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Tim Tebow reportedly a ‘virtual certainty’ to sign with Jaguars

There has been speculation that Tim Tebow would have to switch positions in order to continue his NFL career, but that might not be the case. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports it’s highly likely that Tebow signs with the Jacksonville Jaguars to compete for their starting quarterback job.

Mortensen reported prior to Saturday’s Falcons-Lions game that it’s a “virtual certainty” that Tebow will play for Jacksonville next season. Mortensen says Jags owner Shad Khan still likes Tebow and wants to bring him in to compete for the starting quarterback job. Mort cited a team source saying it’s a “high likelihood” Tebow will be part of the open competition for the starting QB job.

The report is not surprising. Not only were the Jaguars in the mix to acquire Tebow in a trade with the Denver Broncos in March, but they also were said to be interested in acquiring him from the Jets prior to this season’s trade deadline after failing to land him before the season.

Tebow reportedly chose the Jets over the Jaguars in March believing he would have a better shot at earning the starting quarterback job there, though that turned out to be the opposite of what took place.

The Jaguars currently have quarterbacks Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert under contract for next season. Henne is scheduled to earn $2.625 million in base pay next season, while Gabbert is set to earn $1.466 million.

Jaguars have a spinoff of the Terrible Towel called the ‘Jag Rag’ (Picture)

Introducing “The Jag Rag.” There can only be one Terrible Towel in the National Football League, but every now and then we see a spinoff of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ famous little cloth. An ambitious Jacksonville native named Bert Sparks recently introduced Jaguars fans to The Jag Rag, which his website describes as “The Spark of a New Beginning” for the Jaguars organization. Currently toting a record of 2-9, the Jags will take a new beginning any way they can get one.

Fans can purchase a Jag Rag with team colors for $10 at TheJagRag.com or a pink one for $12 to help support breast cancer awareness. According to Sparks’ site, 10% of all proceeds from Jag Rag sales goes to local charities.

While we applaud Sparks for attempting to start a new tradition — albeit an unoriginal one — while raising money for charity, Deadspin did point out that the phrase “jag rag” is a term that is listed on the famous Urban Dictionary website. We won’t get into the details of what exactly Urban Dictionary says a jag rag is, but you can either take an educated guess or click here for the definition. In a way you could almost argue that makes the new Jag Rag an even better creation — almost.

Jaguars reportedly trying to trade for Tim Tebow

The Jacksonville Jaguars reportedly are making a push to acquire quarterback Tim Tebow from the New York Jets ahead of Thursday’s NFL trade deadline.

Action News in Jacksonville, which is the website for TV stations WTEV and WAWS, says the Jags are “making a play to trade for Tebow.”

This report contradicts what most of the more informed and reputable reporters have been saying. ESPN New York reported last week that the Jets were not going to trade Tebow before the deadline. The New York Daily News followed with a similar report a few days later.

FOX’s Jay Glazer also reported on Sunday that while Jaguars owner Shad Khan still maintains interest in Tebow, the team’s coach and GM are not interested in the quarterback.

The Jags were the other team in the running for Tebow when the Broncos traded the quarterback to New York in March. It looked like the Jags were going to get him, but Tebow chose to go to New York because he believed he’d have a better chance of playing there, and because he wanted to go somewhere he was wanted. He hasn’t had much of an impact with the Jets through eight games, but that doesn’t mean the team is eager to get rid of him. They acquired him because he’s a major media and box office draw. That hasn’t changed.

After the report emerged, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported that the two teams haven’t had any trade discussions. We tend to believe him more than Action News Jacksonville.

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Adrian Peterson: Jaguars ‘would have been terrible’ without Maurice Jones-Drew

With Week 1 of the NFL season already upon us, two of the league’s top runners are facing an uphill battle to get back into shape. Maurice Jones-Drew missed all of Jaguars training camp while holding out for a new deal, but he returned over the weekend without one. Adrian Peterson has been trying to make a rapid recovery from major knee surgery. While the Jaguars stood strong and refused to give Jones-Drew a new deal, it’s clear that Peterson feels the team was playing with fire in doing so.

“Look at Jones-Drew,” Peterson said according to 1500ESPN.com. “He was their whole offense last year. So, without him, the Jaguars would have been terrible just to be honest.”

Jones-Drew was the NFL’s leading rusher last season, and Peterson credited him with keeping Jacksonville from being worse than 5-11 — which isn’t exactly an amazing accomplishment. The Jaguars were terrible without him last year and most expect them to be terrible again this season regardless.

Last year’s lack of success is what gave the Jaguars so much leverage with MJD this offseason. The team had to have known he wouldn’t hold out forever, and they figured Rashad Jennings would be an ample replacement if he missed any regular season time. Jones-Drew is one of the most talented backs in the league, but unfortunately for him he’s on a horrible team. Teams who win five games with their star players don’t tend to fret when they hold out as much as playoff teams do. How much worse can it get?

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Eben Britton: Jaguars will be the ‘nastiest, most violent offensive line in the NFL’

Apparently Jaguars fans don’t have to worry about the Maurice Jones-Drew holdout situation that is still ongoing. Many people say an offense is only as good as its offensive line, and Jacksonville guard Eben Britton is confident the Jags’ O-line is ready to do work this season. In fact, he promises they are going to put on a show.

“We are going to be the nastiest, most violent offensive line in the NFL,” Britton said according to the Jacksonville Business Journal. “I can promise you, the offensive line is going to be a hell of a lot of fun to watch this year.”

If that’s the case Rashad Jennings should do just fine filling in for MoJo. And Blaine Gabbert should have plenty of time to throw and be able to find rookie receiver Justin Blackmon for a number of big plays.

By nasty and violent, we’ll assume Britton simply means the unit is going to play hard. The last thing they want is someone like Justin Tuck going around giving them nicknames because of their dirty style of play. On second thought, the Falcons didn’t seem to mind.

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Jaguars recruiting player wives on free agents visits

The Jacksonville Jaguars know the way to a free agent’s heart is through his wife. That’s why they have changed up tradition by asking free agents to bring their wives on visits so that both spouses can be recruited by the team.

The Wall Street Journal says this is a new strategy the team has been employing and it’s a credit to both general manager Gene Smith and new team owner Shahid Khan. Smith recognized that college recruits generally bring their parents on visits and that you can get a better feeling for a player based on his parents. Khan figured players need a stable home life in order to be at their best, so that’s why he wants to meet the wives of free agents.

But the team isn’t just evaluating a player’s spouse — they’re recruiting them, too.

The wives of Chad Henne and Laurent Robinson, whose husbands both signed with the Jags, toured the team’s practice facilities and were taken to lunch and the beach by the wife of new head coach Mike Mularkey. The team also arranged massages for the wives at the hotel. Is there any wonder why both players chose Jacksonville?

Now that the Jaguars’ new method has been publicized, I wonder if it will become the standard across the NFL. After all, you know they say it’s a copycat league.

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Marcedes Lewis on Long Beach Poly, the Jags, David Garrard, Maurice Jones-Drew

LBS interviewed Pro Bowl tight end Marcedes Lewis at the premiere for 4th and Forever, a series that debuts Thursday evening on Current TV. The show follows Marcedes’ alma mater, Long Beach Poly, throughout their football season last year. We talked about Lewis’ time at Long Beach Poly, including the infamous game between Poly and De La Salle where his future teammate Maurice Jones-Drew scored four touchdowns. We talked about the all around improvement in Marcedes’ game, what led to his sudden emergence as a pass catcher last season, and about the Jags’ quarterback situation now that they drafted Blaine Gabbert to compete with David Garrard. Find out who he says is the best player to come out of Long Beach Poly and whether or not he’s enjoying his time during the lockout:

Some of the highlights from the interview were Marcedes saying he works hard to improve every aspect of his game, even the way he watches film and takes notes. He said that part of the reason his receiving stats haven’t been gaudy is because the Jags are a running team. “We are a run-first team,” Lewis explained. “Run the ball, give it to Maurice, let him do his thing, play action.”

He also said the team is responsible for stepping up to help David Garrard keep his job. “Dave is a guy that’s hungry, he wants to be great,” Lewis said. “Everybody else around Dave is going to have to step up to continue to bust our butt to play hard, make it easier for Dave.”

And talking about Maurice Jones-Drew, Marcedes said “Maurice is out to prove people wrong. He’s been doing that since I first saw him play. He’s an exceptional talent.”

And who is the best football player to come out of Poly? Marcedes believes it’s him, though he meant it in a confident way, not a cocky one.