JACKSONVILLE – Let’s get to it…
Maybe I’m on an offseason Kool-Aid sugar high, but I think the defense will take a massive step forward this year. The Jaguars have at least two above-average players at every level of the defense right now — on paper. The pass-rush rotation with Josh Allen, Arden Key, Dawuane Smoot, Adam Gotsis and Travon Walker should be more effective than what the team has had for the past two seasons. Malcom Brown is a good player in the middle. I like the linebackers a lot after the draft, and the corners have three quality players with the front line. My biggest concern is for the safety position. Is Andre Cisco ready to make a leap?
The Jaguars really seem better in terms of pass rush — on paper — entering 2022 than they have been in recent seasons. The addition of Walker at outside linebacker should help that – even if he doesn’t enter the league as a pure high-level pass rusher. Also keep in mind: linebacker Devin Lloyd, the No. 27 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, has significant pass rush skills and is expected to be a very effective blitzer. Also: the addition of free-agent defensive tackle Foley Fatukasi and free-agent inside linebacker Foye Oluokun — along with Round 3 linebacker Chad Muma — should help the defensive interior. Being there better should help against the run, which should put the team in better pass-rush situations more consistently. I don’t know if Cisco will make a Year 2 jump, but he seems to have the ball-in-the-air instincts that should result in more pass breakups and interceptions than the team had last season. That, in turn, helps the entire defense. That’s the theory. That is the hope. Jaguars fans/watchers have heard a lot of theories and been fed a lot of hope over the last decade, so it’s fair to be skeptical until they see results. These movements feel good. We will see.
Wizard, did the Jags draft three linebackers more suited to the 3-4 or do you think the Jags are considering a more Gus Bradley style 4-3 that has Travon with his hand on the ground as a defensive end and the other two assume a strong and weak side traditional role?
I expect the Jaguars to play a 3-4 hybrid scheme — so more similar to the scheme played under coordinator Joe Cullen in 2021 than the one played under coordinator Todd Wash before that. I think Walker plays more with his hand off the floor.
Von Miller is now with the Bills. It got me wondering: Has a player ever won a Super Bowl with three different teams?
Linebacker Matt Millen won four Super Bowls with three teams – the Oakland Raiders (1980, 1983), San Francisco 49ers (1989) and Washington (1991). He played with Washington during that season but did not play in the Super Bowl.
OK, zone. They didn’t help quarterback Trevor Lawrence much with the draft — blah, blah, whatever. OK, but if we somehow unlock Travon Walker’s reach and the defense is elite again, we already have a better looking offense than 2017. Blind optimism for the year let’s go.
Would you please tell Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson that the Jaguars now have a rabid new fan at the ripe old age of 68? I will be cheering for the Jags, unless they play the Eagles, in any and all future games. Good luck to the team and the new coach!!
… and one fer Pederson – and one from Macungie.
I believe Devin Lloyd is the gem of our draft. He seems to be the next level guy compared to our other draft picks. What do you think?
I think Lloyd has a chance to be a star. There is indeed a perception among some observers that he was the team’s best pick of the draft. That seems a little extreme and reactionary, possibly stemming from the perception that the Jaguars made a “risky” selection, taking Walker No. 1 overall. I’m not sure it’s fair to Walker, and it’s not necessarily accurate at all that Lloyd is “next level” compared to Walker. That’s certainly not how the Jaguars feel. They believe Walker is a high-level selection.
Why do you think you are always right about everything?
Think of it as your gift. And my flight.
With three new wide receivers and none drafted, who do you see as the starter for Game 1?
I would expect Christian Kirk and Marvin Jones Jr. I also expect receivers like Laviska Shenault Jr., Zay Jones and Laquon Treadwell to have key roles.
John. I have enjoyed your articles for years and years. What is the best time to send you correspondence?
O’, I’m looking at the first round of the new regime in building the roster, I don’t know how to complain. Our offense was not a weak point and it only got better. We added or retained three players long-term, two of which are immediate long-term starters. Our defensive line added the best athlete at the position from the draft and arguably the best free agent to stop the run. The linebackers lost a big chunk, but then added arguably the best linebacker in the draft, another solid linebacker in the later rounds and arguably the league’s best tackler in free agency. Our defensive backs were no problem last year and will only benefit from the additions in front of them. This is a team on the rise. We are so far ahead of where we were last year. So after my rambling and fanning, what has been your favorite move, be it addition, subtraction, retention or something else so far?
I like the additions of Lloyd and Muma at inside linebacker. Some considered Muma a “luxury” pick in round 3. My sense is that they have a chance to make the Jaguars much faster and more dynamic at that position. This area is perhaps best described as “serviceable” in recent years: OK, but not great. The Jaguars addressed linebacker in a huge way this offseason. The idea of doing that is closer to being great than OK.
The Titans just invested in a quarterback long-term that Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin and Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll looked at and said, “No thanks.” The Indianapolis Colts have a 36-year-old quarterback who is changing teams and the Houston Texans are rolling out Davis Mills and hoping. For the first time as a Jaguars fan, we have the most talented quarterback in the division. If the Jaguars just get a few things right, it feels like we have a huge opportunity to run the AFC South for the next five-plus years while these guys figure things out at that position. Am I being too optimistic?
No, you’re not. The opportunity is really there for the Jaguars to be very good and to be at the top of the AFC South for a long time. That was the expectation when they selected a generational quarterback in Trevor Lawrence No. 1 overall in 2021. That doesn’t mean he’s there yet. That doesn’t guarantee he’ll get there. But if he develops to the level people expect? And if the team builds around him? Yes, when those things happen, then long successes should be the result.
The undrafted free agents who sign with the Jaguars this week most likely won’t enjoy the same success that 2020 UDFA James Robinson did when he set the NFL’s all-time record for yards from scrimmage by a rookie free agent. What is the reality for these young men? During the NFL draft network coverage this weekend I heard the term “camp body” and that doesn’t seem to be anywhere?
While most undrafted free agents never make the league, many do make practice squads and most teams keep at least one or two on Week 1 rosters. And there are many, many UDFAs who have long, productive careers. The reality is therefore that UDFAs face a long, difficult road but nowhere near an unnavigable one. And yes… camp body is not a very nice term. I usually don’t use it. But I am much more sympathetic and friendly than most people.
I hate you more today than I did last weekend and I hate you more this past weekend than I did before the draft. When will this end, O’man?
Never. My capacity to inspire hatred exceeds your capacity to understand it.
Why did Jacksonville get an NFL team?
One thing that got Godbold’s attention was the citizens of Jacksonville’s negative attitude about the city and lack of civic pride. To see also : Art at Your Feet lets artists create sidewalk art in Blissfield. Godbold decided that bringing in an NFL team could help bring the city together and create a new spirit and pride.
When did Jacksonville become an NFL team?
How did Jacksonville get a Super Bowl?
The Patriots defeated the Eagles by a score of 24â21. This may interest you : O-Zone: No laughing matter. The game was played on February 6, 2005 at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida, the first time the Super Bowl was played in that city.
What does DuVall mean?
Duvall (also DuVall) is a French surname and an alternate spelling of “Duval”, which literally translates from French to English as “of the valley”. It comes from the Norman “Devall”, which has both English and French connections. Read also : “Cheer” star Jerry Harris was sentenced to 12 years in prison for child sex.
What does Duval mean to the Jacksonville Jaguars? “Duuuval!” has been a rallying cry for Jags since its inception in the early 00s. The chant became synonymous with former Jaguars players like Mike Peterson and Paul Spicer, and was just another aspect of the dominant and physical defense that defined the team during the decade.
Why is Jacksonville FL called Duval?
It was named for William Pope Duval, Governor of Florida Territory from 1822 to 1834. When Duval County was created, it covered a massive area, from the Suwannee River in the west to the Atlantic Ocean in the east, north of a line from the mouth of the Suwannee River in Jacksonville on the St.