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Julius Thomas expects he and Marcedes Lewis to "complement each other very well."

After Thomas signed, GM Dave Caldwell said Lewis will have to compete to keep his roster spot. We fully expect Lewis to make the team despite his big cap hit. Lewis and Thomas are completely different players. Lewis should handle most of the blocking duties, allowing Thomas to move around and catch passes.
Mar 27 - 9:11 AM

Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson are expected to be the Jaguars' starting outside receivers this season.

The Jaguars have made it known they want to add a receiver, but they're looking for Cecil Shorts' replacement in the slot. It would then allow Allen Hurns to handle No. 4 duties as the backup at all three spots. Lee should man the Z position, while Robinson handles X duties. Justin Blackmon is still being treated as an unknown.
Source: jaguars.com
Mar 25 - 3:20 PM

Jaguars MLB Paul Posluszny's roster spot appears to be safe.

Posluszny is way overpaid, but coach Gus Bradley heaped praise on him at the Owners' Meetings. "We have a guy like that with Poz, who has that humility and intelligence and that warrior spirit," Bradley said. "It's hard to find those three traits." Posluszny will rack up tackles at the MIKE spot.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 25 - 2:43 PM

Coach Gus Bradley saw progress from Blake Bortles over the final month and a half of his rookie season.

"The last five to six games, he picked it up," Bradley said. "It’s our job to get even more talent around him." Most film watchers believe Bortles crumbled as the season went on, and it shows in his stats. Weeks 1-8, Bortles completed 63.5 percent of his passes, averaged 6.6 YPA, took 17 sacks, and had a 6:12 TD:INT ratio. While he cut down on the turnovers Weeks 9-17, sporting a 5:5 TD:INT clip, Bortles completed just 55.4 percent of his throws, averaged 5.5 YPA, and absorbed a whopping 38 sacks. NFL Films guru Greg Cosell opined the Jaguars need to start all over with the basics with last year's No. 3 overall pick. Bortles held onto the ball far too long as a rookie. The additions of RT Jermey Parnell, TE Julius Thomas, and a healthy Allen Robinson should help the cause.
Mar 25 - 8:59 AM

Dan Skuta is expected to be the Jaguars' starting "Otto" strong-side linebacker.

He'll play on or near the line of scrimmage and stop the run on early downs before moving into a pass-rushing role on passing downs. Skuta's five-year, $20.5 million deal was an eye-opener at the start of free agency, but he's shown well in limited starts and has the ability to play any linebacker position.
Mar 22 - 9:15 AM

The Jaguars want third-year SS Johnathan Cyprien to be their version of Kam Chancellor.

Coach Gus Bradley developed Chancellor in Seattle. Since being the No. 33 overall pick in 2013, Cyprien has had an up-and-down two seasons as he's been exposed in coverage. The Jaguars hope that the signing of FS Sergio Brown will allow them to play Cyprien closer to the line of scrimmage and focus on the run game. Cyprien was PFF's No. 1 safety in run defense Weeks 15-17 last season.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 20 - 10:12 AM

Jaguars claimed RB Bernard Pierce off waivers from the Ravens.

It's a surprising move, as Pierce's release came after he was arrested for drunk driving, while he's been horrendous each of the past two seasons. The Jags also already have a plodding inside runner in Toby Gerhart. Pierce is the owner of a career 3.77 YPC, and offers nothing in the passing game. He'll face an uphill climb to crack the Jags' 53-man roster.
Mar 19 - 4:14 PM

Ravens waived RB Bernard Pierce.

Pierce was busted for DUI overnight after getting pulled over for going 55 MPH in a 30 MPH zone. He failed field sobriety tests and was taken to jail before being released into Browns RB Terrance West's custody earlier this morning. Three Ravens have been arrested this offseason, and all three have been cut in short order. Pierce has averaged just 3.27 YPC on his last 245 carries the past two seasons and brings nothing to the table in the passing game.
Mar 18 - 2:42 PM

Bernard Pierce was arrested for driving under the influence early Wednesday morning in Baltimore.

Pierce was pulled over for speeding around 2 AM before failing field sobriety tests. As a first-time offender, Pierce was released into custody of a "responsible party" who picked him up from jail. Coming off a horrific season that saw Pierce rush for just 373 yards and average 3.9 YPC, his roster spot was already in question. The Ravens have shown a zero-tolerance policy this offseason.
Mar 18 - 9:27 AM

Jaguars signed WR Bryan Walters.

Walter made his bacon as a return man last season, returning 27 punts for an average of 9.5 yards. We wouldn't expect to see him much on offense after corralling just six catches in 2014.
Mar 13 - 12:27 PM

Speaking Wednesday, Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said Marcedes Lewis is "going to have to compete to be here" following the signing of Julius Thomas.

For now, the Jags can afford Lewis' $8.2 million cap number, but it could become burdensome if they make any more big signings. As it is, keeping Lewis around wouldn't be the worst thing considering Thomas' injury history. What little fantasy value Lewis had is certainly gone, however.
Mar 11 - 2:25 PM

Jaguars signed DT Jared Odrick to a five-year, $42.5 million contract with $22 million guaranteed.

The $8.5 million average makes Odrick the league's fourth-highest paid defensive tackle. Odrick will team with Sen'Derrick Marks and Roy Miller to form an impressive interior rotation. Odrick, 27, is above-average both as a pass rusher and in run defense. It's a huge get for Jacksonville, even it's coming at a steep price. The Jaguars' especially aggressive pursuit of Odrick may hint at Marks (ACL) not being available for Week 1.
Mar 11 - 11:05 AM

Jaguars signed TE Julius Thomas to a five-year, $46 million contract with $24 million guaranteed.

Rumored all weekend, Thomas officially went onto the Jaguars' books Tuesday at 4pm ET. The 26-year-old adds elite ball skills and pass-catching ability to a position where those qualities have been lacking since the Jaguars' inception. Thomas' fantasy outlook takes a severe hit, but he should remain a primary red-zone target. Unfortunately, his TD projection goes from the double digits with Peyton Manning to 5-6 per year with Blake Bortles.
Mar 10 - 5:50 PM

Jaguars agreed to terms with S Sergio Brown, formerly of the Colts, on a three-year contract.

Brown started eight games last season, but is primarily a special teamer. Perhaps he'll be in the mix to start opposite Johnathan Cyprien, but would ideally be Jacksonville's No. 3 or 4 safety.
Mar 10 - 12:59 PM

Jaguars re-signed RT Austin Pasztor to a one-year, $660,000 contract.

Pasztor was an exclusive rights free agent, so his only say in the matter would have been refusing to report. Hand and hamstring injuries limited Pasztor to just eight starts last season, and he was only sporadically effective when on the field. Jeremy Parnell's addition will remove Pasztor from contention for the Jaguars' right tackle job.
Mar 10 - 12:17 PM


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