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Jaguars 2014 Important Rookies
1st Round Pick- Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
Coming out of nowhere, Bortles soared to the top of everyone's draft boards and was considered by many to be the top QB in the draft. There was no question that the Jags needed to upgrade their offense big time and their first task, get a franchise QB. At the 3rd pick in the draft they got their hometown guy in Bortles who figures to be the front runner for starting QB from day 1. One draft expert said Bortles, "Possesses ideal size, athletic ability, intangibles and enough arm strength to develop into an upper-echelon quarterback. Is not yet a franchise quarterback, but has all the physical ingredients to become an outstanding NFL starter" The Jaguars are excited with this pick and plan to build their offense around their new QB.
2nd Round Pick- Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Before the season began Lee was arguably one of the top 3 WR's in the draft but fell due to performance. Jags feel like they got a steal in the 2nd round and a great WR to pair with Bortles to create a great duo. One scout said about Lee, "An extremely motivated, dynamic, playmaking receiver, Lee's junior season was plagued by shoulder, knee and leg injuries and a revolving door at head coach, where he cycled through three. Showed all the traits desired in a No. 1 receiver early in his career and has overcome a lot of adversity in his life to get to this point."
2nd Round Draft Pick- Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
With their 2nd pick in the 2nd round the Jags decided to go with WR yet again to focus on the offense. Robinson is another intriguing WR prospect who has the tendency to make spectacular plays. He doesn't have a lot of speed but makes the tough catches and is great after the catch. He could end up being a great #2 wide out when its all said and done.
3rd Round Pick- Brandon Linder, OG, Miami
Linder is expected to bolster the Oline. He is a big guard that figures to compete for a starting job this year.
4th Round Pick- Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma
Colvin was a name people were looking at before he tore his ACL at the Senior Bowl. After that he was looked at as a value pick that can be stashed for next year. The Jags got a good pick here in the 4th round.
It will be exciting to see how Lee and Bortles perform for you GL!
2014 Key Free Agency Arrivals
RB Toby Gerhart- With the departure of MJD, Gerhart figures to be the featured back for the first time in his career. He is a strong bruising back that played for Coach Harbaugh at Stanford and played behind Adrian Peterson for most of his career so he has learned from some of the best. He will look to take this chance and run with it, literally.
G- Zane Beadles- Beadles is coming from the Super Bowl runner up, Denver Broncos where he started 62 of 64 games in his 4 year career and all 16 games the last 3 years. He signed a decent contract to be a starter and bolster the O-Line.
DE- Red Bryant and Chris Clemons- Red and Clemons comes over from the Super Bowl Champs and figures to be a force for the new look Jags defense. Red will start at one of the defensive ends spot alongside his former teammate Chris Clemons. Jaguars are hoping these two will bring the winning attitude to Jacksonville that they haven't had in years.
LB- Dekoda Watson- Watson stays in the state of Florida coming over from Tampa Bay to fight for a starting linebacker position. In the last 4 years for the Bucs he has only started 6 total games but was a solid back up that is looking to make a name for himself in Jacksonville
The Jaguars will open the season on the road against the NFC East favorites, Philadelphia Eagles. It will be a tough task for the young Jaguars to get the W against Miki1369 and the Eagles but they won't be discouraged. Rookie and new starting QB Blake Bortles said, "I have complete faith in our coaching staff and team and believe we can compete with anyone. Everyone is writing us off before the season even begins, but we plan to prove everyone wrong. Nothing will come easy for this team and we will have to earn everything moving forward."
****Update coming later this week with key players and match ups***
Ray Rice Coming to Jacksonville
In a much needed effort to improve their offense and running game, the Jaguars traded for veteran Ray Rice from the Ravens in exchange for LE Tyson Alualu. The Jaguars hope with the addition of Rice they will have a good run game to compliment the Blake Bortles and the passing game.
Jacksonville Adds Four in Waiver Wire
The Jaguars added four much needed players on defense that project to be contributors right away. ROLB Danny Trevathan seemed to be a prized piece on the waiver wire, he is a young stud linebacker and the Jaguars were lucky enough to claim him. He will immediately start and be the best linebacker Jacksonville has. To compliment Trevathan and the new 3-4 defense, the Jags also added veteran MLB Erin Henderson to play along side Paul Posluszny in the middle. This gives the team a solid core of linebackers to build off of.
The secondary seemed to be below average and needed a good corner to match up against the likes of TY Hilton, Andre Johnson, and Nate Washington. They were lucky enough to pick up veteran CB Asante Samuel who will be the new #1 CB for the first game against the Eagles. To round out the acquisitions the Jags added a young back up defensive end in RE Mario Addison.
After 2 weeks into the season the surprise team in the NFL?? Your Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags have won 2 nail-biting games against NFC East teams; Eagles and Redskins. The Jaguars have used strong defensive efforts both games and the newly acquired players have stepped up big time.
Stats through Week 2:
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