Mathis Said Players Had No Choice
Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver and cornerback Rashean Mathis, who shares the player rep duties with Aaron Kampman, had similar things to say about the decertification and lockout.
Weaver said the owners had no other practical choice and Mathis said it was the players' only option.
"We all share the disappointment that the players union turned down an excellent deal and has instead decided to litigate. I am in full agreement with the NFL and the other Clubs that the NFL had no practical choice after these actions except to lock out the players," Weaver said.
Mathis said the players had no option but to decertify in an attempt to get a judge to lift the lockout.
Meanwhile, the players apparently remain united in the early going.
The Jaguars players had previously approved decertification but Mathis said he and Kampman again contacted them by email or by phone and they all favored the move.
All Signs Point to Kerrigan
Most of the pre-draft speculation is that the Jaguars will take a defensive end with the 16th pick in the first round.
Although Jaguars general manager Gene Smith stresses he picks the best available athlete, the best one could be a defensive end because the draft is deep at that position.
And the speculation is that they could pick Ryan Kerrigan because he is type of player who appeals to Smith. He is a team leader and co-captain noted for going all out on every play. And he is being compared to Aaron Kampman, who was signed by the Jaguars as a free agent last year.
The speculation continued when the Jaguars' defensive line coach, Joe Cullen, had dinner with Kerrigan the night before his Pro Day at Purdue.
But all this is no guarantee the Jaguars will take Kerrigan. They are not tipping their hand and revealing whether Kerrigan is in their sights.
And there might be a player they have rated higher than him when they make the 16th pick.
Still, don't be surprised to see Kerrigan's name listed for the Jaguars on most mock drafts.
Osgood Wants an Expanded Role
Kassim Osgood, who signed with the Jaguars as a free agent last year, is one of the best special teams players in the league, but he is still trying to make his mark as a wideout and contributing any way possible.
He caught 28 passes in his first two years in San Diego but then didn't catch more than two in a season before leaving at the end of last year in an attempt to become a bigger factor in the offense for the Jaguars.
And he hopes he gets more chances to play offense in 2011, assuming there is a season.
"For me, it is just being consistent. When they call your play and you're out there, you have to be consistent and reliable. The coaches have to have full confidence and know you can go out there and make plays," he said.
But he still enjoys playing special teams.
"For me, special teams is like recess. You go out there and have fun and I enjoy doing it," he said.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I want to get to the Super Bowl. I've been chasing that ring for a long time. I've got to get that ring." -- Kassim Osgood on his ambition to get to the Super Bowl and win it.
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