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ESPN's Adam Caplan reports Marcedes Lewis will likely have to take a pay cut to remain with the Jaguars.

If Lewis isn't open to slashing his $8.2 million cap number, he may hit the streets. He'll turn 31 in May and is coming off a season in which he played just eight games because of an ankle injury. The Jaguars value Lewis as a blocker and veteran leader, but they're expected to go hard after free agent Julius Thomas.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 25 - 11:43 AM

ESPN Browns reporter Jeremy Fowler reports free agent WR Cecil Shorts is on Cleveland's radar.

The Browns are among the most wide receiver needy teams in the league. Josh Gordon is suspended, and the rest of the corps is a mix of undersized players and below league-average talents. Shorts is a declining talent with a long history of soft-tissue injuries, but he would represent a major upgrade. Shorts is Rotoworld's No. 8 available wide receiver.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 21 - 11:43 AM

Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell told PFT Live he’s encouraged by the reports he’s getting on suspended WR Justin Blackmon.

"It's currently in the league's hands and it's in Justin's," Caldwell said. "The reports I’ve gotten is that he's engaging in the program. We’ll welcome him back if he does all the right things." This falls in line with comments from owner Shad Khan last month. The Jaguars want Blackmon back and are optimistic he'll return in 2015. Blackmon has yet to apply for reinstatement. Jacksonville is hoping to get his status resolved prior to the NFL draft.
Feb 20 - 5:18 PM

Coach Gus Bradley said he envisions MLB Paul Posluszny returning as a three-down player.

Posluszny is due $7.45M in 2015, way too much for an oft-injured and mediocre player at a low-value position. But at least on the surface, Bradley appears high on Poz as he comes off a torn pectoral. "He did such a good job for us," Bradley said. The Jaguars, armed with deep cap space, aren't under any pressure to move on.
Feb 20 - 8:57 AM

Coach Gus Bradley indicated at the Combine that the Jaguars will retain Toby Gerhart for 2015.

Gerhart's 2014 was essentially lost before it got started, as he suffered a severe foot injury in Week 1 and ineffectively tried playing through it. He wound up averaging an anemic 3.23 yards per carry. "We saw him do enough good things on first and second downs that he’ll have a place with us," said Bradley. "He is a different style of back and we’re putting tougher an offense that best utilizes his strength."
Feb 19 - 3:05 PM

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley admitted at the Combine he was "shocked" by Denard Robinson's emergence in 2014.

Robinson had a brief hot run before petering out and landing on I.R. with a torn ligament in his foot. Bradley said Robinson has a "bright future," but wouldn't commit to reinstalling him as a starter. "We’re really pleased with his progress and we’re hopeful that he takes the next step," were Bradley's words. "Where that takes him in the rotation, that’s yet to be seen."
Feb 19 - 3:02 PM

The Jaguars do not see RG Brandon Linder as an option to solve their right tackle opening.

Linder played some right tackle in college, but was outstanding as a rookie guard and the Jags understandably don't want to break his momentum. Solving right tackle will be Jacksonville's biggest offensive priority for 2015. LT Luke Joeckel, LG Zane Beadles, C Luke Bowanko, and RG Linder are locked in.
Feb 18 - 9:36 PM

Jaguars signed OT Brennan Williams.

The No. 89 overall pick of the 2013 draft, Williams has yet to appear in an NFL game. He underwent microfracture surgery in the summer of 2013. Standing in at 6-foot-6, 318 pounds, Williams is still only 24. He could compete for a roster spot if he's finally back to full health.
Feb 17 - 5:36 PM

Jaguars WLB Telvin Smith is fully expected to be an every-down player in 2015.

As a fifth-round steal in last year's draft, Smith came on strong as an every-down player beginning in Week 12. Over the final six weeks, he piled up 64 tackles (six for a loss) while playing stout in run defense. Smith is locked and loaded as a sneaky IDP bet for 2015.
Feb 17 - 9:34 AM

Allen Robinson (foot) is expected to be ready for the start of OTAs.

Robinson's season ended in Week 10 due to a stress fracture in his foot that required surgery. While Robinson will be ready for a full offseason, foot injuries are tricky. We'll need to keep a close eye on Robinson throughout the summer. As long as he's healthy, he'll be Blake Bortles' starting X receiver.
Feb 15 - 9:50 AM

While watching film from last season, Yahoo!'s Greg Cosell noticed Blake Bortles "lost his technique."

According to Cosell, Bortles struggled with his release, causing him to lose "velocity and accuracy." He also struggled with recognition, particularly against zone coverage. Cosell made sure to point out Jacksonville's subpar pass protection played a major role in Bortles' struggles. He also said these were common mistakes for a rookie. Assuming the line play improves and Bortles works on his fundamentals, Jacksonville should be more competitive in 2015. Getting Justin Blackmon back from suspension wouldn't hurt either.
Feb 12 - 9:34 AM

ESPN Jaguars reporter Michael DiRocco's "best guess" is that free agent Cecil Shorts signs with the Browns.

DiRocco is merely connecting dots, but it makes sense. Shorts grew up and went to high school and college in Cleveland and nearby Alliance, respectively. The Browns are in desperate need for receiver help with Josh Gordon suspended for the 2015 season and Miles Austin a free agent. Shorts also won't be expensive after a down year. He could rehab his value as Cleveland's No. 1 receiver.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 11 - 10:13 AM

New Jaguars OC Greg Olson isn't looking to curtail Blake Bortles' scrambling.

Bortles was walloped for an obscene 55 sacks as a rookie, many of which were the result of Bortles holding onto the ball too long. "When a play does break down protection-wise and you have a guy that can go get yards, you don't want to discourage it," Olson said. "There is a time to make something happen with your feet. For other quarterbacks, that's not part of their makeup. That's a strength of Blake's and we want him to continue to utilize that." Olson isn't wrong, but improving Bortles' pocket awareness will be a must. It's a task that's always easier said than done.
Feb 5 - 5:01 PM

Jaguars owner Shad Khan expressed support for first-year QB Blake Bortles.

"I love Blake, and I think he’s a key building block moving forward," Khan said, adding he sees new OC Greg Olson as the person to "unlock" Bortles' potential. Bortles' poor play contributed to the firing of OC Jedd Fisch, and it seems Olson and new QBs coach Nathaniel Hackett were brought in for the express purpose of developing Bortles. That could be easier said than done, as Bortles struggled with decision-making and inaccuracy. Bortles does have a ton of natural talent, and the likely return of Justin Blackmon would bolster his receiver corps. The good news is Bortles can only get better than he was as a rookie.
Jan 31 - 9:16 AM

Jaguars owner Shad Khan stated Friday at the Super Bowl that he is "very optimistic" about the 2015 return of suspended WR Justin Blackmon.

"Absolutely," Khan stated vehemently. "As a matter of fact, I’m very optimistic. I think he’s paid his dues. I think he’s got his life together. I think he can be a role model for people who have gone through hard times. We’re waiting for him." Blackmon's return would be a huge boost to Jacksonville's wideout corps, which is dealing with Allen Robinson's foot fracture and Cecil Shorts' free agency. 25-year-old Blackmon is a run-after-catch machine with an ability to threaten the intermediate sections. He'd be a big upgrade on Shorts at Z receiver.
Jan 30 - 2:11 PM


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