Jacksonville Jaguars

AFC South

2014 Schedule

  • Week 1

    JAC @ PHI

    09/07/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 2

    JAC @ WAS

    09/14/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 3

    IND @ JAC

    09/21/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 4

    JAC @ SD

    09/28/14

    4:00 pm

  • Week 5

    PIT @ JAC

    10/05/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 6

    JAC @ TEN

    10/12/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 7

    CLE @ JAC

    10/19/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 8

    MIA @ JAC

    10/26/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 9

    JAC @ CIN

    11/02/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 10

    DAL @ JAC

    11/09/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 11

    bye

  • Week 12

    JAC @ IND

    11/23/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 13

    NYG @ JAC

    11/30/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 14

    HOU @ JAC

    12/07/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 15

    JAC @ BAL

    12/14/14

    1:00 pm

  • Week 16

    TEN @ JAC

    12/18/14

    8:30 pm

  • Week 17

    JAC @ HOU

    12/28/14

    1:00 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

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1996 Jacksonville Jaguars

Entering the 1996 season the Jaguars were only one year removed from being a expansion team, and ending their first season with only four wins. The 1997 season didn't start out much better. After nine weeks into the season, they had only three wins, and after splitting the next two weeks, it looked like they were going to head back home at the conclusion of the regular season. But, something strange occurred.


Jacksonville went on a five game winning streak, and in their last game of the season, needing a victory to get into the playoffs, Morten Andersen of the Falcons missed the game winning field goal to put Jacksonville in the postseason. Jacksonville Jaguars entered the playoffs as a wild card team. In the opening round they faced the fourth seeded Buffalo Bills, in Buffalo. Even though this was a close game, the Jaguars came on top with a 30-27 victory. This set up a match-up with the Denver Broncos. The Broncos were the number one seed, losing just three games on the season. Very few gave the Jaguars an even small chance of victory over the best team in football, who were favored by 14 points.


As predicted, the Broncos were dominating in the first quarter. They scored two touchdowns while disallowing the Jags from getting a first down. Vaughn Hebron scored the first touchdown on a one yard gain. On the Denver's second possession they scored again. This time John Elway connected with Shannon Sharpe for a 18-yard touchdown pass. This gave the Broncos a 12 point lead, due to one missed extra point that was blocked, and a failed two point conversion.


The second quarter, held redemption value for the Jaguars. They went on to score 13 points to take a one point lead (13-12). Mike Hollis connected on two field goals, and Natrone Means had a 8 yard run for a touchdown.


The third quarter saw more defense from Jacksonville. Denver only had 37 total yards on 14 plays. The Jaguars added a touchdown, when Mark Brunell hit Keenan McCardell for a 31 touchdown pass, taking a 20-12 lead into the fourth quarter.


The fourth quarter, Hollis put up another field goal, a 22 yarder, to increase their lead 23-12, with 11 minutes remaining in the game. The Broncos fought back with a touchdown of their own, as Terrelle Davis scored on a 2-yard touchdown. Denver went again for the two-point conversion and this time they were successful, shrinking the lead to 23-20. The Jaguars on their next possession drove down the field, and with just 3:39 remaining Brunell hit Jimmy Smith with a 16-yard touchdown pass, making the score 30-20. Elway led Denver down the field again, this time hitting Ed McCaffrey for a 15-yard touchdown pass with 1:50 left. Due to no timeouts remaining, and the Broncos unable to recover the onside kick, Jacksonville went on to upset the Denver Broncos 30-27.


This was probably the best performance of Marc Brunell's career. He threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. He also rushed for 44 yards. Natrone Means was also a key componet. He rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown, while catching 7 passes for 24 yards. This was a crushing blow for the Broncos as they were good enough, and believed they were Super Bowl bound. "I'm just going to go home, sit on my couch and probably cry," Denver tight end Shannon Sharpe said afterward.


Even though the Jaguars lost the following week to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship, the victory over the Broncos will be something that the fans and team will always feel as a great accomplishment.


 


By Vaaal-Verde


 


http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/2013/01/13/close-jacksonville-loss-worse/18148/


http://www.denverpost.com/ci_22357577/jaguars-handed-broncos-painful-playoff-loss-16-years


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1996–97_NFL_playoffs

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Marqise Lee will be added to the collection of Jaguar wide receivers that will be out Sunday against the Colts. Lee will be out due to hamstring injury. The receiving crew is left to Allen Robinson, Mike Brown, and Tavarres King. Allen Hurns (left ankle) did not practice and Cecil Shorts (hamstring) was limited.

Lee on the year has eight catches for 73 yards. “We just have to treat it now. I want to make sure I’m 100 percent before I come back.”

Pyro's take: With Hurns and Shorts most likely out and now Lee, it is going to give a sputtering offense even more sputter.The Jags offense is just awful, and when your missing the weapons, it becomes even more of a difficult process.

Most likely Chad Henne will have time to find someone open, as the Colts are having their own problems on defense, and with Robert Mathis out for the year, the pass rush is non-existent.

At this point, I would not start any offensive player on the Jaguars, unless Shorts or Hurns can go.

09/20/14, 07:29 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: members.jacksonville.com

Lewis to be out 6-8 weeks

Marcedes Lewis will be out 6-8 weeks due to a high ankle sprain. He was injured on the first play of the second half. Lewis exited the game with a 63 yard touchdown. The Jaguars are left with Mickey Shuler and Clay Harbor on the active roster with Marcel Jensen and Michael Egnew on the practice squad.

Head coach Gus Bradley didn’t foresee Lewis being put on "season-ending injured reserve, but he could be given the IR-designated-to-return distinction. A team can use that tool once a season."

Pyro's take: Marcedes Lewis has languished in Jacksonville for over nine-years and has never really been able to showcase his skills on a good team. He is not owned in most leagues, due to the team he is on, rather than what he can do with a football. He should remain on all waiver wires.

09/16/14, 01:15 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: members.jacksonville.com

Hurns leaves on crutches

It looked all good again, when Chad Henne went deep to Allen Hurns for a 66 yard pass for a touchdown, as he torched DeAngelo Hall on a double move. Unfortunately, Hurns dropped the ball.“It was a great play call by [offensive coordinator Jedd] Fisch, but I was trying to run before I had the ball,” Hurns said.

Hurns sprained his ankle on the final play of the game, but X-Rays are not available at the time. Hurns mentioned he would be okay.

Pyro's take: Depending on the X-Rays, but if he misses anytime hopefully you have enough bench depth to cover. Hurns looks like a big-play receiver as Kenny Stills was last year with Drew Brees, and he should remain on your roster.

09/14/14, 06:48 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: members.jacksonville.com

Big Shots

Week 2 against the Washington Redskins, and the Jaguars are already talking how they are going to take some deep shots with Chad Henne. It didn't happen too often playing against the Philadelphia Eagles, even though offensive coordinator Jeff Fisch thought Henne was plenty agressive. Allen Hurns was the only receiver to have a reception longer than 18 yards, and touchdown catches of 34 and 21 yards and 46-yard strike down the left sideline.

Fisch went on to say about Henne: “We talked to him about that’s the way our system is built. Our system is we want to throw the ball down the field. We want to use the screen game to be able to make them run laterally so we can throw the ball vertically when they’re tired. With us, in order to run our offense, you’ve got to be able to throw the ball vertically. He’s going to keep ripping it and we’re going to keep encouraging him to let it rip."

Pyro's take: Chad Henne wants to take advantage of the deep-ball and it could become a game changer against Washington. Henne went on to say about the deep pass “If they present themselves out there, and we call them, we’re going to take those shots downfield and expect our guys to make (plays) and me make the throws." He added, “As much as they call it, I’m going to “huck it and chuck it" down the field. I’ve done it before, so it’s not like I’ve never done it. If the plays present themselves and we call those plays, we’ll take full advantage of it."

Washington's defense can be fully exposed to the deep pass, and if Chad Henne connects he could be looking for a nice day. He threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns against the Eagles, so there is little reason why he can't continue that success.

09/13/14, 09:46 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: members.jacksonville.com

Allen Hurns turn starter?

Undrafted rookie Allen Hurns, has a solid chance of making the starting roster for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has had a great three games this preseason. 13 passes for an NFL-high 230 yards and one touchdown He has 45 more receiving yards than any other player, and he's averaging 17.7 yards per catch. Head coach Gus Bradley has been impressed with how Hurns has done over the course of the preseason. "He has good instincts and is really driven," Bradley said. "We saw it in OTAs – some of the quarterbacks said they really like him. They felt like this guy is a diamond in the rough. Just trust us on this. He has some talent. I think the cool thing for him was it was against the ones. He went out there and performed at that level."

Pyro's take: Allen Hurns has a nice frame standing at 6-3 and weighing 195 pounds, also he should have a great opportunity in Jacksonville, due to the little depth the Jaguars have at wide receiver. At the time the Jaguars have Cecil Shorts, Marqise Lee, and Allen Robinson as potential starters.

He is someone that I would put on the scout list for redraft leagues, and would definitely keep an eye on him for Dynasty league drafts. Players like him appear from nowhere every NFL season, and 2014 could be a Hurns turn.


09/01/14, 03:59 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: jacksonville.com

Out of commission

Allen Robinson and Tandon Doss will be out of commission for two weeks, depleting the wide receiver corps even further. Justin Blackmon is suspended indefinitely, Cecil Shorts was injured last week, and he will be gone for at least two weeks. Ace Sanders left for personal reasons as he prepares for four-game suspension to start the season.

Robinson strained his hamstring, while Doss sprained his ankle on the final play of practice. Rookie Damian Copeland missed Friday's practice with a wrist injury, he's listed as day-to-day, and second-round pick Marqise Lee was given the day off.

Pyro's take: The Jaguars passing game is already ugly, and the last thing they need is wide receivers that are new to the team such as Robinson, Lee, and Doss to be out as well. Its going to be a long road for this team in the passing department as they try to improve on their 20th ranked passing offense, and if the veteran leadership, and rookies are not there to get in sync with Chad Henne or Blake Bortles, the path will just get longer.

As for your fantasy team, most of these players are waiver wire fodder, or dynasty league material.

08/01/14, 10:32 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: members.jacksonville.com

Gerhart not going to be a 300 carry back

Jedd Fisch knows what Toby Gerhart brings, and wants to use it.

What the Jaguars’ offensive coordinator doesn’t want is to over-use Gerhart, which is why Fisch said Thursday he doesn’t see Gerhart being a 300-carry running back this season.

Twenty carries a game? Twenty-five?

While such workloads haven’t been uncommon for backs in the past – and while Gerhart perhaps would not mind that many carries – Fisch said that’s not the plan for the player the Jaguars signed as an unrestricted free agent this past off-season.

“I think 300 carries is a lot of carries,” Fisch said Thursday before the sixth practice of Jaguars 2014 Training Camp at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields. “We have to really see how we’re running the football and what we’re running well.”

Pyro's take: Toby has been getting a lot of love now that he is finally getting his shot, but it looks like he is not going to be the workhorse back that many thought he would be. It makes sense that OC Jedd Fisch does not want to put too much pressure on Gerhart who only has rushed for more than 20 attempts twice in his career. Toby will need to prove that he can handle the increased workload. If you were expecting workhorse back numbers you will need to go back and adjust your tiers.

07/31/14, 10:18 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.jaguars.com

Bortles off to a good start

This is what they wanted from Blake Bortles.

The cheer from the crowd following a two-minute, 11-on-11 drill midway through the second practice of Jaguars 2014 Training Camp Saturday confirmed that much.

Bortles, the No. 3 overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, led a blisteringly, three-play touchdown drive during the period, a drive that had players celebrating, the crowd cheering and Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley praising him afterward.

“He had a good day today,” Bradley said of Bortles following a two-hour, 10-minute practice Saturday at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields.

Bortles, who impressed coaches with his ability to recover and progress after difficult practices in organized team activities and minicamps, is still in no way a finished product. And Saturday’s practice in no way means he is ready to be the starting quarterback Week 1.

That role still goes to quarterback Chad Henne, who has been solid in the first two days of training camp practice.

Pyro's take: The Jaguars have said that they are not going to rush Blake onto the field, and will be going with Chad Henne to start the season. There have been rumblings the organization would like to have him sit his rookie season and learn.

I have a feeling he is going to continue to show the coaching staff he has the stuff to be the starter, and deserves the chance. He is more of a Dynasty play at this point, but he should be the starter by November.

07/26/14, 05:36 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.jaguars.com

Shorts to Miss a Few Weeks

Cecil Shorts, the team's No. 1 pass-catcher, will miss multiple weeks of camp, coach Gus Bradley said Saturday, per the team's official website. Shorts missed time in OTAs with a calf injury and pulled a hamstring on Friday.

Bradley wasn't worried about Shorts' readiness for the season, but it's a discouraging start to camp. The injury helps to highlight the lack of experience at the position for the Jaguars.

Pyro's take: Shorts is just another injury to the Jaguars pass catchers that is already missing Ace Sanders and Justin Blackmon to suspensions. Rookie Wide Receiver Marquise Lee also missed all of OTA's with an ankle injury. Cecil should retain his spot as the number one receiver in the pecking order as he has the longest history with Chad Henne, but this injury gives rookies Marquise Lee and Allen Robinson a chance to develop chemistry with Henne working with the first team.

While the injury may seem insignificant now, just remember that hamstring injuries tend to linger, just ask Miles Austin. I just moved Marquise Lee ahead of Cecil on my tiers as someone will have to catch passes in Jacksonville, and coaches have been talking about moving the rookie around the formation and letting him work out of the slot. Shorts and Lee could be in a dogfight for the top receiver on the Jaguars come season end but my money is on the Biletnikoff Award winner.

07/26/14, 02:25 PM CDT by Stagg Party
Source: www.nfl.com

Gerhart Workhorse

Updating on previous reports, offensive coordinator Jed Fisch stated “Toby will be our workhorse," Fisch went on to say that: "Toby has the ability to do it all. He can catch it well. He can pass protect well, and he's going to be in the game a lot on third down, base downs, short-yardage, passing downs."

Pyro's take: No doubt that Fisch wants Toby Gerhart involved as much as possible, but the whole back-field is a big question mark, as nobody knows if Gerhart can be a bell-cow, or even a good running back. Not only is Toby Gerhart a questionable option, but the Jaguars have other options in Jordan Todman and Denard Robinson, but Jed Fisch believes that both are change-of-pace backs.

When looking at Gerhart for your fantasy team he will hold more value in a PPR league than standard, due to his ability to catch the ball. I also doubt that Toby Gerhart can score more than 8 touchdowns in a Jacksonville offense, and rush for more than 1,100 yards.

I would avoid him in standard league until late, and draft him as a number 3 with upside in a PPR.

07/22/14, 01:43 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: chat.jacksonville.com

Lee feeling the family vibe from Jaguars

Wide receiver Marqise Lee was hoping to make an impression on the field when the Jacksonville Jaguars held their organized team activities and minicamp in May and June.

An ankle injury prevented him from doing that. But the second-round pick out of USC has made quite a few friends already in their locker room.

That was something he never expected.

"Being in this locker room is like college all over again," said Lee, who will be expected to compete for a starting job when training camp opens later this month.

"You hear a lot on the outside," he said. "But coming here, this is great. I've had an opportunity to be with these guys, and having them sit down with me and spend extra time going over plays and things like that, it shows how much leadership they have and how much of a family this team is. I appreciate it."

Pyro's take: Lee should be ready for the start of training camp, and he will have a chance to be a starter when the season starts. Lee was so dynamic as a sophomore for the Trojans, and while he did not build on that last year, he has the ability to be one of the top receivers in this class when it is all said and done. If you are in dynasty leagues that have rookie drafts, I have seen him fall to an average ADP of 13-17, which is a great value.

07/08/14, 08:42 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: msn.foxsports.com

Gerhart expectations

Ryan O'Hallloran for the Florida Times-Union discussed what will be in store for Gerhart who had 276 carries for 1,305 yards and five touchdowns in four years with Minnesota as a back-up to Adrian Peterson.

Now as a Jaguar, he is in a offense that did not perform very well in several categories. O'Halloran, broke it down:

The Jaguars desperately need to boost their running game. Last year’s rankings:

*78.8 rushing yards per game – 31st in the NFL (ahead of only Atlanta).

*378 attempts – 28th (ahead of only Miami, Cleveland, Dallas and Atlanta).

*3.1 yards per carry – 31st (ahead of only Baltimore).

*Seven rushing touchdowns – 28th.

What are Toby Gerhart expectations in this weak offense? Earlier this off-season, offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said: “The league has turned into one that there wasn’t a one player who averaged 20 carries per game last year – no running back had 320 carries last year. [Philadelphia’s] LeSean McCoy was closest with 314. So you’re not looking for that workhorse back per se that can handle 20-25 carries every game for 16 weeks. It doesn’t happen.” Gerhart should be in the 12-15 range, according to Ryan O'Hallaran with a few going to Denard Robinson and Jordan Todman.

Pyro's take: Few carries in a bad offense makes bad results. As of this printing it does not look like Toby Gerhart is going to achieve much, because at most with 15 carries per game, it results into 240 carries, and to break the 1,000 barrier he will need to average 4.2 yards per carry.

Because of these reasons, Gerhart should be treated as a running back three, and be low on your tier board.

07/08/14, 10:17 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: members.jacksonville.com

Mr. Robinson OTA impressive

Denard Robinson has made an impression in OTA's and looks as though his role may expand from last season.

Robinson is one of the most versatile athletes in the pro game. He was the starting quarterback at Michigan, and is lightning fast. Jacksonville currently list him as a running back, but can play all roles, including wide receiver, if he improves his completion rate. Jaguars radio analyst and former player Jeff Lageman says Robinson has had "the best offseason of anyone."



Pyro's take: The Jags would love to have Denard Robinson expand his role, because of his athleticism, and the way he can be multidimensional in the offense. If he continues to be impressive, he can make a solid option for leagues that use the flex position.

06/22/14, 04:47 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: fantasynews.cbssports.com

Gerhart signed on to start for Jacksonville?

Former Minnesota Viking and career-long backup to Adrian Peterson, Toby Gerhart, has reportedly agreed to terms with the Jacksonville Jaguars on a three-year contract worth $10.5 million. The signing also included $4.5 million guaranteed.

Pyro's take: Ahhhh, what could have been...

Alas, with Gabby shipped off to the 49ers, it looks like the world will either have to fall down the rabbit hole or else wait until the apocalypse to see a surefire Hall-Of-Fame combination like Gabbert-to-Gerhart running out of the same NFL backfield.

The fact is, Toby is a better running back than most people realize, but this was still too much money to give to a career backup RB.

Though he'll likely be talked about as a fantasy sleeper over the next handful of months, the more likely scenario is for Gerhart to end up in a timeshare with Jordan Todman by mid-season.

03/11/14, 10:05 PM CDT by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.jaguars.com

Gerhart Looking For More

Free agent Toby Gerhart has mentioned he would rather leave Minnesota than be signed by the team. He wants a bigger role than sitting behind Adrian Peterson.

Pyro's take: Gerhart knows that the only way he is going to be a constant contributor is to be on a team that doesn't have a future hall-of-fame running back on the squad. Toby Gerhart is still a young buck at 27, and being a back-up has helped him not take a constant punishment in the NFL. He has a total of 276 carries in his four seasons with an average carry of 4.7 and has 77 receptions for 600 yards, he also has 8 touchdowns in his career.

Toby should be able to find a home where he can be utilized even more than he has in Minnesota, and possibly even land a starting role somewhere such a city like Oakland, or Jacksonville.

03/02/14, 06:47 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.bigblueview.com

Marcedes flashes potential over final 5 weeks

Despite being relatively insignificant as a fantasy tight end since his 10-TD outburst back in 2010, Marcedes Lewis showed some surprising potential over the last five weeks of 2013.

During the run, Lewis caught 16 balls (on 27 targets) for 242 yards and four TDs - numbers that would place him third amongst all fantasy TEs, behind just Jimmy Graham and Tony Gonzalez.

Pyro's take: The short-lived girth of production was certainly a nice bonus for the scant amount of Lewis fantasy owners out there, but not quite a trend for dynasty leaguers to hang their hats on.

Still, the 6'6", 272-lb. former Jacksonville first-rounder will have a new (and better!) starting QB tossing him the pill next season, so anything's possible.

Marcedes should continue to be drafted as a middling TE2 next summer, though now he'll be coming with an interesting upside dependent upon who the Jaguars end up tabbing as their 2014 starting quarterback.

01/29/14, 04:15 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: www.fftoday.com

Gerhart dealing with hamstring injury

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said injured running backs Adrian Peterson (foot sprain) and Toby Gerhart (hamstring) will not practice today and probably won't practice until Friday, if at all. He also said he's more hopeful that Gerhart will be able to practice on Friday than Peterson.

Frazier said Peterson already has assured him that he'll be ready to play, but added that the team will "err on the side of caution," keeping in mind Peterson's long-term value and the fact that the team is mathematically eliminated from the playoff picture at 3-9-1. Frazier also said Peterson would have to practice on Friday before the team would play him in the game on Sunday.

Pyro's take: The news coming from the cold North is just not very good. I have a strong suspicion that AP is not going to play this week, but this injury to Gerhart complicates things.

If you went out and grabbed Toby this week I bet you did not know about this hamstring issue. This could be a reason to look elsewhere for a running back this week. I expect Gerhart to play, but if his hamstring acts up it will be a short day. I would look for a better options than these injured Vikings.

12/11/13, 05:50 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.startribune.com

Shorts is the #1 receiver...again

Cecil Shorts III began the season as the Jaguars’ No. 1 receiver, and though he’s back in that role in the wake of last week’s indefinite suspension of Justin Blackmon, Shorts said he’s trying not to overemphasize the change. “I’ll take the same approach,” Shorts said. “Nothing changes.” Shorts said his on-field role stays the same, and he’ll run the same routes in the same plays as before. He said if he’s focused on anything it’s trying not to press too much because he’s the “go-to receiver,” something he said he perhaps did the first four games of the season. “I’m not going to press,” he said. “At the beginning of the year, I was pressing a little bit. I have a certain routine in the week, preparing. I’m going to keep it that way.” Shorts had 26 receptions for 337 yards in the first four games without Blackmon, but also had four dropped passes. He has 46 receptions for 565 yards and a touchdown this season.

Pyro's take: Shorts will once again be the main receiver in Jacksonville, now that Justin Blackmon has been suspended for the rest of the season. Mike Brown will fill the role left by Blackmon, but Shorts should be the receiver that sees the most targets going forward.

Shorts and the Jags will match-up against the Titans this week, which is not the best news for Cecil. The Titans have given up the fewest points per game to wide receivers at 14.3. He will be targeted, but don't expect a huge game this week.

11/07/13, 06:51 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.jaguars.com

Blackmon suspend for the season

Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon’s season ended Friday when he was suspended indefinitely for a violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

The Jaguars were made aware of the league’s ruling this afternoon.

“Justin has taken the news very hard as you can imagine so you know he cares,” general manager Dave Caldwell said in a conference call. “He is willing to take the correct steps to make sure he does not make bad decisions anymore. That is a big step for Justin.

“It’s not in our nature to just turn our back on one of our members that needs help.”

Asked if Blackmon will play for the Jaguars again, Caldwell said: “That is our hope. … We’re just not going to cut ties with him today and have him fend for himself. We’re going to make sure he gets the best help out there.”

In a statement released by his agent, Blackmon said in part: "I want to sincerely apologize to Mr. Khan, my teammates, my coaches and to the Jaguars fans for not utilizing the resources that I was provided to overcome my challenges. I am determined to overcome the issues that have resulted in this situation.”

Pyro's take: And just like that Blackmon is gone, in a puff of smoke. I hope it was good weed he was smoking. This puts a hurt on owners who had sat on Blackmon during his first 4 game suspension, but it automatically makes Cecil Shorts and Mike Brown more valuable.

Blackmon may not have made my last article, so here it comes.

Justin, I waited 4 weeks for you to come back, and when you did you made a splash, but that's all over now. After already being in the substance abuse program, you are so dumb that you test positive on a drug test. You had to know that you were going to get tested this season, so WTF!!! You have let us all down, so it is time to quadruple my efforts and you become this years first recipient of the GOLDEN SOMBRERO BITCHSLAP!!! BOOOO!!! THANKS FOR NOTHING!!! BITCHSLAP!!! BITCHSLAP!!! BITCHSLAP!!! BITCHSLAP!!!

11/01/13, 07:11 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: members.jacksonville.com

Justin Blackmon paying major dividends

Coming off a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, Blackmon has been the best receiver in the league over the last two weeks.

The former Oklahoma State star has caught 19 passes for 326 yards and a touchdown, becoming one of the lone bright spots on a team that has lost every game by double digits. His two-game totals are tops in the league in receptions, first downs and yards from scrimmage.

"He's got that 'it' factor," fellow receiver Cecil Shorts III said. "Some people just got it. Some people are just blessed with it, and he's one of them guys. There's a select few of them guys, and he's definitely one of them."
Blackmon credits his suspension for his recent success, saying he used the time away from the field to get in better shape. Blackmon missed part of the organized team activities and training camp following groin surgery.


Pyro's take: We had been beating the Justin Blackmon drum all the way back in draft preparation and repeatedly told you to add him in pickups early in the season. We told you to grab him in your drafts and you would have a stud when he returns. Well, I hope you took our advice, because he has been unstoppable since coming back. Blackmon might see a day similar to last week’s 14-catch 190-yard performance, with Cecil Shorts looking to be a game time decision.

10/17/13, 06:22 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.chron.com

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