Coach Mike Mularkey insisted Thursday the Jaguars don’t have a quarterback controversy despite the signing of Chad Henne as their new backup to Blaine Gabbert. Mularkey said Henne’s coming in to compete. "He’s coming in as a backup, competing for a starting job,’’ Mularkey said. "Everybody comes in here to compete for a starting job. We don’t want anybody here that’s very comfortable and wants to be a backup role.
Free agency isn’t over for the Jaguars — it just might be on pause for a little while. Jaguars general manager Gene Smith still has a few positions to upgrade this offseason, but he’s not going to rush into it. "I think some people are weighing options," Smith said. "I think the [Mario Williams] deal in Buffalo will dictate some things for some guys that are out there."
Laurent Robinson sees the early part of his NFL career pretty simply. "It’s been a whirlwind," he said. The whirlwind officially stopped Thursday, and when it did, the Jaguars and Robinson moved forward sharing the same hope – that what was at times a frustrating, difficult journey now turns into a smooth, productive one.
Gene Smith said the Jaguars aren’t necessarily done. While the initial activity during the early part of the 2012 pro free agency period has subsided, Smith – in his fourth season as the Jaguars’ general manager – said the team still is exploring options. "There are still chances to get other guys," Smith said Thursday. "We’ll see how it plays out."
Laurent Robinson, incoming from Dallas to Jaguars: "…[T]here could be some serious upside to this deal for Jacksonville. Robinson had a rare combination of a fantastic short pass YPA (7.8 on 44 targets) and a superb VYPA (14.8 on 34 targets) last season. In addition, he caught five of six bomb passes for 282 yards, so he has the skills to stretch the field. (Note: Bomb passes are aerials thrown 30 or more yards downfield.) Whether he'll have a quarterback in Jacksonville who can get him the ball is another question."