What is seen by many as a team weakness could indeed be a strength this season for the Jaguars…
JagNation's News and Notes
Majestic Everbank Stadium
After a three-year drought, it appears that the Jaguars finally have a naming rights sponsor for Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. As reported by Alfie Crow earlier today, the Jaguars have came to terms with Everbank and their new (old) home will be Everbank Stadium.
Does Everbank Stadium roll right off your tongue? Not really, but at this point Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver would've called the stadium "Insert your name here Stadium" and have been happy. This is a good thing for the future of Jaguars football in Jacksonville.
As expected and as is the case with the majority of NFL teams, the Jaguars first-round draft pick Tyson Alualu remains unsigned. The Jaguars have four days to get Alualu inked to a contract or else he will be the third-consecutive Jaguars rookie holdout.
Sources tell us that Alualu and the Jaguars have made progress, but there's no real timetable on getting the deal done. With the current rookie wage slotting system, teams don't want to sign their rookies too quickly in the fears that they will overpay and "mess up the system" for everyone else. Rookies and their agents are leery to signing early because the agents don't want to get a reputation for not getting their higher-paid clientele below market deals.
Hart is More Than Situational
At 6'1", 248 lbs., Jaguars defensive end Larry Hart was figured to be a situational pass rusher due to his lack of prototypical size. Upon further review, Hart has shown not only explosive pass rushing ability off the edge, but also the strength to hold up against the run as the Jaguars fifth-round draft pick had squatted 650 lbs while at Central Arkansas.
"I compare myself to Dwight Freeney," Hart told me on my radio show. "I know I haven't accomplished anything yet, but he's what I compare myself to and I can be that type of player."
Jags Have Weapons
The Jaguars passing game is the most scrutinized part of their offense as quarterback David Garrard has been inconsistent, and the names Sims-Walker, Thomas, Williamson, Lewis and Miller aren't going to keep most defensive coordinators sleepless. Still, the Jaguars could surprise many this year as Mike Sims-Walker has a defined role as the team's number one receiver, and Mike Thomas looks like he can be a Steve Smith clone opposite Sims-Walker. If Troy Williamson can live up to his enormous potential and Marcedes Lewis and Zach Miller continue to progress, this can be a very efficient passing attack.