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Florida Times-Union reporter Michael C. Wright covers the ins and outs of the Jacksonville Jaguars. In this blog, he'll share behind-the-scenes anecdotes not published within the pages of the T-U, in addition to offering up incessant ramblings about nothing such as road trips, crummy hotels and not-so-delicious press box food. Perhaps he'll even delve into serious discussions about NFL issues. So ask questions, participate in conversations, or just learn more about the Jags.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Jaguars free-agent spending

With the first couple of days of free agency out of the way, perhaps it's time to analyze what the Jags did.

Do you think the club improved with the moves? Did it regress? What are your thoughts about the trades involving Marcus Stroud and Troy Williamson?

Let me know.


Anonymous Jeremy said...

The Jags definitely improved with their FA acquisitions. How Williamson turns out is going to be very interesting to watch since perhaps all he needs is a solid QB. Jerry Porter may have character issues, but I don't think that will be a concern in Jacksonville (considering, who hasn't had problems with the way things are in Oakland?). Florence should be solid in the secondary, with "NBC Nightly News with" Brian Williams possibly moving to safety. Stroud being traded looks kind of like a big loss, but Rob Meier is very capable of being a starter. The 3rd and 5th round picks will be nice to see on draft day. Cleo Lemon...who cares. DE is going to be interesting to watch also. Since McCray is gone, Brent Hawkins has the opportunity to step up and become a starter.

March 2, 2008 at 11:12 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

We have to trust our personnel dept. for a while. It sounds like we got Williamson for a reasonable enough price to take a chance - now we'll see if our coaches can teach him to hang onto the ball. Jerry Porter was probably the best free agent WR out there (all things considered). He's always had the tools, but mediocre production - so we'll see if our coaches can help him live up to the potential. I know nothing about Florence, and Lemon is fine for a backup. Stroud's case is interesting and it sounds like we may be missing part of the story why he left...

March 4, 2008 at 1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see the benefit in the Stroud trade coming on draft day, as Jeremy mentioned. I think it is very conceivable that the Jaguars will try to trade up in the first round to select a defensive end. Perhaps Derrick Harvey? That position needs to be addressed in the draft, and this seems a plausible route towards doing that. Do you have any information the Kennedy acquisiton? It sounds to me like he won't be much of a ocntender, but the competition doesn't hurt.

March 4, 2008 at 4:45 PM  
Anonymous Morgan said...

I think Williamson was a good move. He seems to have a strong work ethic and definately has the speed to stretch defenses. Jerry Porter would be a solid #1 option with Williamson at #2. I love Reggie Williams jumping ability and physical size, if he could mature past some of his post-catch antics he could be an amazing over-the-middle receiver.

The loss of Stroud is hard, but Meier is a proven backup. Landri has a nonstop motor and did well in the playoffs. I still believe Henderson will have to step up production this year with Stroud's departure.

The arrival of Florence in Jax is great. I love the idea of Brian Williams at strong safety and was a proponent of that last year. He has amazing ball-awareness but just doesn't quite have the speed to keep up with faster wideouts. I really hope Sensabaugh has as tough of a team mentality has he does gameplay ability, he would make the depth at DB one of the best in the league behind Reggie Nelson or Brian Williams. I hope they find some use for him, he's a great ballplayer.
And, hopefully Florence will be able to hold up weight of more balls throw his way, being that he may be opposite Mathis.

...On side notes, I like Nwaneri and hope he has the work ethic and ability to fill for Naeole. I also like Ingram and Durant at LB alongside Peterson and Smith.

Leaving DE really. I like Spicer. Maybe we get a solid DE in the draft. Maybe not. But the team is already stacked. Both on the field and on the bench.

I look forward to seeing a QB drafted to play behind Garrard and Lemon, much the way Garrard was behind Brunell and Leftwich, so that we can develop a future starter as well. This might be our year to win the superbowl, but let's not forget about the future.

March 30, 2008 at 11:51 AM  

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