JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …
Tom from Palm Beach Gardens, FL
I don't like the Jaguars' wide receivers. I don't think they did nearly enough there at that position in the offseason. Why did they screw this up? Did any of them actually look good in the offseason?
You're not alone in your skepticism regarding the Jaguars' wide receivers. The team likes its moves at receiver in the offseason, and it likes the receiving corps entering the 2022 season. And many fans and observers agree with you that they should have done more to address the area – either in unrestricted free agency or in the 2022 NFL Draft. That has been an offseason storyline and I expect it will be a storyline until the Jaguars' receivers show they are as good as the team believes. Still, whether the Jaguars indeed "screwed this up" or not remains to be seen. Wide receiver Christian Kirk looked good in OTAs, and so did tight ends Evan Engram and Dan Arnold. Wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. not unexpectedly looked quick and crisp, and wide receiver Zay Jones appeared to have the deep speed the Jaguars coveted when they signed him as an unrestricted free agent. Bottom line: The receivers and tight ends looked about as good as you can look in non-padded, offseason work. Stay tuned.
Buddy from Mandarin
Come on, KOAF. I'm disappointed in you. How can you not consider Donovin Dbl D Darius as a major player?? Did you have blinders on or your eyes fixed on the Sabbaro's huge sub while you were in the press box those years?
First, it's "S-b-a-r-r-o." If you choose to reference greatness, give greatness its due. Second, I was unaware of a Sbarro's huge sub and now I am quite distracted. Gloriously. Third, while former Jaguars safety Donovin Darius was a huge hitter and therefore a fan favorite, I can't personally rank him with the all-time great players in franchise history such as left tackle Tony Boselli, running backs Maurice Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor, quarterback Mark Brunell and wide receiver Jimmy Smith, etc. That's not at all a knock on Darius. Those players were elite regardless of era. Darius was really good, but not quite on that level. Just my thought.
Thrill from The 'Ville
If you could have a draft to build two teams that would play each other, but the available players would only be any current or former Jaguars players in their prime, who would you pick No. 1 overall? I would pick Mark Brunell. If you picked Fred Taylor, I'd pick Maurice Jones-Drew. If you picked Tony Boselli, I'd pick right tackle Leon Searcy. If you picked defensive tackle Marcus Stroud, I'd pick defensive tackle John Henderson. If you picked linebacker Mike Peterson, I'd pick linebacker Paul Posluszny. Do you see where I'm going with this? Mark Brunell may not be one of the top 5 players in Jaguars history, but due to the importance of the position, I can make the case that he's the all-time Most Valuable Player in Jaguars history.
Steve from Sunroom Couch
Dear John. How did Hutchinson look in OTAs?
It seems you're asking how Aidan Hutchinson – the No. 2 overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft – looked for the Detroit Lions in organized team activities last month. I don't cover the Lions and therefore I don't pay all that much attention to them. So, I researched this thoroughly. The google search tells me Hutchinson, a rookie pass rusher, reportedly looked good in 2022 Organized Team Activities. He reportedly had some rushes that reporters believe would have been sacks had there been pads on. This is as expected because pass rush typically looks better than pass blocking in non-padded work. Hutchinson was widely praised and coaches spoke highly of him with optimism. Good for him.
Bill from Palm Beach Gardens, FL
I've always believed Laviska Shenault Jr. had the skillset to be a running back, not wide receiver. Would it be possible that the Jaguars try to get him some carries?
Yes. I would expect Jaguars try to get wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. involved in the offense however they can. I expect that will include carries after he is lined up in the backfield.
Sean from Oakleaf, FL
What is the Jaguars coaching staff doing during the dead zone, are they off same as the players to enjoy time with their families prior to the start of camp and the long regular season?
Richard from St Augustine, FL
After catching up on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul have you had time to check out Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde? Had a friend recommend it to me and took me a year to get around to it. But tunes and action were worth it plus John Goodman too. Can't wait for training camp to start up. How out you?
I haven't watched Atomic Blonde. I'm getting geared up to get caught up on Curb Your Enthusiasm before 2022 Training Camp begins. As whether I "can't wait" for camp to begin, it will be here soon enough. I'm looking forward to the regular season. Camp is necessary to get to that.
Scott from Jacksonville
Oh, come now. Enough with the self-defecation. You know you are getting a new office in the new building.
Jerry Riverview, FL
How would you rank each position group, based on your level of preseason confidence, from highest to lowest? Excluding injury considerations.
You can't exclude injuries in a discussion like this because you must account for injuries when discussing running back, with the health of James Robinson and Travis Etienne a major part of the equation there. Let's go with punter, defensive line/outside linebacker, inside linebacker, tight end, quarterback, offensive line, cornerback, wide receiver, running back, safety and kicker. Outside of punter, I wouldn't put any of those positions thaaaaat much above the other. There's a lot to like about some of the positions I listed late, but there are a lot of unknowns that have to be proven. That's usually the case when teams make significant offseason moves all over the roster, which the Jaguars did. Stay tuned.
Jason from North Pole, AK
I have had at least three different conversations this week about Bruce Springsteen with people in my life that were there to experience the euphoria of his music in the 70's. I really had no idea why he was a big deal until you began my education on the subject in the Ozone. Thanks. Oh, and Steve from NASHVILLE can shut up.
That's not nice. It's very important to be nice.
David from Chuluota, FL
Johnny O - Who will be the next Jaguars inducted into the Hall of Fame, Fred Taylor or Tom Coughlin?
Good question. I believe both Taylor and former Head Coach Tom Coughlin will someday be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and I don't have a real feel for which will happen first. Neither has been an extensive part of a Hall discussion in recent years, but that doesn't necessarily mean much. The high-profile, extended nature of former Boselli's Hall-of-Fame journey was a bit unusual. Sometimes, players and coaches gain momentum in the weeks leading to the process and make the Hall when many haven't discussed it much before the vote. Taylor has been a Hall semifinalist the past three seasons, and I think he has a good chance to move into finalist territory this year. He definitely should be there soon. Coughlin, who has been out of the NFL since late 2019 when he departed the Jaguars, should start being discussed by the Hall in the coming seasons. I'll go with Coughlin in this discussion, but this is fluid.
Johnny from Westside
I wish I didn't like you so my name would get posted in the O-Zone every day, but I don't; heck, I like you. Sorry, it's a character defect.
Mark from Brighton, UK
Hi John, you've said in several Jags forums, that the most important thing this year is the progression of Trevor Lawrence. I heard that he's worked on his mechanics, what else needs to improve? How does a quarter back improve things like decision-making?
Lawrence as a second-year quarterback who spent his rookie season in decidedly difficult circumstances essentially must focus on overall improvement. I expect he always will work on his mechanics in the offseason, as most NFL quarterbacks should and do. His decision-making should improve as his environment and surrounding improve. How to improve decision-making? Get more comfortable playing at NFL speeds, get more time under center, get more time in one offense. It's an experience and time-on-task thing. That's part of what this season will be about for Lawrence.
Gregg from Jacksonville
I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.
I have mostly used paperbacks on my shelves and my office smells of … well, let's just stop there.