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As “What-Ifs” Linger After Sunday’s Loss, Jaguars Show Potential To Compete

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They were in it all game, and in the end, the Jaguars had a chance to steal one from the Green Bay Packers in week one. But penalties, play calling, and a lack of pass rush proved to be the Achilles heel for Jacksonville as they fell 27-23.

After getting down by seven on two different occasions in the second half, Jacksonville continued to battle, and had a chance to win the game on their final possession. But after driving to the Green Bay 14-yard line, a very questionable play call on fourth and one with under a minute to go ended the team’s hopes for a huge win.

In the end, the Jaguars went toe-to-toe with the Packers all afternoon, and even outplayed them in many areas. But combining foolish mistakes and play calling with giving Aaron Rodgers plenty of time to find open receivers ultimately doomed the team.

But while the team and fans are frustrated after coming up just short, and moral victories are non-existent in the NFL, there were some positives to take away from this game:

Offense looked sharp

Aside from a lackluster run game that was missing Chris Ivory due to an unknown illness, Blake Bortles and the offense looked solid, and made plays throughout the game. Jacksonville actually ended up out-gaining the Packers by 54 yards.

Bortles avoided crucial mistakes and turnovers(his one interception came off a pass that was batted around multiple times), and made plenty of key passes to keep his team in the game. He delivered a beautiful ball over the top to Julius Thomas for a 22-yard touchdown to take the lead in the second quarter.

The tandem of Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson continued to shine, each bringing in over 70 yards receiving.

The offensive line was heavily scrutinized coming into the season, but overall I felt they did a good job in game one.

Offense moving forward

Jacksonville needs to find a way to get the running game going, and play-calling has to improve, but the offense showed Sunday they can put together successful scoring drives.

Secondary held up to the challenge

Overall the Jaguars secondary did its job against the proficient Green Bay offense. The only breakdowns in pass coverage came when pressure couldn’t get to Rodgers and he scrambled to keep the play alive.

Rookie Jalen Ramsey wasn’t targeted much, but did get some pressure on blitzes.

Davon House did a solid job, just was an unlucky victim of a play right before halftime that only Aaron Rodgers could pull off.

The standout in the defensive backfield was first year Jaguar Prince Amukamara. He had blanketing coverage all game, and showed early on why the team signed him this offseason.

Defense moving forward

Jacksonville will need the defensive line to step up and provide pressure going forward to help out the seconday. If they can, they will be no slouch of a defense for opposing teams to go up against.

Moving on

In the end, it’s a wins and losses league, and just holding up against the league’s best means very little. But the Jaguars showed Sunday that they are a different team than we are accustomed to seeing in year’s past, and they appear to be a team finally ready to put together wins.

 

 

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Jaguars Owner Shad Khan Says Team Not Planning to Trade Jalen Ramsey

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Despite his demands and latest absence from the team, the Jacksonville Jaguars have no plans to trade All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey, according to the Associated Press’ Mark Long.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan made it clear that trading Ramsey is not in the team’s plans, despite Ramsey’s desire to go elsewhere.

Ramsey formally requested a trade after the Jaguars Week 2 game.

“Obviously, football is a team sport and I’m sensitive to what individual insight or viewpoint or requests (there) might be” Khan said.

“But we have to do the right thing for the team. We value the values Jalen adds to us, to the Jaguars. I think we value him highly. We’re still looking at what is the right thing for the Jaguars, and I think right now the best thing is to have him be part of the team.”

While the Jaguars may not be willing to trade Ramsey, it hasn’t stopped teams from making offers.

“Obviously, we’re turning the season around and I think he can help the team,” Khan said.

According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, the Jaguars rejected a deal consisting of two first-round draft picks.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson, Khan is considered to be a major hurdle for any deal as he prefers to keep Ramsey and ink him to a long-term contract as opposed to trading him away.

The Jaguars may not be figuring out a trade of Ramsey, but they sure need to figure out how to get the star corner back on the field.

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Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey Requests Trade

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The Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t a team superstar cornerback Jalen Ramsey wants to play with anymore.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, Ramsey’s agent, David Mulugheta says that he has asked the Jaguars to trade the disgruntled Ramsey, and the team has had talks with teams and are asking for at least one first-round pick but would like more than that in return for the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback.

There are rumblings that a trade could happen as early as this week, citing the damage to the relationship between Ramsey and Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone who got into a very animated argument on the sidelines during Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans.

Sunday’s argument wasn’t the first incident involving Ramsey. He expressed his frustration with his role in the defense back in 2016, when he was a rookie, alongside teammates Tashaun Gipson and Davon House, with Ramsey advocating for a clean sweep of the defensive coaching staff.

Ramsey also criticized the defensive play calling during the fourth quarter of the 2017 AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots.

Ramsey has also said that he would not be giving the Jaguars a hometown discount in contract discussions, and even showed up to training camp in a Brinks truck.

Ramsey’s antics and attitude have boiled over in Jacksonville, and it is now time for the two sides to part ways.

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Packers’ Aaron Rodgers Slams Colts’ Fans for Booing Andrew Luck

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is speaking out against the fans who booed former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, following the stunning news of his retirement over the weekend.

“I thought it was pretty disgusting,” Rodgers said, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.

“He’s making a really tough decision and then before that, he makes the decision, I don’t know why that doesn’t stay in house to kind of protect him a little bit. Although when I think about it, I thought it would’ve been more of a standing-ovation type thing and a thank you than boos.”

While Rodgers says he is a long way away from his own retirement, he respects Luck’s decision to call it a career, calling it “very selfless, not selfish.”

“I, 100 percent, respect him immensely for his decision” Rodgers said.

“I salute him for choosing quality of life. He’s a fantastic player, he had a great career and he’s got a lot to be proud of. Like many of us in this locker room, if not all of us, we all have interests outside of football. Andrew is an extremely bright guy, and I’m sure he’ll have a lot of things to transition into. I know what it’s like to deal with rehab and going through injuries. I’ve been on IR twice. It’s tough. He was on it pretty much for an entire season and next offseason trying to get his arm back. Again, in my opinion, not playing with him but just reading what his teammates said, tough guy. What he went through to get himself back on the field is what it means to be a leader and I’m excited for him.”

“I’m sure when you’re going through stuff where you’re not sure if you’re ever going to play again — like Andrew did, like (Washington Redskins quarterback) Alex Smith might be dealing with right now — I’m sure there’s some tough days because, at some point, you start thinking about your post-career life and ability to move and functions,” Rodgers said. “A lot of guys over the years have had to end their years because of injuries. Two of my favorite quarterbacks growing up, Steve Young and Troy Aikman, those are tough decision but I think they’re decisions in the interest of your life at 40 and 50 and 60 hopefully. Again, I give him a lot of credit for making that tough decision, and I think he did it with enough time and lets them move forward with Jacoby [Brissett] and figure out what they want to do with their roster.”

Rodgers has also spoken about his thoughts about his post-career health, after suffering three known concussions already during his NFL career.

“Of course, of course,” Rodgers said. “Anytime you’ve had a concussion or a couple of concussions, the following days you’re always thinking about what it’s going to be like, but I think with medicine the way it is and research the way it is, there’s going to be more and more things that can help guys down the line to feel better, hopefully. And hopefully, we can do our job in the [NFL Players Association] and continue to take care of former players.”

While Colts’ fans may be angry at Luck, Rodgers is showing him nothing but support and respect for making the tough decision.

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