Video: Expectations for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2017

Nick Kostos, Brady Quinn, and D.J. Williams break down their expectations for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Branden Albert Says He’s Coming Back to the Jaguars After Retiring Last Week

It was just last week that out of nowhere offensive tackle Branden Albert told everyone that he was retiring from the NFL.

That retirement now seems short lived.

Albert has informed the Jags front office that he’s coming back to the team, and the two sides met over the weekend to discuss the situation.

He did not accompany the team to New England, and Garafolo cautions there are “lots of moving parts on this one” as the Jaguars will want a commitment from Albert.

Albert, 32, has a base salary of $8.875 million for this season.

The Dolphins traded Albert to the Jaguars in March, but he skipped Jacksonville’s offseason program in hopes of getting a new deal. He has started 118 of 120 career games and was expected to compete with second-round pick Cam Robinson for the starting left tackle job in Jacksonville.

Albert has to appear in three games for the Jaguars this season for the Dolphins to receive a 2018 seventh-round pick.

Jaguars Lose Long Snapper Carson Tinker for the Season with Torn ACL

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Jaguars long snapper Carson Tinker is out for the season after sustaining a torn right ACL in Wednesday’s practice, Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports.

Tinker was placed on injured reserve Thursday and the Jaguars signed long snapper Matt Overton.

The Jaguars also waived/injured tailback I’Tavius Mathers on injured reserve and signed guard Malcolm Bunche. If Mathers clears waivers, he will be placed on injured reserve.

Tinker was participating in non-contact special teams drill when he appeared to either get tangled up with a teammate or took a wrong step. Tinker, a 2013 undrafted free agent who had not missed a regular season game in four years, will soon undergo surgery.

Jaguars Left Tackle Branden Albert Announces Retirement

The Jaguars lost one of their possible tackles on their offensive line, as today Branden Albert announced his retirement from both the Jags and the NFL.

He was expected to be in the mix in 2017 for playing time with rookie second-round selection Cam Robinson at the left tackle spot.

The 32-year-old miss OTA’s as he tried to renegotiate his contract, but did take part in the mandatory three-day minicamp in June. He said during the minicamp he planned to attend training camp and would be in shape at that time.

“After nine seasons playing in the National Football League, I have decided to retire from the game that has given me so much,” said Albert. “I would like to thank Mr. Khan and the Jaguars organization, Mr. Ross, Joe Philbin, Dennis Hickey and the Dolphins organization and Mr. Hunt, Carl Peterson, Herm Edwards and the Chiefs organization for providing me with the opportunity of a lifetime. GOD has blessed me with so much through football that I thought would never be attainable. It’s been truly a blessing. I cherish all of the relationships and people I have encountered while playing in the NFL! Special thanks to Al Groh and the University of Virginia for giving me the opportunity for a great education and showing faith in me when no one else wanted to take a chance on me. I am truly thankful for my UVA family.

“This is such a special league and it’s been an honor and a privilege to play this sport professionally for the past nine years. I wish Coach Marrone and my Jacksonville teammates the best of luck on their journey this season. During my short stint in Jacksonville, I quickly realized that they are working incredibly hard to turn the corner and I truly believe that they will find success in the coming years. I look forward to returning to Miami, the place that I now call ‘home,’ and running my businesses, while giving back to the community. While this chapter of my life is coming to an end, my story is still going and I hope you’ll follow along. I will be furthering and finishing my education. GOD BLESS AND GODSPEED.”

Albert was one of two first round picks for the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2008 NFL Draft. The Jags acquired Albert in a trade with the Dolphins this offseason.

Blake Bortles Five INT’s in Practice a Big Concern for Jaguars Coach Doug Marrone

Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles turned in one of the worst practices of his career Saturday night by throwing five interceptions, including two to a player who last played in an NFL game in 2015.

Bortles threw two interceptions in 7-on-7 drills and three in 11-on-11, one of which linebacker Telvin Smith returned for a touchdown. Cornerback Tyler Patmon, who spent time with the Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers last season after playing in two games with the Miami Dolphins in 2015, intercepted Bortles twice in 11-on-11 play. Linebacker Josh McNary (7-on-7) and safety Tashaun Gipson (11-on-11) also had interceptions.

Coach Doug Marrone was clearly disappointed after the two-and-a-half-hour practice, the team’s first in pads, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com reports.

“I think any time someone doesn’t perform to what you want to do, you’re concerned about it,” Marrone said. “He’s not the only one that’s out there. There’s some good things.

“We’re going to look at it. We’re going to look at those plays. If there’s any struggle or things we don’t like, then obviously we’re going to be smart enough to throw that crap out.”

Marrone said he didn’t try to encourage Bortles on the field or after the practice because, “If I’ve got to do that now, then we’re going to be in trouble.”

Best Advice For A Successful Tailgate

If you’re like me, getting tickets to see your favorite football team play in the upcoming season can seem like a dream come true. Whether you are local or coming into town for the event, you probably want to make a day of it and do some tailgating with other fans. Being prepared is key and there are many ways to do it, there are even apps designed to help with tailgating prep. Both veteran and rookie fans alike can benefit from some of the advice we have compiled here. Get ready for the ultimate game-day experience with some of the tips below.

Think Ahead

The best advice I can give you is to start with a list of anything you think you may want or need at your tailgate party. This includes everything from food, to serving utensils, to seating. Once you have yourself sorted, take a minute to check the stadium website for rules and regulations regarding what you can and cannot have/do.

Food Prep

Obviously, it would be of benefit to cook as much as possible before you arrive. You want to spend the majority of your time enjoying this day, not dealing with food prep or serving others. There are some things though that may be tricky to transport, or need to be served warm. Using standing trays with a Sterno can for heat or turning your cooler into a warming oven with aluminum foil, bricks, and wet towels will really improve the quality of your meal.

Keeping it Cool

Heat can be a huge buzz kill when you are trying to get your party on. There are a few ways you can keep cool and kill two birds with one stone (or block of ice). Filling your cooler with frozen water balloons that are the colors of the team you are supporting is a great way to show who you are rooting for in a fun way. Anyone who has spent a day partying in the sun knows how important it is to keep yourself hydrated. Make sure you have plenty of cold water by freezing water bottles in advance. These can be used to help keep your cooler cold and will also thaw throughout the day for maximum cold-water consumption.

Fun Hacks

There are a couple cool tricks I have seen in the past that are too good to not share. Many of you have seen an empty cup be used as a speaker for a cell phone, but have you seen the more advanced version of this trick? Take an empty paper towel tube and attach two empty cups to either end. Cut a hole in the middle of the paper towel tube and place your phone in there, viola! Another great trick is gluing magnets to your cozies for easy attachment to any car when you need a place to rest your drink.

The After Party

Everyone knows that the long drive home can be one of the worst parts about attending sporting events if you don’t live nearby. Avoid this problem by getting yourself a room at Motel 6 so you can bring the party back to your place when the Jaguars win, or at the very least have a comfortable spot close by to go home and crash after a long day of tailgating.

Jagaurs DE Dante Fowler Claims to Cops Someone Stole His Mercedes

Bad news for Jagaurs DE Dante Fowler, as according to TMZ he had his Mercedes stolen.

Here’s the story:

More drama for Dante Fowler … who dropped a bombshell on cops during a traffic stop earlier this month — someone stole my car!

The Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end was pulled over for speeding in St. Petersburg, FL on July 15 — and during the stop, he was trying to explain why he didn’t have proof of registration in his car at the time.

Dante: “I just got my car back because it got stolen. So, I don’t know where all my stuff is.”

Cop: “This car was stolen?”

Dante: “Yes, I just got it back yesterday.”

Cop: “You have the keys in it or what? How’d you get it stolen?”

Dante: “Oh yeah, I left the keys in it.”

The cop went back to his cruiser to run Fowler’s information. Apparently, it checked out because he let the NFL player go with a speeding ticket and a citation for failing to show registration.

No word on who stole the car or if there’s been an arrest in that case. We’re working on it.

It’s just the latest in a string of off-the-field issues for the former 1st round draft pick who was arrested for allegedly attacking a man in a parking lot a few days later.

Jaguars Ink Center Brandon Linder to Five-Year Deal Worth $51.7 Million

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On the eve of veterans reporting to training camp, the Jaguars signed 25-year old center Brandon Linder on a five-year contract extension worth Tuesday, Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports. NFL Network reported the deal with $51.7 million.

Linder, a third-round pick in 2014, is the first draft selection made by general manager Dave Caldwell to agree to a second contract.

“It was something we wanted to get done so now we can just play ball,” Linder said on a conference call. “I’m at a loss for words. The steps that brought me here, starting in little league football, I was just reflecting on them.”

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