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Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans: 2015 Week 13 NFL Pick

Jacksonville Jaguars (4-7) at Tennessee Titans (2-9) About 1 in 6 games are decided by exactly a field goal, so the fact that this line is 2.5 in favor of the Titans at home, instead of 3, is very important, considering I think the Titans are the better of these two teams. That’s not what this line suggests, so the Titans are a really intriguing side to me. Despite their 2-9 record...
Via The Football Fan Spot
December 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens: 2015 Week 10 NFL Pick

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6) at Baltimore Ravens (2-6) The Jaguars rank 29th in rate of moving the chains differential at -5.84%. However, they’ve been a lot better since the first 3 weeks of the season. In their past 5 games, they have a differential of -2.92%. What happened? Well, they got a lot healthier. Early in the season, they were missing tight end Julius Thomas, left tackle...
Via The Football Fan Spot
November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Jaguars still undecided on starting corner opposite Colvin

As the Jaguars got back to work with their first padded practice after the bye, head coach Gus Bradley said the team is still unsure who will start at cornerback Sunday against the Jets opposite Aaron Colvin.Davon House started the first six games of the season, before being benched in Jacksonville's win over the Bills in favor of Dwayne Gratz. However, Gratz struggled against the...
Via Fox Sports
November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Jags noncommittal about Davon House regaining starting spot

The Jaguars decided to bench starting cornerback Davon House for last Sunday's 34-31 win over the Buffalo Bills, and while his replacement struggled, the team is stopping short of saying House will get his job back after this week's bye.Dwayne Gratz, who started in place of House, was picked on repeatedly by the Bills, giving up two touchdowns. Gratz was also called for pass interference...
Via Fox Sports
October 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars: 2015 Week 6 NFL Pick

Houston Texans (1-4) at Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4) Both of these two teams are 1-4, but the Texans are the better of the two teams. They have just one loss by more than a touchdown and rank 18th in rate of moving the chains differential, while the Jaguars rank 30th. Despite that, the Jaguars are favored by 2 points, suggesting these teams are close to even. I disagree with that and...
Via The Football Fan Spot
October 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Jaguars get good news on injury front

The Jaguars may get a quartet of key contributors back for the team's matchup against the Colts on Sunday. Per the Florida Times-Union, defensive end Andre Branch, who missed the team's first three games with a sprained MCL, was a full participant in practice on Wednesday. Branch, who the Jaguars are counting on to help with the pass rush, has been out since being injured in Jacksonville...
Via Fox Sports
October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Jaguars' secondary limping into Colts game

The Jacksonville Jaguars face a big test on Sunday in the form of Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts offense and they may have to do it severely shorthanded in the secondary.Three of the Jacksonville's defensive backs were hurt in last Sunday's 51-17 loss to New England and, as ESPN's Mike DiRocco points out the team may be without as many as five members of the secondary this...
Via Fox Sports
September 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots: 2015 Week 3 NFL Pick

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1) at New England Patriots (2-0) Jacksonville beat the Dolphins last week in Jacksonville, but I’m still having a very tough time believing they’re not one of the worst teams in the league, especially with left tackle Luke Joeckel, right guard Brandon Linder, tight end Julius Thomas, cornerback Dwayne Gratz, and defensive end Andre Branch all out with...
Via The Football Fan Spot
September 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Jaguars could be without six starters vs. Patriots

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars could be without as many as six starters and two backups at New England on Sunday. Three starters -- left tackle Luke Joeckel (ankle), guard Brandon Linder (shoulder) and safety Johnathan Cyprien (calf) -- will be game-day decisions. Coach Gus Bradley says all three will be re-evaluated after Sunday morning warmups. They were listed...
Via AP on Fox
September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Jaguars could be without six starters vs. Patriots

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars could be without as many as six starters and two backups at New England on Sunday. Three starters -- left tackle Luke Joeckel (ankle), guard Brandon Linder (shoulder) and safety Johnathan Cyprien (calf) -- will be game-day decisions. Coach Gus Bradley says all three will be re-evaluated after Sunday morning warmups. They were listed...
Via Fox Sports Florida
September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Jaguars could be without 6 starters, 2 backups at Patriots

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars could be without as many as six starters and two backups at New England on Sunday. Three starters - left tackle Luke Joeckel (ankle), guard Brandon Linder (shoulder) and safety Johnathan Cyprien (calf) - will be game-day decisions. Coach Gus Bradley says all three will be re-evaluated after Sunday morning warmups. They were listed...
Via AP on Fox
September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

DB Peyton Thompson steps up for the Jaguars

A rash of injuries in the Jacksonville Jaguars' secondary provided Peyton Thompson with an opportunity to play last Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, and the cornerback responded. With Davon House, Dwayne Gratz and Jonathan Cyprien all out, Thompson played 36 snaps in the 23-20 win over Miami, as well as 12 on special teams. "He’s very smart and his mentality is to be very aggressive...
Via Fox Sports
September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Jaguars promote CB Thompson, release WR Walters

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have promoted cornerback Peyton Thompson from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. The Jaguars made the move Saturday, one day before hosting the Miami Dolphins and one day after ruling out cornerback Dwayne Gratz because of an ankle injury. The team released receiver Bryan Walters to make room for Thompson on the active roster...
Via AP on Fox
September 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars: 2015 Week 2 NFL Pick

Miami Dolphins (1-0) at Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) I had the Dolphins as one of the best teams in the league going into the season. They were arguably the best non-playoff team in the league last season, finishing 10th in rate of moving the chains differential. Now they’re improved on the offensive line, improved in the receiving corps, and their defense is better thanks to the...
Via The Football Fan Spot
September 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Gratz ready to step up for Jacksonville

With Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Demetrius McCray suffering a knee contusion in Saturday's preseason loss to the New York Giants, fellow corner Dwayne Gratz may be poised to once again take on a larger role. McCray, who had been working as one of Jacksonville's top three corners alongside Davin House and Aaron Colvin, sat out practice on Monday. Gratz said he's ready for an...
Via Fox Sports
August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Evaluating the Roster: Jaguars Cornerbacks

Last year the Jaguars were basically nonexistent in the secondary ranking 26th vs. the pass and only had 6 interceptions, but 3 came from the line-backing crew. The Jaguars have good young talent virtually at every position this year  and the Jaguars cornerbacks are no exception. I   think the Jags carry five Corners this year on there 53 man roster in Demetrius McCray, Davon House...
Via TopSportsReport
July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL Draft Rewind: A Look at the Jaguars' 2013 Draft Class

If the Jacksonville Jaguars are to become one of the most improved teams in the NFL this year and the next, many of fans and the national media will look to the 2014 Draft as the turning point in the transformation. The Jaguars started their rebuild in 2013 with the hiring of general manager David Caldwell, who summarily fired then head coach Mike Mularkey and brought in Gus Bradley...
Via Football Nation
July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Jaguars CB Gratz fighting to regain starting job

A year after losing his starting job and then getting it back again due to injury, Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Dwayne Gratz once again finds himself in a backup role as the team conducts OTAs. "We get paid to do what we do,’’ Gratz told Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union. “When you don’t get it done, they look for someone else to replace you. That’s the nature...
Via Fox Sports
June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Jaguars growing up, playing fast on defense

It's still early in the process, but Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator Bob Babich is optimistic about what he's seen from his players thus far in OTAs.  Specifically, Babich says his players are heeding the coaching staff's desire to play "fast," rather than overthinking on the field. "We’re really excited about the attitude and the energy and where we’re at mentally...
Via Fox Sports
June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Identifying Drafting Trends of GM David Caldwell

1: The Jaguars like to compliment their picks:Complimenting picks is a popular practice around the league. It’s logical: Newton’s Third Law states that every action should have an opposite reaction, and that isn’t lost in the tendencies of NFL general mangers. But, compliments don’t have to be opposites. For example, in 2014 the Jacksonville Jaguars selected quarterback Blake...
Via Pro Football Spot
March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Bernard Pierce Good Signing for Jacksonville?

Was this a sound move by a club that now avoids controversial players in light of the Justin Blackmon situation? Not to mention recent incidents involving cornerback Dwayne Gratz in a Miami Beach hotel convenience store incident over paying his bill with chewing gum -- and former player Maurice Jones-Drew in a nightclub, in the past two years.Pierce sent out a Tweet saying "God works...
Via Pro Football Spot
March 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Position review: Lack of interceptions by Jaguars secondary alarming

Aside from one interception returned for a touchdown in their final game, the Jacksonville Jaguars had one forgettable year when it came to their secondary. It was by no means a dreadful year. The Jaguars improved from being tied for 25th in pass defense in 2013 to ranking 22nd in their second season under defensive coordinator Bob Babich and defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker...
Via Fox Sports Florida
February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

What Will it Take to Fix The New York Giants?

Rueben Randle #82 of the New York Giants carries past Dwayne Gratz #27 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second half of the game at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. (Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy/Getty Images) Over the course of the last several weeks, there has been no shortage of opinions on what it will take to fix the New York Giants. Some, like hiring a new defensive...
Via The Sports Journal
December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Jaguars Prepare for Giants in Jacksonville

I realize the Jacksonville Jaguars are 1-10 on the season, but if you look across the sideline on Sunday, you will see a New York Giants team that is only 3-8 and a head coach in Tom Coughlin that could be in peril should the team cash it in for the remainder of the 2014 season.The oddity of it all is although the Jaguars are one of the worst teams in the NFL, it Coughlin who looks...
Via Football Nation
November 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Jaguars' Gratz Will Play Against Indianapolis

Jaguars head coach immediately addressed the biggest question the team has not answered heading into the game at Indianapolis on Sunday.Defensive back Dwayne Gratz will play despite being arrested in Miami over the weekend.Gratz, a second-year veteran from the University of Connecticut, missed practice on Monday after being arrested in Miami Sunday on two misdemeanor charges. Jaguars...
Via Football Nation
November 20, 2014  |  Discuss
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