O-Zone: Salutations

JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …

Zac from austin, tejas

King, let's say exactly how you feel right now is how you feel as general manager going into the next draft. Quarterback is off the table - what position are your first two picks?

This is tricky for a couple of reasons. One is that I don't yet know how to feel about left tackle Cam Robinson because we haven't yet seen him play a game this season; if he improves as much as the team expects, left tackle may not be a need next offseason. Another is that I feel safety could be a need in next offseason's draft, but it can be difficult to find safeties worthy of early- or mid-first-round selections. Taking those positions out of the equation for now, let's go with defensive tackle as one choice for the Jaguars in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. That could be a need, and it's absolutely a position typically worth taking in the first round. For the other … let's say tight end, presuming one is available worthy of a first-round selection. As often is the case with safety, first-rounders tight ends can be tough to find.

Esteef from AB

There is a repeated theme of questioning the Jaguars' decision to allow wide receiver Allen Robinson to sign elsewhere. As I recall, there were cap constraints. Instead of signing him, the team used the money to sign offensive guard Andrew Norwell as there was a glaring need for help on the offensive line. Didn't turn out to be the All-Pro lineman that we had hoped for, but in my opinion it was a sound decision. Is that your recollection as well?

A few factors played into the decision in the 2018 offseason to not re-sign Robinson and sign Norwell. One was that Robinson was coming off of a torn anterior cruciate ligament sustained in the 2017 regular-season opener; the team opted against placing the franchise tag on him because the belief was he could struggle early coming off that injury and it was risky to pay the franchise tag cost for a player who might not be full strength early in a tagged season. Another factor was the Jaguars believed Robinson was very good but perhaps not elite – and they therefore didn't want to pay him elite money. A third factor was the one you cite – that the Jaguars wanted to be dominant on the offensive line, and that Norwell could help move them toward that. I suppose there were "sound reasons" for the move at the time, but losing Robinson hurt and continues to hurt. Whether or not he's "truly elite," he's really good and he remained motivated to improve even after signing as an unrestricted free agent with Chicago in 2018. It's hard to argue it was a good move, even with some valid reasons at the time.

Bill from Ponte Vedra, FL

Buried in your long answer to Johnathan from Syracuse was a reference to former Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey's "severe back injury" last season. I have been following pro sports for a long time and can't recall any precedent for a star athlete faking or grossly exaggerating an injury during the season. I am surprised that his deplorable act received so little comment from the national media. He abandoned his teammates purely to get paid while he forced a trade. Do you think he has gotten a pass?

I suppose it's true that the national media hasn't mentioned Ramsey's injury – or its severity – since the Jaguars traded him to the Los Angeles Rams last season. The national types seemingly haven't mentioned his love of teammates much since then, either. Come to think of it, I actually don't know that many prominent national media types actually have paid much attention to – or talked about – him at all lately. Have they?

Marc from Amster

Hi, John: I am currently watching inside training camp live on NFL Network. My question is, why do I have to watch this coverage and listen to national media talk about the Jaguars? Why is it not available as a live stream or local broadcast? Your staff has much more insight and expertise on the team versus the national media. I hear the live reports and updates on local radio, but why aren't we SEEING it? I am a television veteran producer/director of 30 years for national sports and a Jacksonville native and I myself would love to see the practices. I presented a plan to provide the Jaguars coverage of their training camp three years ago and was told you guys would be doing this yourselves. I know there is edited same-day coverage, but seeing it live would be entertaining and ideal for fans. I don't want credit, I just want to see it! Look forward to your response.

Hi, Marc. The Jaguars well know that SEEING practice would be entertaining for fans, but what entertains fans doesn't always match what the team's football operations believe is best for the team – and the team has certain rules about what can and can't be shown live. For instance: the first few periods in Saturday's scrimmage were shown live until the team got into 11-on-11 work. At that point, team rules restricted what could be shown. And don't worry about getting credit, though I will give it where it's due. That's to a broadcast team with more than enough expertise – and enough years of experience – to execute a live practice. And to a broadcast team that knows the rules – and continues to provide the fans the best possible coverage within those rules.

Daniel from Jersey City, NJ

O-man, how do rookies learn the basics of a game such as where to be on the sideline, when to run on/off the field, etc.? Seems like those super basic things aren't practiced. Without preseason games, are we going to have a bunch of rooking running around confused?

Much of this was rehearsed and reviewed during Saturday's scrimmage at TIAA Bank Field. Rookies also will be able to follow veterans in this regard.

Diego from South of Tiera del Diego

Please name the six games you believe the Jags can win and hopefully more. I would be surprised if any of those games would be against their division rivals. Division rivals keep getting stronger while Jags keep playing catch up. Please correct me if you think I am wrong.

I don't typically during the offseason go week by week through the season and circle victories or losses. It's not that I don't understand how fun it is for people to do; it's just that I know from experience that a Week 6 game often looks far different in Week 6 than in August. I would be surprised if the Jaguars go 0-6 in the division. Remember: They went 2-4 in the division last season, and were an inch away (a failed two-point conversion) from going .500. Not that I believe the Jaguars will win the AFC South. I just don't know that they're as woefully behind the rest of the division as you seem to believe.

Andrew from Lindale, TX

KOAF, dude, sorry to hear about your back pain preventing you from attending the fantasy draft. However, I'm sure you love your teammates and the game.

Like brothers.

Unhipcat from from carslbad, ca

Hi John. So, the good reports on Jake Luton got me thinking (generally a confusing, dangerous endeavor). Because of COVID rules changes, could not the Jags theoretically put Luton on the active roster to prevent another team from grabbing him, while putting Glennon on practice squad to bring up in an emergency. Likely, possibly or 'we really need football'?

The Jaguars theoretically could do that, though a team also could theoretically claim Mike Glennon off the practice squad in that scenario. Remember, too: teams can protect four players a week on their practice squad, so the risk of losing practice-squad players won't be as extreme this season as past seasons. I still suspect that Glennon will be the backup quarterback on game days, particularly early in the season. Luton is really impressive physically, and he looked good in training camp, but experience matters at backup quarterback. My guess is that will give Glennon the edge.

Bryan from Portland, OR

Yo, Grizzle Funk. So, I was hiking the pup at a state park in NW Oregon on the Pacific, repping my Jags gear (as I do), and I hear from nowhere: "MINSHEWWWWW!!!" Now, having never heard a Jags quarterback yelled in my direction, I was momentarily stunned silent. Then, instinctively and with surprising vigor from deep within, I yelled a reply: "MAGIC!!!" Just like that, two fists raised towards the sky and it was over. Of course, he could've said Oehser. I suppose we're ready for some football.

You blew it. He did say, "Oehser." The proper response was the middle finger.

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