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JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …

Greg from Section 122 and Jacksonville

Trade Josh Oliver and your 25thpick to move up and get your tight end (Kyle Pitts) in the early parts of the first round? Think it would take maybe that and a second? Worth it to get your generational quarterback and tight end in the draft? I think so.

Your first scenario won't happen because no team will make that trade for Oliver. Not that he's not talented, but a team won't give up first-round position for a third-round tight end who only has played four games in two seasons because of injury. If the Jaguars want to move up from No. 25 to, say, No. 10 overall for Florida tight end Kyle Pitts, it probably also would mean giving up the first selection of Round 2 – No. 33 overall – and a later-round selection. Would that be worth it? If Pitts is as good as advertised, then probably. But always remember: If the Jaguars want to move up for a player, there's always a chance the team on the other end of the phone wants that player very badly – perhaps more than they want the No. 33 overall selection and a later-round selection.

David from Orlando, FL

KOAF - Many Jaguars fans have criticized the Jaguars for passing on Patrick Mahomes in the 2017 draft. This, of course, was after Patrick Mahomes became a superstar – because before the draft, practically no one mentioned his name where the Jaguars were, at the No. 4 spot. If Trevor Lawrence doesn't pan out and Zach Wilson becomes the superstar, there will be a bunch of fans that said "I told you so" even though today these fans are nowhere to be found.

There actually were more than a few fans/observers talking about Mahomes/Deshaun Watson that year at No. 4 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, and the selection of Leonard Fournette at No. 4 in that draft was criticized immediately in some circles at least in part because many believe you never, ever take a running back that early. But absolutely … if the Jaguars select Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Brigham Young quarterback Zach Wilson is better than Lawrence, there will be complaints. And criticism. And revisionist history. Fans gonna fan. It's what they do.

FunGuy from Everywhere

Wouldn't u rather be the King of all *Fun*?

What would be the fun of that?

Charles from Riverside

Hello, John. Just because we're paranoid, doesn't mean they are still not out to get us! The anxiety of a since Day One Jags fan. We hope and pray, assuming Trevor Lawrence is our pick, he doesn't do a Foles and go down in an early game – or any game for that matter. Which leads our angst to backup quarterback. What do you think the best approach should be for our backup considering our quarterbacks on the roster, the draft and free agency? Thanks.

I like the concept of a veteran backup and a young "developmental" quarterback – be that current Jaguars quarterback Mike Glennon or another free agent, and be that Jaguars Jake Luton or another "developmental" quarterback. I didn't mention current Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew II as the veteran backup because I don't know if he is comfortable with the idea of having that role and not starting; if he is comfortable with that, he could play the role. I like the idea of a veteran backup not to serve as a "mentor" or coach, but to provide a model for approach, film study, weekly and daily routine, etc. You ideally want that veteran to be able to go .500 over four-week-or-so stretch if the rest of your team is a contending-type roster. That's a big ask, which is why quality backup quarterbacks are expensive and difficult to find.

Chuck from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

So, how much of the cap space is the team required to spend this year? It seems foolish to spend a lot this year because we aren't ready to win, regardless of how good the draft or free agency. Wouldn't we take better advantage next year with free agency after we know how many holes we filled with good players from this year's draft? Young and cheap or young and game-changer could be a good motto.

I don't anticipate the Jaguars' new decision-makers will operate this offseason under the concept that "we're not ready to win," though I also don't expect them to spend foolishly or irresponsibly. There's no real number how much of cap space a team must use beyond needing to spend to the league's "cap floor, which will be $180 million. The Jaguars won't have trouble doing that.

Dave from Dallas TX

Hey, Mr. O: Despite being "ineligible," there's a bunch of speculation that we will volunteer for Hard Knocks 2021. A good thing?

I suppose fans would like it. I'm indifferent. The Jaguars would have to volunteer for it because they have a first-year head coach – and teams with first-year head coaches can't be forced to be featured on Hard Knocks. I don't get the remotest idea that the Jaguars will volunteer for it. I suppose lot of people got excited about this because wrote a story in which the writer discussed a premonition that the Jaguars would "get the nod" in 2021. The writer based at least some of this on the Jaguars publicly stating a desire to be a focus of a Hard Knocks season. The writer then linked to a story from 2012. So, there's that.

Andrew Bowen

Is there any truth to the rumor that with the salary cap space available the Culligan Girl is coming back?

I have no idea what you're talking about.

Michael from Fruit Cove, FL

One thing about "strength of schedule" and saying ours is pretty difficult compared to other teams... Our schedule will look harder on paper because we can't play against ourselves. If we compare our schedule against the Indianapolis Colts this year, 12 of 16 games are exactly the same and we get the easier matchup in the two games based on last year's record. The other two games we play against each other. Their schedule looks easier because they get two games against the 1-15 Jags, while ours looks harder since these two games for us are against the 11-5 Colts. By the normal measurement, the Colts have an easier schedule but in reality the Jags have the easier schedule.


Charles from Savannah, GA

There were some disgruntled players and staff among the Jaguars organization when Tom Coughlin was the Executive Vice President of Football Operations. There seems to be an eerily similar situation going on right now with the Houston Texans? Do you think this is the case?

That appears it could be the case from the outside. I don't know the reality inside because I don't cover the Texans.

John from Jacksonville

Now that there is talk of adding a 17thgame, my first question is "why?" My second question is how they will explain 16 teams having an advantage of nine home games over the other 16 teams having only eight home games? I foresee some fan angst. You?

First answer: Money. Second answer: The league will explain that 16 teams will have nine home games one season and the other 16 teams will have nine games the next season, so any disadvantage one season will be an advantage the following season. As far as the situation bringing about fan angst … I fully anticipate that being the case. But if the NFL based everything off not wanting to create angst among fans nothing would ever get done. Hell, seasons never would get played. Fans gonna fan. And they gonna angst. It's what they do.

Mike from Atlanta, GA

How about New York Giants defensive lineman Leonard Williams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin? Godwin is that speed receiver role player and Williams is a two-gap lineman who would help a lot.

Go for it.

Keith from Palatka, FL

Do you think that if Jawaan Taylor continues to struggle (in 2020 he gave up 58 pressures and 15 sacks) that the Jaguars should anticipate that contingency and draft a right tackle to give him competition?

Taylor according to Pro Football Focus actually allowed six sacks last season – and while the conventional wisdom among fans is that Taylor has struggled mightily in two NFL seasons, I get little sense that the Jaguars believe he has struggled as much as fans and observers believe. But sure … if Taylor "struggles" in 2021, then the Jaguars absolutely next offseason could draft a right tackle for competition. I don't expect that to happen this offseason. We'll see.

Daniel from Jersey City, NJ

O-man, given that everyone works at the stadium, have they placed you in the basement or are you sitting with the big dogs?

There is no basement at TIAA Bank Field. Fortunately.