Tag:Jacksonville Jaguars
Posted on: October 3, 2010 5:12 pm
 

Jones-Drew scores 50th career touchdown

Posted by Will Brinson

With his first rushing touchdown of the season, Maurice Jones-Drew scored his 50th career rushing touchdown.

It took him 67 games to do so, which ties him as the 13th fastest person to reach that milestone in NFL history. (Although, yes, certain people who own him in fantasy may be wondering "what took so long?")

Jones-Drew's diminutive stature caused him to fall to the second round in the 2006 NFL Draft, but few running backs in recent years have shown a nose for the end zone like "Mojo Drew."

He's without question the Jaguars franchise player, one of the few elite running backs and perhaps even more importantly, a spokesman for a city that desperately wants to hold onto its NFL team, despite the distinct possibility that keeping the Jags in Jacksonville might not happen.
Posted on: October 2, 2010 6:13 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2010 1:24 pm
 

Week 4 injury news & analysis, part III

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Colts at Jaguars

For the Colts, it seems like the entire offense is questionable. But that’s what happens when RB Joseph Addai, RB Donald Brown, WR Pierre Garcon, WR Austin Collie and LT Charlie Johnson are listed at 50-50. Between the five of them, they combined to participate in six practices this week.

If I had to guess, I’d say Garcon won’t play, Collie will, Johnson won’t, Brown won’t and Addai will. Regardless, Indianapolis should have enough to wallop Jacksonville’s 29th-ranked defense.

Jaguars LB Justin Durant (ankle) is out for the second-straight game, and that’s not good news for Jacksonville. S Sean Considine is doubtful, and that means the Colts running game could have a nice day – assuming Addai plays.

UPDATE (9:09 p.m.):
Garcon and Brown have been ruled out.

Texans at Raiders

WR Andre Johnson remains questionable. He didn’t practice at all this week after reaggravating an ankle injury in Week 3 that he originally sustained in Week 2. Johnson is scheduled to take the field for warmups on Sunday, and that’s when his availability will be determined. Without him, the Texans will have a big void in their WR corps.

TE Owen Daniels also is questionable. He practiced Wednesday, but he suffered from a tight hamstring and didn’t work out Thursday or Friday. If he and Johnson don’t play, and assuming Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha takes out either Kevin Walter of Jacoby Jones, who in the heck will Matt Schaub target?

The Raiders have a ridiculous 19 players on their injury report. WRs Louis Murphy and Darrius Heyward-Bey are questionable, and that’s pretty bad news. Both are starters, and the only other WRs to catch a pass for Oakland this year are Johnnie Lee Higgins and Yamon Figurs. They’ve combined for an impressive three receptions on the season.

The defensive line is also a question mark. DT Richard Seymour and DT John Henderson are 50-50 to play as well.

Redskins at Eagles


It’s hard to analyze the Redskins injury list, because, as coach Mike Shanahan says, he’s not exactly honest about it (there’s a good lesson in fair play there, by the way. You just have to search really, really, really hard for it.). Among those who are listed a questionable are DT Albert Haynesworth, LT Trent Williams, CB DeAngelo Hall and RB Clinton Portis.

Will any of them play? Probably. But because we know Shanahan isn’t truthful with this list, it’s pretty hard to tell.

As for the Eagles, TE Brent Celek and WR Jeremy Maclin are probable to play, so QB Michael Vick will continue to have two of his major targets. G Nick Cole is questionable, but he hasn’t been that great when he’s played, so that’s not a big deal.

Cardinals at Chargers

The Cardinals will miss leading WR Steve Breaston (knee) and WR Early Doucet (groin), both of whom are out for Sunday. Naturally, this makes life tougher for QB Derek Anderson and WR Larry Fitzgerald. After missing practice Thursday, LB Paris Lenon returned Friday, and he’s questionable. If he can play, he’d be a big help to the Arizona defense, considering he’s the squad’s leading tackler.

Chargers LB Larry English is already listed as out, and I expect LB Shawne Merriman (doubtful with a calf) to join him on the bench. The fact San Diego elevated practice squad LB Kion Wilson to the 53-man roster this week likely means Merriman won’t be on the field. After missing last week, RB Ryan Mathews practiced all week and is listed as probable to play. Obviously, that’s good news for the Chargers, who rushed for 89 yards in last week’s loss to Seattle.

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Posted on: October 1, 2010 11:08 pm
 

Trent Edwards could start within' 2 or 3 weeks'?

Posted by Will Brinson

Only two teams put in claims on Buffalo outcast Trent Edwards -- the Jets (who admittedly only wanted him to help gameplan for their game against the Bills this weekend) and the Jaguars (who eventually got him, primarily because Todd Bouman is their backup and, well, that's just not good news).

Jason La Canfora reported on the NFL Network Friday night that Edwards, who's likely to be listed as the third quarterback this week, could start within "two or to three weeks."

This is highly indicative of just how bad the Jags quarterback situation has become. Originally, there was no controversy (AND HOW DARE YOU ASK?!?), then David Garrard blew up in Week 1, then he faltered, then Luke McCown entered the game, then McCown got hurt and then Jack Del Rio realized he the whole thing was a total nightmare.

So they grabbed Edwards. However, there's little chance he'll be acclimated to the offense immediately, but because the situation is so dire in J-Vegas, as soon as he gets a grasp on how Jacksonville's offense works, there's a good chance he gets his shot as a starter, especially if Garrard continues to falter.

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Posted on: October 1, 2010 9:28 am
Edited on: October 1, 2010 2:23 pm
 

Blackout report for Week 4

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Texans @ Raiders game will be blacked out Sunday. This marks the ninth-straight blackout for the Silver and Black.

The Seahawks @ Rams game is also facing a blackout, despite the Rams coming off a home win against the Redskins.

The Cardinals @ Chargers will be blacked out (fans apparently aren’t eager to see Derek Anderson throwing to Stephen Williams). This is the second blackout in as many home games for San Diego.

The usual blackout suspect – the Jaguars – are NOT blacked out. The Jaguars sold out for the third time this season. They have benefitted from an attractive schedule. Jacksonville welcomed Tim Tebow and the Broncos to town in Week 1. Week 3 offered Michael Vick and the Eagles. This week, Jacksonville fans get to see Peyton Manning and the Colts.

UPDATE (2:22 ET): Rams Rapid Reporter Ron Clements says, thanks to four major corporate sponsors, the Rams have avoided a blackout for this Sunday after all.

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Posted on: September 29, 2010 7:49 pm
 

Making fun of Trent Edwards

Posted by Andy Benoit

A headline from an ESPN article on Wednesday looked more like a headline from an Onion article: “Trent Edwards defends his deep ball.” T. Edwards (US Presswire)

Here are three responses to this headline. (And feel free to share if you have any.)

*Trent Edwards has a deep ball? (You probably saw that one coming.)

*Trent Edwards defends his deep ball…just like every defensive back in the NFL has done with ease.

*Even Trent Edwards can defend Trent Edwards’ deep ball.

In other Trent Edwards-related news, kudos to Rex Ryan for his honesty. The Jets head coach explained by the team tried to snatch Edwards off waivers: "It would have been two factors. We think he can play quarterback in this league. The other factor would be we think it would help us get an idea of this Buffalo offense. That would have been a little plus there."

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Posted on: September 29, 2010 1:30 pm
 

Osgood has to escape gun-wielding intruder

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In a scene straight out of a bad action movie (or an awesome action movie, come to think of it), Jaguars WR Kassim Osgood had to jump out a second-floor window of a home he was visiting Monday night in order to flee a gun-wielding intruder.

Osgood In an almost unreal scenario – things like this happen in real life?!? – Osgood was pistol-whipped before escaping and the 19-year-old woman he was visiting traded gunfire with the alleged assaulter, police said.

The Florida Times-Union has the story, and it sounds like a crazy one.

Osgood and his companion were watching TV about 11:15 p.m., when a man, identified as 20-year-old Julian Armond Bartletto entered the room with his face covered by a plastic bag and began throwing Mackenzie Rae Putnal around the room by her hair and hitting her with his fists and his gun.

He also hit Osgood in the head with the gun, according to the police report.

Bartletto held the gun to the heads of Osgood and Putnal, and apparently, he hit her dog as well.

The conclusion of the story:

(T)hen he ordered the couple to sit on the floor, Putnal escaped down a hall and leaped over the balcony to the floor below, the report said.

The gunman ran after her, so Osgood jammed a chair under the game room door handle and jumped out a window to the lawn below, running to a neighbor’s house to call police. Meanwhile, Bartletto and Putnal confronted each other downstairs with guns. The woman targeted him with her laser sight before both shot at each other and missed.


Bartletto was later arrested and charged with aggravated battery, false imprisonment, armed robbery, burglary and violation of an injunction. He’s in jail with no bond.

Osgood politely declined comment today.

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Posted on: September 28, 2010 4:23 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2010 4:31 pm
 

Jaguars claim Trent Edwards

Posted by Will Brinson

Trent Edwards is a Jaguar, according to reports, after Jacksonville was awarded the ex-Bill on waivers, in a move that should work out well (relatively speaking) for both the Jags and Edwards .

Adam Schefter first reported the news on Twitter and it's since been confirmed by several different outlets.

And it makes sense, too. As we mentioned earlier , Todd Bouman is an unacceptable backup for the Jaguars -- if he wasn't, Jack Del Rio would have replaced David Garrard by now.

After all, he tried to put Luke McCown in for Garrard earlier in the year, but an injury forced him to put Garrard back in, and then the team had to sign Bouman for the fourth time, a fact alone that should tell you he's not cut out to actually take snaps there.

It is surprising that no winless teams claimed the recently cut Edwards, given the need for quarterback help in Cleveland, Carolina, San Francisco and, um, Buffalo, but once those teams were removed from the equation, the Jaguars got first crack at Edwards' services.

Now the fun really starts for the Jags, though, since Del Rio gets to try and pretend there's no quarterback controversy on his team for the third time this year.

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Posted on: September 28, 2010 2:52 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2010 4:19 pm
 

Dey Took Er Jobs: Wither Trent Edwards?

Dey Took Er Jobs takes a look at the various job controversies around the league. If you don't get the title, you don't watch enough South Park .

Posted by Will Brinson


The Buffalo Bills, probably the most quarterback-desperate team in the NFL over the past 10 or so years, made the surprising decision to cut Trent Edwards yesterday. He is jobless and homeless right now, but -- thank goodness for that Stanford education! -- certainly not unemployable.

Still, don't feel that sorry for him. After all, by 4:00 PM EST today, when the NFL process all the waiver claims on Edwards , he's going to have a new job and it will likely be in a place that is less like Buffalo potentially more productive for his future.

That's the beauty of getting kicked out of Buffalo: the grass is always greener, even once you've been on the other side for 10 years. Of course, if you're Edwards, you have to be disappointed that the gig didn't work out -- after all, he was drafted by the Bills out of Stanford and given plenty of opportunities to win the starting job and resurrect the franchise. Clearly, that didn't happen.

So knowing that he'll end up somewhere, the question becomes "Where does he get his second chance?"

According to the NFL, the teams with the worst record this year will have priority on waiver claims, and assuming that multiple teams with the same record make a claim on Edwards, a tie will be broken "based on current strength-of-schedule of the involved clubs or by lot if a tie still exists."

Let's say that all the 0-3 teams make a claim as well as the Vikings, Seahawks and Jets. The order would be thus: 49ers/Browns (7-2 opponent record), Lions/Bills (6-3), Panthers (5-4), Jaguars (4-5), Vikings (4-5), Jets (6-3) and Seahawks (2-7).

According to Jason LaCanfora , though, "no winless teams" made a claim on Edwards, thereby eliminating six teams from consideration and wasting about 15 minutes of my time, primarily because I'm horribly bad at math.

Out of those teams, the 49ers are most surprising (see below), but, considering that LaCanfora has a knack for being correct and also happens to work for a media outlet owned by the organization who takes the waiver claims in from the teams, it seems that one fo the 26 other squads will be going after the former team captain in Buffalo.

The Vikings haven't been rumored insofar as I can tell but they still make sense, especially if you buy into the theory that Brett Favre might get hurt. (Oh, and the theory that everyone's scared of having to put Tavaris Jackson into the game.)

The Jets are considered a team that would be heavily interested in having Edwards on board -- but probably only to steal secrets from the Bills in anticipation of their upcoming ... HAHAHAHA, sorry. Okay, actually because they'd prefer to have someone more lively than Mark Brunell to step in if Mark Sanchez is injured or falters.

And the Seahawks make absolute sense because Edwards is a cheap third option when should Matt Hasselbeck suffer an injury and they realize that Charlie Whitehurst isn't cut out to run their offense.

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Why the Niners didn't make a claim is beyond me -- they're a team who needs to find an offensive identity, having been continually perplexed by the inconsistency of Alex Smith, who looked to have "arrived" during a close loss to the Saints in Week 2, only to have "checked out for the duration" against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Oh, and they're the only 0-3 team,

Edwards would provide them an option that's not David Carr to either push or replace Alex Smith. And look, Mike Singletary just fired his offensive coordinator only a few days after publicly defending him and acting outraged that anyone would question whether Raye knew what he was doing (um, he didn't, duh).

Plus, they could've claimed Edwards and Singletary could have done the whole "just for depth" and "Alex is our starter" dance, only to put him in the game after Smith's second interception in the first quarter against the Falcons in Week 4.

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The Cleveland Browns decision not to pursue Edwards isn't as odd, I suppose, although Jake Delhomme hasn't looked great when he's been healthy, and while Seneca Wallace is a Mike Holmgren favorite, outside of tossing a bomb past an out-of-place Eric Berry, he hasn't been that great (370 yards, two TDs and a pick in two games).

But the decision not to spend a roster spot on adding a potentially gimpy donkey to their stable of already ugly horses is understandable, except that unless Delhomme can stay healthy, Cleveland's one bad break away from putting McCoy under center and really slapping a postage stamp to the season.

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An argument could be made that the Panthers need to at least make a run at Edwards as well, but he's really nothing more than Matt Moore sans familiarity with the team and coaching staff.

The bigger problem for Carolina might be that John Fox already regrets his blatantly panicked decision to put Jimmy Clausen under center after an 0-2 start that only got uglier in a home loss to Cincinnati.

The good news is that the Saints -- as shown by Atlanta plowing through them in the Bayou -- are vulnerable against the run, and if there's one thing the Panthers should do well, it's pound the rock. They haven't been great about it thus far, but that's because they're staring down stacked boxes on nearly every play as teams refuse to respect whoever's under center.

That could change this weekend -- weather won't be a factor (see: three fumbles by Jim-Jim), and if Clausen can take his progression blinders off, quit staring down his receiver every play, the Panthers could be primed for a "where did that come from oh right it's the matchup" upset. You heard it here first.

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The Jaguars would actually be an ideal situation, at least for Edwards. He'd face relatively limited competition -- by all accounts, Jack Del Rio wants to replace David Garrard in the starting lineup, he just doesn't have the bodies to do it after Luke McCown went down with an injury ... immediately after replacing David Garrard .

And let's face it, that offensive line has been putrid thus far; putting Todd Bouman, who is either 18 or 45 years old and who has backed up big names like Kyle Boller, Jamie Martin, Gus Frerotte and Quinn Gray en route to being signed by the Jaguars FOUR DIFFERENT TIMES , won't end well.

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The notion that Ben Roethlisberger might not start when he returns from suspension following the Steelers' bye in Week 5 has been tossed around in the media. Like, kind of a lot.

And Charlie Batch has been very good in replacing Ben, at least, you know, relative to what everyone expected from Charlie Freaking Batch. But let's not lose our minds just because we (read: you) kind of want to see Roethlisberger punished by karma and riding the pine. He's by far and away the best quarterback option for Pittsburgh, and Mike Tomlin is going to start him as soon as he's allowed to.

If the Steelers happen to be undefeated at that point in time, well, watch out NFL.

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Quickly ...

- Peyton Hillis didn't just put the whole "Eric Mangini hates  Jerome Harrison" conspiracy theory to bed, he shoved about 15 Ambien in its mouth and then wrapped it in a Snuggie.

- Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles, as much as I'd like to think so, aren't in a battle for a job. They're just two running backs with different style co-existing in a system that just so happens to make one of them less valuable. And the less valuable guy just happens to be Charles, who's more talented.

- The only awesome thing about drafting Kevin Kolb in fantasy leagues is that you had to pick up Michael Vick. That's worked out quite well.

- I really thought that Chan Gailey was trying to showcase Marshawn Lynch to increase his trade value. And even if he was, in the process, Lynch has just become the best running back in Buffalo (once again).

- Kevin Smith returns this week and Jahvid Best is injured ... it shouldn't matter, but that's what Wally Pip probably said too.

- Yeah, I'm really pumped about the "Garrett Hartley versus John Carney" lede in this column next week too, thanks for asking.

 
 
 
 
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