The Safety Dance
Already having their linebacking corps rebuilt, the Jaguars turned their focus toward the secondary. After failing to land their prized prospect, San Diego's Eric Weddle, Jacksonville has appeared to come to terms with Batimore Ravens safety Dawan Landry.
Here's what our friend Alfie Crow had to say about it.
Our take: Safety was clearly the team's weakest position a season ago, but Landry is a strong safety and not much of a cover guy. This signing must be supplemented with another at free safety.
Carr Won't Play Nickel
Just 24 hours ago it appeared that the Jaguars had solid dialect with Baltimore cornerback Chris Carr. Although the Jaguars have funds and need, it appears that the talks have broken off as Carr didn't want to entertain the option of playing nickel,according to the Florida Times-Union
Our take: Chris Carr is better than Derek Cox and promising the starting job to Cox may be short-sighted.
Gabbert Signed, Sealed and Delivered
The Jaguars inked quarterback Blaine Gabbert to his rookie deal worth a reported $12 million over four years just as last night's practice was beginning. Gabbert saw very limited reps during the session.
Here's Alfie Crow's take.
Our take: Gabbert needs to get as many reps as possible as he is the quarterback of the future and should be the quarterback of the present.
Jags Agree With Spitz, Manuwai in Danger
The Jaguars came to terms with free agent veteran guard Jason Spitz last evening. The 28-year old Jacksonville native played his first five seasons with the Green Bay Packers, starting much of his first three seasons.
Spitz will compete for a starting job which will make Vince Manuwai expendable. Manuwai has plenty going against him as he is scheduled to earn nearly $3 million in salary and he drew the ire of head coach Jack Del Rio when he showed up out of shape.
"Vinny's not even close, I mean he's not even close to being ready," Del Rio explained.
"He's just in no position to be competing on the football field," the Jaguars head coach reiterated. He hasn't passed the physical and he's in poor condition."
Our take: When healthy and in shape, Manuwai is one of the league's most punishing run blockers and when he was inserted into the starting lineup last season the Jaguars rushing attack took off. The signing of Spitz sends a direct message to Big Vinny to get in shape and he will likely be asked to take a pay cut assuming he makes the roster.
The Turk Comes to Jacksonville
In football terms, "The Turk" is the guy who delivers the earth-shattering news to players that they need to hand in their playbooks and they will no longer be a member of the team.
This Turk arrives on much better terms as the Jaguars came to an agreement with former Houston Texans punter Matt Turk. Turk has had an up and down career, like most punters, and his services were necessary as the Jaguars lost Adam Podlesh in free agency.
Here's Alfie Crow's report.
Our take: Any punter who isn't horrible is going to excel with Kassim Osgood and Montell Owens running down kicks.
Charlie Bernstein is the host of "The Sports Crunch" on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie