Luke Joeckel is back where he began. He’s probably there to stay for a long time, and at the very least, he’s back where he played in college and where he is most comfortable. As of Wednesday, Joeckel is the Jaguars’ starting left offensive tackle, a move that came in the wake of the team trading left tackle Eugene Monroe to the Baltimore Ravens late Tuesday. Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley early Wednesday afternoon called the trade “pending,” and said Joeckel will move from the right side to the left side. He also said second-year veteran Austin Pasztor will start off at right tackle with competition from third-year veteran Cameron Bradfield.
Most Jacksonville hotel guests never set foot in EverBank Field during their stays, but they would end up paying the city’s share of a $63 million renovation of EverBank Field under a proposal put forward Wednesday by Mayor Alvin Brown.The city already has been using a portion of hotel bed taxes since 2010 to pay for millions of dollars in improvements at the football stadium. Brown’s proposal would allocate some of the bed tax to pay off debt for the large-scale changes at the stadium.
The Jacksonville Jaguars' trade of left tackle Eugene Monroe does not portend a mass exodus of the team's biggest names leading up to the Oct. 29 trade deadline. Although general manager David Caldwell is stockpiling draft picks to build from the ground up, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday on NFL Network's "Around the League Live" that the Jaguars are not actively shopping the rest of their big-name veterans. Rapoport did leave a caveat that Jacksonville "would listen -- as any team would -- if the deal is good enough." The most obvious candidate to generate interest is contract-year bell cow Maurice Jones-Drew, but his trade value is currently at its nadir. Coming off foot surgery, the 28-year-old is averaging a meager 2.4 yards per carry through four games.
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