Posted July 24, 2012 on AP on Fox
With a new owner, a new coach and a few new faces, the Jacksonville Jaguars have reason to be excited about the season. Players are energized and fans are optimistic - the kind of feelings the franchise has seldom enjoyed while missing the playoffs 10 of the past 12 years. How long those last likely will depend on quarterback Blaine Gabbert. The 10th overall pick in last year's NFL draft, Gabbert has to be more productive for the Jaguars to turn things around in 2012. ''I would expect significant progress in his play from Year 1 to Year 2,'' general manager Gene Smith predicted last month. If not, the Jaguars could be in for another long season. Gabbert completed 50.8 percent of his passes for 2,214 yards as a rookie, with 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also was sacked 40 times. The biggest concern was that he seemed to feel phantom pressure, which caused sloppy footwork, off-balance throws and inaccuracy. The former Missouri standout had plenty of excuses: an offseaso...
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