This weekend was that one weekend during football season where we get no Jaguars football, and whether or not you think that is a bad or a good thing (it is probably both) we still have to get these #takes off either way.
Here are some thoughts from throughout the week about the Jaguars, the league, and the 2016 NFL Draft.
1) The Jaguars schedule is embarrassingly easy.
We do not know who is going to start for the Jets on Sunday, but what we do know is that Bryce Petty is their only healthy quarterback.
There is a real chance the quarterbacks the Jaguars will have faced in the last two months are Matt Hasselbeck, Bryan Hoyer, E.J. Manuel, and Bryce Petty. That is amazing.
Looking even further ahead, they get the two-win Ravens and Chargers, the one-win Titans twice, the Colts, the Texans again, and a mediocre Saints team.
I can't say I think the Jaguars will fare well with this schedule. I really, really, really wish I could. It is one of the easiest I have ever seen. But the Jaguars are bad until they aren't anymore. Let's see if they can step up their game and actually put away bad teams in the second half of the year.
2) The AFC South is bad and it should feel bad.
We talk about it all the time, but the fact that the Titans are 1-6 and are only two games out of first place says all you need to know about the AFC South.
3) Don't direct blame at Marqise Lee.
The Marqise Lee situation is extremely frustrating for fans. They saw Lee get taken with a high pick and since then have barely seen him do much else, and now he can't even get on the practice field. I get why everyone is upset. I get why the team would be upset. I get why Lee should be upset.
But know who to direct that anger towards. Marqise Lee can't control his injuries. They happen. He also can't control the narrative that goes along with his draft slot. He didn't make himself get picked that high. The Jaguars did it. They did it with full knowledge of his injury history. They took a swing, and so far it looks like they have missed. But that is the important part. They have missed.
And if you don't believe that the Jaguars should've known about Lee's injury potential when they drafted him, here is an excerpt from my report on Lee after he was drafted
"He flashes terrific ability with the ball in his hands, but between injuries and lapse in catching ability -- that I am not sure can be corrected -- Lee is a boom-or-bust type of player. "
Now if I can sit at home and go on my laptop and know Lee had an extensive injury history than the team who drafted him with much more detailed knowledge of his medical records should've known too.
4) Some shoutouts and suggestions for people to follow on twitter. These guys put out a lot of great content for all fans of football.
Charles McDonald - @McDraft2: Does Atlanta Falcons film and draft breakdowns for the SB Nation's The Falcoholic website.
Justis Mosqueda - @Jumosq: Does NFL Draft and Green Bay Packers content for Bleacher Report, but we can forgive him for that and acknowledge he is one of the best evaluators of edge rushers on these Twitter streets.
Justin Higdon - @afc2nfc: Cleveland Browns and NFL Draft. Come for the draft takes, stay for the Browns tweets that make you feel a little better about being a Jaguars fan.
Jeff Risdon - @JeffRisdon: NFL Draft and Lions content at a number of places. Jeff has been somebody I have looked up to as a writer since the day I started. Unique content and opinions.
5) Some early NFL DRAFT TAKES because I know you all hate them.
I haven't done a lot of draft work for the 2016 class yet. Actually, I have done none. Maybe even less than none. But I have watched a good bit of most of the top players on Saturdays, and here is how I think the top five players shakeout so far
1) Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss.
2) Joey Bosa, DL, Ohio State
3) Jaylen Ramsey, CB/FS, FSU
4) Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
5) Laquan Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
Billings is the one that probably seems like a reach right now, but give it a few months and I think it will be the consensus. There isn't a more dominant interior defensive lineman in all of college football right now, and he is a freak athlete to go with it.
As for a Jaguars specific top-five:
1) Joey Bosa
2) Jaylen Ramsey
3) Jaylon Smith
4) Myles Jack
5) Reggie Ragland