5:34 AM EDT, Fri October 24, 2014
Florida Times-Union 6 hours ago

Jaguars notebook: Injury to Andre Branch creates opportunity for defensive pair

Two Jaguars figure to see their roles increase starting Sunday against Miami because of defensive end Andre Branch’s groin injury that will sideline him six weeks: Chris Smith and Ryan Davis. Smith was promoted from the practice squad Monday and coach Gus Bradley said he has a “good chance” to be active. Davis has played 20 percent of the defensive snaps (104 of 509) this year, including a season-high 23 against Cleveland. read more
Improving Jaguars linemen face tough challenge against Dolphins

Improving Jaguars linemen face tough challenge against Dolphins

The Jaguars’ young offensive line might be growing up. Just ask the Browns. The unit was pushed around for much of the first six games, all losses, but found its groove in Sunday’s 24-6 win over Cleveland at EverBank Field. The Jaguars ran for a season-high 185 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries, a 5.3-yard average. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley challenged the linemen heading into the game to get to the second level of the defense faster and the unit responded. read more
Florida Times-Union 6 hours ago
Longtime Jaguars assistant coach Mark Duffner will be on opposite sideline this week

Longtime Jaguars assistant coach Mark Duffner will be on opposite sideline this week

Miami Dolphins linebackers coach Mark Duffner has taken a one-week break from hoping the Jaguars have success. One of the longest-serving assistant coaches in Jaguars history (eight years), Duffner returns to Jacksonville on Sunday with his new team. “I still follow the team because I care about all of those players and coaches,” he said in a phone interview earlier this week. Duffner was on the Jaguars’ staff from 2006-13, working for three full-time head coaches. Only former offensive line coach Andy Heck (nine years) was with the franchise longer. read more
Florida Times-Union 12 hours ago

Denard Robinson first-up at running back for Jaguars Sunday

Denard Robinson’s reward for a career-high 127 yards rushing last week against Cleveland will likely be a starting assignment Sunday against Miami. Coach Gus Bradley accurately pointed out that the Jaguars’ play call – and subsequent personnel grouping – would dictate who serves as the opening-snap tailback. But all things being equal … “I would look to see Denard – he’s probably the guy that we’re going with and you’ll see Toby get quite a few reps,” Bradley said. read more
Florida Times-Union 14 hours ago

Jaguars DE Andre Branch out for six weeks, but already feeling better

When Jaguars defensive end Andre Branch tore a groin muscle late in Sunday’s win over Cleveland, it was represented a first for him. “It was rough,” he said today. “My mom was at the game and she reminded me that since I started playing any sport at age 6, I had never been helped off the field. That goes to show you how serious it was.” read more
Florida Times-Union 16 hours ago

Jaguars' Alan Ball has 'concern' about injury but expects to play again this year

Jaguars cornerback Alan Ball said today he’s “pretty doubtful” for this week’s game against Miami because of a biceps injury but doesn’t expect to miss the rest of the season. “My thoughts are that it isn’t season-ending,” he said. “In the next week, week-and-a-half, I’m be trying to get my body back to the best it can possibly be and then go from there.” Ball added: “It’s definitely an injury that has some concern to it.” Ball said he wasn’t injured on a specific play against Cleveland – he played all 74 snaps. read more
Florida Times-Union 19 hours ago

Jaguars TV ratings got a slight uptick for the Cleveland game

The Jaguars TV ratings for their home game against the Cleveland Browns last Sunday got a slight uptick in the ratings. While the Tennessee game was seen in 147,000 households, the Cleveland game went up a thousand to 148,000. The rating (percentage of TV set turned into the game) went up slightly from 22.3 to 22.4 and the share (percentage of TV sets turned on tuned to the game) went up slightly from 40 to 41. read more
Florida Times-Union 21 hours ago
How Bortles' first five games compares to other NFL QBs

How Bortles' first five games compares to other NFL QBs

BORTLES COMPARABLES Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has five touchdowns and 10 interceptions through his first five games (four starts). How he compares to current NFL starting quarterbacks in the first give games of their career: Player   TD           INT         Record read more
Florida Times-Union Oct 22, 2014

Jaguars rookie Aaron Colvin practiced Wednesday for the first time since suffering a knee injury nine months ago

Nine months ago, cornerback Aaron Colvin went to the Senior Bowl to show the scouts he was the best corner in the draft. “In my mind, I didn’t think there was a better corner,’’ he said. “I went to the Senior Bowl to prove that and then I had the injury.’’ On the second day of Senior Bowl workouts, he suffered a torn ACL and his chances of being drafted on the first round ended. “I had a lot of high expectations for the draft,’’ he said. “For me not to be able to fulfill those dreams, it was a tough process.’’ read more
Florida Times-Union Oct 22, 2014
Unpredictable Miami Dolphins up next for Jaguars

Unpredictable Miami Dolphins up next for Jaguars

It might be good news for the Jaguars that for the second week in a row they are playing a three-win AFC team that is coming off a lopsided victory and is favored by about five points. Last week, they faced the 3-2 Cleveland Browns, who had beaten the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-10 the previous week and were favored by 5 1/2. The Browns lost 24-6, and coach Mike Pettine said after the game that the Browns weren’t completely focused and ready to play. read more
Florida Times-Union Oct 22, 2014

Jaguars Notebook: RB Toby Gerhart looks ready to return

Gerhart looks ready to return The Jaguars now have a dilemma at running back. Starter Toby Gerhart appears ready to return after missing the last two games with a foot sprain. Gerhart practiced for the first time in two weeks Wednesday and was listed on the injury report as limited. “He said it felt pretty good,” Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said. “I think the last two weeks have been tough on him, but today he felt a lot better and felt like it was beneficial to have that time off.” read more

Jaguars cornerback Alan Ball doubtful for Sunday's game with Miami

The Jaguars likely will be down more than just linebacker Paul Posluszny and defensive end Andre Branch in Sunday's game with Miami at EverBank Field. Cornerback Alan Ball is considered doubtful with a biceps injury. The seventh-year veteran has started 22 of the 23 games in the two seasons he's been with the Jaguars. Ball has 22 tackles, three passes defended and one interception this season. Without him, the Jaguars would likely start Dwayne Gratz opposite Demetrius McCray. read more
Florida Times-Union Oct 22, 2014

Jaguars OLB Telvin Smith named AFC Defensive Player of the Week

Jaguars rookie outside linebacker Telvin Smith was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week today for his performance in Sunday’s 24-6 win over Cleveland. Smith, a fifth-round draft pick last May from Florida State, had four tackles (including a sack), a forced fumble and an interception in 38 snaps of work. Smith is the third Jaguars player to win the honor in the last five years, joining Daryl Smith (Week 1 in 2010) and Paul Posluszny (Week 10 in 2013).
Florida Times-Union Oct 21, 2014

NFL Films shows advice coach Gus Bradley gave to QB Blake Bortles on the sidelines Sunday

NFL Films showed the advice that Jaguars coach Gus Bradley gave to rookie quarterback Blake Bortles on the sidelines after one of the three interceptions he threw Sunday in the 24-6 victory over Cleveland.  “I don’t mind that stuff,’’ Bradley, who was miked by NFL Films,   said to Bortles after an interception. read more
Former FSU linebacker Telvin Smith showing knack for big plays with Jaguars

Former FSU linebacker Telvin Smith showing knack for big plays with Jaguars

There was no celebrating Monday morning for Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith. Sure, the rookie had a huge impact on Sunday’s 24-6 victory over Cleveland at EverBank Field. The former Florida State standout forced a fumble on a sack and intercepted Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer. The two turnovers Smith created generated 10 points. Still, Smith came to a realization Monday morning when reviewing the film. There were more plays that the team’s new playmaker could’ve made. read more

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