Friday, April 25, 2014
Jaguars chat recap
By Michael DiRocco
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Here are highlights from the weekly Jacksonville Jaguars chat. You can find the full transcript here.
Rjich (New Jersey): Hi Michael, The four teams in the AFC South have the four easiest schedules in the NFL in 2014, 4 of the 8 road games for Jacksonville are against playoff teams. Do you see an improvement from 4-12 a year ago to maybe 6-10 or 7-9 in 2014?
DiRocco: I went over the Jaguars' schedule when it came out and I can realistically see them going 6-10/7-9. They can challenge the .500 level this season, especially if they make the right moves in the draft. I'm probably leaning more toward 6-10 right now but let's see what they add in the draft.
Shawn (Detroit): Do you think the Jags are leaning more towards [Sammy] Watkins or [Khalil] Mack?
DiRocco: I actually wrote about this earlier today. Todd McShay believes it's a coin flip. I think they're leaning more toward Mack because he's a game-changer on defense and there aren't a lot of those at linebacker available. The group of receivers is deeper so while they can't get someone as talented as Watkins they can get some really good players later.
Super Mario (Pec Deck): Now that the dust has settled, what is the final analysis of the failed attempt at Alex Mack? Any sense within the organization that he used us to do his negotiating?
DiRocco: Not at all. They took a shot, negotiated a deal they thought would keep Cleveland from matching, and it didn't work out. They're not any worse off now than they were a month ago, so no harm, no foul.
Tom (NYC): You linked to a 2013 re-draft where Jags took [Kiko] Alonso instead of [Luke] Joeckel. Knowing what you know now, agree or disagree? Sure is interesting to consider how that would impact Jags #3 pick this year
DiRocco: It's really hard to make that call for me because Joeckel only played in five games. Joeckel may still develop into an All-Pro left tackle and that's way more valuable than a linebacker. I liked what Joeckel did against Robert Quinn in the little time he played left tackle. Alonso is a beast for sure, but I think it's a little too early to make that call. And there's also this: If you're rebuilding a franchise an elite left tackle would be one of your cornerstone pieces, not a linebacker.
Silver (CAL): Does Justin Blackmon have any decent trade value?
DiRocco: No. There's no guarantee he'll be playing this season. Why would anyone trade for someone like that?