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JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it … Mark from Raleigh, NC:
O Man! The more tape I watch about potential No. 3 overall pick – Leonard Williams, Dante Fowler Jr., Vic Beasley … I think Beasley is a monster. His tape just looks crazy. You think if we draft him at the No. 3 spot, people will think we "reached" for him? This guy is an animal.
John: Beasley indeed is impressive on tape. He's also considered very disruptive. That's the positive. The concern is his size hurts him against the run at times. Sure, there will be people who believe the Jaguars reached for him if they select him at No. 3, but so what? The Jaguars select No. 3. They don't select fifth or 13th or any other position in Round 1. If they can't trade out of No. 3, they will have to wait 33 selections to select again. My purpose in pointing out this obvious, Google-able fact is that if there's a player available you like when you're selecting there's nothing wrong with … wait for it … selecting that player! Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell said at the 2015 pre-draft luncheon Friday there were three-to-five players the team really covets. If Beasley is one of those players, it's OK to select him No. 3 overall. Now, if Leonard Williams is there, too …
Dave from Jacksonville:
Once saw Shadrick eat an entire party sub in a sitting. #Realmanofappetite
John: What you saw is what we around the office refer to as "Tuesday."
Jim from Jacksonville:
Hi, Zone. Greg from section 122 brought up good a point that has been on the minds of a lot of fans for a long time. I know we've talked of this before in the zone but there is still no clarification. How does playing one game a year in London help our local economy? I understand brand expansion and brand recognition but other than London companies coming here to set up business (longshot). How does this help? Thanks Zone #notbeatingadeadhorse
John: (Sigh) I guess we're about at the point where it's time to cut off the London back-and-forth for a while, but the questions keep pouring in … so one more day. First, I don't know that London/European companies setting up business in Jacksonville is a (longshot). Second, playing one game a year helps stabilize the Jaguars for the long haul, so if you believe the Jaguars are good for the local economy then London is pretty vital.
Tudor from Jacksonville:
In your response to Romeo, you mention the London game implying that it's a home game in the long stretch on the road he mentions. Let's get something perfectly clear: I don't care what the NFL or Shad or anyone else calls it, London is a damn road game. The whole advantage of a home game is you have your home crowd and you're not the traveling team. They have to travel across an ocean. That does not provide the advantages of a home game. Call it a Magic Hat game for all I care, in London, both teams are road teams.
John: Let's get something else clear: I didn't imply it was a home game. I didn't write that it was a home game, either. Romeo asked if the NFL was sticking it to the Jaguars with the schedule early next season and I wrote that while the team was not at EverBank Field much in the first half of the season part of the season was that there was a bye and a game in London during that span. Whatever your feelings on the Jaguars' London game, it's incorrect to use it as an example of the league sticking it to the Jaguars.
Anthony from Middleburg, FL:
Would you think caudell would consider trading with brown's for the 12th and 19th pick this year and 2nd rd. Pick next year and pick up 2 quality pass rushes in the 1st round this year?
John: I'm not sure who this Caudell guy is, but if he and Brown keep these shenanigans up, they need to be stopped. Or at least supervised.
Charles from Bangalore, India:
John, the running-back situation is starting to look crowded. If we take a back in the draft as expected, there are a lot of guys to evaluate. Does the preseason get a bit muddled? Is it difficult to separate the chaff from the wheat in preseason with so many players competing for the role?
John: There's time to separate chaff and wheat. With the exception of quarterback, you can sort out a bunch of guys at pretty much any position during organized team activities, preseason and training camp. Quarterback is the exception because that position needs extensive reps to prepare and needs to work with the rest of the offense, so it's difficult to get more than one or two players adequate time. But in terms of your question, no doubt one more back – particularly a back in the early rounds – would indeed add another player to the mix. It would also make it significantly more difficult for a player low on the depth chart – Storm Johnson or Bernard Pierce, for example – to make the roster. At the same time, the assumption would be that a player taken early in the draft would be good enough to stand out and make the process worthwhile.
Stevie Mo P from Jacksonville:
Johnny O, many Zonies write you about the lack of coverage the Jags get nationally. I have to admit it's been slow coverage-wise, I'd say due to seven wins in two seasons. Friday morning though, on NFL Network, there was a great one on one with GM DC. He just seems cool - not only in the "I'd like to have a cold one with that guy" kinda way, but also the "cool as ice under pressure" kinda way. As a fan, it made me smile and feel confident. When it comes to the draft, Dave's gonna Dave and that, sir, makes me excited for the season. One fer Williams, or trade back for defensive end and running back, or whatever else Dave has up his sleeve!
John: #DTWD
John from Cape May:
"Having a game in London right now is a significant part of the local-revenue equation that allows this franchise to function in this market." I'm not trying to be snide but I have heard this argument from you and the organization for the past three years and I don't see how it's beneficial at all to the Jacksonville area. What "local revenue" do the Jags gain from playing in London? They get no parking sales, no merchandise sales, no vendor sales and they have no local advertising from anybody in the Jacksonville area. I'm sure they get a nice chunk of those sales during the London game but tell me how does a Brit buying a Bortles jersey help the local revenue?
John: First off, I'm not arguing. I'm just writing what's going on. The jaguars get a share of the gate from ticket sales from the London game. They also get sponsorship revenue. Those are significant sources of revenue. And they're very beneficial.
Owen from Plymouth :
Can you clarify your answer to Sonny's question about the Jaguars alternating a home game and away game each year for London? If the Jaguars' game in London once every two years was considered an away game, then once every two years the Jaguars have an extra home game to bring in the revenue lost that they'd be attaining in London. Is the revenue in London for a single game that much higher than if it were played in Jacksonville, that that's not a viable solution? That way you're not upsetting Jacksonville fans (as much) and the Jaguars are still getting exposure in London. Just a thought, I don't know very much about the whole situation and I'm sure you have much for greater insight, thanks!
John: There's not much more I can do to clarify this. The Jaguars and every NFL team get eight regular-season home games a year. Right now, they get a significant enough boost in local revenue from having a home game in London every year that it's important to the franchise's local revenue. Playing an "away" London game doesn't have the same benefit.
Seth from Denver, CO:
What would be the harm in holding the third preseason game in London? Would the UK fans feel disenfranchised that it's not a regular-season game? I think this would be a winning scenario in all ways: stateside fans get eight regular-season home games; London fans get a good game to watch. The brand strengthens, along with revenue. Why couldn't this work?
John: It wouldn't work because the idea is to build the fan base for real. The way to do that is to play regular-season games.
Jack from Jacksonville:
You and I live in the same neighborhood and, occasionally, I see you out jogging. While I can certainly appreciate the effort, my real question is....Is it as painful as it looks?"....There's some suffering going on, for sure!
John: Yes, it's as painful as it looks. When I jog, every second and every step is spent with one thought: "When will it be over?" That said, there's a price to be paid for looking as I do. A steep, steep price.

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