hello everyone, let's get started.
Craiggers: Really? The first question out of the gate is on Tebow? Look, you guys know I really like Tim. I covered him for four years at UF and he was a PHENOMENAL college player. But I just don't think the NFL is going to work out for him. Too many coaches/experts have tinkered with his throwing motion and his head that I think he's a mess. I hate that this ending is tarnishing his legacy because it shouldn't.
Who was the Very First Quarterback Ever in Jaguars History?
Chris: The Jaguars took Steve Beuerlein with the first pick of the 1995 expansion draft, which makes him the first QB in team history.
The coaches have really been singing the praises of Andre Branch but have heard virtually nothing about Ryan Davis. Have you heard anything one way or the other? I thought he was a good player that really flashed potential on a consistent basis, albeit in limited playing time.
James: The key word you used is "flashed." Branch has been very noticeable throughout the OTAs but Davis has been relatively anonymous, which isn't good. That being said, it's only OTAs and we'll get a much better read on these guys in training camp.
Hi Mike, who do you see emerging as WR1 and RB1 for the Jags and your thoughts on what their stats would be assuming 16 healthy games? thanks and have a great weekend
pj: Cecil Shorts is the team's No. 1 receiver this season, unless he's hurt. If he stays healthy I can see an 80-catch season. Toby Gerhart will be the No. 1 back and with the amount of work the Jaguars are going to give him he should reach 1,000 yards.
Spending a 6th round pick on a C makes me think the Jaguars would consider him the top challenger at C to Brewster. Is that an accurate assessment of are guys like Stankiewich and Lewis and McClendon more likely to challenge Brewster?
Jason: I've seen Bowanko work with what would be considered the second team and Stankiewich work with the third, but we shouldn't read anything into that right now. Let's see how things go when the pads go on.
How much will the injuries to Robinson and Lee hurt their chances at starting in Week 1. I know it's just OTAs but rookies need all the practice they can get, right?
Jarrod: It shouldn't hurt too much provided they don't miss extended time. Robinson may miss another week or so but Lee is expected to get back on the field the end of next week. It would be a bigger deal if they were missing parts of training camp but it's not that much of an issue right now.
Any chance the US Men's National Team lets Josh Scobee take a free kick tomorrow night vs. Nigeria?
John: I don't think so, although I'm sure he'd love to.
I know Colin Kaepernick obviously isn't much relevance to the Jaguars, but there has been a lot of discussion about what makes a good contract. It seems like the trendy thing is to avoid backloading deals and spreading the money out evenly. However, after thinking about this a bit, do you think it might be better to give guys bigger salaries towards the end of their deal, because the salary cap is slated to continually climb? This way when those years come, the player is making a market level salary and theoretically won't hold out. Whereas if you give a player the same salary every year, by year 4 or so, he's going to feel underpaid compared to the then current market.
Joey: Teams get into trouble with the salary cap by putting off bigger salaries until the later part of the deal. To be honest, it all depends on the rest of your roster. Look at the Jags. Paul Posluszny ($9.5M) and Marcedes Lewis ($8.25M) are the Jags' two highest-paid players and their cap numbers were higher at the end of their deals. Because the team is so far under the cap, those numbers aren't a problem. But if they were close the cap because they had other high-paid players, then it's likely those guys would have been asked to re-do their deals or gotten cut. Massaging the salary cap is a tricky thing for teams but the good ones manage it well. And in your scenario where the player feels undervalued in year 4, I'll give you the flip side: what if his skills decline and you're overpaying for an average player? It's much better to deal with the first scenario than the second.
O'Halloran mentioned Ace Sanders possibly not making the team, what are the chances that he's cut?
David: Nothing's impossible, but I'd be very surprised if Sanders didn't make the team. Right now he's their No. 2 receiver and the main punt returner. I know Tandon Doss is a pretty good punt returner as well but he has not proven to be a reliable receiver. I'd put the chances at 10 percent right now. But again, it's early and a couple of those other receivers could have great camps and Sanders gets caught in a numbers game.
Do you think Brandon Linder sees significant time this season? And also couldn't he provide some help/relief at center considering he was the #1 prospect coming out of HS at the position and played on the interior in college?
Tony: Right now he's working behind Jacques McClendon at right guard and that's going to be a training camp battle to watch. The Jaguars have four players who can play center: Mike Brewster, Luke Bowanko, Patrick Lewis, and Matt Stankiewich. There's no reason to throw Linder into that mix. The Jaguars do like to cross-train linemen but as a rookie it's better to let them concentrate on just one position.
Ever been punished by being forced take $2 billion? Would the Jags get $3 billion? Cowboys/Redskins for $4 billion?
Dave: Forbes did a story last August in which they ranked the value of NFL teams. The Cowboys were on top at $2.3 billion. The Jaguars were 31st with a value of $840 million. Oakland was last at $825 million. As we all know from selling/buying a home, what a thing is worth is not always what you can sell it for. Even so, I don't see the Jaguars being purchased for $3 billion.
Mike, this year is Josh Scobee's 10th year with the Jaguars. Will he be making it to a 15th year or will his salary get too large? (assuming he's still hitting the uprights from 50+)
Jarrod: Actually, this will be his 11th season. He's only under contract through the 2015 season, but he most certainly could still kick effectively for several more years. He keeps himself in good shape and he has not had any nagging injuries. It just depends on how much the Jaguars are willing to spend on a kicker and how much money Scobee wants.
Thoughts on the NFL substance abuse program? Josh Gordon was reported to fail a test in February, Daryl Washington was a suspension notice and that is all, seems out of whack to me.
Michael: I'm probably the wrong person to ask because I'd endorse a much stricter program. I'd make the penalties much more severe: eight games for a second positive test, a full season for a third, and banned for life for a fourth. Why? There are so many avenues, set up by the NFL and NFLPA, for these players to get help that it's ridiculous to me that they continue to have problems. With the amount of money that's at stake it's baffling to me that players continue to risk that by using drugs. I don't want to get into a discussion about addiction being a disease or a character flaw, because that's for another time, but I do believe players that continually violate the substance abuse program are not very bright.
Btw, Hang tight Jag fans. This coaching staff will win for you. Impressed the heck out of me last year.
Michael: Well, there's an outsider perspective for you, Jaguars fans.
PFF still ranks the Jaguars roster 32nd out of 32 teams. Do you think that is a fair assessment, given our offseason additions?
James: I can't say I've studied every roster enough to argue that they should be 28th or whatever. But I will say the Jaguars are more talented than they were last season, especially on the defensive front. If several second-year players make the anticipated improvement then things could be significantly better this season.
There is a lot of talk about a franchise going to London in the next few years. Do you think Shad Khan isn't committing to a game in London past 2016 because he doesn't want to compete with a potential London-based team?
James: I wrote a story today about how beneficial playing a home game in London has been for the Jaguars. I think it would continue to be a financial boon for the team to play a home game there on a somewhat regular basis. Every year is asking too much, but three out of five isn't unreasonable provided the team can maintain the marketing rights it has in the UK. As for a team based in London, I don't see that being as close to a reality as some. There are many issues to be worked out, not the least of which are the huge taxes that non-native athletes who play for teams in the UK must pay.
Any word on when Bortles will sign his contract?
James: I'm kind of surprised it hasn't already happened because most of these deals are pretty standard because of the rookie wage scale. Now that Jadeveon Clowney has signed I wouldn't be surprised if Bortles is signed next week.
Out of all of the players new to the roster that you have personally watched , who passed the "eye test" early on that has you excited to watch once the season starts?
Kirk: That's a good question. Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee top the list, but that's not really going out on a limb. Chris Clemons is obvious, too. Telvin Smith is another because he can really run. If they can bulk him up without affecting his speed then he could be a big-time player. Another young guy I'm intrigued by is TE Marcel Jensen. He's huge (6-6, 270) but really raw. I don't know if he'll make the active roster but I think the Jags would really like to keep him around and see how he develops.
Does your view on substance abuse extend to marijuana? I mean, the league is discussing lessening the punishment for that, and obviously it's legal in some states..
Scott: My stance is in regards to whatever the league lists as a banned substance. If marijuana is on there, then yes. If it isn't, then no.
I agree whole heartedly. Appeals? What is there to appeal? There just seems to be a complete lack of common sense when it comes to the substance abuse policy. Your common American doesn't get a chance to appeal a positive drug test in corporate America. What makes an NFL player any different? I know the NFL spends more on education/prevention than the average billion dollar company. Seems criminal to me
Michael: Just once I'd like to hear, say, a bus drive that failed a drug test challenge it on the basis of "chain of custody." Wouldn't happen.
Branching off your stricter suspension rules, I've never understood why the NFL is so forgiving on DUI's. I'm a 49ers fan and even I would have banned Aldon Smith for life by now. First time, year suspension. Second time, you're done. Simply no reason for it. I believe teams even pay for luxury cab rides to get home. Completely puzzling to me. Sure, the NFL stepped up when Stallworth hit and killed someone. But how about we actually punish the action, not just if the action leads to unfortunate results!
Joey: Wholeheartedly agree on a zero tolerance penalty for DUIs. Storm Johnson is a seventh-round pick. His salary for 2014 is $420,000. Patrick Lewis was an undrafted free agent and his base salary last season was $405,000. My point is even the lowest-paid players can afford a cab. There is never an excuse for driving while under the influence.
Hi Mike love the chats i like the way my jags r building from the inside out what's the mood at the otas
Earl: Everyone is pretty optimistic, especially about Bortles, Robinson and Lee. OTAs are all about installing the offense and defense and drill work and teaching technique. We'll get a better read in training camp.
Back you your FOOTBALL insight D-Roc, if you had to pick one contributing player from last year on each side of the ball to not make the final roster, who is in danger?
Kirk: That's another good question. Offensively I'd probably guess WR Kerry Taylor, who may get caught up in a numbers game, or RB Jordan Todman, who is battling with Denard Robinson and Storm Johnson for the No. 2 spot. Defensively I'd guess Josh Evans, who is battling for the starting job with Winston Guy. The Jags brought in a couple of undrafted free agents in Craig Loston and Jerome Junior and both have gotten a lot of PT during OTAs.
OK everyone, that's it for this week. Have a great weekend.