Pete Prisco joins Kevin Corke to share his thoughts on the Week 14 Thursday Night football game between the Texans and Jaguars in Jacksonville.
Jaguars rookie linebacker LaRoy Reynolds has been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing drugs, Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times Union reports.
Reynolds will be eligible to return for the final three games of the regular season and can return to the roster on Dec. 6, a day after the Jaguars play the Houston Texans.
Because it is a PED violation, Reynolds is prohibited from entering the Jaguars’ facility or having any contact with the team.
Via Twitter, Reynolds posted two messages shortly after the suspension was announced.
“Sincerest apologies to all fans, supports and [Jaguars] family. Mistakes are made but I will come back prepared to help my team.
“I know in my heart it was an honest mistake. I will continue to trust God and come back better than ever. Can’t wait to rejoin my team!”
Pete Prisco discusses if he thinks the Jacksonville Jaguars are heading in the right direction after finally winning a game.
Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon will enter a rehab facility, league sources told Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Blackmon was suspended indefinitely on Friday for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
A former first-round draft selection, Blackmon previously was suspended for the first four games of this season for violating the policy. He will be eligible to apply for reinstatement prior to the start of next season.
The NFL has increased its awareness of players with recurring issues and has placed added emphasis on support, as opposed to just discipline.
The NFLPA also has been pushing for treating players rather than disciplining them, and has tried to steer players that need help into rehab facilities before disciplining them. San Francisco 49ers star defensive end Aldon Smith recently was released from an alcohol treatment center.
Justin Blackmon has released a statement via his agent, Todd France, after his suspension earlier today:
“I want to sincerely apologize to Mr. Khan, my teammates, my coaches and to the Jaguars fans for not utilizing the resources that I was provided to overcome my challenges. I am determined to overcome the issues that have resulted in this situation, and I truly appreciate the support that the Jaguars and my agent have shown me. I will address these matters with the type of intensity I usually direct toward my on-field play so that I can be ready to be a productive member of the team and community next season. Again, I am truly sorry to Mr. Khan, my teammates and coaches and to the Jaguars fans for the impact of my situation on the team as well as to my family and friends and those that have been there for me during these challenging times. Nobody is more disappointed with all of this than me.”
This month, the NFL will unveil their “Salute to Service” initiative to honor our troops.
For the first time during this initiative, New Era, the official cap of the NFL, has created an exclusive line of camouflage caps that will be worn on the sidelines by all players, coaches and staff during games throughout the month of November.
Fans will see the caps for the first time during Thursday night’s (November 7th) Vikings-Redskins game. The Eagles will be wearing the caps starting on Sunday (November 10th).
These special caps are available for purchase at www.neweracap.com, with a portion of proceeds going to the troops.
Quarterback Blaine Gabbert will be out this Sunday when the Jacksonville Jaguars visit the Denver Broncos.
Gabbert, who injured his left hamstring in yesterday’s loss to the St. Louis Rams, could be out for multiple weeks. For the time being, Chad Henne will be the starting quarterback for the Jaguars.
While neither quarterback has yet to win a game this season, Henne appears to be more confident with the ball and is more likely to make things happen. He is more decisive than Gabbert, and is willing to take chances. The Jaguars seemingly have no chance to beat the Broncos on the road, but the Denver defense is struggling, and that should allow the Jaguars offense the opportunity to make big plays.
Head coach Gus Bradley stated that Gabbert would be inserted back into the starting lineup once he is healthy to play. However, if Henne plays well and injects some life into the offense, it will be interesting to see if coach Bradley has a change of mind.
The Jacksonville Jaguars continued their winless streak in Missouri against the St. Louis Rams. Things look to be getting worse and worse for the Jaguars as injuries and losses keep mounting on. While they lost the game, the Jaguars had their best offensive performance of this season. Here are my takeaways from the game.
1. Justin Blackmon. He is a baller. Blackmon, playing in his first game after serving a four-game suspension, looked to be in mid-season form. He caught five passes for 136 yards and a touchdown. I’d say that Blackmon is the best player on this team. Hopefully he is able to get his off-the-field issues in order and play well for this team for a very long time.
2. Blaine Gabbert. In his return to his home state, Gabbert did not show enough to the few fans who still believe that he is to be the starter of this team. At this point, it is becoming evidently clear that Gabbert simply is not the long term answer at quarterback. While head coach Gus Bradley will play him next week if he is healthy enough, Gabbert has not silenced his critics and holds a 5-22 record as this team’s starter. He is not to blame in whole for this record, but one can’t help but think that his mistakes along the way has cost this team a few wins.
3. The defense. For all of our struggles, the defense has not been as bad as one would think. They have not made the stops necessary to keep scores close, but there is hope back there. The secondary has some good players that will only get better with time. They surely will be tested when they face the Denver Broncos this coming Sunday.