this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
The third overal pick and Jacksonville first round pick, Dante Fowler Jr., tears ACL within first hour of rookie minicamp.
Apparently there is an injury protection waiver that makes sure his contract is negotiated in good faith as if he was not injured.
Some horrible luck for Denard's team. I was hoping an improved defense would allow them to run the ball more.
A big heads-up to the MGoBoard on this, as in just about 10 minutes or so, the Jags take the field vs. Da Bears in NFL pre-season football. While I have no idea how much we'll see Denard Robinson and Chad Henne tonight in this exhibition tilt, it should be fun to watch those shoelaces flopping down the turf as Denard shows his stuff.
Last I checked, too, Chad has the nod at present as starting QB for Jacksonville ahead of the rookie Blake Bortles. I'd love to see both Denard and Chad have big games tonight to solidify their respective positions on a Jag team that really isn't picked to be anything better than mediocre this coming season.
PREVIOUSLY OT because NFL, But NOT EVEN Semi-OT because Dilithium.
Denard Robinson is apparently making people sit up and take notice this offseason:
Ex-Jaguar Jeff Lageman, who now serves as the team’s radio analyst, said Robinson has had “the best offseason of anyone.”
I personally am very interested to see Robinson succeed at the next level, even if at RB. I could even envision a GOOD RB "Oh Noes!" type of play with Robinson getting the hand-off, heading to the line, and popping a quick slant to the Slot receiver.
Here's hoping Robinson's predictions this season come true:
And Robinson himself says he thinks people are going to be excited by what they see of him this season. “I want to be a dangerous playmaker,” Robinson said. “When they give me the ball, I want to be that guy where everybody in the stadium goes, ‘Whoa!’”
EDIT: So, in trying to avoid a controversy, kerfuffle, hubbub, ruckus, furor, or general pandemonium over whether this was OT or not, I inadvertantly invited a kerfuffle, hubbub, ruckus, furor, and general pandemonium.
Title modified. Dilithium Robinson shall heretofore NEVER be considered OT!!! The people have spoken!!!
Per Tania Ganguli's Twitter, Chad Henne has signed with the Jags for two years. Adam Schefter confirms. Not the greatest team in the world, but it does give him an awesome chance to start thanks to a very questionable Blaine Gabbert.
As Schefter reported earlier, the Jags also signed WR Laurent Robinson (Dallas) for five years/$32.5 million. That at least gives him someone decent to throw to downfield. It'll be sad not to see Jake Long pass protecting for Henne anymore, but maybe he can be reunited with a former WR teammate like Manningham or Braylon.
Tonight is BG's debut as a NFL bonecrushing DE. He did not start but has played every drive since. So far, he's had one great QB pressure and hit, and has been featured twice by the announcers. Updates of note to follow.