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Zac from Austin, Tejas

One thing I love about Jaguars edge Josh Allen is his self-expectations are spoken out loud: "I want to win the Super Bowl and be the MVP of that game." I love that so much. I ask this in good nature - not to be a contrarian. What does minimum level of acceptable success look like for him this season? I think the best way to measure his impact would be that he and edge Travon Walker remain in the top three in NFL as a duo. That to me is justifiable minimum level of acceptable success? Maybe? What do you think?

My answer won't likely be popular. That's OK. I have a loooooooong history of being unpopular. Either way, my level of acceptable success probably is different from most. I think Allen can be successful next season – or any season – if he gets consistent pressure on quarterbacks, makes the Jaguars' defense better and is a reason they're a good defense. This answer doesn't specifically include or rely on sacks because defensive players – even really good pass rushers – can't always control sacks. Hall of Fame defensive end Dwight Freeney once told me one of his best seasons was one of his worst "sack" seasons because teams weren't throwing against the Indianapolis Colts in very many in pass-rushing situations that season – and therefore his sacks totals were down. I expect most people will define Allen's success in sacks – and therefore, success to those people would be he and Walker again being among the top three duos in the NFL in that category. And that's fine. Everyone can define success as they choose.

Cory from Fort Myers

Do you believe both scenarios can be true at once? In that, cornerbacks Quinyon Mitchell and Terrion Arnold could ultimately end up being better football players at their positions than Brian Thomas Jr. yet the Jaguars benefited more by selecting a wide receiver in the first round? Although I preferred a cornerback at that spot due to the combination of need and talent available. I can't help but think that the Jaguars had arguably the best corner in the league for four years and only had one winning season in that span. Obviously, quarterback play was a huge contributing factor, but do you believe a "good" wide receiver may be more impactful than a "great" cornerback?

At times, yes. You can throw away from a great corner and essentially limit his effect on the game. You can focus on getting the ball to a great wide receiver in multiple situations and easier ensure he factors into the game. It doesn't mean wide receiver has MEGA impact and corner has no impact at all, but the receiver's impact can me more controllable. It's why it's slightly above corner in terms of positions of importance.

Rob The duuuuuu



Deane from Daytona Beach, FL

Yo, O-Zone! Rookie training camp, OTAs, and of course official training camp starts soon! I'm totally excited to see how our new acquisitions in both free agency and the draft are going to work out initially. However, my question is this regarding this is those that were nicked up or completely missed the season, how are their development in being season ready are they? More specifically Ventrell Miller? How are they shaping up to compete for their spot either as a starter or in the substitution rotations? What says you O-Zone???

Three players in particular fit your description: Cornerback Christian Braswell, linebacker Ventrell Miller and offensive lineman Cooper Hodges. Miller and Hodges missed the entire regular season with Achilles and knee injuries, respectively. Braswell was hampered at times by a hamstring injury and played sparingly. I expect Hodges and Braswell to be full in the offseason and training camp barring further injury, with Hodges having a very real chance to be an interior swing player and Braswell having a chance to push for a role in the secondary. I expect Miller's injury having been an Achilles makes his situation trickier as that can be a more difficult return to full health.

Scott from Jacksonville

I'm OK with frozen pizza and a two-liter. As long as it's the right pizza and soda.

Me, too.

Boxcutter Bill from Mass

The only reason Fred Taylor didn't win Rookie of the Year was because of some guy named Randy Moss. I've been a fan since 1995. Fred Taylor is my favorite Jaguar, and I have never seen a player like him, especially back then. Dude could run with power and speed, he could take a screen 80 yards, and he could pick up the blitz. Why isn't he in the Hall of Fame yet? The injury thing is overstated and he put up numbers.

You're right that then-Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss was the only reason then-Jaguars running back Fred Taylor didn't win Rookie of the Year in 1998 – and as good as Moss was that season, you can still make a strong case that Taylor deserved the honor. As for the Pro Football Hall of Fame … you're correct there, too. Taylor's deserving. He's not in primarily because he didn't have career-defining postseason success and because four or five seasons in which he played at a Pro Bowl level – 1998, 2000 and 2002-2004 – came in seasons in which he was nosed out for postseason honors. That has caused him to be inaccurately overlooked by Hall voters. So far.

Woody from Dunlap

KOAF: Another draft is over, and you still keep on writing columns without a break! If memory serves correctly, you have obliterated Cal Ripken, Jr.'s streak. How many consecutive days has it been now and will you agree to take a day off after the Jags win the Super Bowl?

The streak is now at 4,655 days, give or take. It won't go on forever. What's a Cal Ripken?

Randy from Jacksonville

Good teams draft kick returners in the fifth round (Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs), kickers in the sixth (Evan McPherson, Cincinnati Bengals) and a punter in the seventh to flip the field. I'm trying to think of a better sixth-round pick for the Jags than Josh Scobee, can you???

Scobee was a fifth-round selection in the 2004 NFL Draft. And he might be the best selection in franchise history in that round, too.

CJ from Jax

I saw that Pro Football Focus mentioned that Brian Thomas Jr. was more of just a deep threat and not much of a route runner and they didn't see the fit in jags offense because wide receiver Gabe Davis, wide receiver Christian Kirk and now Thomas are all just deep threats without much of and underneath route technician that can get separation often and different points on the field. I think it's a little dramatic cause we do have engram and etn and I don't think they gave Kirk enough credit for the route running. But I also saw that Jarvis Landry was working out here. What do you think the odds are the jags sign him and could he be that guy. I think it could be a cool addition and would make us feel pretty solid at WR and could be a really good vet for Thomas Jr to learn from.

PFF does a nice job for the most part. Because I'm not inclined to give blow-by-blow retorts to reports of people who aren't around the team daily, I'll just share how the Jaguars see their receiving corps. Davis indeed is a big-play threat who can open up routes underneath for receivers such as Kirk and tight end Evan Engram. Thomas indeed is seen as a big-play player with speed and ability to win jump balls – and he also seems capable of stretching the defense and helping underneath receivers. Kirk and Engram aren't really "deep threats," but they're the two "go-to" receivers in this offense. I have no idea the "odds" of Landry being signed. He's a veteran will participate in rookie minicamp this weekend. Were it likely he could be "that guy," he would be on a NFL roster. If he appears he can contribute, I expect he will be signed. Whatever leadership and production he provides will be a bonus. This is not to say he can't provide a lot. Just don't get excited until he shows he can do it.

Josh from Atlanta, GA

How good were draft grades in the 80's? I bet They got so many clicks.

"Draft grades" were barely a "thing" in the 1980s, if they indeed were a "thing at all." And while I remember having to grade a draft or two during my Florida Times-Union days in the 1990s, draft grades – if not their existence at least perceived importance – are largely a product of the 24/7 internet/social media age. We live in a time where we simply must have Every Answer, Draw Every Conclusion and Make Every Final Judgment Now and Not Later. The idea of analyzing anything with perspective is a lost notion that seems unlikely every to be found. Excuse me. I have to go yell at a cloud.