news for the Jaguars?  How about the fact that the Dolphins select 8th, while the Jaguars hold the 7th overall selection. Tannehill will really need to impress a few teams [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , ,
     Even though he has had some "issues," in particular over the last couple of weeks, one can not deter the fact that WR Stevie Johnson is an instrumental part of the Bills offense and getting them back to the playoffs.  This is why Bills GM, Buddy Nix has begun new talks on a contract for the receivers services at least for the next couple of years. More important, the coaching staff and Johnson's teammates have expressed their strong desire to bring him back. Johnson has been the team's leading receiver in each of the past [...] Continue reading → | , , , ,
Three Keys to Victory: 1. Stop LeGarrette Blount. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have not done much right this season, but don't blame Blount. He is one of the league's least appreciated backs, and sometimes it seems even his own team doesn't appreciate his talents. He has averaged more than five yards per carry in five of his ten games this season, and in his last five games, he has been over five yards per carry three times; in the other two games, he has had just 10 and 11 attempts respectively. Blount averages 4.4 YPC on the season, a number which - based on the trends - would be much higher if only he had more attempts. He is the rare back who's average goes up the more carries he gets; he also produced the best run of the season thus far, a 54-yard [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , ,
The  3-6 Jacksonville Jaguars get set to take on the 3-6 Cleveland Browns in a battle of young, physical  teams with major question marks at both quarterback and receiver. Jacksonville Jaguars Keys to Victory: 1. Ride MJD. Maurice Jones-Drew has accounted for about 40% of the Jaguars' offensive yardage this season. The Browns have one of the worst run defenses in the league (30th), but are ranked number one against the pass. Jones-Drew is the NFL's fourth leading rusher and Blaine Gabbert has the lowest quarterback rating among starters in the league - and that is including John Beck and Rex Grossman. Therefore, the optimal offensive strategy seems intuitive; give Maurice Jones-Drew the ball as much as possible. It is the strategy that worked [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , ,
Five Jacksonville Jaguars to watch in Cleveland in Week 11. Jeremy Mincey: Last season in Cleveland, Mincey recorded two sacks and beat Joe Thomas for both of them. He has been the best player on the defensive line for the Jaguars all season, and his numerous pressures are beginning to translate into sacks, as he leads the team with 4.5. There is little doubt that Thomas will be gearing to redress his performance from a year ago, and Mincey will likely need to be at the top of his game to make a similar impact - or any impact at all. Thomas is far from the most physically dominating lineman in the league, but he is still very powerful and an excellent technician, and is solidly in the top-3 at his position in the league. Mincey brings an excellent motor and explosion [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , ,
It was another wild week in the NFL, something that were well accustomed to at this point, and were no closer to separating the true contenders from those who are just teasing us. The Bills certainly appears to have been a tease, dropping their second lopsided game to the Dallas Cowboys in a game where Tony Romo threw as many incompletions as touchdowns in a 44-7 route. We saw the Ravens lay an egg after a big game yet again, losing to the terribly mediocre Seattle team that beat them at every phase of the game. But lets take this moment to look at a team that has stuck around and seem to be headed in the right direction. A lot of us had left the Steelers for dead. They are just too old on the defensive side of the ball, and a historically stingy run defense had deteriorated to the [...] Continue reading → | , ,
The Jacksonville Jaguars entered Sunday's game in Houston needing a complete effort from their offense to hang around against the explosive Texans. Based on the preceding seven games, there was no reason to expect that this would happen; the Jaguars did not disappoint the experts this week, falling in a hard fought game, 24-14. The Jaguars fell to 2-6 overall and 1-1 in the division while Houston improved to 5-3 and 3-0 respectively. The AFC South division race appears to be reaching an early conclusion. The Jacksonville defense was up to the challenge for most of the game, which was tied at the half 7-7; the Texans scored on their opening drive and were shut out until their opening possession of the second half. Both of Houston's second half touchdowns came after taking possession of [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , ,
Three Keys to Victory:   1. Play inspired defense. We now know that the Jacksonville Jaguars' defense is capable of winning games for the team; the offense has yet to show this capacity. Against a Ravens' team that was averaging almost 30 points, the defense willed the team to victory with perhaps the most dominant performance in the team's history. This week, Jacksonville will face the explosive Houston Texans, who feature two excellent tailbacks in Arian Foster and reserve player Ben Tate as well as the league's seventh most productive passer in Matt Schaub. While the Ravens score points, the Texans feature more star power on the offensive side of the ball and even without star receiver Andre Johnson they are exceptionally dangerous. They [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , , ,
The Jacksonville Jaguars’ 12-7 victory of the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night might constitute the biggest upset of the young season. No member of the national media called this one, and most Jaguars fans were just as doubtful. In retrospect, the pregame lead up to this contest has to be stimulating for any Jaguars fan. The experts were so sure of this one, they didn’t bother to do much in the way of roster or statistical analysis; they didn’t know anything about this team, outside of the rookie quarterback and the talented ball carrier. In all honesty, considering Jacksonville’s 1-5 record entering the game, there did not appear to be any reason why the talking heads should care to know anything about the team slated to play the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , , ,
Three Keys to Victory: 1. Contain Ray Rice: Rice is the most dynamic back the Jaguars have faced thus far, and they have had difficulties with speedy backs, especially on the corners. Rice is the Ravens’ most valuable offensive player, and he can threaten a defense inside, outside, or as a receiver. Jacksonville lacks the speed on defense to match-up with Rice in man coverage, so keeping him in check will be a team effort. Mel Tucker may opt to use either Dawan Landry or Dwight Lowery to spy Rice on passing downs, but in less obvious situations the Jacksonville linebackers must be disciplined and aware in order to keep Rice from sneaking free on short patterns. Look for the Ravens to work Ed Dickson and Anquan Bolden on intermediate routes and [...] Continue reading → | , , , , , , ,
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