Going 2nd in the 2013 Draft, Left Tackle Luke Joeckel out of Texas A&M will go to the Jacksonville Jaguars and help protect whoever the Jags decide to start each game. Be it Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne, or Jordan Palmer.
Definitely another smart, safe pick for a struggling team that needs to be smart with any and all of it’s decisions going forward.
Cheer up Jacksonville Jaguar fans (all 5 of you!) and Maurice Jones-Drew fantasy owners! MJD does not have the dreaded, season ending Lisfranc injury, but instead has only a foot sprain. Rather than missing all of the rest of this season, he’ll only miss a few weeks.
For you fantasy owners, you can pick up Rashad Jennings as his back up, but coming out of Jacksonville, we don’t know how much that will actually help you.
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And with the 5th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft the Jacksonville Jaguars select JUSTIN BLACKMON.
Jacksonville has jumped up to the 5th pick. That means they know who they want and they are scared of missing out. Justin has been picked apart the last week or so but that happens to someone every year, who wouldn’t want him on their team. He’s a physical receiver that even though he doesn’t have breakaway speed he is plenty fast enough.
And really this is all you need know about the guy.
Maurice Jones-Drew ended the regular season with 1606 rushing yards, good enough to make him tops in the league. That’s only 10 yards behind Arian Foster’s 2010 rushing title and 242 yards more than this year’s second place finisher, Ray Rice. Peter King had an excellent assessment of MJD’s season in this morning’s MMQB.
Maurice Jones-Drew and his rushing title. I don’t know why I find such justice in that. I think it’s because this was a year when the game was turning to the air so much, and the Jaguars had a chance to win only when the ball was in Jones-Drew’s hands. There were only two teams in football that had the running game as their primary means of ball-movement: Jacksonville and Denver.
Peter King also touched on the significance of locking this title up against Jacksonville’s divisional rival, the Indianapolis Colts.
And it was significant to him that the winning effort came against Indianapolis. He hates the Colts, and always will, because they drafted Joseph Addai over him in 2006. “Every game I ever play against the Colts will be special, and I don’t care what’s at stake,” he said. “I always have something to prove against them.”
The NFL rushing title is in good hands.
The Jags won their game today, but it means they’ll probably see Andrew Luck twice a year for the next decade and beyond. The Steelers won today, but they remained a 5th seed and may have lost their starting running back for the year. The Chiefs and Kyle Orton got their revenge in Denver, but they’ll be watching the playoffs like us.
Meanwhile, the Colts lost but gained a franchise quarterback in the process. The Bengals lost but will get into the playoffs. The Broncos scored just three points at home but clinched their division.
Winners were losers. Losers were winners.
Again, football makes no sense sometimes.
- steven lebron
Per Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback article today, Maurice Jones-Drew broke the Jacksonville Jaguars franchise record for touchdowns in a career yesterday. It was previously held by Fred Taylor, who scored 70 touchdowns in 140 games.
Jones-Drew got his 73rd touchdown yesterday in just 90 games. He currently leads the league in rushing yards with 1,222 and is well on his way to being one of the most under-appreciated players in the league, again.
- steven lebron
So the Jacksonville Jaguars have been sold and Head Coach Jack “Top Gun Jacket” Del Rio has been fired.
Jeez, was their loss last week that bad?
Welcome to Tuesday, Week 13 of the NFL.
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Just a reminder to all the NFLO followers, Mitchell & Ness is having its Black Friday sale online. All jerseys are $100, other apparel is 40% off. The deal is on at their website until midnight tonight.
I wanted to get this Randall Cunningham Eagles throwback but there’s only 3XL left. Lots of great football apparel available for you diehards.
By the way, I don’t work for M&N, but if they want to throw me a free Bernie Kosar jersey for spreading the word, I wouldn’t be mad.
- steven lebron
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Do Blaine Gabbert and Curtis Painter go to the same barber?
I’ve always liked David Garrard. I’m not sure what it is about him. Maybe it’s that gapped tooth smile. Or the way that he could go on these accurate as hell hot streaks, throwing only 3 interceptions during the 2007 season. Or maybe it’s because he beat Crohn’s disease to continue to play in the NFL. Whatever it is, I like him and I was surprised with the recent news of his release from Jacksonville. I know the saying “it’s a business” but I still don’t think they needed to do him like that. And just days before the start of the season.
There are teams out there that would be a lot better off if they could bring Garrard into the fold. It might be fun to see him in Seattle where he could team up with Sidney Rice. I’m not a Rice believer (yet) and Sidney is looking awfully pathetic on my fantasy bench with that questionable “Q” next to his name. Prove me wrong, Sidney Rice. Show me you don’t need a hall-of-fame quarterback chucking you the ball to have a great season.
I think Garrard would be a great fit in Indianapolis. It’s probably too late for this but the Colts way overspent on Kerry Collins. I think they could get Garrard for next to nothing. He’s already familiar with the division and he’d provide more than they can get out of Collins. It’s true the entire offense is tailored to Peyton and Garrard is no Peyton but he can throw it to the open receiver and his proven to be an accurate passer.
Garrard to Indianapolis makes sense.
Breaking: Jacksonville Jaguars have released QB David Garrard.
Per Jay Glazer, QB Luke McCown will take the reigns as the season gets set to begin later this week.
If you’re looking for questions, you’ve come to the right place.
How long will McCown be the starter until rookie QB Blaine Gabbert gets the job?
How does this (or will this affect) RB Maurice Jones-Drew in fantasy football and real life football?
Where does Garrard go from here?
Pro Football Talk already has a list of teams that could use the veteran play caller:
Look for the 49ers, who recently cut Luke McCown’s brother, Josh, to consider pursuing Garrard. Ditto for the Dolphins, who have been forced to settle for Chad Henne. Other potential destinations include the Bills, Steelers (where he’d replace Leftwich again), Colts (if they think Garrard is better than Kerry Collins), Chiefs (where Matt Cassel is dinged up and the cupboard is bare behind him), Redskins (for obvious reasons), and Seahawks (ditto).
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