Maurice Jones-Drew at center of storylines for Jaguars | jacksonville.com
The Jaguars’ seemingly endless offseason — starting Dec. 31 when owner Shad Khan began his franchise-wide facelift and continued through coach Gus Bradley’s hiring, free agency, the draft and 13 on-field workouts — concludes this week with the team’s mandatory, three-day minicamp.On the current roster, a whopping 42 of 90 players (46.6 percent) weren’t here at the end of last year. More changes are certainly in the offing between now and the Sept. 8 season opener against Kansas City. As the Jaguars approach the finish line, here is a primer for this week’s activities at EverBank Field. Thursday’s wrap-up practice at 11 a.m. is open to the public:
O-Zone: Dixie Cups on the porch
Teams actually don’t get rewarded on a one-to-one basis for unrestricted free agents who sign elsewhere. It’s a formula that the league doesn’t share, but you essentially get more opportunity for a compensatory selection if your team loses unrestricted free agents and less chances for one if your team signs them. But regarding Smith, you’re essentially correct. I had written earlier this week that Smith would count for the Jaguars in next offseason’s compensatory formula. I neglected to change the page on my calendar. After June 1, UFAs don’t count in the formula.
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Could Kelvin Sheppard be the Colts Starting Inside Linebacker in 2013? - Stampede Blue
Kelvin Sheppard. If you recall, he was the player the Colts got from the Buffalo Bills in the Jerry Hughes trade. Sheppard is a good inside linebacker, but there wasn't much talk of him starting at the time he was acquired. Now, it appears that he's right there in the mix. Now the big thing to keep in mind here is that Wilson says that he thinks Sheppard will be starting, but only if Pat Angerer isn't ready to play. He underwent a second surgery on his foot earlier this offseason and may be out until training camp.
Is Kenny Britt becoming irreplaceable for Titans? - Music City Miracles
We all know the story. Boy plays football. Team drafts boy. Boy shows amazing potential on the field. Boy gets arrested multiple times in the same place and still keeps getting chances. A tale as old as time. Fortunately for Titans fans, Kenny Britt has *crosses fingers* had a record low 0 arrests and a remarkably good offseason on the field as well. It appears that he is primed to perform at a high level for the Titans in his contract year. It is hard to completely fault Britt for his lack of production in Tennessee. He was immediately in Jeff Fisher's bad graces despite his talent, and then after a combination of injuries, sub-par quarterbacks, and off the field distractions he failed to ever string together a series of dominant performances.