Saturday, February 18, 2012

Gene Smith and wide receivers

Since Gene Smith became the Jaguars' general manager, we've seen exactly zero very good receivers wearing teal on Sundays. Is it his fault or was he just busy fixing other problems? Well, the answer, like many problems, is a little bit of both.

Gene Smith has repeatedly voiced the opinion that the Jaguars' young receivers just need to step up and prove themselves, and the Jaguars have repeatedly suffered as a result. Jaguars.com former Senior Writer, Vic Ketchman used to say that good receivers are "a dime a dozen." Frankly, I used to buy into that doctrine, but no longer.

Wide receivers are like any other position in the NFL. To get the best, you have to be willing to pay for them. The Jaguars have been sheepish about bringing in top-dollar receivers since the Jerry Porter incident of 2008. The Jaguars went for a big name free agent, and they got burned. That's no reason to shy away from big name guys in the future. It's just a reason to be more diligent and as careful as possible. After all, personnel decisions in the NFL are anything but a fine science.

So, when I hear the Jaguars are looking to improve their receiving corp. through free agency and the NFL draft in a similar way they approached the defense a year ago, I hold my breath. The Jaguars haven't had any very good receivers since Jimmy Smith retired. I really hope that changes soon, because great receivers can do wonders for a quarterback, and after all, the Jaguars are trying to develop a young QB by the name of Blaine Gabbert.

Aaron Kampman likely out in 2012

One of the most likable guys on the Jaguars' roster won't be with the team much longer. You can take that to the bank.

Aaron Kampman is coming off another injury shortened year for the Jacksonville Jaguars after, by all accounts, doing everything he could to get back on the field and stay there. The problem isn't a lack of work ethic, lack of drive, or any other problem that involves the word "lack." The problem is that he's not on the field, and he's becoming very expensive.

Kampman is set to make $4.975 million in 2012, a number I can't imagine the Jaguars paying him considering there's nothing resembling a guarantee that he'll be on the field. He's just too expensive to keep around, and considering that he's been sidelined primarily by knee injuries, he's become a financial liability for the team.

If and when the Jaguars do cut ties with Aaron Kampman, it won't be because he didn't give the team enough effort. Let's be clear about that. This is a standup guy that got a bad deal on the injury front. I don't think there'll be any hard feelings between the two sides when the time comes to let him go. The decision to cut Kampman will be a business decision plain and simple. I'd like to be among the first in wishing Aaron Kampman the best of luck with whatever he does after he's cut by the Jaguars.

Jeremy Mincey on top of my wish list

Jeremy Mincey hasn't had an easy NFL career. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in 2006, and but he spent that season with the San Francisco 49ers, never seeing the field. The Jaguars signed him in December of 2006, but again, he didn't see much playing time until he worked his way into the lineup permanently in 2010.

Since then, we've seen the 6'3", 270 pound defensive end continue to grow and develop. Now he's set to be a free agent coming off of a great 8 sack season. There's no other way to think about Mincey outside of being an offensive coach's nightmare. He combines good run support with a strong pass rush.

Adam Stites said yesterday that sources believe Mincey is a top priority for the Jaguars. To say that the news is welcome is an understatement. At just 28 years of age, Mincey can and should be a very good pass rusher and run stuffer for another seven or eight years, especially when you consider that he hasn't endured the early career hits that many others at his position have taken.

This is me, asking Gene Smith to please, please with sugar on top re-sign Jeremy Mincey. He's a great player, and I'd love to continue to see him in a Jaguars uniform.

Friday, February 17, 2012

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Jags All Day recently claimed our "custom" url at Facebook. You can now visit us simply at Facebook.com/JagsAllDay. Come see us there, and for the love of all that is holy "like" us!

Let the fun begin

So here I am, where it all started. I'm returning to writing here at Jags All Day because it's my original baby. If you'll recall, this is where I started blogging about my passion, the Jacksonville Jaguars. I've made stops along the way such as at BCC, The Jaggernaut (still active there as well), and I now hold a post at ThisGivenSunday.com, but this has always felt like home. With that little self-welcome, I'm back. Writing for TGS has definitely taken priority over my other areas, so this is more of a niche/hobby blog. That being said, let's have some fun with it.