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Jaguars reduce roster to 75 players; place Aaron Colvin on reserve/non-football injury list

Aug 26, 2014 -- 11:31am

The Jacksonville Jaguars moved rookie defensive back Aaron Colvin from the active/non-football injury list to the reserve/non-football injury list.  The Jaguars now have the league-mandated 75 players on their active roster.

 

Colvin was drafted by the Jaguars in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the 114th selection overall.  Colvin suffered an ACL injury while playing at the Senior Bowl in January of 2014.  He was a four-year letterman at Oklahoma, playing in 50 games with 36 starts.  He finished his career with 234 tackles (170 solo), 15 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, five interceptions and 23 passes defensed.

 

“We are really pleased with Aaron’s progress throughout the offseason and preseason,” Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell said.  “He has been dedicated to his rehab from day one and worked extremely hard with our training and strength staff every day.  He played at a high level at Oklahoma and we feel strongly about what he will bring to our roster in the future.  He will continue his rehab and we will make a decision on his playing status for 2014 at the appropriate time.” 

 

NFL rules stipulate that starting on the day after the conclusion of the 6th regular season weekend (October 14) and continuing through the day after the conclusion of the 11th regular season weekend (November 18), clubs are permitted to begin practicing players on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform (or Reserve/Non-Football Injury) for a period not to exceed 21 calendar days.  Pads and helmets are permitted during the 21-day period.  At any time during the 21-day practice period, or prior to 4 p.m., New York time, on the day after the conclusion of the 21-day period, clubs are permitted to restore such players on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform to their Active/Inactive List.

Jaguars make two roster moves, reduce roster to 76

Aug 25, 2014 -- 3:16pm

The Jacksonville Jaguars waived first-year wide receiver Lamaar Thomas and rookie running back Terrance Cobb, the club announced today.   The Jaguars have 76 players on their current roster and NFL teams must reduce their roster to the league limit of 75 players by Tuesday, August 26 at 4:00 EDT.

Hearns Shining Brighter than Bortles

Aug 25, 2014 -- 2:03pm

By: David Levin (@davidlevin71)

Jaguars’ fans and the world of sports media have gone a great job of building Blake Bortles up as the next Ben Roethlisberger, Dan Marino or enter the next great quarterback.

While knowing your future is secure at quarterback, dare I ask why we are not talking about Allen Hurns as the next big thing at wide receiver. I know the team drafted Marquis Lee and Allen Robinson in the second round of the NFL Draft, where both can really help this offense along with Cecil Shorts and Mike Brown. My thinking is Hurns may be better than all of them. So far he has proved it on the practice field and in the preseason.

Shouldn’t he be as talked about as another other “new” Jaguars player? I certainly think so. A lot of talk has been about Chad Henne needing more time with his receivers, working on chemistry and timing, most notably Cecil Shorts. That might all be fine and good for the moment, however the Blake Bortles to Allen Hurns connection looked pretty good against the Lions, so much so it helped result in a 7-catch, 113-yard evening for the undrafted rookie from Miami. Oh, and it helped stoke the fire over whether Bortles should play against Philadelphia, which we all know will not happen.

If there is a rookie on this team who has earned the right to start Sept 7 it is Hurns.

The Jacksonville receiving corps may be in the best shape it has been since the last 1990s when Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell were lights out in the Jaguars’ offense. Now, not only is four solid receivers – potentially five or six – on this roster, there is also depth, something this team has been yearning for. It’s a nice problem to have when Gus Bradley or Jedd Fisch can look to his fifth or sixth pas catcher and know he will get a solid performance and quality at the position.

Hurns was a beast at Miami – the school that has produced Michael Irvin and Reggie Wayne as well as Yatil Green and Lamar Thomas. By the way, Hurns broke all their records and was undrafted. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

When Allen Robinson marched onto the practice field at EverBank, Rick Ballou told me he reminded him of Anquan Bolden. Hurns reminds me a bit of Terrell Owens, with a softer side. If that is the case and both receivers pan out like the two NFL greats, along with Lee, there is no reason to not believe the Jaguars have some of the best young wide receivers in the game.

Oh, and let’s not forget Shorts is only four seasons into his NFL career. We could be looking at the best receiving unit in the NFL in three seasons. With that in mind, I got one word for you – SCARY.

Everything is coming together here in Jacksonville. All I ask is you please remember the quarterback position is not the only one that has shown improvement to some degree. If everything comes together, then this is really the start of something big in this town. Just think the fans and media could be talking more about who is catching the ball for the Jaguars instead of who is throwing it to them.

 

Jaguars make 11 roster moves, reduce roster to 79

Aug 25, 2014 -- 8:57am

The Jacksonville Jaguars made 11 roster moves today to reduce their roster to 79 players.  NFL teams must reduce their roster to the league limit of 75 players by Tuesday, August 26 at 4 p.m. EDT.

 

Eight players with NFL experience were waived in cornerback Mike Harris, wide receiver Ramses Barden, linebacker Allen Bradford, guard Antoine Caldwell, linebacker Josh Hull, running back Harvey Unga, safety Joe Young and centerPatrick Lewis.   Harris was a sixth-round draft pick of the club in 2012 and played in 31 games with seven starts over the past two seasons.

 

Veteran defensive tackle David Carter (knee) was waived/injured.  Two rookies were waived in long snapper Charley Hughlett and wide receiver Kenny Shaw.

 

“This is always a tough day when you have to make these decisions,” Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said.  “We appreciate all the work these men did into the building of our team.  They came to practice every day and competed.  We wish them nothing but the best in the future.”

Good or Bad, Bortles Performance Against Detroit Doesn’t Change Anything

Aug 22, 2014 -- 12:43pm

By: Eric Serna (@MrEricAlmighty)

 

I know many “Bench Chad Henne” supporters are not going to like to hear this, but nothing is more powerful than the truth: Friday’s game against Detroit will not help Blake Bortles overthrow Henne by Week One. That doesn’t mean I think Bortles will fail against the Lions 1st team defense. In fact, I am expecting him to continue impressing both the coaching staff and Jaguar fans. But no matter what he does on Friday, it will never be enough.

 

Now I will be the first to admit, Bortles has had the better numbers than Henne so far in the preseason. Granted, Henne played against 1st team defenses which Bortles hasn’t had the chance to do…until now. I will also mention that I am aware Bortles has also had the 2nd team offense to work with, and as we know all too well, the Jaguars have always had a lack of talent in terms of depth. So Bortles performance can go either way in this opportunity.

 

Let’s say Bortles throws 2 TDs and 200 yards tomorrow. Henne goes for 1 TD, 1 INT and 125 yards. This will not change the outcome of the starter for Game 1. But if this does happen, I can be sure the coaching staff will start to scrap ideas of keeping Bortles on the sideline for the entire 2014 season. And that is if they haven’t already thrown those plans out the window. But against the Philadelphia Eagles in our first regular season game, Henne has always had the guaranteed start for that game.

 

There are those who think it is unfair for Bortles to “outplay” Henne and not be given the starting job. But this is not the Cleveland Browns situation. This was never going to be a quarterback competition. And despite how hard the fan base is pushing for it, this is STILL not a competition to decide a starter for Week One. We should all hope that Henne looks good on Friday, because he is playing a regular season game no matter what to start the season. However long he plays after that, we should want to see him play well so we can win games this year.

 

In the same light, we all need to support Bortles as he continues to outgrow the rookie tag by showing the same confidence and poise in the pocket he has done to this point. We all know he is the future, and obviously has the bigger upside than Henne (who has arguably reached his ceiling). It doesn’t matter what Bortles does in the preseason, Henne Given Sunday will happen to start the season. But if Bortles is lights out again these next two preseason games, than there is nothing Henne can do to stop Blake Bortles from starting sometime in 2014.

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