Jaguars Take QB Blake Bortles With Third Pick In NFL Draft

The Jaguars have their QB, as they stunned everyone with QB Blake Bortles with the 3rd pick in Thursday’s first round of the NFL Draft.

2014 NFL Combine

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Jaguars May Target OT Jake Matthews With Third Pick in Draft

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The Jaguars had offensive tackle Jake Matthews in for a visit last Thursday and could be targeting the former Texas A&M standout with the No. 3 overall pick in next month’s draft, a league source told Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com.

If the Jaguars were to select the 6-foot-5, 305-pound Matthews, who is the son of Hall of Fame offensive tackle Bruce Matthews, it would mark the second consecutive season they will have drafted an offensive tackle in the top three.

The Jaguars took Luke Joeckel, who also played at Texas A&M, with the No. 2 pick in 2013.

Offensive tackle is not among the Jaguars’ biggest needs — pass-rusher, quarterback and receiver are the top three.

But taking Matthews would help solidify the offensive line. The Jaguars signed guard Zane Beadles in March and installed him as the starter at left guard.

Previewing the 2014 Jacksonville Jaguars Schedule

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The Jaguars appear to be very much headed in the right direction. Head coach Gus Bradley added power running back Toby Gerhart to improve a lethargic rushing attack, while also beefing up an already improving defense. Now the Jags just need a franchise passer.

 

While what the Jags do at quarterback remains to be seen, their schedule as a whole will still be a tough task, regardless. Luckily they have some winnable home games in 2014, as beatable teams like the Browns, Titans and Giants come to town. Jacksonville has done enough to show they might be able to top these middling teams, but visiting teams like the Steelers, Cowboys and possibly even the Dolphins might be tougher outs.

 

It’s even more challenging when you look at the Jacksonville Jaguars schedule on the road, as they head to Baltimore, Cincinnati, San Diego, Philadelphia and Washington. The Redskins appear to be the easiest road challenge for the Jags in 2014, although nothing will come easy to a team that was still 4-12 just a year ago.

 

For a look at all team’s 2014 match-ups, click here.

Jaguars Visit With Emmanuel Sanders and Ziggy Hood

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The Jacksonville Jaguars, much like most of the other teams around the league, have been doing their part in the opening days of free agency. The Jaguars have signed running back Toby Gerhart to hopefully replace the spot of Maurice Jones-Drew at running back. The Jaguars also traded away former first-round pick, quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Today, the Jaguars are still looking to improve.

The Jaguars met with former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and defensive end Ziggy Hood. Both players are free agents and have no indication of being re-signed by the Steelers as of yet.

For Sanders, he has a long list of teams that are interested in what he can bring to an organization. Sanders helped quarterback Ben Roethlisberger have one of his best performances during the 2013 season in his career. Sanders caught 67 passes for 740 yards and six touchdowns.

Hood was the 32nd pick of the 2009 NFL Draft but never flourished in the 3-4 system like the Steelers hoped that he would. It will be interesting if Hood goes somewhere played in the 4-3 scheme instead.

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Jason Babin Potential Salary Cap Casualty?

ESPN Belives DE Jason Babin COuld Be A Salary Cap Casualty

When defensive end Jason Babin played for the Philadelphia Eagles, he was considered one of the top pass rushers in the league. Now that Babin has been with the Jaguars the last two seasons, the tables have turned. The 33-year-old defensive end could be a candidate to be released as a salary cap casualty in 2014.

Babin is due $6 million in 2014 and some reports are leading that the Jaguars do not feel the veteran defensive end is worth that kind of money. Babin was outplayed by teammate Andre Branch during the 2013 season, Babin recorded just 40 tackles and 7.5 sacks. Branch recorded 37 tackles and six sacks — Branch recorded five sacks in the last seven games of the regular season.

Babin has mentioned that he is willing to re-negotiate his contract, so that he can be brought back at a reduced figure. Will the Jaguars release Babin before they try to get him back? We know that the Lions will be trying to do so with safety Louis Delmas who they released this week.

Pro Football Focus ranked Babin as the 39th defensive end in football after starting all 16 games at left end for the Jaguars. Each day, more releases are being made. Will Babin add to the list?

Brandon Sweeney is Co-Editor of the Gab Network. Follow him on Twitter @NFLNSTUFF, Like him on Facebook , add him to Google+, and Trust him on Sulia.

Prisco: Jaguars To Take DE Jadeveon Clowney With Third Pick

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CBS Football Insider Pete Prisco is out with his first mock draft, and he has the Jaguars taking South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney with the third pick.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars — South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney: This is a premier pass rusher for a team that needs one in the worst way.

To see the entire mock draft – click HERE

2014 NFL Free Agents – Jaguars Have $19.6 Mil Of Cap Space

Indianapolis Colts v San Francisco 49ers

Unrestricted Free Agents

Quarterbacks

Derek Anderson CAR
Jimmy Clausen CAR
Josh McCown CHI
Jordan Palmer CHI
Jon Kitna DAL
Shaun Hill DET
Matt Flynn GB
Chad Henne JAX
Josh Freeman MIN
Luke McCown NO
Curtis Painter NYG
David Garrard NYJ
Michael Vick PHI
Charlie Whitehurst SD
Tarvaris Jackson SEA
Colt McCoy SF
Kellen Clemens STL
Brady Quinn STL
Dan Orlovsky TB
Rusty Smith TEN
Rex Grossman WAS

Running backs

Rashard Mendenhall ARI
Bernard Scott BAL
Willis McGahee CLE
George Winn DAL
Knowshon Moreno DEN
Kahlil Bell GB
James Starks GB
Ray Graham HOU
Jonathan Grimes HOU
Deji Karim HOU
Chad Spann HOU
Ben Tate HOU
Ahmad Bradshaw IND
Donald Brown IND
Tashard Choice IND
Tauren Poole IND
Delone Carter JAX
Maurice Jones-Drew JAX
Toby Gerhart MIN
LeGarrette Blount NE
Andre Brown NYG
Peyton Hillis NYG
Darius Reynaud NYJ
Rashad Jennings OAK
Darren McFadden OAK
Jonathan Dwyer PIT
Felix Jones PIT
La’Rod Stephens-Howling PIT
Ronnie Brown SD
Anthony Dixon SF
Spencer Larsen TB
Brian Leonard TB
Jackie Battle TEN
Leon Washington TEN

Fullbacks

John Kuhn GB
Lex Hilliard NYJ
Chris Gronkowski SD
Michael Robinson SEA
Erik Lorig TB
Greg Jones TEN

Wide receivers

Andre Roberts ARI
Jacoby Jones BAL
Brandon Stokley BAL
Brandon Kaufman BUF
Ted Ginn CAR
Domenik Hixon CAR
Brandon LaFell CAR
Devin Hester CHI
Brandon Tate CIN
Andre Caldwell DEN
Eric Decker DEN
Kevin Ogletree DET
Micheal Spurlock DET
James Jones GB
Deion Branch IND
Darrius Heyward-Bey IND
Josh Lenz IND
Taylor Price JAX
Kyle Williams KC
Terrance Cooper KC
Chad Hall KC
Jerrell Jackson KC
Dexter McCluster KC
Marlon Moore MIA
Jerome Simpson MIN
Joe Webb MIN
Austin Collie NE
Julian Edelman NE
Robert Meachem NO
Louis Murphy NYG
Hakeem Nicks NYG
Julian Talley NYG
Josh Cribbs NYJ
Jacoby Ford OAK
Riley Cooper PHI
Jeremy Maclin PHI
Plaxico Burress PIT
Jerricho Cotchery PIT
Emmanuel Sanders PIT
Seyi Ajirotutu SD
Danario Alexander SD
Lavelle Hawkins SD
Arceto Clark SEA
Golden Tate SEA
Bryan Walters SEA
Anquan Boldin SF
Mario Manningham SF
Kassim Osgood SF
Adam Henry STL
Tiquan Underwood TB
Kenny Britt TEN
Marc Mariani TEN
Kevin Walter TEN
Damian Williams TEN
Dezmon Briscoe WAS
Josh Morgan WAS
Santana Moss WAS

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