The Jaguars called a 2 p.m. press conference for Tuesday and they will be announcing that the team will play one home game per year for the next three seasons over in London.
The uninformed reaction is that this is preliminary to a more permanent move across the pond for a Jacksonville franchise which has struggled to sell tickets over the past few years. The truth is that this is a move which both expands the Jaguars brand globally and reduces some of the strain on potential season ticket-holders.
Jaguars fans can live with one less home game per year. As much as many of you will miss it, you can get along without that Browns-Jaguars tilt that keeps everyone on the edges of their seats. This comes at a 10 percent decrease in the price of season tickets in a less than affluent market which could open up the possibility of season tickets to even more people, thus going a long way in securing the long-term future of the franchise.
Thomas Back in A Familiar Role
Jaguars wide receiver Mike Thomas went from underrated, to overrated, back to properly rated among his own front office. After a solid 2010 campaign as a number two receiver, Thomas was wrongly elevated to top receiver status in 2011 and struggled mightily. The fourth-year wideout quit on routes, showed poor hands and lost the confidence of his quarterback and front office after last season's debacle.
The team opted to pay Thomas his roster bonus in the offseason, but it didn't guarantee his roster spot. After a rough start to training camp, Thomas was clearly on the bubble heading into the team's preseason opener.
"We told Mike (Thomas) that if he didn't pick up his game he wasn't going to make the team, regardless of how much we paid him," a Jaguars team source said.
Back to playing with a chip on his shoulder, Thomas has excelled in the position that he was originally slated for, slot receiver. Thomas caught four passes for 89 yards in the preseason opening victory over New York, and followed it up with a three-catch, 22-yard performance against the New Orleans Saints.
Mike Thomas' roster spot was virtually guaranteed last week when the team parted ways with veteran Lee Evans, a move that they wanted to have to make. Thomas is confident again, and it appears that quarterback Blaine Gabbert is confident in him yet again.
Bradfield Could Be A Permanent Fixture
Former undrafted free agent Cameron Bradfield has been forced into action with the Jaguars due to former second-round draft pick Eben Britton's chronic back difficulties. It appears as if Bradfield has found a home at right tackle.
Although it doesn't reflect all that well on general manager Gene Smith, the undrafted guy who was picked up "off the street" has performed much better than the high second-round pick at one of the premium positions on the offensive line.
A now healthy Britton has been playing left guard in place of second-year pro Will Rackley, who injured his right ankle in training camp. Rackley struggled mightily in his rookie season, and the Jaguars offensive line seems to be best with Britton inside and Bradfield playing opposite former first-round pick Eugene Monroe.
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for SportsTalkFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering 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