GoBlueInNYC

April 27th, 2013 at 2:30 PM ^

They just seem like redundant picks. Obviously it's up in the air how Robinson will be used (especially with Jacksonville drafting him as a RB), but they seem like they'd be playing very similar roles.

But no argument that Denard can make something out of nothing, which is something a team like Jacksonville can appreciate.

dnak438

April 27th, 2013 at 6:14 PM ^

O'Halloran is a Jags beat writer for the Florida Times-Union; Caldwell is the Jags' general manager. Another interesting nugget:

EDIT:

 

thisisme08

April 27th, 2013 at 2:26 PM ^

Denard seems awkward in this interview with Trey Wingo. 

 

and he doesnt get the whole "eating" lingo. Thought Denard was serious about going to get something to eat. 

EastCoast

April 27th, 2013 at 2:27 PM ^

Trey Wingo doesn't seem to understand what "I'm hungry" means. I think he actually thought that Denard had forgotten to eat lunch.

EDIT: Beaten to the punch.

EastCoast

April 27th, 2013 at 2:30 PM ^

I think something we always forget with these guys is that they had their choice of destinations for college, and then they have no control in the Draft. It has to be a very nervewracking experience.

Yes, it's an honor to play in the NFL, but it's tough to have no control over the situation you enter into.

RealJabrill

April 27th, 2013 at 2:40 PM ^

So happy Denard got drafted.  Now I hope he gets playing time.

I'm so confused by the Draft.  Why did the best athlete in college football have to wait until the 5th round to get drafted while the Honey Badger gets drafted in the 3rd?  They're both transcendent talents and a little small for their positions.  Except Denard didnt have to go to rehab for weed.

 

 

Perkis-Size Me

April 27th, 2013 at 2:49 PM ^

Matthieu has played his expected NFL position extensively in college, and has played it at a high level with a lot of evidence for playmaking abilities. Denard is a playmaker, but he's switching positions, and has barely played his new positions at all. Yeah, Denard doesn't have a drug problem, but undoubtedly there will be clauses in the Matthieu's contract which demands random weekly drug tests, counseling meetings, etc.

BLHoke

April 27th, 2013 at 3:12 PM ^

I think this is quite a bit of homerism... While Denard is a great athlete, and one of the best to ever wear the maize and blue, he's hardly the best athlete in the draft. Athletic ability is defined by more than just speed, but even if it weren't, he's not even the fastest player in the draft either.

On a side note : Being drafted to this team, he may get to play QB after all, lol.

MJ14

April 27th, 2013 at 2:41 PM ^

Jags drafted Ace Sanders right before. Insanely happy for Denard, but Ace has a leg up on Denard already. Unless they choose to use Denard as a RB instead of slot guy. Ace will probably be the kick returner and punt returner. Hopefully Denard can get that other returner spot and find a role in Jacksonville. Awesome that he's back in his home state.

ClearEyesFullHart

April 27th, 2013 at 4:52 PM ^

 "Maurice Jones-Drew told NFL Network he plans to be at full speed "by probably the end of May, beginning of June." Jones-Drew is still rehabbing from a Lisfranc fracture in his left foot that required surgery in December" "

Jones-Drew had at least 1,600 total yards in each of his previous three seasons before 2012 when he held out of training camp and ultimately got hurt after six games. Some will be afraid to draft the 28-year-old but most owners should go ahead and consider Jones-Drew a Top 15 running back for now, making him worth a pick between 20th and 30th overall in drafts assuming he is a full participant in Jags camp. That seems to be on pace to happen. "" 

-from cbssports.com

MJD is getting a little long in the tooth...shortly Denard may be their best RB

SysMark

April 27th, 2013 at 2:54 PM ^

Jacksonville is the team the NFL has identified as the most likely "London" team, at least partly because of their lack of success in Jacksonville as a franchise.  IIRC they are going to start playing a few games per year in the not too distant future and if all goes well relocate permanently.

The new owner has no ties to Jacksonville and is reportedly fully on board.

Denard could be a big hit over there.

Wendyk5

April 27th, 2013 at 7:02 PM ^

He was interviewed by some espn guy and looked even less enthused than when they announced it. Even the interviewer was a little perplexed. He probably is sad to leave Ann Arbor (maybe wanted to go to Detroit?). He seemed to really love A2. He certaily isn't the kind of player who would openly put up his nose at a team that isn't that great. 

gwkrlghl

April 27th, 2013 at 2:56 PM ^

I'm really happy he'll get to play in Florida until the Jags are inevitably relocated. They're not the Dolphins, but I imagine it'd be similar to one of us going out of state to play football and getting drafted by the Lions. Great coming home party for him