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Jaguars RT Austin Pasztor (shoulder) expects to be ready for training camp.

Pasztor missed the majority of OTAs and minicamp recovering from shoulder surgery. He was a starter from Week 5 on last season and will bookend LT Luke Joeckel. Third-round rookie Brandon Linder is the favorite for snaps next to Pasztor at right guard.
Jul 11 - 7:34 PM

Jaguars WRs Cecil Shorts and Mike Brown are participating in Larry Fitzgerald's summer camp in Minnesota.

The "Fitzgerald Camp" is a two-week workout session that has served as a prelude to breakout wide receiver years in the past, although both Shorts and Brown attended last year's Fitz Camp as well. Per Brown, "about 30" players are participating this year, including Dwayne Bowe, Andre Roberts, Kyle Rudolph, Ryan Mallett, and Chiefs CB Sean Smith. Shorts appears to have recovered from his June hamstring injury, which cost him most of OTAs and all of minicamp.
Source: jaguars.com
Jul 11 - 2:25 PM

The Florida Times Union expects third-round rookie Brandon Linder to open the season as the Jaguars' starting right guard.

"The Jaguars drafted Linder to start right away," writes beat reporter Ryan O'Halloran. Linder finished spring practices as Jacksonville's first-team right guard, passing Jacques McClendon on the depth chart. Linder is the better talent. He and RT Austin Pasztor will make up the right side of the Jags' line.
Jul 11 - 12:13 PM

Jaguars.com's John Oehser said the Jaguars view second-year CB Dwayne Gratz as a "building block of the defense."

Gratz had a solid rookie campaign, earning positive marks from Pro Football Focus and holding opposing quarterbacks to a meager 75.7 quarterback rating when they threw his way. Will Blackmon will challenge him, but Gratz is the favorite to open the season opposite Alan Ball.
Source: jaguars.com
Jul 10 - 12:41 PM

Jordan Todman is expected to be the Jaguars' kick returner again this season.

Todman averaged 27.4 yards per on 26 kick returns last season, good for seventh in the league. Second-round rookie Marqise Lee returned kicks at USC and could provide competition for Todman this summer. Ace Sanders and Tandon Doss are expected to compete for punt return duties.
Jul 9 - 1:29 PM

Jaguars.com believes second-year RB Denard Robinson looked "far more confident" this offseason after recovering from the nerve damage in his hand.

The nerve issue marred both Robinson's senior year at Michigan and his rookie campaign in Jacksonville, but he's supposedly back to 100 percent. That will have to be true for Shoelace to get involved as a receiver after he caught exactly zero passes in 2013. Robinson has play-making upside, but it's unlikely to translate to fantasy value in any format this season.
Source: jaguars.com
Jul 9 - 8:45 AM

Jaguars.com considers second-year SS Johnathan Cyprien the most-likely Jag to "rise" in 2014.

Cyprien was routinely torched his first two months in the league, but steadied down the stretch. He's one of the reasons the Jags went 4-4 over their final eight games. Cyprien figures to remain a work-in-progress in coverage this season, but could be a difference maker against the run.
Source: jaguars.com
Jul 9 - 8:36 AM

Jaguars LB Dekoda Watson missed most of OTAs and all of minicamp with a groin injury.

Watson missed nine OTAs and all three minicamp practices. He's been rehabbing at the facility for the past month, but still hasn't been cleared to begin training. Watson's status for the start of training camp is in question. He's expected to man the Otto linebacker spot on the strong side at the line of scrimmage. LaRoy Reynolds will get the first-team reps while Watson is out.
Jul 8 - 11:31 AM

The Florida Times Union's Ryan O'Halloran projects Toby Gerhart to get just 12-15 carries per game.

O'Halloran is one of the top reporters on the Jags beat, so it's notable to pass this along. But we firmly disagree with his projection. Gerhart has the look of a Michael Turner or Marshawn Lynch kind of volume back in a ball-control scheme, will play all three downs and will face little competition from Jordan Todman and Denard Robinson. We believe the Jags will be markedly improved while facing a softer schedule in Year 2 of the Gus Bradley era. Gerhart's career YPC against base defenses is 4.4 and his measurables compare favorably to Eddie Lacy's. Gerhart is far more likely to earn 300-plus carries than hover around 200.
Jul 3 - 10:35 AM

The Florida Times Union's Ryan O'Halloran predicts Blake Bortles will get his first start in Week 8 against the Dolphins.

O'Halloran's second guess is Week 12 as the Jags come out of their bye. Either way, Chad Henne is the "no-doubt" starter for Week 1 as the franchise tries to ease Bortles in. They're still stinging from the Blaine Gabbert pick, and partly blame that disaster on rushing him into the lineup when he wasn't ready.
Jul 3 - 10:07 AM

Toby Gerhart has a career yards-per-carry average of 4.4 against base defenses, and a 5.6 YPC against sub-packages.

Gerhart's career YPC of over 4.7 is inflated by his usage on passing downs in Minnesota, but he still has a successful track record against opponents that are lined up to defend the run. A mid- to late-round pick just over a month ago, Gerhart's Average Draft Position has soared into the early fourth round in June, and it's deserved. He's going to be the run-first Jaguars' bellcow runner.
Jun 27 - 2:13 PM

Coach Gus Bradley says Blake Bortles will be sprinkled in with the first-team offense during training camp, even though the Jaguars plan to sit Bortles for his entire rookie year.

Bradley wants to give Bortles a "feel for that type of environment," but promises the Jaguars "feel so strongly about" Chad Henne, and "the team has really rallied around that." We still tentatively expect Bortles to make late-season starts, but Henne is likely to open the season on a relatively long leash.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 26 - 1:10 PM

Toby Gerhart "keeps coming up" in NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah's "talks with personnel guys around the league," who reportedly have "high expectations" for Gerhart in 2014.

Gerhart never got a chance to be a full-time starter behind Adrian Peterson in Minnesota, but did average a sterling 4.73 YPC with 77 receptions, and regularly replaced Peterson on obvious passing downs. At age 27, Gerhart is now in line to handle three-down bellcow work on an improving Jaguars team that intends to pound the rock. He's one of our favorite RB2 draft targets.
Jun 25 - 2:05 PM

Jaguars signed second-round WR Allen Robinson to a four-year contract.

The 61st pick in last month's draft, Robinson sat out most of the spring with a hamstring injury. Luckily for him, Cecil Shorts and Marqise Lee also missed a couple weeks each with hamstring and ankle issues, respectively. The three are expected to make up the Jaguars' three-wide set this season. Robinson and Lee will work on the outside, while Shorts gets more action out of the slot.
Jun 24 - 3:45 PM

The Florida Times Union hints Jaguars WRs Ace Sanders and Tandon Doss are competing for the same roster spot.

Both players are competing for return duties, in addition to the No. 5 or 6 receiver role. Doss spent minicamp nursing a minor injury, giving Sanders the current edge. But Sanders averaged just 5.6 yards per punt return as a rookie, while Doss finished fifth in the NFL with 359 punt-return yards and averaged 15.6 yards per for the Ravens. Sanders was the 101st pick in the 2013 draft.
Jun 24 - 11:10 AM


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