Jacksonville Jaguars: Greg Jones

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- NFL Nation reporters took a look back at the 2004 NFL draft today. Just looking at the list of players selected in the first round shows how impressive the talent that year turned out to be.

Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers, Larry Fitzgerald, Sean Taylor, Vince Wilfork and Steven Jackson are some of the players taken in the first round that went on to have fantastic careers.

But the first round had its share of busts, too, and there was no bigger bust in the top 10 than receiver Reggie Williams, whom the Jaguars took with the ninth pick.

Williams missed only one game in his five-year career with the Jaguars, but he never became an elite receiver. In fact, he was pretty average, never catching more than 52 passes in a season. His best season was 2007, when he caught 38 passes for 629 yards and a 10 touchdowns. The 10 TD catches are still a single-season team record (Marcedes Lewis also had 10 in 2010).

Williams became a free agent after the 2008 season, but did not sign with a team and spent the 2009 season out of football. He signed a contract with Seattle in April 2010, but was waived two months later. He also played for Sacramento in the United Football League in 2011 and spent a few months with the CFL's Toronto Argonauts in 2013.

Though Williams turned out to be a bust, the Jaguars did have some success in the later rounds of the 2004 draft with linebacker Daryl Smith (second), fullback Greg Jones (second), kicker Josh Scobee (fifth) and defensive end Bobby McCray (seventh).
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Three of the Jaguars who participated in this NFL Nation confidential survey are probably a bit disappointed today. The survey asked which NFL coach other than their own they’d most like to play for .

Their choice is unemployed.

Those three players picked Gary Kubiak, who at the time of the survey was still the Houston Texans' coach. He was fired on Dec. 6, one day after the Jaguars beat the Texans for the second time in 2013.

Kubiak received the most votes of any coach among the 10 players surveyed. Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin was the only other coach to receive multiple votes. He was named twice. San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh, St. Louis’ Jeff Fisher, Kansas City’s Andy Reid, Seattle’s Pete Carroll, and New England’s Bill Belichick each got one vote.

It’s understandable why Kubiak received more votes than anyone else. He coached a division rival so the players are familiar with him. Several players also are friends with Texans fullback Greg Jones, who spent the first nine season of his career with the Jaguars before signing with Houston as a free agent last March.

Carroll was the coach most named by the 320 players who participated in the survey. He got 72 votes. Tomlin received 44.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Maybe it’s because the Jaguars used to face Peyton Manning twice a year, but he was the overwhelming favorite as the NFL’s most respected player among the 10 Jaguars players who participated in an NFL Nation confidential survey.

Five players voted for Manning, now with the Denver Broncos, and New England’s Tom Brady was the only other player to receive multiple votes (two). Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch, Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald and Houston’s Greg Jones also received votes.

That Jones received a vote wasn’t a surprise since he spent the first nine seasons of his career in Jacksonville before choosing to sign with the Texans after the 2012 season. Jones was one of the Jaguars’ most respected players.

Manning also was the overwhelming favorite in the survey of 320 players as well, earning 26.8 percent of the vote (86 votes). Brady and Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson were the closest players, with each earning 7.5 percent of the vote (24 votes).

RTC: Josh Evans adjusting

November, 22, 2013
Rookie safety Josh Evans was annoyed when the Jaguars drafted him in the sixth round last spring. He was hoping he would have been drafted sooner, but he's pretty happy with the way things turned out.

After being thrust into the lineup in Week 3 because of a concussion to Dwight Lowery, he has rarely come off the field. He has made mistakes and gotten caught out of position, but he's gaining valuable experience, writes the Florida Times-Union's Vito Stellino.

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

The Jaguars are going to continue to be aggressive on fourth down, write's the T-U's Hays Carlyon.

Former Jaguars fullback Greg Jones' decision to leave for a winner backfired, writes ESPN Texans reporter Tania Ganguli.

Here's a roundup of items from this blog: the stat of the week, which looks at the Jaguars' improved special teams; there's not much left to try to get the running game going; the weekly mailbag.


Greg Jones' decision backfires

November, 21, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Greg Jones turned down more money to stay in Jacksonville and instead chose to sign with the Houston Texans because he wanted to play for a team that had a chance at the Super Bowl.

It obviously hasn't worked out that way. The Texans are 2-8 and riding an eight-game losing streak heading into Sunday's game against the 1-9 Jaguars at Reliant Stadium.

ESPN Texans reporter Tania Ganguli spoke with Jones and he talked about his decision, the team's disappointing season, and facing his former teammates.