JACKSONVILLE – Let’s get to it…
Hey, O. What’s going on in the locker room? I know that Doug’s history shows him doing the same sign/release thing over and over again in Philly, but for such an important position, this seems like there is no real plan. What is he looking for that he hasn’t found yet? Because I thought McCourt was doing well from my place up north here. Thank you, Andy.
The confusion is understandable, but Jaguars special teams coordinator Heath Farwell’s Wednesday media availability may help people understand better. The Jaguars have had six players on the roster since the start of 2022 Training Camp, starting with Chad Mevis (one) and Ryan Santoso (two). Elliot Fry (three) was here for a while. The Jaguars entered Tuesday with two kickers, Jake Verity (four) and James McCourt (five), then waived both and claimed Riley Patterson (six) from the Detroit Lions on Tuesday morning. While observers may believe that Jaguars/Head Coach Doug Pederson had no plan, this appears to be the case for the Jaguars waiting for several early kicking competitions around the NFL to play out. Farwell said during Tuesday’s media availability that they’ve liked Patterson for a while and Farwell sounded like he believed Patterson — who converted 13 of the Lions’ 14 field goals last season — should be “permanent resident” of the Jaguars. “Indefinite” is usually associated with NFL players, but it seems that the Jaguars were hoping that one of the first five offensive players will impress them and win the job while they hope that the solution It could be on NFL cut day.
KOAF – Sixth and seventh round picks for Laviska? Why didn’t we stick with him and at least get a higher compensation option? The Carolina Panthers and the rest of the league love to come to the Jacksonville Bargain Basement! I hope they don’t regret this move.
Your question takes several points that may or may not be dangerous. One is that former Jaguars wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. he would have picked a better compensation pick than a sixth and seventh round pick if the Jaguars had kept him this season. One is that the Jaguars would have wanted to keep Shenault for another season if they didn’t find a trade partner. One is that the Panthers received a trade fee. Another is that Shenault will play better and be an explosive weapon with the Panthers after not doing so with the Jaguars. I hope for Shenault’s sake that he is doing well. He is a lovely child. But I don’t know that he has the ability as a receiver or the speed as a “tool” to be consistently effective. Maybe he does. We will see.
Pete Prisco and Tony Boselli made a solid point. The fact that we only have one player (guard Brandon Scherff) in our Top 5 at their position is the reason why we have no chance of competing in the postseason.
Rizzle Dizzle fo Shizzle from Jacksonville
Are all players in the gym paid equally? Can players negotiate their terms? Are their contracts guaranteed?
Gymnast players can negotiate their salaries and it does happen sometimes. Most earn the team’s minimum wage, which in 2022 is $11,500 per week for first- and second-year players and $14,500 for experienced players. Gym contracts are not guaranteed unless otherwise stated.
I realize that life in the NFL is not fair, especially for the guys at the bottom, but I can’t imagine that Jaguars running back Mekhi Sargent every dirty Tuesday. They cut 54 players, ordered him to practice, and then cut him. It probably doesn’t matter if you got cut in the morning or in the afternoon, but if you made me come to practice after the cut, and I had two kickers on the roster, I’ll probably assume you did list and that one of those boys will be the last cut. He probably knew the deal beforehand, but it seems unnecessary to me.
Life in the NFL sure isn’t fair, and I can’t say Sargent wasn’t disappointed when he was let go on Tuesday. But the Jaguars returned Sargent to the practice squad on Wednesday and he appears to be part of their plans — at least in their practice-squad plans — for 2022. This was about managing the roster and keeping the player involved. more than doing the wrong player by forcing more work.
What makes a special teams player? Without an easily identifiable returner, it’s hard for the average fan to tell who’s doing whatever they’re doing. So what are boys being asked to do, and how are they being assessed?
Characteristics of a good special teams player: Determination, flexibility, resilience and the ability to adapt quickly – with an emphasis on determination. Most of the NFL’s special teams players were standouts — or at least starters — in college. Special classes are a new experience – and sometimes, a humbling one. Those who embrace it as a way to play football can often excel and carve out a career. Not all players can do this.
When a top pick like Shenault is traded for peanuts, do you think most coaches are hoping that the player will find success anywhere or is hoping that he will show up after one or two seasons, thus justifying the decision to sell while the value can still be recovered? I think the only thing worse than drafting the wrong player is not recognizing the talent and seeing him dominate anywhere.
Most coaches are like most people in that they want to see good people do well and don’t care how the “difficult” people live. If a player was a hard worker/likeable person for a coach and it doesn’t work out, most coaches would like to see that player succeed in his next position. If a player was unpopular, former coaches spent less time thinking about that player. Insider tip: Many coaches worry first about keeping their jobs. So they focused more on winning the next game rather than how the former players are doing.
_How can this team get points? _
The Jaguars can get more points in 2022 by continuing to improve in areas where they showed significant improvement in the preseason — namely, making chunk plays downfield, transitioning to third down, making open receivers and pass the middle routes. They should also be helped in this area by the return of James Robinson and the continued development of quarterback Trevor Lawrence. I expect the offense to improve in 2022, and not just because it’s easy to improve from “worst in the NFL.” The receivers’ ability to reliably get open downfield gives the offense a chance to be much better. I expect consistency to be an issue due to Lawrence’s inexperience and because this is the first season of a new offense. That would mean ups and downs, which is an improvement over recent seasons around here when it was all “levels”.
Mario from Kelowna, British Columbia
Location. Fans will love it and it’s very annoying but I don’t believe that anyone has the courage to underestimate the high profile of the snapper.
Your readers want you to root for the Jaguars to make the playoffs this year. Just do it; say it and be firm!
It’s true that many readers want me to say that the Jaguars will be a postseason team in 2022. I just don’t see it. I’m looking forward to the update and some frustratingly inconsistent times. I don’t know that the Jaguars offense will ever be consistent enough to win the shootout. I expect the Jaguars to be so good by the end of the season that the 2023 postseason seems a possibility.
It’s not a question, but a while back I noticed that many of the starters from last year will be this year’s backups. That seems like progress to me. Now it seems that some of the starters from last year can’t even make the team. That looks even better, as long as the staff has evaluated the talent correctly. I hope some of this year’s starters won’t make the team next year.
I always caution against predicting a team’s record based on the preseason, and success/failure in the preseason certainly doesn’t guarantee anything. But you can get a general idea about the level of talent – size, speed, athleticism – based on the preseason “eye test”. This looks like the bigger, stronger, faster – the better. That was evident in some of the roster decisions this week.
Location. So, what you’re saying is that sometimes it trains…?