his is the third time that David Caldwell has been hired by a team that has a top three pick in the draft. In 1998, he was hired by the Colts and they had the top pick and took quarterback Peyton Manning. In 2008, he was hired by the Atlanta Falcons and they had the third pick and took Matt Ryan. He didn't call the shots, though, in those two selections. Now he has been hired by the Jaguars to be their general manager and he has the second pick. And it will be his decision to make the pick. Unfortunately for Caldwell, there doesn't appear to be a Manning or Ryan in this draft to take with the second pick.
Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon and punter Bryan Anger were named to Pro Football Weekly’s All-Rookie Team earlier this week. Blackmon, a first-round pick, led the Jaguars with 64 catches and was second with 865 receiving yards and five touchdown catches. The other receiver was Indianapolis’ T.Y. Hilton. Anger, a third-round pick, punted a team-record 91 times and posted a 47.8-yard gross average and a 40.8-yard net average. He had 31 kicks land inside the 20-yard line and only five touchbacks.
JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars’ future begins today. Actually, it began late Tuesday afternoon. That’s why the process of finding a general manager went as it did, why it took nine days and not three or four, why it was extensive, not knee-jerk. That’s why Jaguars Owner Shad Khan wasn’t concerned with saving a day or two in a very public process that was still kept remarkably quiet, and that’s why the person Khan named general manager Tuesday – former Atlanta Falcons Director of Player Personnel David Caldwell – didn’t hurry the process, couldn’t hurry the process. Why? Because futures were at stake the past few days.
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan was thorough in his search for his new general manager and he hit a home run with Dave Caldwell. Caldwell most recently served as the director of player personnel for the Atlanta Falcons under their general manager Thomas Dimitroff. Since Caldwell, who originally joined the Falcons in 2008 as their director of college scouting, came to town they have been a consistent playoff contender in an extremely tough conference. All of the first round picks while Caldwell was with the Falcons, most notably quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones, are still important contributors on a team that is currently the top seed in the NFC side of the NFL playoffs.
David Caldwell has plenty on his plate as he takes over as general manager of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Caldwell said he is excited to be in Jacksonville, but has a couple of big items to deal with as he takes over the reins of a 2-14 team from a year ago. First, he has to determine whether or not to keep head coach Mike Mularkey whose staff was given permission to seek other jobs last week. Even though Mularkey and Caldwell both came from the Atlanta Falcons, there is already speculation that Caldwell might go in a different direction.