AFC South Blog - ESPN
Offseasons and minicamps are loaded with stories of second chances. One good one in the AFC South belongs to Mohamed Massaquoi, the former Cleveland Browns receiver who looked to add depth for the team behind Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon. Now with Blackmon slated to miss the first four games of the regular season due to a suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, Massaquoi looks to be an opening day starter opposite Shorts in a two-receiver base offense. “We’re careful of saying, ‘Now we need more from him,’” coach Gus Bradley said. “We always want more. Regardless of Blackmon’s situation, we’re challenging him. We think that he’s got a high level, a high standard, and we’re pushing him to max out.”
The Jaguars had no interest in signing Tim Tebow this off-season but they did have interest in the player he replaced on the Patriots’ roster this morning.The Jaguars claimed quarterback Mike Kafka on Tuesday off waivers from the Patriots.To make room on the roster, the Jaguars waived tight end Matt Veldman. He missed all of last year with a knee injury that required surgery and he had only returned to practice last week.Kafka’s only NFL experience is 14 pass attempts for Philadelphia two years ago.
The process is very much still a process. When it comes to revitalizing the Jaguars’ defense, Head Coach Gus Bradley said that’s to be expected, and that installing new schemes and establishing a new philosophy will take time. Still... Bradley said as the veteran portion of the 2013 offseason program draws to a close this week, he is starting to see what the Jaguars’ defense will be and that there are times he indeed likes what he sees.
Jaguars cornerback Alan Ball is used to traveling the long, hard road.Even though he was a four-year starter at Illinois, he wasn’t invited to the scouting combine and lasted until the seventh round of the 2007 draft before the Dallas Cowboys took him.“I had to fight since day one. It’s never been an easy ride to me,” he said. “As a seventh-round pick, you’re always looked as an underdog.”