O-Zone: Not for glory

JACKSONVILLE – Let’s get to it …

Ray from Jacksonville

John: First, I recently drove 135 mph on a rural Georgia road when we were late for Thanksgiving dinner. Therefore, I cannot cast stones toward a running back who forgets to pay a ticket for driving 20 mph over the speed limit. If a quality pass rusher is available at No. 7, I take him. If not, and Haskins is available, I take him. It is my understanding the team can get out of the Foles contract fairly inexpensively after two years. At that time, either the team has found out that he is not the answer or, through injuries, etc. (think Rob Johnson or Jimmy Garoppolo) Haskins has played enough to entice a team to trade for him.

You have sound reasoning – from your perspective on traffic violations to your thoughts on what the Jaguars should do in the 2019 NFL Draft. Regarding the shock and horror expressed in recent days over Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette’s arrest for driving on a suspended license, I continue to be amazed that so many perfect people put aside their perfectly perfect lives to read this column – and to comment on Jaguars goings-on; it is truly an honor. And it’s indeed very possible that the Jaguars will opt for a quality pass rusher if one is available at No. 7 overall. As far as your proposed approach to the quarterback position, it’s a perfectly acceptable and perhaps forward-thinking one. If Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins indeed is elite, then little bad would stem from him being on the roster. But remember: The key to this conversation – and perhaps a key to the Jaguars’ first-round strategy – is that they believe Nick Foles is their franchise quarterback. That’s how they paid him. That’s the plan. To think they’re going to suddenly stray from that idea and take a quarterback No. 7 overall is unlikely. Finally, regarding your recent transgressions, slow down for goodness sake. And just say no to drugs. And stay in school, kids.

Fred from Naples, FL

Who's Pete Prisco?

Fair.

Tim from Jacksonville

Just wanted to say congrats on getting your son through college and thanks for the pseudo parenting advice over the past four years.

Thanks much. I can’t take credit for getting my son through college. He did that. What I can take credit for is signing the checks. And the sobbing that ensues.

Amit from Jacksonville

Am I dumb because I don't get what other people don't get? Nick Foles is our quarterback and by quarterback standards he isn't old. Maybe he'll be good, maybe he'll be bad but either way, you don't hedge your bets at quarterback.

You’re not dumb.

Tudor from Jacksonville

I think Justin Blackmon is the most disappointing first-round pick of all time for the Jags, not because the front office flubbed with that choice, but because the dude could have been truly elite had he made wiser choices. Justin sure wasn't a bust due to lack of talent and skill.

Blackmon, a wide receiver selected by the Jaguars No. 5 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft, certainly ranks with the most disappointing selections in franchise history. And yes – him not making in the NFL was due to his off-field actions. He would have been special; I never have seen a wide receiver with better, stronger hands. But it’s not right to ignore the front office’s role on this one. There were teams that knew of Blackmon’s off-field issues and chose not to draft him. The Jaguars could have taken that path and didn’t.

Rhino from Jagsonville

When is this year’s State of the Franchise address?

The Jaguars’ annual State of the Franchise address is scheduled for Thursday, April 18 at 10:30 a.m.

Brett from Seattle, WA

Why have they not brought Corey Grant back???

Grant, a fourth-year running back for the Jaguars last season, sustained a foot injury in Week 5 last season. He became a free agent March 13. The injury was considered serious enough to possibly affect him for more than just one season.

Rob from Ponte Vedra, FL

That was a lot of really old and retired players and Zach Ertz. I am surprised he is that slow. I still would like the fast guy (Noah Fant) who runs 4.5. The NFL is constantly getting bigger, faster and stronger and this is a position that will continue to get faster. I stand by my statement and I’ll take the Iowa tight end who runs 4.5 over the other one who runs 4.7.

You’re referencing a recent discussion about speed at tight end, a discussion that centered on whether 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash is fast enough for the position. While Iowa tight end Noah Fant indeed has rare speed for a tight end, 4.7 in the 40 is more than fast enough to be elite at the position. You still need tight ends who are big enough to block. If they can’t do that at all, then you’re essentially a wide receiver. And it’s fine to be a wide receiver. You’re just not in that case a, you know … tight end. Either way, keep standing, Rob. #Standstrong

Mike from Atlanta, GA

Has Fournette ever heard of Uber? He should check it out, it's cool.

What?

Russell from Jacksonville

I have read many articles listing Nick Foles as signing one of the worst free-agent transactions of the offseason. Most of the commentary is around his salary and that the Jags overpaid for his services. However, when I checked all NFL quarterback salaries his deal ranks 10th in total value, 11th in average pay per year and 15th in total guaranteed $$. Since salaries are always increasing and his being one of the most recent ones for the most valuable position, these rankings seem pretty reasonable and to be expected for his resume and the position. What am I missing?

I googled worst free-agent signings of 2019 and didn’t see Foles mentioned as worst by any writer/media type I respect – but hey … I’ll take your word for it. The reality is if you’re going to have a veteran starting quarterback in the NFL – i.e., a quarterback with five years of experience – you’re going to pretty much pay at least what the Jaguars are paying Foles. If Foles is good, the contract will be good value. If he’s not, it will be bad value. It’s pretty simple.

Scott from Medford, NJ

If you remember, I correctly anticipated Taven Bryan to the Jags last year. Your mock is correct ... Montez Sweat is going to be the pick.

Sweet.

Keith from Palatka, FL

What do you think about drafting Jawaan Taylor and then putting him at left tackle and Cam Robinson at right tackle?

Taylor projects as a right tackle in the NFL, and most analysts consider him the best right tackle in the draft. It would be surprising if he moved to left tackle in the NFL. It wouldn’t be shocking for Robinson to move to right tackle, but that would be if the Jaguars selected a left tackle.

Bob from Sumter, SC

Read that in former Jaguars right tackle Leon Searcy’s opinion if they draft a tackle it should be a left tackle and move Robinson to right tackle because of technique flaws. You get the sense around the Jaguars some people in the draft process agree with that assessment?

I don’t get the sense that the Jaguars are unhappy with Robinson at left tackle, or that they’re actively trying to move him from the position. If a left tackle is available that would improve the position significantly, I don’t they would see anything wrong with moving Robinson to right tackle.

Nathan (The West Coast Jags Fan With The Most) from Riverside County, Mesa, Provo, USA

Draft Zone, seems as though the Jaguars have made free agency moves in preparation for being in the position to draft the coveted best-available-player at pick seven in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. My question is based on the observation that most moves in free agency this year by this team, my team, have been emphatically made on the offensive side of the ball and special teams. John, if Nick Bosa is there at three or four, do you see the Jags moving up to draft him? If indeed he is the best available player at the time ...?

I would be surprised if the Jaguars moved up in the draft. I wouldn’t be surprised if they moved back.

Steve from Soon to be Cancun

JO - Why isn't Gene F getting more credit for Tiger's big win?

Longtime Florida Times-Union sports columnist and Northeast Florida cultural icon Eugene P. “Gene” Frenette indeed was critical to Tiger Woods’ historic Masters victory Sunday. Why didn’t he get more credit? Simple. Because Gene doesn’t need to get credit. He does what he does for love, not for glory.

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