Jags’ Robinson a finalist for NFL Rookie of the Year

The National Football League today announced RB James Robinson as a finalist for the 2020 PEPSI ZERO SUGAR NFL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR award. Robinson would be the first undrafted player in NFL history to win the award.

The 2020 PEPSI ZERO SUGAR NFL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR award will be recognized in Tampa Bay and presented a trophy virtually during Super Bowl LV festivities and online.

Robinson started 14 games in 2020 and finished with 1,414 scrimmage yards (1,070 rushing, 344 receiving), the most scrimmage yards by an undrafted rookie in the common-draft era. He was the only rookie in the NFL to average more than 100 scrimmage yards per game this season. His 1,070 rushing yards ranked second among rookies and fifth overall. Robinson’s 1,070 rushing yards stand as the second-most by a rookie in franchise history, trailing only RB Fred Taylor (1,223 in 1998).

The Illinois State product scored 10 total TDs (seven rushing, three receiving), which were tied for the fourth-most among rookies in the NFL in 2020. He also led all rookie running backs this season in receptions (49) and receiving TDs (three). His 49 receptions eclipsed RB Maurice Jones-Drew’s record (46) for most receptions by a rookie running back in franchise history.

“He is almost not human the way he, week in and week out, is able to perform,” WR Collin Johnson said. “It’s just impressive and motivating too, seeing an undrafted guy come in here and put up the numbers he’s doing and being such a good teammate. It’s motivating. He’s a great guy for our locker room and just a beast.”

He is the third undrafted rookie with 10 TDs in the common-draft era, joining RB Phillip Lindsay (2018) and Dominic Rhodes (2001). Robinson had seven games with at least 100 scrimmage yards this season, tied with Clark Gaines (seven games in 1976) for the most such games by an undrafted rookie since 1967.

Robinson was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month in September after starting the first three games of the season and registering 339 scrimmage yards (210 rushing, 129 receiving) and three TDs. He became the first undrafted player in NFL history to post at least 300 scrimmage yards and multiple TDs through three career games, and his 339 scrimmage yards are the most ever by an undrafted player through three career games. His 339 scrimmage yards and 210 rushing yards are both the most in team history through a player’s first three games.

Fournette talks similarities between 2017 Jaguars, 2020 Buccaneers

In 2017, the Jacksonville Jaguars went 10-6 and made it all the way to the AFC title game before falling to Tom Brady and the Patriots. Buccaneers RB Leonard Fournette, a rookie on that Jaguars’ team in 2017, has not been back to the playoffs since that season. 

In the 2017 AFC title game, Jacksonville was up 20-10 in the fourth quarter, but Brady would hit Danny Amendola late in the game to secure a 24-20 victory for the Patriots. 

According to Fournette, there are some similarities between the 2017 Jaguars and the 2020 Buccaneers. Fortunately for the fourth-year running back, Brady will be on his side when he returns to the playoffs.

“Similar. The talent [aspect] is off the charts,” Fournette recently said. “This time around, I’m not going against Tom Brady – he’s on my team – so that’s a good thing. Second of all, I just think a lot of guys on our team have been to the playoffs, and we know what it takes. You have to lock in. Not saying it’s not possible, but you have to be perfect in practices now. The little things usually you get by with during the season, you can’t really do that. You have to run your routes at depth [and] block your guys. Everything is on the line. It’s just doing everything right and helping out my guys in my room and also other players on the team just to get better as a whole. I know we’re going to need everyone – all hands in – to go to the Super Bowl.”

The 2017 Jaguars had more talent on the defensive side of the ball than this version of the Buccaneers. On defense, Jacksonville was led by Jalen Ramsey, Myles Jack, and Calais Campbell, while the 2020 Buccaneers have a lot more talent on offensive side of the ball, and of course, they have Brady.

However, the expectations are different. No one expected the Blake Bortles led Jaguars to make a long playoff run. In contrast, this Buccaneers team was put together to win right now, and anything short of that would be a disappointment. 

Hopefully, for Fournette, Brady and the Buccaneers can do what he did for the Patriots in 2017 and lead Tampa Bay to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 2002 season.

Jags’ Marrone talks decision to go with Glennon over Minshew against Colts

An NFL season can be very long and can be even longer when you’re not very good, which is the position the Jacksonville Jaguars are in right now. Jacksonville won their first game of the season against the team they conclude the season with, the Indianapolis Colts. 

In that game against the Colts, Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew played his best game of the season. The second-year quarterback was 19-20 for 173 yards and three touchdowns. After defeating the Colts in Week 1, it’s been all downhill. Jacksonville(1-14) has lost 14 straight games, including last week’s 41-17 loss to the visiting Chicago Bears. 

Last week, Jacksonville did not name a starting quarterback against the Bears until Saturday afternoon, which was Mike Glennon. This week, Marrone decided a little sooner and will go with Glennon over Minshew against Indianapolis. Against the Bears, Glennon threw for 211 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions.

On Wednesday, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone explained why he choose Glennon over Minshew.

“We just feel like it gives us a good chance [to win], and we can operate and see where it goes,” Marrone said. “Honestly, I don’t think any one decision on the quarterback, or any other position, is really going to move the needle one way or the other. If it did, then obviously we would make it, but we don’t feel that way. Let’s go in there, and let’s try to take advantage of some things.”

Marrone is right. When you are the Jaguars, it doesn’t matter what you do at this point of the season. You are what you are, and the Jaguars are not a good football team. A change will come in Jacksonville at season’s end, and hopefully, for the franchise, better days are ahead. 


Jaguars clinch number one overall pick in 2021 NFL Draft

In life, there are silver linings to everything, including losing 14 straight games, which the Jaguars have done after losing to the Bears 41-17 at TIAA Bank Field in the team’s home finale on Sunday. Jacksonville(1-14) trailed 13-10 at halftime, but were outscored 28-7 in the second half.

After the Jets win over the Browns, the Jaguars have clinched the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, which means, if he declares, Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence will be a member of the Jacksonville jaguars.

Jacksonville have been looking for a franchise QB for years, and  now, they may have finally found that guy. The Jaguars will have a new GM after dismissing Dave Caldwell in November and will probably have a new coach, so them having the number one pick, makes the Jaguars coaching position very attractive.

It’s been a struggle in Jacksonville after the team went 10-6 and made it all the way to the AFC title game. Since that season, the Jaguars are 12-35. They tried with Blake Bortles, Nick Foles, and Gardner Minshew, now if things fall into place, it’s time to try it with Trevor Lawrence!

Jaguars name Mike Glennon the starter against Bears, Robinson is out

The Jaguars(1-13) made it official and will start QB Mike Glennon against the visiting Bears on Sunday, the team announced on Saturday.

Glennon, 31, started three games for Jacksonville this season before he was replaced by Garnder Minshew against the Titans, and ultimately, Minshew was named the starting QB last week in the team’s 40-14 loss to Baltimore.

Also, the Jaguars downgraded RB James Robinson to OUT with an ankle injury.

In other moves, RB Craig Reynolds and FB Bruce Miller have been elevated to the active/inactive list for tomorrow’s game via standard practice squad elevation, and the team placed CB Sidney Jones IV on injured reserve with an Achilles injury.

Jaguars’ Myles Jack wants Marrone to return next season

The Jacksonville Jaguars have had a long 2020 season. Currently, the team is 1-12 and are on a 12-game losing streak. In November, the Jaguars fired GM Dave Caldwell, so it would appear that head coach Doug Marrone will more than likely be fired at season’s end. 

In five seasons with the Jaguars, Marrone is currently 23-40, and after leading the team to a 10-6 mark in 2017, which ended with Jacksonville losing to the Patriots in the AFC title game, the Jaguars are 12-33, so Marrone has an uphill battle in terms of keeping his job.

However, if it were up to Jaguars LB Myles Jack, Marrone would return for a sixth season.

“[This is] kind of like high classified information, but typically we’ll meet with [Jaguars Owner] Mr. [Shad] Khan after the season and sit down in his office and talk to him about certain things,” Jack said on Thursday. “He’ll ask us what we do and don’t like. Me personally, I just have a lot of love for [Head Coach] Doug [Marrone]. I just feel like it’s been a rough year for him. I felt like the 2017 year when we were really good; I felt like he didn’t get enough credit, and then the years when we were bad, he kind of had to eat that. That all kind of got thrown on him. I’m always riding with Coach Marrone.

“We’ve had a lot of personal conversations and just things that I’ve had to get over and deal with that he’s always had my back with. Even when I’ve been wrong in certain situations, he’s always had my back, so I’m always going to have Doug’s back. If the man was [were] to ask me do I want Doug back, absolutely without a doubt. I just felt like this year; it’s weird to say like it’s not a great technical term, but it just wasn’t fair for Doug. It really wasn’t how things kind of shook out and the cards that he was dealt, but I definitely feel like Coach Marrone is a great coach. He’s definitely someone you want in your corner. I feel like if people really got to know Doug, they would really like him. Coach Marrone’s a real cool dude outside of ball, so I’m vouching for him absolutely.”

On paper, the Jaguars did not have a lot of talent on this roster coming into the season. They traded away a lot of talent, especially on the defensive side of the ball, including Jalen Ramsey and Yannick Ngakoue. Plus, they never could get that franchise quarterback, so it’s not all Marrone’s fault, but in the end, it comes down to wins and losses, and Marrone has struggled to win in Jacksonville.

Jaguars’ Minshew: ‘I don’t think anybody really expects much of a 1-12 team’

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew is a starter again for the team as they prepare to travel to Baltimore to battle the Ravens(8-5) on Sunday. Jacksonville(1-12) is looking to snap a 12-game losing streak. 

The second-year quarterback replaced au ineffective Mike Glennon last week in Jacksonville’s loss to the Titans. Minshew saw his first action since he injured his thumb back in October. Before the injury, Minshew started the first seven games for Jacksonville.

“I mean going into the week, I was kind of expecting it, ready to roll,” Minshew said on Wednesday about being named the starter against Baltimore. “[I’m] just glad to be back in the saddle.”

Being 1-12 and on a 12-game losing streak, Minshew believes there is no pressure on this team at this juncture of the season.

 “I wouldn’t say there’s a ton of pressure right now,” Minshew said. “I don’t think anybody really expects much of a 1-12 team, but we expect a lot of ourselves. We’re going to go out there, try not to let what’s going on this season determine what happens these next three games. We’re going to go try to have a lot of fun, make the most of them, put some good stuff on tape.”

There’s a good chance Minshew won’t be in Jacksonville next season. At this point, the team still has an outside chance at getting the number one overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, but for that to happen, they have to keep on losing and hope that the Jets(0-13) find a way to win a game. At this time, due to strength of schedule(Jaguars having an easier strength of schedule), if the Jaguars and Jets end up with the same record, Jacksonville will get the number one pick, which means they probably get Lawrence if he declares for the draft. 

So, Jacksonville has a lot to play for at this point of the season, and if things go their way, maybe they will get that franchise quarterback they have coveted for many years. 

Jaguars’ Luton: ‘We all expect better’

The Jacksonville Jaguars showed a lot of heart against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday and had a lead in the fourth quarter, but Aaron Rodgers connected with Davante Adams on the game-winning touchdown as the Packers(7-2) defeated Jacksonville(1-8) 24-20.

The Jaguars have now lost eight straight games, but they played hard against the Packers. However, like most bad teams, they have a tough time closing out games. WR Keelan Cole Sr., who returned a punt 91 yards for a TD and also caught a 12-yard TD pass, discussed the importance of closing out games.

“Yeah, but that’s the little things that we have to go in and get better at, which honestly has been happening throughout the weeks,” Cole said after the game. “We just can’t finish it. Obviously, we can come up with a lot of excuses, but at the end of the day, we line up in front of them, and we have to finish it. Really, we just have to finish. We’re starting to figure out how to come out, how to be consistent throughout the game, and then we have to figure out how to finish it through, not even in the fourth quarter but the last four minutes of the fourth quarter.”

On Sunday, Jaguars rookie QB Jake Luton completed 18 of 35 passes for 169 yards and one TD, and while it’s great to be in a close game, there are no moral victories in the NFL, which Luton discussed.

 “Yeah, that is great. You want to be in a position right there to be in striking distance to win a game, but at the end of the day, this is the National Football League, and we get paid to win games,” Luton said. “Whether you lose by one or lose by 40, it is still a loss. It still goes in the loss column. So we have to figure out a way to make those plays when we need to make them and go win games. That is what we are here to do.

 “We all expect better. I feel like everyone feels like we are really close. We are proud of the way that we fight. It isn’t a lack of effort by any means. I think everybody on both sides of the ball is busting their butts as hard as they can. It is just a matter of execution. Guys are upset. They want and expect better. We all do. I don’t think there is any hanging of heads. There is just a personal expectation from each and every one of us to improve and put us in a situation to go win ballgames.”

No one expected the Jaguars to have the lead in the fourth quarter on Sunday, and while they’re no moral victories in the NFL, you have to give this team credit for fighting and clawing, but in the end, it’s another loss for the Jaguars.

Jaguars’ Luton on first career start: ‘I’ll be ready’

In 2019, the opportunity came knocking for then Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew, who was a sixth-round draft pick in last year’s draft. Minshew stepped in for an injured Nick Foles and ultimately started 12 games for Jacksonville, which helped him become the team’s starter in 2020. 

However, after injuring his thumb, Minshew will miss Sunday’s home game for Jacksonville(1-6) against the Texans(1-6). In his place will be rookie quarterback Jake Luton, who, like Minshew, was a sixth-round pick. On Wednesday, the former Oregon State product discussed the similarities between his and Minshew’s journey. 

“We’ve talked about it a little bit,” Luton said. “We’ve had a couple conversations. I remember one we had at the hotel over dinner, kind of just talking about our paths and the journeys we’ve taken, and it’s really cool. I remember a couple years ago facing off against him and watching him for Washington State and how much success he had. It’s a small world. It’s crazy how our paths have now crossed. I think our different journeys and our roads, all the different steps that we’ve taken has helped us both. Now, being together, I think it’s helped us even more. We push each other pretty well, and I think he has a lot of knowledge to bring to the table.”

Minshew has struggled at times this season, and currently the Jaguars are on a six-game losing streak, so Luton has an opportunity to prove that maybe he could Jacksonville’s quarterback of the future, and according to the rookie, he will be ready.

“I think playing the quarterback position, I think you have to be pretty even-keeled,” Luton said. “It’s what I pride myself in is just being composed at all times. I think that’s something the team really looks to and guys really respect. I just try to approach it day in and day out as a first-year guy coming in and preparing like I’m going to play, and whether I am or not, I’m going to prepare that way so when my time comes, I’ll be ready.”

Obviously, Luton wants to perform at a high level, but no matter what happens, playing in the NFL is a dream come true.

“As a kid, I wanted to do this my whole life,” he said. “I dreamed of playing in the NFL, and getting that opportunity to step out, there will definitely be a dream come true. I don’t know that I could really compare it to anything I’ve experience this far.”

Both Luton and Minshew could be gone after this season. However, if Luton plays well, he could keep the job going forward for Jacksonville. So, again, this is an excellent chance for Luton to show what he brings to the table.


Jaguars’ Marrone: ‘I just work and do the best job I can for the coaches and players’


As the losses continue to mount for the Jacksonville Jaguars(1-6), everyone starts to think about the future of head coach Doug Marrone, and on Sunday, Marrone and the Jaguars would lose their six straight contest as they fell to the Chargers 39-29 on the road.

At this point, the Jaguars, who have a bye next week, are playing like one of the worst teams in football, and also, at this point, if the losing continues, Marrone may not have a job. Coming into this season, not many expected the Jaguars to be very good. In fact, some accused the team of tanking after Jacksonville traded away some key members of the team, including Calais Campbell and Ronnie Harrison. However, Jacksonville started the season with a win over the Colts, which got some fans excited, but from there, it has been all downhill.

After Jacksonville’s loss on Sunday, Marrone was asked if he thinks he will be the coach following the bye week; here’s what he had to say:

“I think that any time you’re losing like this and you’re not performing well on Sundays, I think it’s naive. It can happen,” Marrone said. “I just work and do the best job I can for the coaches and players. I know those questions come, and you guys know me; I understand that. That’s just what this game is – work as hard as you possibly can, and at the end of the day, you have to hold your head up high knowing that you did everything you possibly could to try to win games, while at the same time, know that you did your best for the coaches and the players.”

Marrone’s contract goes through the 2021 season. Outside of 2017, when Marrone led the Jaguars to the AFC title game, it’s been a struggle for Jacksonville. The Jaguars are 12-27 since that magical 2017 season, so unless something miraculous happens, it appears that 2020 will probably be Marrone’s last season in Jacksonville.