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Russell Allen suffered on field stroke, kept playing

Russell Allen will never play football again. The Jaguars linebacker confronted this reality last Thursday, sitting on the beige sectional in the living room of his home in San Diego’s northern suburbs. It was 9 a.m. in California and noon in Jacksonville, when his agent called with the dreadful news Allen had expected for months: The one-time rookie free agent had been cut after...
Via Pro Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jaguars could add depth later on in the draft at cornerback

Last season, we saw the cornerback position and really, the entire secondary go through a major overhaul under first-year general manager David Caldwell. In free agency, Caldwell added Will Blackmon, one of head coach Gus Bradley’s former players in Seattle, and Alan Ball. Jamell Fleming was claimed off waivers in the early part of last season while Dwayne Gratz, Demetrius McCray...
Via cover32 - Jaguars
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Jacksonville Jaguars retain a vital piece in the secondary

Aside from making big splashes today in signing Zane Beadles and trading away Blaine Gabbert, The Jacksonville Jaguars have re-signed veteran cornerback Will Blackmon. Looks like I'll be making this drive to work for the next 2 years!!! #blessed http://t.co/WKBYhzGLgD — Will Blackmon (@willblackmon) March 11, 2014 Blackmon, 29, was originally signed by the team last offseason...
Via cover32 - Jaguars
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Jaguars’ secondary shows lots of promise moving forward

If you’re looking for some big splashes in free agency for the Jacksonville Jaguars, don’t look to find it in the secondary. Looking at the top-10 free agent defensive backs in the NFL, there are some guys who fit the mold of what Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley are looking for, but both men feel they already have the right pieces in place, rightly so. Caldwell made some...
Via cover32 - Jaguars
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

After all these years, the Dallas Cowboys still need help at safety

Looking for the best Dallas Cowboys blog? Look no further. You found it. Congratulations! Silver and BlueBlood - The Essential Dallas Cowboys Blog | Totally Biased * Highly Opinionated * Unapologetic  Stop me if you have heard this before. The Dallas Cowboys need help at the safety position. In that regard, the 2014 offseason is no different from 2013, which was the same as 2012...
Via Silver and BlueBlood
February 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Seattle’s influence on Jacksonville’s defense going forward

It has been about a year since Jaguars General Manager hired Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley to be the head man of the team down in Jacksonville after firing former coach Mike Mularkey just days prior. It was made clear from the get-go that Bradley was going to incorporate a hybrid, Seattle-like defense, full of faster, hard-hitting athletes, as opposed to prototypical...
Via cover32 - Jaguars
January 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Jacksonville Jaguars 2014 Off-season Report

2013 Recap When the Jaguars started 0-8 with all 8 losses coming by double digits, it looked like they were on their way to all-time bad status and maybe a 0-16 season. They didn’t finish quite that bad, as they went 4-4 after the bye to finish 4-12, but I still think this was the worst team in the NFL. They finished dead last in DVOA and point differential, with 10 of their 12...
Via The Football Fan Spot
January 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Experiencing Premier League Matches In Person During the Christmas Holidays: The Heart Of English Football

A winter break? Say it aint so. The festive period is without doubt my favorite part of the English football calendar. Games come thick and fast, the third round of the FA Cup is on the horizon and it’s the time of the season when in the Premier League the table really starts to take shape. Everyone has played everyone now, and teams can craft and refine their ambitions for the...
Via La Liga Talk
December 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Quick analysis: Titans 20, Jaguars 16

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For two teams with nothing at stake, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans didn't look like they were simply playing out the string Sunday. But there were enough moments in the Jaguars' home finale to remind their fans of why any realistic thoughts of contending for so much as a wild-card berth are still a good couple of years away. Here...
Via Fox Sports Florida
December 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Jacksonville Jaguars' Week 16 Injury Report: Maurice Jones-Drew, Alan Ball, Jonathan Cyprien

The Jacksonville Jaguars play host to the Tennessee Titans this Sunday in a divisional match-up that carries little importance for two teams that have seen their playoff dreams dashed. It is hard to believe there are positives to find within a 4-10 record, but when you've won four of six games in the NFL, you're doing something right. Winning is always the goal, but...
Via Sports Injury Alert
December 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Jacksonville Jaguars: 2013 Week 12 NFL Power Rankings (#32)

Last week: 32 (+0) Record: 1-9 Week 11 Studs RT Austin Pasztor LE Jeremy Mincey RE Andre Branch RE Jason Babin CB Alan Ball CB Mike Harris Week 11 Duds QB Chad Henne
Via The Football Fan Spot
November 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Cowboys Mailbag - The All-Ex Cowboys Team

Every year during the Cowboys bye week, I attempt to tackle a few projects that I have deemed worthy of doing, but they would have to wait for a break in the schedule. I have 3 planned and this one is certainly not going to be for everyone. However, since I accept your emails and some of you are wired just like me, I have received the following emails and tweets over the last few...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Cardinals 27, Jaguars 14: Takeaways & observations

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars gave their fans something to cheer about in the first quarter Sunday. And a couple of questionable officials' calls in the third quarter put a charge into their fans and their defense. But whatever momentum there was in coming off their first victory of the season couldn't carry over for anything close to a full 60 minutes....
Via Fox Sports Florida
November 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Jaguars defeat Titans for first win of season

The Jaguars won’t make the wrong kind of history this year. Sparked by four takeaways from their defense, the Jaguars upset the Tennessee Titans 29-27 on Sunday at LP Field for their first win of the season. The clinching score came with 2:32 remaining when cornerback Will Blackmon blitzed and while sacking quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, also stripped away the football and returned...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Jacksonville Jaguars: 2013 Week 8 NFL Power Rankings (#32)

Last week: 32 (+0) Record: 0-7 The Jaguars suck. I don’t know what else to say. It’s hard to come up with something to say about them every week. They’ve lost all 7 games by double figures and the only two games they’ve played that were within 16 points were against two bottom-5 teams in these Power Rankings (Oakland, St. Louis). They go to London this week to play San Francisco...
Via The Football Fan Spot
October 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Colts Run, Pass Through Jags: 5 Things We Learned From Sunday

Did you really expect anything different? Did you expect Blaine Gabbert to come in and steal the show, light up the scoreboard and the Jaguars actually win a football game, did you? Seriously?OK, I did at least think this would be a more closely contested game than it was. While there appeared to be more pressure on the quarterback by the defensive line and receivers and penalties...
Via Football Nation
September 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Fantasy Football Actives, Inactives and Weather Sunday Week 3

FFLockerRoom will be giving you a smorgasbord of NFL actives, inactives and weather each and every week leading up to game time during the NFL season. Used correctly, this tool will give you a major advantage over your competition in your fantasy football league(s). Now let’s get into the Fantasy Football Actives, Inactives and Weather Sunday Week 3 brought to you by FFLockerRoom...
Via FF Locker Room
September 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Fantasy Football Actives, Inactives and Weather Sunday Week 2

FFLockerRoom will be giving you the pertinent fantasy football actives, inactives and weather each and every week leading up to game time during the NFL season. Used correctly, this tool can give you a major heads up on your competition that you can’t find at many sites. Now lets get into the Fantasy Football Actives, Inactives and Weather Sunday Week 2 brought to you by FFLockerRoom...
Via FF Locker Room
September 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Jaguars Notes 9/13: Getting Ready for the West Coast Swing

The starting lineup for the Jacksonville Jaguars this week looks more like a makeshift MASH unit.Blaine Gabbert, Cecil Shorts, Will Rackley Uche Nwaneri, Mike Brown, Marcedes Lewis, and Dwayne Gratz and Alan Ball have all been sidelined during practice, will not play in the game against Oakland, or have been listed as out of action for the next three weeks.It’s enough to make a...
Via Football Nation
September 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Jaguars rookie CB Gratz sidelined at least 3 weeks

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie cornerback Dwayne Gratz will miss at least the next three games with a high ankle sprain. Coach Gus Bradley ruled Gratz out Monday, a day after the team's 28-2 loss to Kansas City. Gratz, a starter opposite veteran Alan Ball, left the game in the second quarter with what the team initially thought was a bruised shin. But further evaluation determined...
Via AP on Fox
September 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Kansas City Chiefs at Jacksonville Jaguars: 2013 Week 1 NFL Pick

Kansas City Chiefs (0-0) at Jacksonville Jaguars (0-0) The Chiefs were no ordinary 2-14 team. They had 6 Pro-Bowlers last year. That might sound baffling, but it’s not. Only Eric Berry and maybe Tamba Hali (who had a down year) didn’t deserve it, but they could have easily been replaced by Brandon Flowers and Justin Houston. They have 8 of my top-200 players, significantly above...
Via The Football Fan Spot
September 06, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 NFL Team Previews: Houston Texans

Key Additions FB Greg Jones, CB Alan Ball, S Ed Reed, P Shane Lechler, WR DeAndre Hopkins (draft), S D.J. Swearinger (draft), OT Brennan Williams (draft), DE Sam Montgomery (draft), DE/OLB Trevardo Williams(draft), OT/G/C David Quessenberry (draft) Key Losses RB Justin Forsett, WR Kevin Walter, TE James Casey, OT Rashad Butler, DE/OLB Connor Barwin, S Glover Quin, K...
Via Heff's Sports Blog
August 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Jacksonville Jaguars 2013: Observations From Training Camp 8/5

Maybe the best thing Blaine Gabbert could have done last week was injure his ankle.Since the incident on Monday, which saw the third-year quarterback from Missouri on the ground for a short period of time and his ankle subsequently taped, all he has done is look sharper in the way he is letting the ball go in his delivery.That can only mean good news for the Jaguars.And after seeing...
Via Football Nation
August 05, 2013  |  Discuss

40 Best Photos Of Houston Texans Cheerleaders & Superfans

Know Your 2013 Houston Texans: Key Additions: FB Greg Jones, CB Alan Ball, S Ed Reed, P Shane Lechler. Key Losses: RB Justin…
Via Busted Coverage
July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Football Nation Preview: The 2013 Jacksonville Jaguars

2012 Record: 2-142012 DownfallNo Pressure on DefenseIf Gus Bradley can do for the Jaguars' defense what he did in Seattle, he'll be Coach of the Year for 2013, without question.The Jaguars were the worst defense in the league at finishing pass plays with a sack or a pick; a measly 5.77 percent success rate.The Jaguars were dead last in sacks in 2012, finishing the year with...
Via Football Nation
June 04, 2013  |  Discuss

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