Jacksonville Jaguars: Dwight Lowery

ORLANDO -- Fourteen Jacksonville Jaguars received performance-based incentives of more than $100,000, led by rookie safety Josh Evans.

Evans, a sixth-round pick out of Florida in 2013, was thrust into a starting role because Dwight Lowery sustained a concussion in a Week 3 loss to Seattle. Evans was expected to spend the season in a reserve role but instead ended up playing 653 of a possible 1,016 snaps (64.3 percent). That additional playing time earned him $181,381.06 to bring his total compensation for 2013 to $437,205.

Performance-based pay compensates players whose playing time was much higher than what their salary would have paid. Players whose base salaries are very low -- which is usually low-round draft picks and undrafted free agents –--stand to earn the most money under the program.

In addition to Evans, the following players earned more than $100,000: offensive tackle Austin Pasztor ($175,996.58), offensive tackle Cameron Bradfield ($155,588.53), receiver Mike Brown ($142,384.82), cornerback Will Blackmon ($134,617,61), cornerback Alan Ball ($129,120.82), receiver Ace Sanders ($127,592.32), safety Winston Guy ($112,796.88), cornerback Mike Harris ($110,352.63), fullback Will Ta’ufo’ou ($108,097.31), safety Johnathan Cyprien ($108,018.59), receiver Cecil Shorts ($104,795.99), cornerback Demetrius McCray ($104,681.44) and tight end Clay Harbor ($102,227.69).

On the other end of the spectrum was running back Delone Carter, who received $182.17.

Jaguars players received a total of $3.46 million in performance-based pay, which is the league limit for each team. However, the players will not be paid until April 1, 2016.

RTC: Blackmon gets support

November, 5, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jaguars players and coaches are standing behind receiver Justin Blackmon, who has been suspended indefinitely for his third violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy.

They're more concerned with his well-being and that he gets help for his problem more than his production on the football field. They also don't feel duped or betrayed, writes the Florida Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran.

"It’s not about us, you know what I mean?" receiver Cecil Shorts said. "It’s not about the football, the NFL, Jacksonville. It’s about him and him getting better, and that’s all that I care about. Football is going to be here forever, but it’s life after that.

"He needs to really take care of himself and get better and I think he’s doing the right thing right now."

Here are some additional pieces of Jaguars content from around the web in our daily Reading the Coverage feature:

The T-U's Hays Carlyon writes about the line that players should not cross when it comes to hazing rookies or young players. It's a pretty clear line, linebacker Paul Posluszny said, and the allegations that are coming out of Miami certainly cross it. Some element of hazing is fine and even necessary to establish a hierarchy in the locker room, defensive end Jason Babin said, but not to the point of demoralizing a teammate.

Posluszny also speaks about being disturbed by the allegations of bullying and racial slurs.

The Jaguars added two players on Monday, receiver Kerry Taylor and linebacker Nate Stupar, and released three others, including veteran safety Dwight Lowery.

ESPN Denver Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold writes that it's no surprise that John Elway chose Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, who was the Jaguars' head coach for nine seasons, to be the team's interim coach while John Fox recovers from heart surgery.

Jags add WR to replace Blackmon

November, 4, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars added a receiver on Monday to replace the suspended Justin Blackmon, claiming Kerry Taylor off Arizona's practice squad.

In addition, the team signed tight end Danny Nobles off the practice squad, waived tight end D.J. Williams and placed Blackmon on the reserve/suspended list.

The Jaguars also announced they have released safety Dwight Lowery from injured reserve. Lowery was placed on IR after suffering a concussion against Seattle in Week 2 and Gus Bradley announced shortly after that Lowery would be waived once he was healthy.

Taylor signed with Green Bay as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and spent time with the Packers, New England, San Francisco, Minnesota and Arizona. He played in three games with the Cardinals this season, catching three passes for 40 yards.

Rookie safeties ready for Manning

October, 9, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jaguars rookie safeties Josh Evans and Johnathan Cyprien grew up watching Peyton Manning shred NFL defenses.

On Sunday they’ll try to stop him from doing it their defense.

In preparing to play against Manning and the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Evans and Cyprien were struck by the situation. They’ve admired Manning for more than half their lives and now they’re going to be on the same field with him.

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AP Photo/G. Newman LowranceRookie safety Johnathan Cyprien is trying to treat Sunday's game against Peyton Manning and the Broncos like any other game.
Playing against him. Trying to confuse him. Hoping to pick off one of his passes.

"I wouldn’t say it’s weird, but it is amazing to grow up watching him," Evans said. "I think he got drafted when I was like 9 or something, so now I’m going to play against him is kind of crazy."

Cyprien said he had a similar feeling two weeks ago when the Jaguars played host to the Indianapolis Colts and he had to cover Reggie Wayne, a player he watched at Miami while growing up in North Miami Beach, Fla.

But being on the same field as Manning is another level.

"There’s been a couple players that I felt weird about like that," Cyprien said. "Reggie Wayne, growing up and watching him play and then I played versus him. I went through the weird process. It’ll probably be a different type of weird when I see [Manning]. But it is what it is and it’ll be time to play football."

Don’t get the idea that Evans and Cyprien are starstruck. They are most certainly not. They’re respectful of Manning and his ability, but they’re not approaching Sunday’s game any differently than they did the St. Louis game last Sunday. Practice, meetings, film study.

"We’re going against a lot of veteran guys who are pretty crafty and know what they’re doing, as you can see leading the league in passing," said Evans, who has 15 tackles and one pass breakup. "So now it’s just going out there and figuring out a way how we can stop them."

That’s not going to be easy. Manning has thrown 20 touchdown passes and only one interception, the Broncos are averaging nearly 50 points per game, and they’ve won 16 regular-season games in a row, including all five games this season by an average of 18.2 points.

Plus, don’t you think Manning is eager to go after a pair of rookie safeties?

"Maybe he is," said Cyprien, the Jaguars’ second-round pick last April. “He’s a competitor and he probably has that mindset, but me and Josh have a mindset as far as going into the game, too. If that’s the case I hope we have a lot of opportunities to make some plays."

Defensive coordinator Bob Babich admits it’s not an ideal situation to have two rookies on the back end of the defense in a game against Manning. He’s not going to overload Evans and Cyprien with information or have them show several coverages before the snap in an attempt to confuse Manning. That would more than likely end up confusing them more.

"The thing with Peyton is he’s so smart," Babich said. "Obviously he does a great job of finding out exactly how a defense wants to attack him, so you want to try to do things to try to stop that a little bit with maybe some disguises or blitzes or whatever. The younger you are obviously the tougher it becomes but our guys, what we’re going to do is we’re going to go out, use our fundamentals, and see where it takes us."

Evans, the team’s sixth-round pick, and Cyprien were expected to eventually become the starting tandem and backbone of the secondary. Cyprien was immediately inserted into the starting lineup in training camp and has responded with 35 tackles, a sack and two forced fumbles. Evans played just four snaps combined in the first two games but hasn’t missed one since Dwight Lowery suffered a concussion against Seattle.

He’s not coming out either. The team put Lowery on injured reserve on Tuesday and coach Gus Bradley said Wednesday the plan is to cut Lowery once he has been declared healthy.

So it’s Evans and Cyprien for the rest of this season -- and beyond.

"We’ve been very pleased with their development," Babich said. "They’re young guys that are extremely athletic and they’re playing extremely hard. They’re making mistakes, don’t get me wrong, but at the same time they’re making plays so the more they play the better they’re going to get."
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Tight end Marcedes Lewis will miss Sunday’s game against St. Louis with the calf injury that has only allowed him to get on the field for two plays this season.

Receiver Cecil Shorts, who has a team-high 26 catches, is listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report but is expected to play. Shorts did not practice on Friday because of a groin injury he suffered earlier in the week.

Cornerback Alan Ball (groin), linebacker Geno Hayes (hip flexor), defensive tackle Roy Miller (shoulder), and receiver Denard Robinson (hamstring) are listed as probable.

As expected, receiver Mike Brown (back), receiver Stephen Burton (concussion), cornerback Dwayne Gratz (ankle), safety Dwight Lowery (concussion) and defensive end Jeremy Mincey (concussion) were declared out. None of them practiced at all this week.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Cecil Shorts was limited in practice on Thursday with a groin injury, but the Jacksonville Jaguars' leading receiver should play against St. Louis on Sunday. It doesn't look like tight end Marcedes Lewis will join him.

Lewis (calf) was one of eight players who did not practice on Thursday. Receiver Mike Brown (back), receiver Stephen Burton (concussion), cornerback Dwayne Gratz (ankle), linebacker Geno Hayes (hip flexor), safety Dwight Lowery (concussion) and defensive end Jeremy Mincey (concussion) sat out because of injuries. Cornerback Mike Harris was excused from practice for personal reasons.

In addition to Shorts, receiver Denard Robinson (hamstring) and defensive tackle Roy Miller (shoulder) were limited.

Lewis has been on the field for just two plays this season. He missed the first three games with the calf injury, and aggravated it early in the Jaguars' loss to Indianapolis last Sunday. He said earlier this week he's continuing to rehab his calf, but it's likely to be a couple weeks before he can play.

Burton, Lowery and Mincey are still in the NFL's concussion program.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts missed Wednesday's practice with a groin injury that he suffered during the team's morning walk-through.

Coach Gus Bradley said the injury doesn't appear to be serious. Bradley said Shorts, who is 10th in the NFL with 26 catches, felt his groin tighten up during the walk-through, and the team held him out of the afternoon practice as a precautionary measure.

Six other players missed practice on Wednesday because of injuries: receiver Mike Brown (back), receiver Stephen Burton (concussion), cornerback Dwayne Gratz (ankle), tight end Marcedes Lewis (calf), safety Dwight Lowery (concussion) and defensive end Jeremy Mincey (concussion).

Defensive end Jason Babin, center Brad Meester, and defensive tackle Roy Miller were given the day off.

Cornerback Alan Ball (groin), linebacker Geno Hayes (hip flexor) and receiver Denard Robinson (hamstring) were limited.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars are now down two starters in the secondary after safety Dwight Lowery was ruled out of Sunday’s game with Indianapolis because of a concussion.

Lowery suffered the injury early in the Jaguars’ 45-17 loss to Seattle last Sunday. He was replaced by rookie Josh Evans, the team’s sixth-round draft pick, and Evans will start in Lowery’s place. The Jaguars are already without starting cornerback Dwayne Gratz because of a high ankle sprain.

There is some good news for the struggling offense because tight end Marcedes Lewis is set to make his season debut on Sunday. He’s a reliable, familiar target for quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who was announced as the starter on Monday after he missed the past two games because of a cut on his right hand.

Lewis will need to have an impact in the passing game because the Jaguars (0-3) will be without receivers Stephen Burton (concussion-like symptoms) and Mike Brown (back). Justin Blackmon is also serving the final game of his four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse program.

The Colts (2-1) will be without running back Ahmad Bradshaw (neck), defensive end Ricky Jean-Francois (groin) and safety LaRon Landry (ankle).

RTC: Josh Evans ready for role

September, 27, 2013
Reading the coverage ...

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Everything changed pretty quickly for Jaguars rookie safety Josh Evans.

One second he's on the sideline as the team's sixth defensive back. The next he's running onto the field to replace the team's most experienced player in the secondary against one of the game's top young quarterbacks. He didn't have time to think about the transition.

"I had to go in and compete," he told Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.

Evans will likely have that same role against Indianapolis on Sunday because safety Dwight Lowery is still suffering the effects from the concussion he suffered against Seattle last Sunday. He's spent all week practicing as one of the two starting safeties, though, so he's had time to adjust to what he has to do and feels more prepared for the additional playing time than when he ran onto the field after Lowery's injury last week.

“I’m excited to show what I can do," said Evans, who had seven tackles but missed an interception against the Seahawks. "I’ve got to go out and put it on film and be patient, be calm and don’t overthink things and play ball."

Here are some other pieces of Jaguars content from around the Web:

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said he can report with "about 90 percent confidence" that rookie Ace Sanders will be the punt returner on Sunday. If that happens, it'll be the first time this season that he will have done the job for which the Jaguars drafted him. Cornerback Will Blackmon, whom the team signed on Aug. 28, has returned punts in the first three games.

T-U columnist Gene Frenette writes that the Jaguars' troubles on first down -- they have had zero or negative yardage on 40 of 78 first downs -- is what's killing the offense.

NFL.com's Adam Rank writes that Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon is a good player to pick up and stash this week in your fantasy league. Blackmon serves the final game of a four-game suspension on Sunday and will return against the Rams the following weekend.

Here's a roundup of items from this blog: mailbag; Denard Robinson gets his position changed from OW to WR; the weekly Double Coverage feature in which ESPN NFL Colts reporter Mike Wells and I break down the matchup; the stat of the week, which highlights Maurice Jones-Drew's dominance of the Colts throughout his career.

Power Rankings: No. 32 Jacksonville

September, 24, 2013
A weekly examination of the Jaguars’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 29 | Last Week: 32 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

Nobody expected the Jaguars to make a run at the playoffs. Heck, not many expected them to win more than five games.

But it is a little surprising how poorly the team has played through the first three weeks of the season. Granted, the Jaguars have been missing some key players (Justin Blackmon, Marcedes Lewis, Blaine Gabbert), and there have been some injuries (Maurice Jones-Drew, Dwight Lowery, Dwayne Gratz), but they haven’t even been competitive in losses to Kansas City, Oakland and Seattle. That’s why they remain last in ESPN.com’s NFL Power Rankings.

They’re also last -- or almost last -- in every major statistical category on offense: scoring (9.3 PPG, 32nd), total offense (230.3 YPG, 32nd), passing (178.3 YPG, 29th), and rushing (52.0 YPG, 30th). The rushing stat in particular is an indication of how poorly the offensive line has played.

Maybe things will get better this week. Gabbert is set to return from a hand injury. Lewis may be back after missing the first three games with a calf injury, and his impact as a blocker can be significant. Then again, the Jaguars are playing host to an Indianapolis team that just held San Francisco to seven points in Candlestick Park.

RTC: Everyone shares blame

September, 23, 2013
SEATTLE -- That the Jaguars are 0-3 after Sunday's loss to Seattle isn't surprising.

Not with the abundance of rookies in the starting lineup, the injuries to key players, the suspension of the best receiver, and the overall quality of the roster. Everyone knew there was going to be problems in the first year of the new regime's rebuilding project.

But the Jaguars haven't even been competitive in the losses to Kansas City, Oakland and Seattle. Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida-Times Union writes that frustration is beginning to mount, lineup changes may be on the way, and there may be a switch in blocking scheme to help jump-start an offense that has scored just five points in the first half.

Responsibility for the poor start is shared by everyone, including the coaching staff.

"All sides can take blame in this," coach Gus Bradley said.

Here are some other pieces of Jaguars content from around the web:

O'Halloran reviews how well the Jaguars handled his four keys to the game. The short version: Not well at all.

Maurice Jones-Drew tested his injured ankle during pre-game warm-ups and was cleared to play against the Seahawks. He gained just 43 yards on 19 carries and was no factor in the game, although he did score his first touchdown of the season. Hays Carlyon of the T-U writes that Jones-Drew was still able to find some positives on Sunday.

Even when the Jaguars did try to get creative on offense, things backfired, O'Halloran wrote. Denard Robinson fumbled while trying to hand off the ball on a read option play. Plus, Cecil Shorts had a career day, though most of his eight catches for 143 yards came when the game was already well in hand.

Here's a roundup of items from this blog: An injury to safety Dwight Lowery early in the game put three rookies on the field in the secondary and the results were predictable; the Jaguars may be moving from a zone blocking scheme to a man blocking scheme; a quick recap of what was noticed in the locker room.

WJXT TV-4 sports director Sam Kouvaris and Cole Pepper break down the loss in a podcast. Pepper says the Jaguars should look at the 2013 season as essentially an extended preseason.

CBSSports.com NFL writer Will Brinson gave three teams an F in his weekly report card. The Jaguars, however, weren't one of them.

SEATTLE -- It was already not an ideal situation in the secondary for the Jacksonville Jaguars. But it got much worse -- and there was nothing the team could do but suffer through it.

One starting cornerback (Dwayne Gratz) was already out with a high ankle sprain. Then the other starter, Alan Ball, was ruled out in pre-game warm-ups because of a groin injury.

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Kirby Lee/USA TODAY SportsStarting in his first NFL game, rookie cornerback Demetrius McCray had seven tackles in the Jaguars' Week 3 loss at Seattle.
Starting safety Dwight Lowery -- the team’s most experienced defensive back -- left the game with a head injury in the first quarter. That left the Jaguars with three rookies and a waiver-wire pickup in the defensive backfield.

So it wasn’t surprising that Seattle quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Tarvaris Jackson combined to throw for 323 yards and five touchdowns in a 45-17 victory or that outside receivers Sidney Rice and Golden Tate combined to catch 10 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns.

"In this style of defense you have to be able to play on the perimeter and be able to handle those shots that they took," Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said. "There’s some inexperience back there and they’ll grow from what they had happen to them today."

It certainly wasn’t pretty, especially for corner Demetrius McCray. The Seahawks obviously targeted the Jaguars’ seventh-round draft pick early and often. He made a nice play on the first deep ball Wilson threw to Tate down the sideline, but he struggled after that.

It wasn’t surprising that he’d have trouble against veteran receivers or that the Seahawks would keep going after him. The only thing quarterbacks like better than rookie cornerbacks are limping pass rushers.

"I kind of expected it," McCray said. "Being a rookie out there, a first-time starter, I kind of had it in the back of my mind.

"There’s always going to be good and there’s always going to be bad. You’ve just got to learn from it. I’m still young. I still can learn from it. That’s the positive, because I can still learn from this game."

Lowery is in his sixth season. His replacement was Josh Evans, the Jaguars’ sixth-round draft pick. He had played mainly on special teams until Sunday. His inexperienced showed, particularly on Rice’s second touchdown catch.

Evans drifted back in coverage into the end zone and Wilson fired a pass straight at him -- in fact, replays showed Wilson reacted as if he had made a mistake by throwing the ball -- and Evans put up his hands for an easy interception. He didn’t attack the ball, though, which allowed Rice to slide in front of him for a 23-yard touchdown.

Bradley said he needed to be more aggressive going after the ball at this level than he did at Florida.

"You get put in there and you learn new things," Evans said. "That’s something that you take back and study and work on how you could make it better. I should have attacked it instead of waiting for it to drop but he made a great play on the ball and I moved on and played the next play."

The Jaguars became even more short-handed when defensive back Will Blackmon, whom the team signed on Aug. 28, left the game in the fourth quarter with a head injury. That put second-year pro Mike Harris on the field.

It wasn’t all bad from the rookies, though. Safety John Cyprien, the team’s second-round draft pick, sacked Wilson on a blitz and forced a fumble the Jaguars recovered.

But he was inconsistent, too, which is what you expect from rookies. The problem is with having too many of them on the field in the secondary at one time. You can overcome that along the defensive line and at linebacker because there are players behind them to cover their mistakes. That’s not the case in the secondary and that’s what burned the Jaguars on Sunday.

"We like our youth," Bradley said. "We like their speed. But their inexperience at times comes back and at critical times can bite us."

Which it did Sunday. Over and over again.
SEATTLE -- A few thoughts on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 45-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks:

What it means: This was another dismal offensive performance for the Jaguars. Granted, it came against the league’s best defense, but the Jaguars never gave themselves a chance. They turned it over three times -- including once when Chad Henne's pass bounced off center Brad Meester's helmet -- and managed just 52 yards and four first downs in the first half. The offensive line continues to be pushed around, and the receivers, other than Cecil Shorts, are not able to get separation. It is probably a little unfair to pile on the lack of production in the passing game considering Henne is throwing to guys named Allen Reisner, Clay Harbor, Ace Sanders and Stephen Burton. That’s not exactly a formidable list. Things should get a little better in the next few weeks because Marcedes Lewis (calf) should return next Sunday and Justin Blackmon will finish his four-game suspension and return in two weeks.

Stock watch: By the middle of the first quarter, the Jaguars secondary was comprised of three rookies -- safety Johnathan Cyprien, cornerback Demetrius McCray and safety Josh Evans -- after safety Dwight Lowery left the game with a head injury and did not return. That was a huge blow because he was the most experienced player in the secondary. The Seahawks took advantage by picking on McCray, a seventh-round pick forced to start because of Alan Ball's groin injury. Golden Tate and Sidney Rice combined to catch 10 passes for 187 yards, and Russell Wilson and Tarvaris Jackson combined to throw five touchdown passes. Evans got burned on one because he stood waiting for the ball instead of going to get it and Rice slid in front of him to make the catch. Cyprien did force a fumble for the second consecutive week.

Unloaded weapon: The Jaguars had hoped to get Denard Robinson more involved on offense today. He carried once for minus-2 yards and also fumbled when he tried to pull the ball out of Sanders’ stomach on a read-option play. That is an inexcusable turnover, especially since Robinson ran the read-option countless times in his career at Michigan.

What’s next: The Jaguars play host to Indianapolis and the Seahawks play at Houston next Sunday.

RTC: Cyprien shows promise

September, 18, 2013
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jaguars safety Johnathan Cyprien has always been a big hitter. Now he's starting to show some promise in coverage.

Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union writes that coach Gus Bradley and safety Dwight Lowery saw improvement from Cyprien in that area in the Jaguars' loss to the Raiders last Sunday. He still needs to work on his open-field tackling and also take better angles to ball carriers, but Cyprien showed that he's absorbing things pretty quickly.

Here are some other pieces of Jaguars content from around the web:

The T-U's Ryan O'Halloran details the unusual path that Kyle O'Brien took to become the Jaguars' director of college scouting. O'Brien started out as an intern to the New York Jets' equipment manager and eventually worked for the Patriots and Chiefs before joining he Jaguars under new general manager Dave Caldwell.

O'Halloran also details the storylines for the rest of the week as the Jaguars prepare for Sunday's game at Seattle.

Here's a recap of what you can find on this blog: A scouting report on the Seahawks, the Week 2 version of the Jaguars' top-10 playmakers and a quick breakdown of the Jaguars' spot in the ESPN.com Power Rankings.

John Oehser of Jaguars.com gives you the storylines he'll be following this week.

RTC: Answers are in the locker room

September, 17, 2013
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Jaguars are obviously frustrated after losing their first two games by a combined score of 47-11 and essentially being out of each game by the time the fourth quarter began.

But the solution to their frustrations won't be found by signing free-agent quarterback Tim Tebow, who was the subject of a less-than-impressive rally outside EverBank Field Monday afternoon. Rather, the answers are in the locker room, writes Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. Those answers begin with: stop hurting themselves with penalties, improving coverage on special teams and finding some way to get some consistency in the offense.

“It’s not OK where we’re at right now,” coach Gus Bradley said. “We have to get better and we have a high standard. … The big thing for us is accountability. What are willing to accept and what is our team willing to accept? We’re just trying to figure out, ‘Why is this happening and why is this taking place?’ It comes back to making sure we don’t hurt ourselves.”

Here is some other pieces of Jaguars content from around the web:

Here's my take on Tebow and the Jaguars.

In a move that was anticipated last week, Bradley announced Monday that quarterback Blaine Gabbert will not play against Seattle on Sunday. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew suffered a sprained tendon in his ankle against Oakland but Bradley is optimistic that he'll play against the Seahawks.

A roundup of other items from this blog: the Jaguars claimed cornerback Jamell Fleming off waivers from Arizona and made four other roster moves; running back Jordan Todman is ready for any role; the weekly Upon Further Review examines four hot issues from the loss against the Raiders.

The Jaguars opened as 19.5-point underdogs against Seattle. That's a pretty high number, but Ryan Wilson of CBSSports.com writes that it's not among the top-five largest lines in the NFL since 1972.

Cole Pepper has an interesting take on the Jaguars' biggest issue: other than Jones-Drew and Josh Scobee -- and possibly Paul Posluszny -- the fans don't feel any connection with the players. One way to solve that is have a player do something big in a game that's important, like in the matchup against San Francisco in London.

O'Halloran breaks down five plays that mattered against the Raiders.

The T-U's Hays Carlyon sat down for a Q&A with safety Dwight Lowery. They touched on the team's attitude after the Raiders loss, the play of safety Johnathan Cyprien and the challenge the defense will face against Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson.