Tag:Trent Edwards
Posted on: December 31, 2010 1:03 pm

Maurice Jones-Drew out for Sunday's finale

Posted by Will Brinson

The Jaguars steep climb for a playoff spot in Week 17 just got a grade or two higher, as the team announced that running back Maurice Jones-Drew will miss Jacksonville's final game of the season against the Texans.

That's via our Jaguars Rapid Reporter Jim Nasella, who also noted earlier that MJD missed practice on Friday.

In other words, Jones-Drew was a long shot to play in the first place and now he's simply officially going to miss the Jags' game.

Also already missing is quarterback David Garrard who recently underwent surgery. That means a combination of Trent Edwards and Rashard Jennings will have to power Jacksonville over the Texans if they want to have a chance at winning the AFC South.

Even with a victory for Jacksonville the team doesn't control it's own fate, though -- the Colts have to fall to the Titans in order to give Jacksonville a chance at taking the division crown. That prospect seems slightly more likely than seeing Garrard or Jones-Drew take the field Sunday.

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Posted on: December 30, 2010 1:14 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2010 2:22 pm

Garrard out for the playoffs, too

Posted by Andy Benoit
D. Garrard
Earlier this week it was reported that the Jaguars would have to play their make-or-break Week 17 game against the Texans without David Garrard. The starting quarterback is out with a finger injury.

According to Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times Union, if the Jags reach the postseason, they’ll still have to go with backup Trent Edwards. Garrard is set to undergo season-ending surgery to repair the ligament damage in his middle right finger.

Ganguli writes, “Garrard initially injured his finger late in the game against the Indianapolis Colts two weeks ago. He hit it on the helmet of Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney. Garrard finished the game and said he thought the injury was minor.”

Jacksonville needs to beat Houston and hope that Tennessee beats Indy in order to make it to the playoffs.

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Posted on: November 7, 2010 9:50 am

Merriman 'definitely' won't re-sign with Bills?

Posted by Will Brinson

Sifting through the introductory quotes from Shawne Merriman's first press conference as a Buffalo Bill, you would think he's thrilled to be there -- Merriman constantly deflected attention from his own career to the talented travails of his new team team.

But there have been plenty of rumblings that Merriman wasn't thrilled about getting nabbed by the winless Bills and flown to Buffalo -- John Czarneck of Fox Sports reports that Merriman 'definitely won't be re-signing with the Bills,' even though they've got a clear need at his position, because of his unhappiness with his current location.

That seems about right, but before we insult Buffalo just because they're a winless team in a boring city who frequently travels to Canada, it's important to note that they might not want to sign Merriman either.

After all, given their record (0-7) and their release of former first-rounders (Marshawn Lynch and Trent Edwards) this year, it's pretty obvious that Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey are cleaning house and putting their stamp on this franchise.

Even if Nix is really high on Merriman (he was a big part of San Diego drafting the linebacker out of Maryland in 2005), overpaying a 26-year-old who moves like a 35-year-old isn't nearly as a intelligent as utilizing resources to pick up a talented linebacker in the draft.

Either way, though, classifying this acquisition as a "symbiotic rental" seems like the best idea.

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Posted on: October 26, 2010 11:33 pm

Garrard cleared to practice after passing tests

Posted by Will Brinson

David Garrard passed his baseline concussion tests Tuesday, meaning he's been cleared to practice, and we have a full-blown quarterback controversy on our hands in Jacksonville!

Actually, that's a joke (and perhaps even a bad one) -- Garrard should start if he's healthy enough to go, since Todd Bouman is not necessarily the answer Jack Del Rio's looking for.

And Garrard was actually pretty reliable before his concussion, starting 38 consecutive games before missing the Jaguars blowout loss to Kansas City Sunday.

Trent Edwards is banged up as well, and, besides, Garrard is Del Rio's "guy" -- if he's going to a) go down in flames or b) save his job for the eleventy billionth time in Dallas this Sunday, he might as well roll the dice with someone he knows. It worked last time against the Colts.

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Posted on: October 25, 2010 12:03 am
Edited on: October 25, 2010 3:28 pm

Jags' Britton likely done for the year

Posted by Will Brinson

Jacksonville got whipped by the Chiefs (42-20 at Kansas City) on Sunday, but the news got even worse following the game -- it appears as if young tackle Eben Britton could be out for the season with a shoulder injury.

Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union reports that Britton will have an MRI on his shoulder Monday, but that the time isn't hopeful and expects to lose him for the year with what is "probably" a torn labrum.

This is pretty nightmarish, not only because Britton's been playing pretty well recently, but because the Jaguars' biggest weakness on the offensive end has been their line, which hasn't been able to open holes for Maurice Jones-Drew or protect the rotating poo-poo platter of quarterbacks (David Garrard, Trent Edwards, Todd Bouman) enough to keep them healthy or upright.

UPDATE 3:30 pm ET: Britton has told reporters that he will likely have surgery on his injured shoulder. He suspects it's a torn labrum. 

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Posted on: October 24, 2010 11:43 am
Edited on: October 24, 2010 12:06 pm

Week 7 AFC Inactives

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, the players who ARE active today:

Jaguars QB Todd Bouman (who will get the start; Trent Edwards will be the backup); Titans QB Vince Young (see below); Chargers TE Antonio Gates; Ravens TE Todd Heap; Titans WR Kenny Britt (who got into a bar altercation late this week).

David Garrard, QB, Jaguars: This will be the first time since the season finale in 2007 that Garrard won't start at QB for Jacksonville. He suffered a concussion last week against the Titans, and he's not going to play this week.

Chris Chambers, WR, Chiefs:
He's been dealing with a finger injury, but coach Todd Haley has said that wasn't the reason he was inactive last week (and probably the same reason he's been deactivated today). Mainly, he hasn't been very good. Chambers, by the way, wasn't on the injury report this week.

Vince Young (active), QB, Titans: He was a gameday decision after sustaining a high ankle sprain last week. He tried to work out this morning, but apparently, it didn't go well enough for him to get the start. Kerry Collins will be the signal caller today.

Johnathan Joseph, CB, Bengals: This is a big loss for the Bengals. Joseph, who's been dealing with a bad forearm, is one of the best young corners in the NFL. This news should make Falcons WR Roddy White a happy boy.

Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers:
It's unfortunate for Floyd that he's dealing with a hamstring issue. The Patriots, the team San Diego is playing today, is succeptible in its pass defense. This could have been a big day for him.

Tom Zbikowski, FS, Ravens: It's a good thing Ed Reed will make his season debut today.

Aaron Maybin, LB, Bills:
He's been a disaster this year, playing 13 or fewer snaps in four of Buffalo's five games this year. As coach Chan Gailey says, Maybin is simply struggling to make plays. Which is not good for a 2009 first-round draft pick.

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Posted on: October 22, 2010 5:26 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 6:23 pm

Strolling the Sideline: Epic 'passing' numbers

Posted by Will Brinson

There are eight divisions in football. You probably know that.

What you might not know is that there are 13 teams in first place right now. 13! That's the first time in NFL history that this many teams have been in first place six weeks into the year.

Want more proof that there's parity in the NFL? For only the second time in history, there are 21 teams with a .500 or better record -- which is bananas, frankly.

Not to mention Cincinnati and Minnesota at 2-3 and we have the three cellar dwellers of the AFC West kicking it at 2-4. (Granted, they're not within "striking distance" of .500, but they're just two games back of first place.)

All of that is to say, there are only four teams that you can reasonably say are finished six weeks into the year -- the Panthers, the Bills, the Browns and the Lions.

Even Detroit's got a shot given how topsy-turvy that division looks.

Of course, this isn't playing out with just shoddy football -- 51 games this year have been decided by eight points or less, which is equal to the third highest number through seven weeks since 1994.

Factor in that only two games this week have spreads of more than 10 points (nine games are your standard "three-pointers"), and it's pretty obvious that, right now, we have some of the most even-field-football going on in a long time.

Make sure to enjoy it.

Remember how the Atlanta Falcons gave up some big plays to the Eagles? Well, that's part of their "thing" -- they have a talented defense but one that's young and it can burn them if teams take shots downfield.

That could be problematic in Week 7, considering that Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco rank second and fourth, respectively, in active players with receptions of 40-plus yards.

Enjoy a good shootout? Like watching fantasy players pile up points? Then you should probably check out the Jaguars-Chiefs game. Jacksonville tops the league with eight 40-yard-plus passes allowed and give up an obscene 8.8 yards per pass to opponents, not to mention 263.7 yards per game in the air. KC's not that much better, having given up five 40-plus bombs and 249.4 yards per game through the air so far this season.

Of course, they haven't played Trent Edwards and/or Todd Bouman all year, though.


Neither the Jaguars or the Chiefs are so bad against the pass that they're on pace to "top" the most passing yards allowed per game since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, a distinction held by the 1995 Atlanta Falcons, who coughed up an average of 283.8 yards per game. The Houston Texans, Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks are all currently "better" (it's actually worse, but it's Friday, and we're feeling generous). Out of the three, clearly the Texans look the worst, allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete 68.9 percent of their passes for 306.2 yards per game so far, with a QB rating of 106.3, 8.2 yards per completion and 14 total TDs to four interceptions. Things are very, very bad. We'll talk about whether they can keep it up next week, as they're on bye now.

But the Redskins and Seahawks are both playing, so it's worth questioning whether or not they can give up enough yardage to stay on pace. The Seahawks get Max Hall and the Cardinals, so it doesn't seem likely that they'll cough up 290 yards -- this is the same Cards team that upset the defending champs without scoring an offensive touchdown last week.

The Redskins get the Bears, who despite running a Mike Martz high-flying passing offense, are mediocre as mess this season, ranking 22nd in the league in passing yards per game at 192.8; Jay Cutler, as you may know, has been sacked approximately 342 times so far (okay, "only" 27), and he's thrown six touchdowns against three picks.

In short, it doesn't seem likely that either team will be close to the Texans after this week -- even if you tack on 50 yards t the Bears and Cardinals respective averages (because, you see, they're going against poor passing defenses) the Redskins end the week with 290.26 yards allowed per game and the Seahawks fall all the way to 276.10 per game.

If either one plays well, or Max Hall and Jay Cutler act like Max Hall and Jay Cutler, the Texans could be far and away up top for an amazingly "productive" season against the pass. 

The Chargers are the top team in the NFL in terms of offensive and defensive yardage, and yet, have a losing record.

Is raw yardage an impossibly silly statistic to use in terms of gauging the best team in the NFL? Absolutely, although it's not usually indicative of a team that's 2-4.

In 2009, the Saints (Super Bowl champions) were the top offensive yardage team, while the Jets were the top defensive yardage team. In 2008, it was the Saints and Steelers (Super Bowl champions). In 2007, it was the Patriots (Super Bowl participants) and Steelers. In … well, you get where I'm going here, right?

Andy and I discussed the rarity of this in our podcast, but just how abnormal is it? Michael David Smith notes at the Wall St. Journal that only eight teams since the 1970 merger have ever led both offensive and defensive yardage in a week. Although out of those eight, several led multiple weeks, for a total of 18 weeks, but we're talking all-time great teams here, with the 1972 Miami Dolphins and 2007 New England Patriots in the mix.

Amazingly, Brett Favre doesn't already (by himself) hold a longevity record -- he and John Elway are currently tied for most games started in one stadium, with 118, which, by the way, is an absolutely bananas number when you consider that free agency exists, teams only play half their games at home and how hard it is to get even 16 straight starts.

Anyway, Elway obviously has all 118 of his at Mile High Stadium -- Favre, as you might have guessed, has started 118 at Lambeau Field.

All complaints about the drama surrounding Favre aside, it's still incredibly ironic/amazing that he'll break that record as a Minnesota Viking.

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Posted on: October 22, 2010 1:28 pm

Garrard out Sunday; Bouman likely to start

Posted by Andy Benoit

Not surprisingly, the Jaguars have announced that quarterback David Garrard will not make the trip to Kansas City this Sunday. Garrard has sat out practice all week with a concussion. Backup Trent Edwards injured his thumb after replacing Garrard in the Monday night disaster against the Titans. Edwards is listed as questionable, though he also has not practiced.

No starter for Sunday has been named, but in all likelihood, the Jaguars will go with journeyman Todd Bouman, who was re-signed earlier in the week. Bouman last started an NFL game in2005. Patrick Ramsey is also on the roster, though unlike Bouman, he has not had four previous stints with the Jags. Thus, Ramsey presumably does not know Dirk Koetter’s system well enough to lead the offense at this point.

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