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WR the big story in Jacksonville

Post by calliphlyboy21 on Mon Sep 22, 2014 10:53 pm

September is shocking fans all around the league with how many big market trades are taking place. When asked if he would participate, Jaguars owner WD Callihan played it pretty close to the chest. Some are speculating that Jacksonville didn't have the level of talent to land the kind of offers to compete with the rest of the league's movement, but these speculators have forgotten about the receiving corps in Jacksonville. After picking up two potential top performers at the skill position in the 2013 draft, the front office made a big statement. Before the week 3 inter-divisional bout with the rival Indianapolis Colts, top receivers Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts III were both shown there way out of Jacksonville.

"We believe in these young guys out there," said head coach Gus Bradley, "you wish you had that veteran leadership, but as long as you are putting in the work in practice and making an effort at all times, we believe the next man is strong enough on this team to get the job done."

The trades didn't net any immediate gains, but with another pick in the 2014 Draft, Jacksonville is showing its hand that they are anticipating highly potential off-season acquisitions. With a cap of about 50 million open to bring in new talent, hopefully there will be a strong pickup this fall.

An interesting development of these trades was the addition of another young QB, Glennon, from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Leading up to Sunday's game, it was doubtful for many that there was any hope that Bradley would keep Bortles in while struggling in the early season.

As the battle in Jacksonville against Indianapolis got started, Glennon was behind center, which was not too great of a shock, but what did shock was what followed. in poor conditions, Glennon led Jacksonville to a 3 and out on their first possession, and only completed one pass on the day. After such a poor outing, Bradley decided to give Bortles one last chance. That decision might have been a pivotal moment for this young team. As Bortles took the lead, the Jaguars seemed to be in a different league than the Colts defense. Drive after drive, Jacksonville put up yards and points consistently all the way to the end of the game. Though Bortles numbers were still relatively unspectacular, his leadership ability is not in question. He now has two wins in his first three games. Not many people would have expected that, even the most diehard Jacksonville fans.

"Don't count us out" tweeted Callihan, reassuring everyone that even though big changes are occurring in Jax, it isn't distracting from the main goal of winning games.


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