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.

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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.”

Jaguars DT Malik Jackson Feels Jacksonville Super Bowl Bound in 2017

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Defensive tackle Malik Jackson is one confident dude these days, thinking the Jaguars will be on the verge of a Super Bowl season in 2017.

The defensive tackle told Bleacher Report’s “Simms & Lefkoe Podcast” that he is “very confident” in the Jaguars and expects to win a Super Bowl this season.

“The Panthers did it. If the Panthers can do it after the season they had — but we’re going to win the Super Bowl,” he said. “If they can do it, why can’t we?”

The Carolina Panthers were 7-8-1 in 2014, then went 15-1 in 2015 and reached Super Bowl 50, where they lost to the Denver Broncos. Jackson, playing for Denver, scored the game’s first touchdown on a fumble recovery.

Jackson signed a six-year, $86.1 million contract with the Jaguars the next offseason. He said on the podcast that last season he had the “naive mindset” that he was going to be the one to change Jacksonville’s fortunes. But the Jaguars finished 3-13 and continued their playoff drought; they last qualified for the playoffs in 2007.

This year he says it “truly feels different” for the Jaguars with Tom Coughlin returning as executive vice president and Doug Marrone as the new head coach. The Jaguars also loaded up in free agency, signing impact defensive players A.J. Bouye, Calais Campbell and Barry Church.

Jaguars Place CB Jalen Ramsey and CB Aaron Colvin on PUP List

The Jaguars placed cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and Aaron Colvin on the team’s physically unable to perform list Saturday, Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports.

The team said the decision was made after Ramsey and Colvin reported to the facility Friday.

The players do count against the 90-man roster and can return to practice as soon as they are medically cleared. The Jaguars have one roster spot available.

Colvin did not practice during the off-season program because of a foot injury. Ramsey underwent “core muscle” surgery June 15.

Jaguars 2015 First-Round Pick Dante Fowler Arrested Tuesday in St. Petersburg

Jagaurs 2015 first-round pick Dante Fowler was arrested on Tuesday night, charged in St.Pete with charges of simple battery and mischief

Fowler, 22, was arrested by St. Petersburg Police at 9:02 p.m. Tuesday, and was released at 1:43 a.m. Wednesday on $650 bond.

The arrest report said that Fowler was driving in the Trellis at the Lakes apartment complex Tuesday night around 6:30 p.m. when a man walking in the complex made a comment about his driving. Fowler got out of his car, exchanged words with the man, then “hit the man, knocked his glasses off and stepped on them,” according to the report. He then “took the victim’s grocery bag, with recently purchased liquor, and threw it in a lake,” according to the report, which said the victim was not injured.

The Jaguars are aware of Fowler’s arrest but did not immediately release any statement.

Fowler put up four sacks last season with 32 tackles.

Jaguars Kick the Tires on Former Pro Bowl CB Alterraun Verner

The Jaguars worked out former Pro Bowl cornerback Alterraun Verner last week, a league source told Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union on Sunday.

Verner, 28, has 15 interceptions in 110 career games for Tennessee and Tampa Bay. He was released by the Buccaneers on Feb. 23 to free up $6.5 million in salary cap space.

Since he became a free agent, Verner has not been connected to a team for a workout or general interest.

The Jaguars open organized team activity workouts on Tuesday.

The Jaguars’ interest in Verner is a sign they are concerned about the depth behind Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye and Aaron Colvin.

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