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For Jacksonville, It’s Time To Show If This Year Is Different

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The Jacksonville Jaguars entered the 2016 season with its highest expectations in nearly a decade. An organization that hasn’t finished with a winning record since 2007 was expected to put together its strongest campaign in years. Once again though, the team stumbled out the gate, and through the first five games of the year, hasn’t begun to live up to the expectations just yet.

But that doesn’t mean all is lost. In fact, despite currently being under .500, the Jaguars still have everything to play for in a competitive, but relatively weak, division.

The question that remains unanswered still lingers though: Is this year’s edition of the Jacksonville Jaguars finally different from previous seasons?

After starting the season 0-3, it seemed like this could be a case of the same ol’ Jaguars. Head Coach Gus Bradley’s seat was already hot coming in to this season, and he certainly didn’t help his own case with the slow start. But in week four, the team came home from their annual trip to London with a victory over divisional foe Indianapolis, and this past Sunday, erased a 13-0 fourth quarter deficit to Chicago in Soldier Field and won 17-16 on a touchdown pass in the final minutes.

Now obviously neither Indianapolis or Chicago are great football teams this year, and neither game was a great performance by the Jags. But what I did see from the two victories is a team that showed some fight. But can they keep that fight up for an entire season?

The Jaguars trail the Texans by just a game and a half in the AFC South, and still have five games against division opponents. Jacksonville still very much controls their own path to success, if they are willing to take it.

We know the team has to improve in areas if it is going to compete. The offense has struggled thus far and it starts with the quarterback.

Blake Bortles’ mechanics have regressed back to his rookie season. His windup and delivery is back to being lower and longer, and that is cause for concern. He is also turning the ball over at a crucial rate. Bortles has thrown seven interceptions and lost two fumbles already this season. He needs to refine his mechanics and protect the football if the team is going to make a run.

The running game needs to also get going if the team wants to have success. Jacksonville ranks 31st in rushing, and will need to get T.J Yeldon and Chris Ivory going to alleviate pressure on Bortles and the passing game.

The defense has played well this season, and actually put the team in position to have two more wins at this point. Rookies Jalen Ramsey and Yannick Ngakoue have shined to this point. After a sub-par effort covering Alshon Jeffery in the first half in Sunday’s game against the Bears, Ramsey stepped up his play in a huge way in the second half, and made the game clinching pass break-up against Jeffery on 4th down. Going forward in the season, the pass rush will need to be more consistent at applying pressure to the quarterback.

Does the team still have holes that need fixing? Absolutely. But after two straight wins, both away from home, the Jaguars have momentum, and have put themselves back in the thick of things in the AFC South. The next challenge comes at home on Sunday, when Jack Del Rio returns to Jacksonville with his Oakland Raiders.

Let’s see if Gus Bradley can light a fire under his team, and extinguish the one under his seat.

 

 

 

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Breaking: Foles Signs with new NFL Team

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Even though NFL free agency isn’t until Wednesday, the NFL’s first day of Negotiation period is moving at a rapid pace.

With that said, the Jacksonville Jaguars have signed the tallented backup quarterback Nick Foles. The deal that Foles signed is for 4-years $88 million. He can also earn up to $102 million.

Foles was drafted in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles where he did play and start for the Eagles for three seasons. In 2015, he was traded to the St. Louis Rams and then the following season in 2016 signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.

In 2017, Foles returned where his NFL career started and helped the Eagles win their first Super Bowl in Franchise history when he filled in for Carson Wintz.

Now, heading into 2019, he is expected to replace Black Bortles as the starting quarterback in Jacksonville.

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NFL Week 8: Eagles-Jaguars Preview

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NFL Week 8: Eagles-Jaguars Preview

Its week 8 in the NFL and the Eagles and Jaguars are going to kickoff Sunday across the pond. For the Philadelphia Eagles, this is their first time in the United Kingdom. As for the Jacksonville Jaguars, they are in London for the sixth time since the NFL started the London series back in 2007.

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For Carson Wintz and the Philadelphia Eagles, the today’s game is a must win if they want to keep pace against the Washington Redskins in the NFC East. Last week, the Eagles were defeated by Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers by a score of 21-17.

Here is a list of who is and who’s not playing in today’s game in London.

Offense

  • OT Matt Pryor
  • OT Jordan Mailata
  • RB Darren Sproles
  • QB Nate Sudfeld

Defense

  • LB Nate Gerry
  • DB Corey Graham
  • CB Sidney Jones
  • DT Haloti Nagata (Active)


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For the “home team” Jacksonville, the Jaguars are playing in their sixth straight game in London. Their first game was back in 2013. As for the 2018 Jacksonville Jaguars team, they are entering today’s game with a 3-game losing streak.

Here are players who will not be playing in today’s game in London.

Offense

RB Leonard Fournette

TE James O’Shaughnessy

Defense

  • DT Eli Ankou
  • CB A.J. Bouye
  • DB D.J. Hayden
  • DE Dawuane Smoot
  • DB Tyler Patmon

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Will the Jacksonville Jaguars Move to London?

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Will the Jacksonville Jaguars Move to London?

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Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts carries Britain’s Union Jack as he enters the field before the Jaguars met the San Francisco 49ers during their NFL football game at Wembley Stadium in London, October 27, 2013. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Next week the Jacksonville Jaguars will take on the Super Bowl champions Philadelphia Eagles. The Game will be on at 9:30 am ET/ 8:30 am CT here in the United States, and in the United Kingdom, that would be 1:30 PM ET/ 12:30 PM CT on CBS.

On the heels of the first of three games, this season a report was released about the owner of the Jaguars wants to have a practice facility in London for the team to Practice.

Once the facility is built, the team is requesting to have three home games in London and three games in Jacksonville, Nothing is set in stone but word is that it will happen in the near feature.

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