Reasons To Believe 1. Mularkeys Arrival - Hired in large part because of his past success as an offensive coordinator along with his track-record of developing quarterbacks, the Jaguars are counting on Mularkey to turn their 2011 first round investment into a reliable starter. Despite possessing a top-ten defence statistically, the Jaguars realize their long-term franchise success is tied to Gabberts growth into a successful NFL quarterback. Based on last years results, Mularkey, and offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski have nowhere to go but up. 2. MoJo Rising? - One of the NFLs best at his position, Jones-Drew had his best season in 2011, rushing for 1,606 yards and eight touchdowns, despite facing frequent eight and nine man fronts due to the Jaguars anemic passing game. Entering his seventh NFL season, the diminutive back has missed just three games in his NFL career, but his training camp holdout is a cause for concern. 3. Silent But Deadly - The Jaguars defence quietly established themselves as one of the NFLs better units, ranking in the top-10 in yards allowed versus both the run and the pass. Led by unheralded players such as linebackers Paul Posluszny and Daryl Smith, cornerback Derek Cox and defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, the Jags defence was the primary reason the team won four games in which the offense scored 19 points or less. If the Jaguars are to improve on their five wins, it will be with a low scoring, grind-it-out style that will rely heavily on their underrated D. Reasons To Doubt 1. Falling Down - Most rookie quarterbacks not named Cam Newton tend to go through some struggles in their rookie campaigns, but Gabberts play last season raised some red flags. With the exception of one contest, Gabbert failed to lead the Jaguars offence to more than 19 points in any of the 15 games he appeared in. The accuracy and decision making questions that dogged him coming out of Missouri, were apparent throughout his rookie season. Mularkey has dealt with many young quarterbacks in the past, but this will test his coaching acumen. 2. Whats The Catch? - The Jaguars did their best to add some weapons to the offense to give their young QB some help, but questions remain. Free agent acquisition Laurent Robinson put up big numbers last year, but is on his fourth team in six years. Tight end Mercedes Lewis had a breakout 2010 with 700 receiving yards and 10 TDs, but last season he regressed and failed to find the end zone. Blackmon left a poor initial impression getting arrested for DUI and then becoming the last first round pick to sign a contract. 3. Pass Rush Problems - The Jaguars defence was productive last season despite getting little pressure on opposing passers. Besides DE Jeremy Minceys eight sacks, no other Jaguar had more than four. Without generating any pressure, the defence will be hard-pressed to duplicate its 2011 performance and that could spell disaster. What To Expect Based on what Gabbert displayed last season, its hard to imagine the Jaguars competing for a playoff spot in the AFC. While he has shown flashes this pre-season, he has a long way to go. The defense is solid, but it will be in tough to make up for the teams offensive inefficiencies. Unlike last season, the Jags have given Gabbert some options on offense, and he should show some improvement under Mularkey, but they were the third worst squad in the AFC last season, so to expect an improvement of five or more wins may be unrealistic. http://www.demarcuswarebroncosjersey.com/
. TSN 1290 Colour Analyst Paul Edmonds will join me for the radio broadcast at 7pm ct, while Dennis Beyak, Shane Hnidy and Sara Orlesky will call the action on TSN Jets.Current Non-Import Roster:Gord Hinse, OL, AlbertaKyle Koch, OL, McMasterScott Mitchell, OL, RiceBrian Ramsay, OL, New MexicoSimeon Rottier, OL, AlbertaDylan Steenbergen, OL, CalgaryDale Stevenson, OL, AlbertaGreg Wojt, OL, Central MichiganMatt Carter, WR, AcadiaNate Coehoorn, WR, CalgaryAaron Hargreaves, WR, Simon FraserAndrew Nowacki, WR, Murray StateYoussy Pierre, WR, MontrealTyler Scott, WR, Western OntarioMathieu Bertrand, RB, LavalPascal Fils, RB, SherbrookeCalvin McCarty, RB, Western WashingtonTed Laurent, DL, MississippiE´tienne Légaré, DL, LavalDon Oramasionwu, DL, ManitobaJermaine Reid, DL, AkronDee Sterling, DL, QueensMike Cornell, LB, OttawaDonovan Alexander, DB, North DakotaDelroy Clarke, DB, OttawaLudovic Kashindi, DB, SherbrookeHugo Lopez, DB, TorontoMike Miller, DB, AcadiaCorbin Sharun, DB, Edmonton WildcatsBurke Dales, K, ConcordiaDerek Schiavone, K, Western OntarioGrant Shaw, K, SaskatchewanTaylor Inglis, LS, Edmonton Wildcats Of the 33 non-imports on the roster, 12 of them (36.4%) were acquired via the draft. Key Canadian Additions: OG Simeon Rottier, DT Don Oramasionwu, WR Matt Carter, WR Aaron Hargreaves, P Burke Dales, K/LB Grant Shaw Key Canadian Losses: RB Jerome Messam, OL Aaron Fiacconi, OL Patrick Kabongo, SB Chris Bauman In The Pipeline: Although RB Jerome Messam left Edmonton to sign with the NFLs Miami Dolphins, the Eskimos will retain his CFL rights this season because he was entering the option year of his CFL contract. They are also waiting for versatile Brigham Young athlete Dalin Tollestrup to complete his NCAA eligibility this fall. Less likely to ever appear in Edmonton are veteran Canadian NFLers DL Israel Idonije, K Shaun Suisham, and LS L.P. Ladouceur. The rights to all three were acquired from Ottawa in the 2006 Dispersal Draft. Potential Non-Import Starting Positions: 3 OL, 2 WR, RB, DT, FS Most Pressing Need: In terms of a position, linebacker is where the Esks Canadiian talent is thinnest, although Mike Miller and/or Corbin Sharun could theoretically be considered there.dddddddddddd Continuing the rebuild of the offensive line is also a consideration, after parting ways with Aaron Fiacconi and Patrick Kabongo, and adding Simeon Rottier. Overall, what the Esks really need is to exchange some of their quantity for quality. Dont be surprised to see them deal non-imports from their O- and D-Lines for an opportunity to get high draft choices. Five-Year Draft History:YEAR, OVERALL, NAME, POS, SCHOOL2011, 2, Scott Mitchell, OL, Rice2011, 5, Nathan Coehoorn, WR, Calgary2011, 14, Hugo Lopez, DB, Toronto2011, 46, Youssy Pierre, WR, Montréal2011, SD2, Ted Laurent, DT, Mississippi2010, 6, Brian Bulcke, DL, Stanford2010, 12, Saleem Borhot, DB, Saint Marys2010, 35, Scott Ferguson, OL, St. Cloud State2010, 43, Corbin Sharun, DB, St. Francis Xavier2009, 11, Gordon Hinse, OT, Alberta2009, 12, Dee Sterling, DL, Queens2009, 20, Andrea Bonaventura, LB, Calgary2009, 36, Eric Lee, RB, Weber State2009, 44, Jason Kosec, LB, Western Ontario2008, 11, Greg Wojt, OL, Central Michigan2008, 19, Tim St. Pierre, LB, Saint Marys2008, 23, Justin Cooper, DL, Manitoba2008, 25, Sammy Okpro, DB, Concordia2008, 26, Jonathan Hood, DB, St.FX2008, 34, Dante Luciani, REC, Laurier2007, 2, Warren Kean, K, Concordia2007, 10, Jason Nedd, DB, Akron2007, 26, Micheal Jean-louis, DL, Laval2007, 27, Calvin McCarty, RB, Western Washington Implications of Past Drafts: To be blunt, the Eskimos hadnt drafted well for years leading up to Eric Tillmans hiring as general manager. With rebuilding the clubs non-import talent base as one of ETs top priorities, he has been forced to rely heavily on free agency to achieve a quick turnaround. Cashing in, with two of the first six picks overall for the second consecutive year, would help reduce the pressure on the club to spend next February. 2012 Selections (4): 2nd, 6th, 20th, 36th ' ' '