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February 14, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Michael DiRocco

Michael DiRocco
  (4:24 PM)

Hello everyone. I'm sorry but I forgot about the chat today. I'm here now and I'll answer every question that's waiting.

James (KY)

Say if Clowney and Bridgewater are both gone for some reason at #3, what direction do you feel they'd go in at that point? My Top 3 (in no particulat order) would be: Mack, Watkins, and Barr. IMO, Manziel is too much of a High Risk/High Reward QB at #3 and think Bortles is a 2nd round QB getting pushed up draft boards because of his "talent" and "upside".

Michael DiRocco
  (4:26 PM)

James: I think it would be Barr and then Watkins. I just don't think the Jags are going QB with that first pick. I think Watkins is the best offensive player in the draft, outside of the QBs.

Al (Kansas City)

What's Blaine Gabbert's fate?

Michael DiRocco
  (4:28 PM)

Al: Gabbert will remain with the team at least to the beginning of training camp, I believe. His salary is guaranteed this year so there's no reason to cut him. I can see a scenario where he's one of the three QBs the team carries on the roster, with Chad Henne and the rookie being the others.

James (KY)

What is your gut feeling when it comes to the upcoming free agency period and the DE's? I know it depends on if the reported DE's slated to become available do in fact make it to the market, but do you feel Caldwell will go after a player thats a known commodity, such as a Johnson, Bennett, or Hardy or go after a cheaper, less-known player or even possibly a combination of both? Thanks!

Michael DiRocco
  (4:30 PM)

James: I don't see Caldwell spending big money on a free-agent DE. I see him more chasing a middle tier guy but jumping in on the big-name guys later if they don't sign early and the price becomes more reasonable. The Jags still have so many holes to fill and spending a lot of money one a free agent now isn't the right approach.

Larry Knoll (Ponte Vedra Beach)

D-Rock ... a 73 year old guy writing a fan letter (should never happen) but feel compelled. Just want to say love your work ... it's been a decade (or more) since I first took note. FACT: If I see your name, I read it (or on occasion listen in) and apparently always will. Thank you for insights and enjoyment. lk

Michael DiRocco
  (4:31 PM)

Larry: Thank you very much. That's the nicest thing a reader has ever said to me. I appreciate that.

Lucas (Salvador)

Do you think Jaguars should draft a QB or find it in free agency?

Michael DiRocco
  (4:32 PM)

Lucas: Draft. None of the free agent QBs are franchise guys so the Jags would be better off signing Henne and taking a shot with a rookie.

Greg (CA)

Remember when you said that Blaine would start again for the Jags all last year? You were wrong. Why should I trust you?

Michael DiRocco
  (4:34 PM)

Greg: What, a guy can't be wrong once in a while? I missed on that, I admit. But nobody's ever going to be 100 percent correct on anything. That was what my gut was telling me, based on what I had been hearing, and it never happened. I'll just have to work hard to earn back your trust.

James (KY)

We know that more than likely the Jaguars will address the WR position during the draft, but what are your thoughts on what they do at the WR position come this F.A? Do you think they look at a guy like Erick Decker or Golden Tate or possibly go after a Sidney Rice on a prove-it type deal IF he is indeed released (because of injury history and cap number)?

Michael DiRocco
  (4:37 PM)

James: The Jags will explore wide receiver in free agency but I don't see them going after an older receiver like Rice. The receiving corps isn't terrible and Cecil Shorts is in a contract year. Decker is intriguing, but the guy I'd like to see them sign is Riley Cooper. He's a ferocious blocker, a good target in the red zone, and still young enough to grow with the new QB.

Lucas (Salvador)

Would Jaguars be foolish if they trade their 1st pick?

Michael DiRocco
  (4:38 PM)

Lucas: Not at all. If Caldwell gets a fair offer he'd consider it, especially if the guy they want at No. 3 is gone before they pick. Have to get good value, though, like picking up at least a No. 2 this year.

Ed (Queens Village)

MJD will be playing for Jags or field on opening day?

Michael DiRocco
  (4:40 PM)

Ed: I'm taking the field. He doesn't want to sign a two-year deal and that's what the Jaguars want to offer him. Plus, MJD said it's about the money and he's not gonna get the kind of money he wants from the Jags.

James (KY)

I know it's highly unlikely, but if you do not have anyone to cover for you when you go on vacation i'd be more than happy to cover/temporarily take over the Friday chats for you (lol)!

Jordan (South Florida)

Do you think the Jags should draft Connor Shaw in a late round or sign him in free agency?

Michael DiRocco
  (4:40 PM)

James: I goofed today for sure, and I appreciate the offer. Expect to get a call in July.

Michael DiRocco
  (4:41 PM)

Jordan: I'm not a big Connor Shaw fan because he's got a lot of work to do as a passer. I don't think they should draft him or sign him.

Mark Landsberger (Inglewood)

Thanks for the chats. Does any team drafting high truly adhere to Best Player Available? Doesn't that need to be expanded to BPA At a Position of Need?

Michael DiRocco
  (4:44 PM)

Mark: The best approach is a mix of the two. Sometimes the best player available fits your need and that's the jackpot. But more often than not, the things don't match. Generally in the first round you take a guy that can be an impact player for you right away (you hope) and that is usually the best player available. When you're the Jags, though, every position is a position of need so if you take the best player available chances are it's going to work.

Don Ford (Inglewood)

Heard you're not making the trip to Indianapolis (and will be waiting to work out at your Pro Day). Who do you recommend for Jags related coverage of the Combine? Thanks for the chats.

Michael DiRocco
  (4:45 PM)

Don: ESPN and ESPN.com will have a mountain of people out there who will be writing a ton of stuff. They'll be doing stuff on players the Jaguars are interested in and it will post to the Jaguars blog so you can still check out the site. I'll be blogging as well from home.

Earl/via moble [via mobile]

Jus wanted to know how many pics my jags have in the first 3 round s

Michael DiRocco
  (4:46 PM)

Earl: one in each round.

Earl/via moble [via mobile]

While at Mobile who would you say the jags coaches were really surprised at good or bad

Michael DiRocco
  (4:48 PM)

Earl: I'm not quite sure what you're asking, but I can say this: The Jaguars' coaches really impressed a lot of people in Mobile. Their energy, attitude, and approach was just like a regular game week in Jax and the players and Senior Bowl people loved it.

Josh (Jacksonville)

Say the Jags go for a QB in the mid to later rounds, who do you think would be their top 2 or 3 targets?

Michael DiRocco
  (4:49 PM)

Josh: A.J. McCarron, Derek Carr Zach Mettenberger, Aaron Murray, Jimmy Garoppolo are guys I believe they would target.

Earl/via mobile [via mobile]

Who suprised the coaches at the senior bowl in a good or bad way.p

Michael DiRocco
  (4:50 PM)

Earl: Ah, I see now. I didn't hear of anyone that they were disappointed in, but three guys that really impressed them were Dee Ford, Derek Carr and Aaron Murray, who attended and participated in meetings even though he couldn't practice.

Denarldo (Nebraska)

When can we get Tim Tebow in here and restore our franchise once and for all?

Michael DiRocco
  (4:50 PM)

Denarldo: Sorry, not going to happen here. David Caldwell has been emphatic about not signing Tebow.

Jorge (Mexico)

It's time to purge the staff and fire David Caldwell. He's done absolutely nothing except for waste time with Blaine Gabbert. We need a winner. WE NEED TEBOW.

Michael DiRocco
  (4:50 PM)

Jorge: Ya'll know I love Tim, but no.

Ezekiel (Continent of Sub Sahara Africa)

T-E-B-O-W. Right?

Michael DiRocco
  (4:51 PM)

Ezekiel: N-O.

Jonathan (Pensacola)

Rumors Shahid Khan may sell the team and move to LA. Anything you'd have to say about this? If there's any team that's likely to move it probably would be Jacksonville considering how bad the fan base and poor attendance and how bad the team is overall?

Michael DiRocco
  (4:53 PM)

Jonathan: Actually, if there's a team that may be headed to LA it's St. Louis. Rams owner Stan Kroenke recently bought a 60-acre tract of land in Inglewood, Calif. The Los Angeles Times and St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the land is located between the Forum and Inglewood, Calif., and Times sources said it could be used for a new NFL stadium.

george mason (sinctaco)

Can we please get Jack Del Rio back? Why did we let him go? :'(

Michael DiRocco
  (4:55 PM)

george: I never thought I'd get a "Bring Back Jack" comment. Ever. He was let go because things had stagnated and the franchise wasn't making progress.

Solomon (Duuuuuuuval)

I have a feeling GM Dave will work magic in this year Free agency an the draft. your thoughts

Michael DiRocco
  (5:01 PM)

Solomon: I like what Caldwell did in last year's draft and free agency, but I was really impressed with what he did in beefing up the bottom third of the roster starting at the end of training camp and going throughout the season. His pickup of Will Blackmon just before the final preseason game paid off huge and the special teams got significantly better with the guys he added.

george mason (sinctaco)

Well you'll hear more of it! Look what he did with that Denver defense. Look what he did when Fox was out as the interim coach. What's Gus Bradley doing? I miss the old days :'(((

Michael DiRocco
  (5:02 PM)

george: New England came back from a 24-0 deficit and beat the Broncos and the Seahawks scored 48.

Sequoia (Native Plains)

GET JACK BACK!

Michael DiRocco
  (5:03 PM)

Sequoia: Twice in the same chat?

george mason (sinctaco)

Yeah but his suits thooooooo He looked fly!

Michael DiRocco
  (5:06 PM)

george: I'll give you that, although Reebok has not exactly jumped into the suit business with both feet.

Michael DiRocco
  (5:10 PM)

Sorry everyone about this week. We'll do it again next week. I promise.