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Jaguars Senior Bowl primer

January, 20, 2014
Jan 20
MOBILE, Ala. -- Nearly the entire Jaguars football staff is on hand for the Reese’s Senior Bowl. The Jaguars will coach the South team and the Atlanta Falcons will coach the North team, but each will switch rosters for a day on Thursday so they can interact with all the players.

Here’s a primer of what to expect:

Help wanted: Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said he expected his staff to remain intact, but linebackers coach Mark Duffner left the team on Sunday night to take the same position with the Miami Dolphins. Duffner just finished his eighth season with the team. Defensive coordinator Bob Babich, who spent seven seasons as a linebackers coach with the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Rams, will work with the linebackers this week. In addition to being a college all-star game, the Senior Bowl is also part coaches convention. Unemployed assistants are here trying to land jobs and head coaches are also here trying to fill staffs.

Keep your eye on: The Jaguars certainly have a lot of needs to fill, beginning with quarterback and pass rusher. So naturally all the quarterbacks -- particularly Derek Carr, Tajh Boyd and David Fales -- are players to watch during the practices and games. Though he is unable to play because of a torn ACL he suffered in late November against Kentucky, Aaron Murray is here to participate in meetings and interviews. It’s a smart decision and one that GMs will like.

As for those pass rushers, Jeremiah Attaochu (who played linebacker at Georgia Tech), Michael Sams, Kareem Martin, Chris Smith, and James Gayle are defensive ends to watch. At outside linebacker, Trent Murphy and Christian Jones are worth watching.

Unfortunately, two of the country’s top pass rushers won’t be here. Buffalo’s Khalil Mack has opted not to participate and UCLA’s Anthony Barr will miss the week because of an undisclosed injury. Both are considered top-10 draft picks.

Some other players to watch: WR Jordan Matthews, TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE Jacob Pederson, G Cyril Richardson and C Weston Richburg.

What you’ll get: Each day I’ll provide Jaguars news and notes as well as observations from practice. I’ll concentrate on players at positions that correspond to the Jaguars’ top needs (QB, DE, OLB, interior OL, RB, WR) but there will be other players as well. I’ll have several blog posts a day and you also can follow me on Twitter @ESPNdirocco.

ETC.: Among the other players who either opted out or cannot participate because of injury are RBs Carlos Hyde (opted out), Andre Williams (injury) and Tyler Gaffney (injury), OTs Jake Matthews (opted out) and Taylor Lewan (injury), WR Tevin Reese (injury), and DT Dominique Easley (injury).

Senior Bowl weigh-ins

January, 20, 2014
Jan 20
MOBILE, Ala. -- Here's a breakdown of some measurements from some key players and position groups from today's weigh-in at the Reese's Senior Bowl:


Tajh Boyd (Clemson): 6-0 3/4, 222 pounds

Derek Carr (Fresno State): 6-2 1/8, 215 pounds

David Fales (San Jose State): 6-1 3/8, 220 pounds

Jimmy Garoppolo (Eastern Illinois): 6-2 1/4, 219 pounds
Aaron Murray (Georgia): 6-0 3/8, 201 pounds
Stephen Morris (Miami): 6-1 3/4, 208 pounds

Logan Thomas (Virginia Tech): 6-5 3/4, 250 pounds

Note: Murray is not participating in the game because of an ACL injury but he is participating in meetings with the South team and will interview with NFL teams this week.

Defensive ends

Will Clarke (West Virginia): 6-6 1/8, 271 pounds
Dee Ford (Auburn): 6-2 1/8, 243 pounds

James Gayle (Virginia Tech): 6-3 5/8, 255 pounds

Kareem Martin (North Carolina): 6-5 7/8, 272 pounds

Trent Murphy (Stanford): 6-5 3/8, 252 pounds
Chris Smith (Arkansas): 6-1 1/8, 266 pounds

Ed Stinson (Alabama): 6-3 1/8, 292 pounds

Brent Urban (Virginia): 6-6 3/4, 298 pounds


Tallest player: DT Dan McCullers (Tennessee) and OT Seantrel Henderson (Miami), 6-6 7/8

Shortest player: WR Solomon Patton (Florida), 5-8 1/2

Heaviest player: Dan McCullers, 348 pounds

Lightest player: WR Jalen Saunders (Oklahoma), 164 pounds