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NFL Meetings Insider: Receiver, offensive line are priorities for Jaguars

Posted: March 25, 2014 - 9:17pm  |  Updated: March 25, 2014 - 10:10pm
Receiver Sammy Watkins runs after making a catch during Clemson's pro day March 6 in Clemson, S.C. "He's very explosive and dynamic," Jaguars coach Gus Bradley says.
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Receiver Sammy Watkins runs after making a catch during Clemson's pro day March 6 in Clemson, S.C. "He's very explosive and dynamic," Jaguars coach Gus Bradley says.

ORLANDO — Jaguars coach Gus Bradley didn’t get into specifics Tuesday morning at the Ritz Carlton about the team’s draft plans, but he did share a few nuggets.

The Jaguars will draft a receiver … at some point.

And the Jaguars will select an offensive lineman … at some juncture.

During their free-agent flurry earlier this month that included seven additions, the Jaguars pursued receivers Emmanuel Sanders (he signed with Denver) and signed Tandon Doss to a two-year contract.

The Jaguars had 64 “explosive” receptions last year (16 or more yards). Cecil Shorts and Ace Sanders led with 15 and 10, respectively. But especially because Justin Blackmon’s status is uncertain, the Jaguars need to add a premium playmaker.

“It’s something we’ll address,” Bradley said.

The top receiver available is probably Clemson’s Sammy Watkins, who had 101 catches for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns last year.

“He’s very explosive and dynamic,” Bradley said. “He can catch the deep ball and take a bubble screen for a touchdown. He provides so many opportunities for you. You’re looking for guys who can score points, and he can do that from any part of the field.”

The Jaguars also need to add offensive linemen to their equation. They filled their left guard hole with Zane Beadles but expect a camp competition at center (between Mike Brewster and names to be determined) and right guard (between names to be determined).

“We understand that somewhere in those 11 picks, we’ll have an offensive lineman drafted,” Bradley said.

The Jaguars remain confident their free agent additions — chiefly along the defensive line — don’t corner them on who they must take in the draft.

But even with the arrival of Red Bryant, Chris Clemons and Ziggy Hood, the Jaguars should waste no time on Draft Night if Jadeveon Clowney is on the board.

Draft order set

The seven-round order for this spring’s NFL Draft was completed late Monday when the compensatory selections were distributed. The Jaguars have 11 picks — Nos. 3, 39, 70, 101, 114, 144, 150, 159, 179, 205 and 222.

When Baltimore traded its fourth- and fifth-round picks to the Jaguars last October for left tackle Eugene Monroe, the Ravens had an idea they would get those selections back. And they did. Baltimore received four compensatory picks (one third, two fourths and a fifth) and re-signed Monroe.

Compensatory draft picks can’t be traded.

Concussions down, league says

The league office reported its injury data to the teams this week, and it reflects a decrease in fines and concussions.

Fines for hits on defenseless receivers went from 40 in 2012 to 25 in 2013.

Concussions for defensive backs went from 53 in 2012 to 32 in 2013.

Concussions for receivers and tight ends went from 52 in 2012 to 41 in 2013.

“It’s very clear that the rule changes we have made have had the positive impact we intended,” commissioner Roger Goodell said. “Players have adjusted to the rules … and it’s a safer, better game because of it.”

The Jaguars who sustained concussions last year among the defensive backs and receivers were safety Dwight Lowery and receivers Ace Sanders and Stephen Burton (two).

Around the meetings

■ Bradley on Blackmon: “I wish I could have a more extended conversation with him. My feelings toward him haven’t changed. I still care about him. We’ve reached out to him and been able to text back and forth. To sit down and visit with him, that part I miss.”

■ Conspicuous by their absences this month at the pro day workouts for quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles have been the Cleveland Browns, who have the No. 4 overall pick. “You get a lot more out of a private workout when it’s a little less scripted or it’s scripted the way you want it. You can kind of throw some curveball at a player and see how they react to it,” coach Mike Pettine said. “Also, I felt it was more important for the staff to be together in the spring for as many days as possible.”

■ Cornerback Brandon Browner will serve a four-game suspension to start the year and then play the next four games without a paycheck due to a settlement with the league. The Jaguars weren’t interested in the former Seattle player, but he signed a three-year contract with New England. “Rare size for a corner [6-foot-4, 220 pounds],” coach Bill Belichick said. “Obviously, there are things we liked, or we wouldn’t have signed him.”

■ reported a proposal to ban dunking the football on the cross-bar was approved by the owners. Recently retired tight end Tony Gonzalez said on Twitter: “Looks like I got out just in time.”

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R.G. IngersollFan
R.G. IngersollFan 03/28/14 - 09:49 pm

SOL: Tell him (MJD) you love

SOL: Tell him (MJD) you love him? After he told the Jags how much he loved them by blackmailing them and then not showing up?

And tell Blackmon he's loved after he's crapped twice on the people who showed nothing but patience with him?

You seem to think of yourself as a Master People Person so get a room with these jerks and tell them how much you love them. See how well they respond to you. You see, Master, if they don't love or respect themselves, the love of others will go unappreciated. Did you skip that class, Dr. Psychobabble?

Jag Cynic DeVille
Jag Cynic DeVille 03/26/14 - 12:00 pm

@ DavetheCaveman: I believe

@ DavetheCaveman: I believe in Miracles: Im Possible, meaning we have the ability within ourselves to change, especially if you have a hand up, someone to pick you UP when you are down. Simply listening, and getting to his issues would help, add a touch of peer leadership that backs up your advice and you'd have a pro Bowl WR.... if you had a QB that can deliver. that is what TT did for Damaryous that Orton couldn't do.

I will defer to Bill Polian's statement on the MJD situation of 2012: Paraphrased, "tell him you love him."
As an NFL property these young men have to be first understood, of course GS said he didn't have a face to face prior to the draft. I liken that to lack of prenatal care resulting in some dysfuntion at his coming into the Jaguar world. Next I remember a press conference where all the brass spoke and said we will be here to support JB. Did that happen, the simple answer is that if it did happen, it was a failure. Being the parent, the Jaguars can make this right and in doing so, make a statement that would be contrary to the reputation we have leaguewide.

Here is the process. First care, that means do not throw out the baby with the bath water. Secondly, tell him you care and why you care ( BTW, it isn't all about the money or his play at WR). Third is the work part, SHOW him you care by doing for him, that is right, serve him. Serve his needs by mentoring him. If you only correct him, he will misbehave simply for more attention. He needs more attention, for sure, but often it hasn't been there from conception. The job is not easy, but there is no better reward than being there for someone, no better service than laying down your time(life) to help another human being.

Opportunity like this only comes once in this franchises short history. If you seize it now, you will be putting bricks and mortar to what you preach, commitment. Your reward will be a team with character, character to overcome a human beings shortfalls. Nobody is perfect, we all need to be celebrated more than tolerated, and every single person in our building should have proper direction and a plan for Human Resource developement. Otherwise, live up to your rep, instead of BUILDING character.

Davethecaveman 03/26/14 - 10:06 am

Clowney or Watkins, who will

Clowney or Watkins, who will our first pick be?
Agree, Blackmon is done, unless you believe in miracles.
Miracle ----- that which is impossible.

Jag Cynic DeVille
Jag Cynic DeVille 03/26/14 - 12:56 am

Chad Henne, in 6 seasons, has

Chad Henne, in 6 seasons, has a QBR of 41.1 with a 55TD/62 Ints ratio. His win/loss is 18-32. Win % is 36%.
He is in this class:David Carr at 29%, Ryan Fitzpatrick at 35.7%, BG 18.5%, Colt McCoy 28.6%, Seneca Wallace 27.3%, Brandon Weedon 25%
This is where we need to find a veteran QB:
These QB's have over 50% Win Ratios: David Garrard, Brady, Brees, P Manning, E manning, Roethlisberger, Hasselback, Flacco, Rivers, Romo, Rodgers, Tebow, Luck, Newton, Grossman, Dalton, Wilson, Orton, Young, Sanchez, Schaub, A Smith, Cutler, Vick, Ryan,Kaepernick,M Moore, Shaun hill, Foles, Geno Smith, Hoyer, Dixon, Stanton,Sanu, McGee
Remember Josh McCown: 16/22 0r 42% or EJ Manual 40% win ratio.

R.G. IngersollFan
R.G. IngersollFan 03/25/14 - 09:38 pm
Premium Member

Blackmon is undisciplined and

Blackmon is undisciplined and toxic. Plan in his eventual expulsion from the NFL.

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