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/::/ Jaguars Journal Gazette /::/ 2013 Team Preview

Discussion in 'Game Summaries & Team News' started by CHUNKNESS, Sep 8, 2013.


    CHUNKNESS Commissioner Quality Simulation Football

    Jun 13, 2010

    It's no surprise that the Jaguars offense will be carried by the legs of MJD. Other than Cameron Bradfield earning the starting center position, the offensive line remains intact including their always dependable tight end, Marcedes Lewis. The latest acquisitions of rookie fullback Tommy Bohanon via waivers and tight end Scott Chandler through a trade with the Bills will provide even MORE blocking support for their coveted running back. As long as MJD can remain healthy, the Jaguars will be using the ground game to maintain a competitive presence in the AFC South.

    Perhaps the biggest question on offense will be whether or not Matt Scott can guide this Jaguars team. He already had three great targets in receivers (Marcedes) Lewis, Justin Blackmon, and Cecil Shorts III. With the acquisition of wide receiver Danario Alexander through waivers and tight end (Scott) Chandler via trade; Scott has been given the tools to succeed. It is in his hands whether or not he will utilize his powerful offense to its fullest.


    The Jaguars defense has been a work in progress this off-season. A new defensive coaching staff brings an entirely new defensive philosophy to Jacksonville as the defense was converted from a 4-3 to a 3-4 scheme. As a result, several trades and waiver claims were completed by the Jaguars in order to obtain the necessary personnel to build and maintain a functional 3-4 system.

    Defensive end Tyson Alualu is the only starter that remains from the Jaguars original 4-3 interior. The acquisitions of defensive end Lamarr Houston from the Raiders and Red Bryant from the Seahawks put the final touches on the team's starting defensive line. Roy Miller and Brandon Deaderick will maintain their positions with the team and continue to provide integral backup support. Lineman additions of note were Shaun Rogers (Giants) and Ma'ake Kemoeatu (waivers) at defensive tackle as well as Kedric Golston (waivers) and Kellen Heard (waivers) at defensive end.

    Paul Posluszny will captain the defense as he and his fellow teammate, Russell Allen, remain with the team and will be managing the defense at the inside linebacker position. Rookie Laroy Reynolds and free agent acquisition Jason Williams will be starting at the outside linebacker positions. Brandon Marshall remains with the linebacker choir while Larry Grant, Kevin Reddick were also acquired via waivers to play linebacker support.

    A young defensive secondary will be under great scrutiny this season. Three rookies have earned starting roles as Dwayne Gratz and Johnathan Cyprien will be starting at the safety positions and Demetrius McCray at cornerback. Second year man Antwon Blake has been asked to take on a starting role at cornerback as well. Chris Prosinski has been shifted over from his safety position and Justin Rogers was acquired through a trade with the Bills; both to backup the young defensive backs.

    Some may argue that special teams play has always been a strength of the Jaguars. The new coaching staff has decided they want to make their special teams even stronger. In an exciting turn of events, second year kicker John Potter was asked to tryout for the team. Potter immediately earned the starting position following a kicking competition with veteran Josh Scobee. The addition of Potter has made Scobee the "odd man out" as Scobee has been relieved of duty and released from the team. Bryan Anger will continue to punt and perform kickoff duties for the Jaguars special teams.

    Receiver Anthony Armstrong and running back Brandon Bolden were acquired via waivers this past off-season. They have been given the assignment to perform kickoff return duties for the Jaguars as the speed of Armstrong and blocking ability of Bolden will be used against their opponents. Rookie running back Denard Robinson will also participate on special teams as the Jaguars' punt return man when the need arises. The coverage teams are rounded out with a combination of speed and dependable tackling which will be necessary to prevent any unwanted returns.

    There are no "easy" games on the Jaguars schedule this season. Quite frankly, there are never any games in this league that can be taken lightly. The Jaguars will be using a conservative gameplan approach to the season focusing their goal to win the AFC South. It is a high expectation, but not entirely out of reach. As long as the Jaguars focus on one week at a time and execute mistake free football, their goal will be attainable.

    Last edited: Sep 8, 2013
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  2. guitarDADDY1208

    guitarDADDY1208 Walk On

    Jul 12, 2013
    good stuff bro! looking forward to our week 7 game.
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