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Jaguars news roundup 7/16

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Sam Greenwood

Maurice Jones-Drew gives Jaguars coaches a reason to smile |
A year ago, the Jaguars found out how difficult life could be without Maurice Jones-Drew.A training camp holdout, Jones-Drew’s season ended in Week 7 with a broken foot. His many replacements produced little.The Jaguars were among the worst rushing teams in the NFL — 30th in yards per game (85.6), 29th in touchdowns (five) and 30th in attempts (358).But as training camp nears, the tone around EverBank Field has changed completely.“It’s a pretty cool position right now,” Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said.

Five Burning Questions for the Jacksonville Jaguars - Yahoo! Sports
The Jacksonville Jaguars head into the 2013 season with extremely low expectations, after coming off the worst season in franchise history. This year, everything from the front office, to the coaching staff, to the players differs greatly from last season. After a failed rebuilding process that started back in 2008, the team is once again rebuilding and essentially starting from scratch in 2013. However, even the teams at the bottom of the food chain have important questions they need to face in order to improve and take the next step as a franchise. Here is a look at five burning questions the 2013 Jaguars face going into the season.

Cecil Shorts III continues offseason workouts with teammates

Some players use the dead period in the NFL schedule – the nearly six weeks between the offseason program and the start of training camp – to get as far away from football as possible. Some work even harder at perfecting their craft. Jaguars third-year wide receiver Cecil Shorts III recently led a group of Jaguars players to Minneapolis, Minn., working out at the University of Minnesota with Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and other special guests.

Jaguars sign fourth-round draft pick Ace Sanders

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed 2013 fourth-round draft pick Ace Sanders to a contract, the club announced today. Sanders, a wide receiver/punt returner, was the 101st overall pick in the draft following a trade with Philadelphia. All players under contract are scheduled to report to training camp on Thursday, July 25 with the first practice scheduled the following day. “Ace had a productive offseason of work and he gives us a different facet for our offense,” Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said. “You can see his speed and quickness with the ball in his hands. His quickness jumps out on tape and we are excited about his ability to make plays for us.”

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