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Jacksonville Jaguars Thread
 

 
Hey everyone, welcome to the best thread in the NFL section of boxden, that jags are the best team in the league, and with a bunch of there key players returning from there respective injuries from last year, they'll be back this year in full swing. its gunna be great seein the whole team playin together again. please drop a line if your a jags fan an tell me a bit about the jags that i might not really know. peace

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 11 years ago '04        #2
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UFA’s will test the market
Part III


By Vic Ketchman, jaguars.com senior editor
02/14/07



Speculation is the Jaguars might be interested in acquiring a wide receiver in free agency. Sorry, but the crop doesn’t look real good.

That’s not to say, however, the overall crop of players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents at midnight the night of March 1 isn’t strong. In fact, given all of the extra salary cap room the new Collective Bargaining Agreement is providing, this year’s crop of unrestricted free agents has a chance to be surprisingly strong.

“It’s always a good market,” Jaguars Pro Personnel Director Charles Bailey said. “It’s an opportunity to get better. It’s a real good market, especially on the defensive side of the ball.”

Want a difference-making player at a premium position? Well, cornerbacks Asante Samuel and Nate Clements are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents. Oh, they won’t be cheap, but if you got the cash, they’ll listen.

Here’s the problem. The Patriots are likely to use the “franchise” designation on Samuel, effectively taking him off the market, unless you don’t mind giving the Patriots two first-round draft picks. The Patriots love to collect first-round picks.

Clements was “franchised” last year and it’s thought the Bills put a we-won’t-do-it-again clause in his “franchise” tender, so, Clements is expected to become unrestricted if he doesn’t sign a new deal with Buffalo by midnight on March 1.

Would the Jaguars have any interest in Clements? Probably not. The Jags spent $10 million in signing bonus on cornerback Brian Williams last March and the Jags would seem to have a stockpile of young cornerbacks.

“The main thing in free agency today is to make sure you have your core players signed; guys like Daryl Smith and George Wrighster. You want to avoid those guys getting into free agency,” Bailey said.

Fans love the glitzy nature of signing free agents. It provides instant gratification that their favorite team is going to be better this season than it was last season. The truth of the matter, however, is that who you don’t sign is often more important than who you sign.

The Jaguars allowed Fernando Bryant to escape in free agency in 2004. Bryant signed a huge deal with Detroit. It was money well-saved by the Jaguars, and the same can be said of allowing Akin Ayodele to escape in free agency last year. Ayodele signed a big deal with the Cowboys. The Jaguars then replaced Ayodele with affordable third-round draft choice Clint Ingram, who some think has a chance of becoming the best strong side linebacker in Jaguars history.

During the Jack Del Rio/James Harris era, the Jaguars have spent their money wisely. As a result, the team has an impressive roster and one of the healthiest salary caps in the league. The Jaguars might take over $20 million in salary cap room into this year’s free-agent signing period.

The most critical decisions the team faces are in tendering its restricted free agents: Bobby McCray, Quinn Gray, Ernest Wilford, Jorge Cordova, Ahmad Carroll and Josh Scobee.

McCray had a break-out season in 2006. He established himself as a defensive end with big-time pass-rush ability and that’s probably going to require the Jaguars to use the first-round tender on McCray (See Part I for an explanation of the RFA tenders).

Quinn Gray is an attractive quarterback prospect and the high-profile nature of that position is likely to require the Jaguars to hit Gray with a first-round or second-round tender. The same can be said of Scobee.

Of course, the higher the tender, the higher each player’s salary and the less room the Jaguars will have on their salary cap. High tenders, however, are probably going to be required to protect the Jaguars’ rights to those players.

The Jaguars have six players – Kyle Brady, Tony Gilbert, Deon Grant, Cortez Hankton, LaBrandon Toefield and Marcellus Wiley – scheduled to become unrestricted free agents, and it would seem they are going to be allowed to test the market.

“We have guys who feel they can get more money on the market. We’re going to give them the opportunity to test the market. We’ve been in conversation with their agents and they feel like they will test the market,” Bailey said.

Let’s go back to what the rest of the league has to offer.

Donte Stallworth might be the best of the wide receivers. Stallworth has speed and everybody needs speed. Alvis Whitted can still run. He’s a UFA. So is Kevin Curtis, who jumped up for the Rams this season.

Jeff Garcia is the best of the UFA quarterback crop. Damon Huard is also available.

Toefield might be the best value among the running backs.

New England tight end Daniel Graham is available.

Arizona’s Leonard Davis, the Giants’ Shaun O’Hara and Dallas’ Andrew Gurode are attractive offensive linemen.

The real plums of the unrestricted free-agent crop, however, are pass-rushers Dwight Freeney of Indianapolis and Patrick Kerney of Atlanta, and linebacker Adalius Thomas of Baltimore.

Freeney is expected to be “franchised” by the Colts, however, and Thomas is likely to get hit with the “franchise” tag, too. Kerney is coming off a major injury – torn pectoral muscle in November – and that might cause the Falcons to consider Kerney too much of a risk to “franchise.”

All right, there are some names for you. In the final installment, we’ll target some guys. We’ll get specific with the Jaguars’ needs and what the team should do to address them.
 02-15-2007, 12:00 AM         #3
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I was going to start this thread, but wanted to wait til closer to next season. YAY
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Jags have scoreboard leads
Part II


By Vic Ketchman, jaguars.com senior editor
02/12/07



If you’re keeping score at home, give the Jaguars a 10-4 lead on the free-agent gains scoreboard and a 17-1 advantage in free-agent losses. Scoring is purely subjective, of course, but that’s the way this reporter scores the Jaguars’ performance in free agency during the Jack Del Rio/James Harris era.


All right, let’s go back to the beginning and examine the team’s performance in free agency since 2003. It all started with Mike Peterson (pictured), one of the four-best free-agent acquisitions in Jaguars history. The other three are offensive tackle Leon Searcy and wide receiver Keenan McCardell in 1996, and guard Chris Naeole in 2002. In terms of bang for the buck, Naeole is the best.


The Jaguars made three other free-agent acquisitions in March of ’03: linebacker Keith Mitchell, defensive end Hugh Douglas and fullback Marc Edwards. Give the Jags a 2-2 record in year one, as a neck injury early in the ’03 season effectively ended Mitchell’s career and age made Douglas an expensive gamble that crapped out, while Edwards gave the Jags what they paid for at fullback for a couple of seasons.


On the debit side, the Jaguars allowed seven players to leave in free agency in ’03: Zach Wiegert, Patrick Johnson, John Wade, Bobby Shaw, Todd Fordham, Wali Rainer and Stacey Mack. They each represent a win decision for the Jaguars, as the players who replaced them in each case provided an upgrade.


Let’s move on to 2004, when the Jaguars signed tight end Todd Yoder, linebacker Tommy Hendricks, offensive lineman Mike Compton, defensive back Lewis Sanders, safety Deon Grant, cornerback Juran Bolden, linebacker Greg Favors and quarterback Doug Johnson. Grant was the pricey acquisition of the bunch and he represents a home-run signing. Yoder and Favors were also wins. Hendricks, whose career was cut short by personal problems, was a top contributor on special teams and gave the Jaguars a season’s worth of return for their money and represents a marginal win. Bolden was signed with the hope he would become a starter, which he did not, qualifying him as a loss. Compton and Sanders were no-risk players and represent neither a win nor a loss.


The free-agent signings mentioned in this story do not include those players who had been cut by their previous teams prior to the start of free agency. Those players are known as “street free agents” and do not appear in this analysis. Cornerback Dewayne Washington, who the Jaguars signed “off the street” in the spring of ’04, is such a player. So is tackle Mike Williams, who was signed in the winter of ’06 and returned nothing on the investment.


In ’04, the Jaguars allowed four players to leave in free agency: Leander Jordan, Fernando Bryant, Danny Clark and Jamar Nesbit. Make that a win, win, win, loss. The Jaguars made a mistake not keeping Nesbit, who has gone on to become a starting guard for the Saints. Keeping Nesbit may have been difficult, however, since he was bent on becoming a starter and knew he wouldn’t have that chance in Jacksonville.


The following spring, the Jaguars made their most expensive free-agent acquisition to date under Del Rio/Harris. On the first day of free agency, the Jaguars signed defensive end Reggie Hayward from Denver. Hayward got a $10 million signing bonus and became the Jaguars’ best pass-rusher. He was a big win, though the price tag was high. Now, of course, the Jaguars find themselves hoping Hayward can make it all the way back from Achilles surgery.


The Jaguars signed cornerback Kenny Wright in ’05 free agency and Wright was an effective one-year starter for the Jaguars, who spent a modest sum and took no risk in signing him. Defensive tackle Tony Williams was a loss at a modest signing bonus.


Bob Whitfield was the only player the Jaguars lost in free agency that year and the Jaguars replaced Whitfield with second-round draft choice Khalif Barnes, the team’s long-term fixture at left tackle.


In 2006, the Jaguars were bound and determined to address a right cornerback position that neither Bolden nor Washington nor Wright were able to stabilize permanently. The Jaguars threw a $10 million signing bonus at Brian Williams and the football world was stunned. A season later, was it a win? Absolutely. Though he came at a very high price, Williams provided the missing piece in the secondary of the league’s second-ranked defense. Cornerbacks don’t come cheap and the Jaguars had the salary cap room to spend the money on Williams.


The Jaguars also added tackle Stockar McDougle, linebacker Nick Greisen and wide receivers Randy Hymes and Troy Edwards. McDougle is still with the team. Hymes and Edwards are gone but they were no-risk guys. Greisen was worth the modest amount for which he signed with the team, therefore, Greisen is a win and the others are ties.


In free agency last spring, the Jaguars lost Akin Ayodele, Wright, Jamie Winborn, Deke Cooper, Mike Pearson and Ephraim Salaam. Each was replaced by a player who represented an upgrade at their position last season.


Best and worst signings? That’s easy: Peterson is the best and Douglas was the worst. It’s important to note that Douglas is the Jaguars’ only free-agent loss in the last four years that represented a significant financial setback. Mitchell, Bolden and Williams were not signed to big deals and represented minor risk.


How about best and worst decisions to allow players to leave in free agency? Letting Ayodele sign an expensive contract with Dallas saved money and opened the door for rookie Clint Ingram to step into the lineup, and Ingram gave reason to believe he could become the team’s best-ever strong side linebacker. Allowing Nesbit to leave, as mentioned, was a mistake, but it didn’t weaken the team.


Get your scorecard ready for this year’s free-agent period.
 11 years ago '04        #5
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Jags have decisions to make
Part I


By Vic Ketchman, jaguars.com senior editor
02/08/07



The process has begun and the Jaguars clearly have major decisions to make between now and the start of free agency.

From Feb. 8-22, NFL teams may a.ssign “franchise” and “transition” tags to specific players, if they wish to do so. The Jaguars don’t have any “franchise” or “transition” candidates, but they do have restricted free agents who would be very attractive in free agency, and the Jaguars must protect their rights to those players by making sure they make them unattractive.

How do you do that? It’s all about a.ssigning tenders, which must be designated by midnight on the night of March 1. At that moment, the first day of the NFL’s league calendar begins and so does free agency.

The Jaguars have six players scheduled to become restricted free agents: Bobby McCray (pictured), Quinn Gray, Ernest Wilford, Josh Scobee, Jorge Cordova and Ahmad Carroll. According to the rules of restricted free agency, McCray will be the most difficult to protect and Carroll would be the easiest to protect. Why? Because McCray is a former seventh-round pick who became a star pass-rusher in 2006, while Carroll is a former first-round pick who was claimed off waivers last season.

Each of the six RFA players will be tendered an offer at one of four levels:

• Low tender includes right of first refusal for the team holding the player’s rights, and original draft pick compensation should another team sign that player. Should a low-tender player not sign with another team, he would be paid an $850,000 salary on a one-year contract in 2007.

• Second-round tender includes right of first refusal, second-round draft choice compensation and a $1.3 million salary.

• First-round tender includes right of first refusal, first-round draft pick compensation and a $1.85 million salary.

• First and third-round tender includes right of first refusal, first and third-round draft pick compensation and a $2.35 million salary.

How might the Jaguars tender each of their six RFA players? Let’s save that for another installment. Give it some thought between now and then. How would you do it?

Let’s go back to those “franchise” and “transition” tags the Jaguars aren’t going to use.

A “franchise” player would be paid at the average of the top five salaries in the league at his position. Should he sign a contract offer from another team, the signing team would owe the player’s original team two first-round draft picks as compensation. To sign a “franchise” player, a team must have a first-round pick in each of the next two drafts the equal or higher in the order than their own choice. Each team may only designate one “franchise” player.

“Transition” players would be paid at the average of the top 10 salaries in the league at their position. The signing team owes no compensation, but the player’s original team may retain the player by matching the offer he received within a week of having signed it. Each team may designate one “transition” player but not more than one “transition” and “franchise” player at any one time.

Feb. 12 is the first day teams may cut players. The current Collective Bargaining Agreement allows teams to cut two players before June 2 and count them as June 2 cuts, which means their remaining amortization may be spread over two salary-cap years.

There are three categories of free agents in the free-agent signing period:

• Unrestricted free agents have four or more accrued seasons and their contracts expire at midnight on March 1.

• Restricted free agents have exactly three accrued seasons and their contracts expire at midnight on March 1. April 20 – one week before the draft – is the deadline for RFA’s to sign an offer sheet.

• Exclusive-rights free agents have fewer than three accrued seasons and their contracts expire at midnight on March 1. Their teams may retain those players by tendering them a one-year contract offer at minimum wage by midnight on March 1. The Jaguars have two ERFA players: Derrick Wimbush and Kenny Petway.

The free-agent signing period is that time of the year when the salary cap boys – the bean counters of the front office – earn their money and are of premium importance.

The manner in which they move money around and their ability to be creative with contract language are critical. Consider the case of guard Steve Hutchinson last year.

Seattle designated Hutchinson a “transition” player. That was a mistake. They should’ve given him the “franchise” tag.

Minnesota gave Hutchinson a contract offer that included a clause that would guarantee all of the money in the contract – it was worth $49 million – if Hutchinson wasn’t the highest-paid offensive lineman on the Vikings. The contract, of course, made Hutchinson the Vikings’ highest-paid lineman.

If the Seahawks matched the Vikings’ offer, they would have to guarantee all $49 million because Hutchinson would not have been their highest-paid offensive lineman; Walter Jones’ contract would’ve been richer. Seattle decided it would not guarantee Hutchinson’s $49 million.

The league contended the clause in Hutchinson’s contract offer from the Vikings wasn’t a principal term in the contract, but an arbitrator ruled it was, thus, the Vikings won the war for Hutchinson.

“What it means is the ability to poison-pill these offer sheets seems to be broad, so if you want to keep a free agent you better make sure you tender him at the right level so the compensation keeps teams from signing him to an offer sheet,” Jaguars capologist Tim Walsh said.

“We have about $22 million in cap room. We have a lot of room. That gives us flexibility to do what we want to do, but it doesn’t mean you’re going to spend money if you don’t see the value with the player,” Walsh added of the Jaguars’ situation heading into free agency.

Get ready.
 11 years ago '04        #6
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 AdorableOne said:
I was going to start this thread, but wanted to wait til closer to next season. YAY
lol i was really trying to wait too, but i was in here the other day an i almost started one up then, but i waited, but, couldnt wait any longer. lol oh well, its here now!!! go jags!
 02-15-2007, 12:13 AM         #7
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Just to give you a suggestion. I would post a small section of the article in quote tags and link the rest.
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 AdorableOne said:
Just to give you a suggestion. I would post a small section of the article in quote tags and link the rest.
ok, well i duno, might do that, yea it would be easier just to post the link tags, but i know nowadays, most peoples is just too lazy an so they can just read it all on here if they want. its all good
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A familiar setback
Jones moves forward in rehab


By Ryan Robinson, jaguars.com staff
02/15/07



It didn’t take a doctor or trainer to tell Jacksonville Jaguars running back Greg Jones what was ahead for him after he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in the Jaguars’ third preseason game against Tampa Bay last August. Jones was all too familiar with the difficult road in store for him, as he suffered the same injury in his right knee as a junior at Florida State.

Jones recovered from the setback at Florida State to lead the Seminoles in rushing his senior season and was selected by the Jaguars in the second round of the 2004 draft. The injury last year involved less pain and swelling.

“It seems like this is one is coming along so easy,” Jones said. “I have not had any trouble with it, but I’m still wondering if my results are going to be greater than last time. “

Jones waited several weeks for the swelling to subside and then headed to Birmingham, Ala. for surgery in September. He spent several months in Birmingham rehabbing with other NFL players who were going through similar injuries such as Philadelphia’s Donovan McNabb and Indianapolis’ Mike Doss. Other players came through for checkups on a weekly basis.

“Those guys play in the NFL so they know what I am going through,” Jones said. “We are all going through the same thing at the same time. We might be in different stages, but we all run through the same things. We talk it out. We talk about where we are at and we talk about football.”

Jones has reported to Jacksonville Municipal Stadium each day this offseason for rehab which includes weight lifting, cardio and time in the whirlpool. He has started running and doing some cutting drills, and plans to continue those drills as the other players report for offseason conditioning in late March.


“Some days I will be sitting in the training room doing rehab, wondering if this is all going to add up when the season comes,” Jones said. “It’s a long process, but I am starting to see the light. “

He admits there are times when his mind begins to wander.

“I do sit back and think about it,” Jones said. “As a football player, you sit back and think, am I going to be back? Am I going to be where I was before? I can’t do anything about it. All I can do is work hard. I can’t cry over spilled milk. That is what my family and the training staff always tells me. I am just trying to move forward, work hard, rehab and when my time comes, step back in there and start practicing again. I want to be ready.”

He plans on returning to Birmingham in the upcoming months for a checkup and maybe another week of rehab. Jones looks at the date of the injury being a positive as he heads into the 2007 season.

“I had my injury basically during training camp, which will be a whole year,” Jones said. “I will stay here and hopefully ease my way in with the guys. When I get back to training camp, my goal right now is I want to start off where I left off. Get back into it. I know it’s a process. I just have to get my body to follow my mind right now.”

While he was not on the field, Jones didn’t miss a play of the Jaguars 2006 season. He attended home games and rushed home from church on Sundays to watch the away games on television.

“I am a fan of football, first,” Jones said. “I love to see guys doing good and running backs running the ball. I was rooting those guys on. I was just a fan. “

Jones will add another dimension to a running game that set a franchise record for rushing yards in 2006.

“This team has it all,” Jones said. “We were 12-4 the year before last and we underachieved last year as an 8-8 team. We had a lot of injuries. In football, you just need to stay healthy and the ball needs to go your way. I know we can go to the playoffs, but I want to take it to the next level and go to the Super Bowl. I don’t see why not. We went 12-4 and everybody is still here except for Jimmy (Smith). I think we can do it. We have the talent. We beat the Colts and you see what they did.”
 02-21-2007, 03:17 AM         #10
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Ahhh sucks we ended up in third place this year... but I was impressed with Jones that dude isgoing to be something special he got snubbed for RoY imo.

Hopefully Leftwich can be healthy next year for a fulll year, cause I like Garrard, but Leftwich has that cannon for an arm.
 11 years ago '05        #11
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i swear i miss Fernando Bryant
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lol fernando bryant, i remember him, an i really think that williams is a better corner then him, i just wish the jags could have waited one more year to lock up the other cornerback spot. Nate Clements would have been a much better signing
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Leftwich number one again
Del Rio announces decision


By Vic Ketchman, jaguars.com senior editor
02/22/07



Byron Leftwich is still “The Man.”

Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio made that announcement on Thursday, speaking from Indianapolis, where Del Rio is attending the NFL scouting combine.

“Shack (personnel director James Harris) and his staff and me and my staff, including the new coaches, have completed our evaluation processes and, in our minds, there’s a confirmation and consensus that Byron Leftwich is our starting quarterback going forward,” Del Rio said.

Del Rio said he has communicated that decision to Leftwich.

“I have. We’ve spoken. I talked to him the week after the Super Bowl. We spent three hours talking,” Del Rio said. “When you lose your starting quarterback, it puts your head coach into an awkward situation. There were some awkward situations we potentially could’ve handled better. It’s unrealistic for anybody to lose their quarterback and not be confronted with those situations. We’ve resolved to go forward.”

Del Rio confirmed that Leftwich will be the team’s starting quarterback going into training camp and that David Garrard and Quinn Gray would be retained. He also said the team would not attempt to sign a quarterback in free agency.

“What I would offer is that there is always competition but we’re not creating an open competition,” Del Rio said.

On the subject of the upcoming free-agent signing period, Del Rio said the crop of available players is not attractive. “Teams are doing a much better job of re-signing their guys or ‘franchising’ their guys, so the market is not robust. Less and less front-line people are available,” he said.


“The last couple of years we have taken a shot at filling needs in free agency and were active early. In both cases we found great fits and those guys were exactly what we were looking for,” he added, referring to the additions of defensive end Reggie Hayward in 2005 and cornerback Brian Williams in ’06.

It’s not likely the Jaguars will be active in the expensive phase of free agency this year. The team is more likely to pursue affordable free agents who might step into specific roles.

“We feel like over the last four years we’ve improved the roster. We’ve drafted a lot of talent offensively that we feel confident will continue to develop. We feel we’ve a.ssembled a strong football team that will compete with anybody. We’ve got a healthy cap and some guys returning from injury that make it like almost having a whole draft class coming back. When those guys come through the door, it’s going to be like having a free-agent class joining us,” Del Rio said, referring to the return of players such as Hayward, Mike Peterson, Greg Jones, Donovin Darius, Pat Thomas and Brent Hawkins. All of them were lost for the season due to injury.

“I’m excited about what we’ve built,” Del Rio said.
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Jaguars | Team agrees to terms with Northcutt
Sun, 4 Mar 2007 06:52:27 -0800

Michael C. Wright, of the Florida Times-Union, reports the Jacksonville Jaguars agreed to terms with free agent WR Dennis Northcutt (Browns) on a five-year contract worth $3.4 million per season, including a $4.5 million signing bonus. Northcutt will take a physical Sunday, March 4, and if he passes, he will sign the deal Monday, March 5.
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Jaguars | Team agrees to terms with Northcutt
Sun, 4 Mar 2007 06:52:27 -0800

Michael C. Wright, of the Florida Times-Union, reports the Jacksonville Jaguars agreed to terms with free agent WR Dennis Northcutt (Browns) on a five-year contract worth $3.4 million per season, including a $4.5 million signing bonus. Northcutt will take a physical Sunday, March 4, and if he passes, he will sign the deal Monday, March 5.

Big news man, thanks for the update, vic ketchman was sayin they were lookin to sign him , im glad they did, i was hopin they would re-sign keenan mccardell myself, cause he was awesome with the jags, but northcut is younger and alot more versatile then mccardell, so it was a good pickup.
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Northcutt OK with role
Wants to spark passing game


By Vic Ketchman, jaguars.com senior editor
03/05/07



Dennis Northcutt won’t go so far as to say he’s the missing link, but he understands he was signed by the Jaguars this past weekend for the purpose of upgrading a pass-offense that sagged to 24th in the league last year.

“Absolutely,” Northcutt agreed, in an interview with jaguars.com on Monday morning. “When you look at the stats, when you’re 24th in the league, you need improvement. I’m not saying I’m the key and I can do it all, but I’m part of the puzzle. Together we have to figure this out.”

Northcutt was at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on Monday to undergo a physical examination that was the final step before signing a five-year, $17 million contract to play for the Jaguars.

“We have to work so they’re not talking about us as the weak link; they’re talking about us as the strength of the team. We have to fix that. I look forward to trying to change that. I look forward to a defense that is really good and will give me a chance to get back on punt returns,” Northcutt added.

The Jaguars signed Northcutt for two major reasons: 1.) He fits a specific need for a slot receiver and punt-returner; 2.) the Jaguars believe Northcutt still has the speed to be a deep receiver.

“Yes, I do. Yes, I do,” Northcutt said emphatically when asked if he still has deep speed. “I have seven years under my belt but I feel like I’m still in my prime. I train to try to get faster.”

His production fell last season to 22 catches for 228 yards, but the reason for that was obvious: A new regime in Cleveland featured recent first-round draft choices Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards.


“When you have a new staff come in and a new system and they draft their guys and had Kellen Winslow coming back and Braylon Edwards coming back, you want to get your guys going; the guys you spent all your money on,” Northcutt said.

Prior to last season, Northcutt had averaged nearly 50 catches a season for four years. He made a career-high 62 catches in 2003 and a career-best 806 yards receiving in ’04. Northcutt has receptions of 43 yards or longer in five consecutive seasons and has punt returns for touchdowns of 87, 74, and 62 yards. Northcutt had an 81-yard punt-return last season.

“I’m pretty excited,” Northcutt said about joining the Jaguars. “I’m happy about the opportunity to come here and play for a good football team; to try to get to the Super Bowl.

“I see myself doing my part to help this team win: show how to approach the game and how to prepare, move the chains, give a spark, maybe help the younger guys,” he added.

It’s hoped Northcutt will give quarterback Byron Leftwich the deep threat he needs to “stretch” the field and open the passing lanes for Reggie Williams, Matt Jones and Ernest Wilford.

“I’ve watched him and I think he’s a great quarterback; strong arm, get the ball anywhere on the field,” Northcutt said of Leftwich. “I look forward to catching some of those deep balls he throws.”

The Jaguars are also looking forward to it.
 11 years ago '05        #17
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i woulda prefered keenan or joe horn
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Vic's Value Board
(updated 3/9/07)


# Player / Comment
1. Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma
Sensational running skills.

2. Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech
Big, fast, athletic, smart.

3. Joe Thomas, OT, Wisconsin
Best of the big guys.

4. Alan Branch, DT, Michigan
Dominant force inside.

5. Levi Brown, OT, Penn State
Light-footed pass-blocker.

6. Adam Carriker, DE, Nebraska
Disruptive and relentless.

7. Reggie Nelson, S, Florida
Best athlete in this draft.

8. Jarvis Moss, DE, Florida
Showed in title game what he can be.

9. Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson
Good year for defensive ends.

10. Amobi Okoye, DT, Louisville
You don't find linemen this bright and young.

11. Darrelle Revis, CB, Pitt
Top athlete ready for next level.

12. Laron Landry, S, LSU
Great size and speed.

13. Jamarcus Russell, QB, LSU
I'm not crazy about him but he's a QB.

14. Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame
Better on paper than in big games.

15. Paul Posluszny, LB, Penn State
The perfect football player.

16. Jamaal Anderson, DE, Arkansas
Get 'em while they're hot.

17. Ray McDonald, DT, Florida
Very underrated performer.

18. Leon Hall, CB, Michigan
In the Ty Law mold.

19. Aaron Ross, CB, Texas
Nice size for a corner.

20. Chris Houston, CB, Arkansas
Outstanding in coverage; just a little small.

21. Jon Beason, LB, Miami
Run and hit guy.

22. Lawrence Timmons, LB, Florida State
Run and hit guy, too.

23. Patrick Willis, LB, Ole Miss
Tackling machine.

24. Sidney Rice, WR, South Carolina
Big-time risk/reward.

25. Ted Ginn, WR, Ohio State
Speed exceeds production.

26. Marshawn Lynch, RB, California
Fantastic production.

27. Ben Grubbs, G, Auburn
Classic road-grader.

28. Ryan Harris, OT, Notre Dame
Begins next wave of tackles.

29. Tony Hunt, RB, Penn State
Pounder with some wiggle and burst.

30. Joe Staley, OT, Central Michigan
Runs like a linebacker; true left tackle.

31. Robert Meachem, WR, Tennessee
Big, fast guy on the outside.

32. Arron Sears, G/T, Tennessee
Physical and versatile.
 11 years ago '04        #19
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Leftwich will attend OTA’s
Time to ‘heal up and win’


By Vic Ketchman, jaguars.com senior editor
03/22/07



Byron Leftwich hasn’t spoken to the media but he’s been in communication with the Jaguars since being reinstated as the team’s starting quarterback on Feb. 22.

“Dirk (Koetter) talked to him (on Wednesday). He’s getting the information,” Jack Del Rio said of communication between Leftwich and the team’s new offensive coordinator.

The Jaguars will begin their offseason conditioning program on Monday (March 26) and Del Rio said Leftwich will be a no-show, but that’s no problem for the Jaguars head coach.

“He’ll be here when we’re on the field. He’ll be here for football,” Del Rio said.

Leftwich has been working out in south Florida for the past month and he’ll continue a personal workout regimen through the spring. Offseason conditioning is voluntary, as is the team’s OTA (organized team activity) practices, which are tentatively scheduled to begin on May 8. Del Rio said Leftwich will participate in the Jaguars’ 14 OTA practices and five mandatory mini-camp practices.

Del Rio will attend next week’s owners meetings in Phoenix. When he returns to Jacksonville, it will be with a bounce in his step for the start of a new year. The bitter memory of three losses at the end of last season that kept the Jaguars out of the playoffs will give way to hope for something better in ’07.

At last year’s owners meetings, Del Rio said the goal was to take the next step and win in the playoffs. In an interview with jaguars.com on Thursday, Del Rio said his goal for this season is “to heal up and win. I believe with the roster we’ve a.ssembled and the staff we’ve a.ssembled, we will do that.”


Leftwich, Mike Peterson, Reggie Hayward, Greg Jones, Donovin Darius, Pat Thomas, Brent Hawkins and Marcus Stroud all missed significant playing time last season due to injury. Hayward was lost for the year in the first game of the season, Peterson was lost for the year in week five and Leftwich exited after just six games. Jones, of course, was lost in the preseason.

“Some of our blue-chip players,” Del Rio said. “How good is it going to be to add them to our squad?”

Tight end George Wrighster emerged as a major pass-catching weapon last season and Del Rio expects Wrighster to be fully recovered from offseason labrum surgery by the start of training camp.

The fifth-year head coach is also excited about changes he’s made to his offensive coaching staff. Koetter, the former Arizona State head coach, is the new boss on offense. Former Alabama head coach Mike Shula will coach the quarterbacks and two new faces have been added to coach the wide receivers. All of that is an attempt to improve the Jaguars’ passing game, which sagged to 24th in the league.

“We need to have a strong offseason. We’re taking a complete look at our passing game as we did with our running game last year, making sure we put our playmakers in position to make plays. We’re going through our passing game with a fine-toothed comb, making sure, first and foremost, that the quarterback knows where he needs to go with the ball and he knows where the trouble is,” Del Rio said.

“We had this dynamic in Baltimore on defense. You’re talking about challenging each other every day,” Del Rio added, referring to his offensive coaching staff. “That dynamic is in place with our offensive staff. I think it’s a good sign.”

Del Rio’s attention is also on next month’s draft and the final player evaluations that are occurring during the prospects’ pro days.

“I think we’re positioned in a way that we can add players at various positions. We’re not going into this draft trying to fill any holes,” he said.

Of the Jaguars’ 10 picks in the first two rounds of the four drafts under Del Rio, the team has selected seven offensive players. The Jaguars, of course, have signed two offensive players – Tony Pashos and Dennis Northcutt – in free agency this year.

“I think there’s a good chance we’ll be looking on the defensive side of the ball,” Del Rio said.

What Del Rio most wants to leave behind with the start of spring and the end of what was a long, hard winter is recent reports of Jaguars players in brushes with the law.

“Any time you see one of your players in a negative story, it bothers you,” Del Rio said. “We believe very strongly in having quality people with character. We will continue to work hard to educate our players, with the desire that they be good football players and good citizens in the community.”
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