The Jacksonville Jaguars had just fired head coach Gus Bradley after four long seasons of a national nightmare. They were coming into the game with nine straight losses. It wasn’t looking good for the home finale.
And then the Jaguars happened.
This team dominated the Tennessee Titans by a score of 38-17. It was a day highlighted by Marqise Lee throwing, Blake Bortles catching, and Jalen Ramsey making a great play on the ball for his first career NFL touchdown.
With Marcus Mariota out, backup quarterback Matt Cassel was in the game. He threw a weak ball to the right sideline and Ramsey made a break on the ball, caught it, and sprinted to the end zone.
We didn’t have much to cheer about in 2016. But this pick-six interception from the best player on our defense (and likely the team) gives us a lot to hope for in 2017.
Much has been rumored as to the reasoning behind Smith’s absence ever since head coach Doug Marrone stated the team had not been in contact with Smith at the beginning of the team’s off-season workout program, an action that seemed out of character for a player who has been the team’s defensive captain and a self-proclaimed protegee of former middle linebacker Paul Posluszny, a player who was always a team-first guy.
General manager Dave Caldwell furthered the speculation when he stated, “we’ll see” when asked about Smith’s immediate future with the team.
Last season he played in two games for Buffalo and six games for the New York Jets, making a combined 16 receptions for 252 yards and two touchdowns.
The former decorated Ohio State quarterback originally entered the NFL in the 2011 supplemental draft when the Raiders spent a third round pick on him. Pryor entered the NFL with the intent to play quarterback, originally backing up for the Raiders but found himself as a starter for nine games in 2013, going 3-6 completing 57 percent of his passes, throwing for nearly 1,800 yards and had 7 passing touchdowns with 11 interceptions.
Funnily enough, Pryor’s first win as a starting quarterback came against the Jaguars in Week 2 of the 2013 season.
As we work our way through the summer in preparation for 2019 training camp and the 2019 preseason, we thought it would be a good idea to go down the roster and take a peak at every single player on the Jaguars 90 man. A lot of these players we already know, but roughly half of them won’t make the final roster and there will be some battles on the back end, so this can give us at least some precursory information on players we may not be familiar with.
Now you can look smart watching the preseason games with your friends when they say “Wow, who is that guy?!” — You’ll know.
First up, offensive lineman Jordan Asagiva.
Jordan Asagiva, Rookie, 22, Utah
Asagiva was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars after impressing the staff during a rookie tryout. During rookie minicamp the Jaguars had a ton of try out rookies looking to impress, and that’s exactly what Asagiva did. He was quickly signed to the Jaguars 90-man roster and will be fighting for a back up or practice squad spot this offseason.
Asagiva started 24 games for Utah at right guard and being named All Pac-12 first team his senior season. He was a JUCO transfer to Utah and quickly developed into an anchor on their offensive line for his two seasons there.
On Friday, reporters asked Nick how he and Tori were doing. I thought the full press conference was an insightful look into his and his family’s perspective on the whole thing:
(On how he’s doing)
“I’m doing good. As you all know, my wife and I went through a lot this past week after the loss of our … she was 15 weeks pregnant, and we lost our baby boy. A lot of people have reached out. I’m grateful for that. All of the prayers and support from everyone. I know there’s a lot of people that go through this. It’s difficult. It’s really difficult. It will always be emotional. Ultimately, we trust the Lord in this process. We get home to our beautiful baby girl. We hug her even tighter. There will be a process of going through, Tori is going through a lot right now. I’m here. The team has been awesome, but when I’m done here, I’ll get home to them. That way, we can continue to heal with one another, but we continue to keep our faith and have that joy inside of us. We’re doing good and progressing.”
(On why he came back)
“Ultimately, it was my wife, talking to her, she knows I’m going to get home. She knows how important family is to me, but she also wanted me to be here with the team. After this, I’ll shower up, grab some water because it’s starting to get humid and run home, and I’ll be with my family. It’s really up to her, and she wanted me to come here and be with the team for a little bit. We have a lot of support. Her mom was in town. My mom is coming in town, helping out because there’s a healing process that she’s going through. That’s my wife.”
(On if he wanted to return to display his leadership qualities)
“I’d say the big thing is if my wife needed me at home right now, I’d be at home. That’s just me being honest. She’s the one that said, ‘go. The team needs you right now.’ She knows I’m coming home right away, so that’s her. It’s really as simple as that. If she says, ‘I need you to stay home,’ I’d call the team right now and say ‘I need to be home.’ The great thing is that the team said as long as I need, whatever I need, they understand. They’ve been wonderful. At the same time, my wife wants me to be here because we’re building something right here. I love being with the guys here. Like I said, everyone has been wonderful. Everyone has been supportive. All my family in Philly has been supportive because that’s my family too in Philly. We’ve had a lot of messages there. Once again, we’re grateful for everything.”
(On his wife, Tori)
“She’s way stronger than I’ll ever be. She’s gone through so much and people don’t realize it. Since 2013, she was an athlete in college working at Nike out of school and one day, her life changed. She was diagnosed with dysautonomia and she was bed-ridden, hospitals. She battles that every single day. We’ve gone through so much this past couple of years. We’re going through this now but she’s so strong. She’s unbelievable. The other day, she had something on her heart, the Spirit had given to her to say. She wanted to know if I wanted her to wait until I had a press conference. I said no, if that’s what you feel is on your heart, you say it, and that’s why she posted what she did. She’s an amazing writer. The way she writes is unbelievable. She’s always from the heart and she’s going to be joyful. It’s never going to be ‘poor me’ or anything because she’s never that way. She goes through something every day with a chronic illness and she’s never going to do that. She’s tough, fights through everything. Right now, she’s continuing to do what she can. She probably moves around too much right now, and I know she’s going through so many emotions. That’s something we get to go through in our relationship, and our marriage allows us to grow closer and closer together. If you talk to her older brothers, she’s a rock.”
(On if she inspires him)
“Oh yeah. She’s a big reason why I continue to play the game of football after St. Louis. She never stopped believing in me. She knew I was facing so much fear, so much struggle deep inside my heart. That’s why I wore No. 4 that season because she was No. 4. I wanted to wear her number to honor her. It’s really a blessing that the Lord brought us together, and we get to go through life together because life’s not always easy. You’re going to go through struggles, but that’s why we continue to have our faith in Jesus and continue to talk openly, to talk about the hard things. It just brings us closer and closer together. Our faith continues to increase.”
Keep sending good thoughts, prayers, vibes or whatever you do to the Foles family for their loss.
Henderson, like Marcus Stroud, played in an era where there were a lot of very good defensive tackles, so he wasn’t considered as dominant league-wise as he should have been. But Henderson was incredibly athletic for his size (6’7”, 345 pounds).
He averaged 3.5 sacks, 4.5 passes defended, and only missed four games of his eight-year career. He had the athleticism to run down and pressure opposing quarterbacks (averaged 30 pressures per season in his first three seasons) and the strength to plug up the offensive line and contribute to the best run defense in Jaguars history.
In honor of Big John, go ask someone to slap you in the face today. It’ll change your morning.
Send us your favorite moments and we’ll dig into each one until the Jaguars kick off on September 8th — including whatever video, audio, or stories we can find.
It was Week 4 and the Jaguars were coming off two 25-point losses in a row — on the road to the San Diego Los Angeles Chargers and then a lackluster effort where the team only scored three points against the Philadelphia Eagles at home.
Our first AFC South game of the season was hosting Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts and the Jaguars were matching them drive for drive throughout the game. Tied 28-28, David Garrard put together a few good passes to...
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a very straightforward approach to how they want to use first round draft pick Josh Allen in their defense — to rush the passer.
When asked if he had any creative ways to use Allen or if he was planning on splitting his time between linebacker and defensive end, defensive coordinator Todd Wash was as blunt as he could possibly be.
Wash went on to explain that while Allen will be a defensive end, that doesn’t preclude him from dropping into coverage or doing things other than rush the passer.
“I don’t know how much we’ll move him around. He’s a defensive end so him and Yannick [Ngakoue] play the same position, obviously opposite each other on rush downs, but you’ve got a lot of ability to drop him, rush him and all that kind of stuff. We’re excited. We didn’t think we’d get him at seven [in the draft], and he was there so obviously we’ve got to take advantage of it ... I honestly can’t say being a defensive line coach that I get to excited about a 15-sack guy dropping into coverage. Hopefully you won’t see too damn much of that.”
What do you think? Should the Jaguars be a little more creative with a guy like Allen? Or is this straightforward approach what’s best for Allen and the defense as a whole? Let us know in the comments below.
ESPN’s Mike DiRocco has an excellent breakdown of the entire play here — what coaches and players were thinking, the set up, the postgame feeling in the locker room, and more.
But I thought Garrard’s recollection of the run was great:
“I was in the shotgun,” Garrard said to DiRocco. “I saw, wow, they’re kind of giving it to me because they didn’t really have a linebacker lined up over there. That’s what happens when you do the trips. You put everybody to the right and everybody slides to stop the pass. They’re thinking, ‘They’re trying to throw a short quick pass to get somebody open.’ They did extra covering those guys and basically left the middle open. ...
“Mojo [Maurice Jones-Drew] was lined up next to me. He goes through and takes his linebacker out. All I had to do was make it through the line and basically fall forward for 2 yards. When I get through there’s nobody there and there’s only the safety [Tyrone Carter] coming down. I knew I had the first down and I thought, ‘We’re good right now.’ I thought, ‘I’m going to win this thing all by myself here.’ Then I realized I’m not that fast and the safety caught me from behind at the -yard line. …
”I felt him grab me from behind and I thought, ‘Don’t fumble the ball. Hold on to the ball; squeeze it tight.’ My wife was telling me all year long, protect the ball like it’s our son. We had just had our son in Week 4, so you can see me cradling the ball and putting two arms around it.”