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Pedal Bin from Farnborough, Hampshire, UK

Oh Mighty 'O' / King of All Funk, just thought I would help out some O-Zone readers with the angst over Josh Allen not being at OTAs. The NFL states "OTAs fall between voluntary minicamps in late April and mandatory minicamps in June and all are voluntary." To be clear: Voluntary (Adjective) "Freedom and spontaneity of choice or action without external compulsion. Done willingly without being forced to."

Loyal O-Zone readers – and he knows who he is – know I like to paraphrase former Indianapolis Colts running back Edgerrin James when discussing this issue. James almost never attended OTAs during his career and somehow found his way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was once asked about not attending OTAS. His reply was that while he never graduated from the University of Miami, he stayed long enough to learn the meaning of "voluntary." If Jaguars outside linebacker Josh Allen believes he can best prepare for the regular season training somewhere else, then he absolutely is within his rights to train somewhere else. And he should do so. I don't sense the Jaguars have the remotest problem with this and I can't remotely think of a time in three decades covering the NFL where I've thought, "Man, that player would be playing better today if only he had practiced more last May."

Jim from Eugene, OR

Gee, Zone. I wonder if Brian from Round Rock thought Jaguars Head Coach Doug Pederson was doing an abysmal job when we commanded the No. 1 seed for that one shining moment at 8-3? Do you think fans' expectations are set too high for this franchise?

I'm never sure how to answer questions about correspondence from Round Rock, Texas. I also never know how to answer questions about "fan expectations." Some fans expect a lot. Some fans expect not much. Some fans expect huge success entering a season, then expect absolutely the opposite after a one-point loss in the regular-season opener. Whatever the "general expectation" about a team, fans typically want their team to win every game and don't handle it particularly well when they don't. Fans fan. It's what they do. Always and forever.

Scott from Aruba

So, about that player that tried out for the Jaguars and they didn't sign them … do you know if they are still with the team? I mean it's possible that they signed as a super senior writer or something?

I'll google this.

Bradley from Sparks, NV

Wide receiver Stefon Diggs reportedly loses his mind if he isn't the focal point of the offense. The Houston Texans already have two ascending wide receivers who look All-Pro-ish, have chemistry with quarterback C.J. Stroud and experience in offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik's system. They also have a solid tight end and running back and a couple more wide receivers who expect targets. What are the odds that the Diggs acquisition ends up being a net loss for the Texans?

I don't cover the Minnesota Vikings or the Buffalo Bills. As such, I don't know the difference between what Diggs reportedly does and what he really does. Chemistry can be a fragile and important element of an NFL locker room. A wrong element – or even one that's not quiiiite right – can disrupt. Diggs is a good player. Only time will tell how he or any other player affects the Texans' chemistry.

Dallas from Sioux Falls, SD

When I read Rob-from-Pittsburgh's question on cornerback Tyson Campbell and safety Andre Cisco getting contracts, I was anticipating you going with a "stay tuned" rather than Campbell over Cisco with the given data. Could you elaborate on Cisco's key mistakes? Not harping on you, but I am trying to remember times where I saw Cisco miss something "big." Campbell being a cornerback kind makes him stand out more from headlines and such, so those come to mind more. Rayshawn Jenkins got some highlights last year, as well, but I am trying to recall Cisco. I liked your insights on his question, just trying to learn from you in regard to Cisco.

Jaguars safety Andrew Cisco is a good player. I expect he will play in the NFL for a long time. He has a year remaining on his contract and it's entirely possible he will re-sign with the Jaguars. My intent in a recent answer addressing contracts was to indicate that I expect it is more certain that the team try to re-sign cornerback Tyson Campbell than Cisco – not to indicate that the team is "down" in anyway on Cisco. Why emphasize Campbell in the answer? Because big-time corners are hard to find, and corner is a more "premium" position than safety. From this view, Cisco is just more of a wait-and-see situation than Campbell. MY view could be wrong. Weirder things have happened.

John from Jacksonville, FL

Do you think the Jaguars will sign veteran wide receiver Jarvis Landry now with the injuries to Wayne Ruby and David White?

I doubt one necessarily has all that much to do with the others.

Bradford from Orange Park, FL

Not to finger-point or to castigate any of our current/former general manger(s), but with his most recent extension given his production at the position … if we were ranking top 10 overall selections in Jaguars draft history where do you think Leonard Fournette>Christian McCaffery would rank? And not that I could have called it. But good grief. Dude turned out to be a machine. He's got to be up there in all-time durability at the position at this point, yeah?

Selecting running back Leonard Fournette No. 4 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft wasn't as much an awful selection as a short-sighted one. I don't know that the Jaguars would have made their run to the 2017 AFC Championship Game without Fournette. At the same time, there were many players – McCaffrey included – who would probably would have been better long-term selections. Where does that selection rank among Top 10 Jaguars selections? Not the worst. Maybe not even close.

David from Orlando, FL

KOAF - Regarding the meetup idea, could you check if Jaguars Owner Shad Khan would lend us his yacht? Considering the size of your fan base, we may need a bigger boat!

Or maybe we can just borrow Biff from Jacksonville's kayak.

Sean from Oakleaf, FL

The Jaguars' mosh pit approach to position coaches' "press conferences" this year, is that new?

You're referencing Thursday's media availability for Jaguars assistant coaches at the Miller Electric Center. Both offensive and defensive assistant sat at tables and answered questions from local reporters. This is not new and has been done each of the last several offseasons.

Mike from New Milford, NJ

On Tuesday, Wayne Weaver released a statement urging the Jacksonville city council to approve the stadium renovation. This only reaffirms he's the biggest Jaguars fan/supporter there is, was and ever will be. He's a huge factor why the Jaguars remain in Jacksonville to this point and I'm optimistic for at least another 30 years. He even closed his statement with a Don-like "Go Jaguars!" One, always, fer Wayne Weaver.

One fer Wayne.

Robert from Jacksonville

The NFL is headed for interesting times. First the "or we will leave" threat may wear out. What happens when an increasing number of host cities say, "We will miss you?" The price of keeping a team in town is getting a bit ridiculous. That is reported to have real negative consequences and possibilities. International play has the potential of making the NFL a lot of money. I'd be careful if I were the NFL and not to make the entire league into the Jaguars. The host city still has real value. Speaking of the Jaguars, why do they want to stay in Duval when somewhere around 70 percent of the folks living there either have a problem with the team, problem paying for the stadium or they have different priorities? I think 32 billionaires with nothing but $$ signs in their eyes have lost their way. Personally, I never want anything to permanently hurt the NFL, but seeing their ego, arrogance, and even their wallets, take a mule kick to the groin could be entertaining. After all, that is what it is all about, right? Entertainment!

This is the balanced walk NFL owners – and indeed all owners of professional sports franchise owners – have walked for decades. The NFL right now is trying to figure how to continue marketing a very American game internationally and therefore grow its fan base. They are doing so by ensuring that all teams will play some games overseas over a certain period of time. Owners will continue to try to increase revenue. Why? Well, they didn't become billionaires – and therefore didn't become owners – by decreasing revenue. When is enough enough? I don't know the answer to that. I do know fans and observers have wondered this for decades – and I also know so far the NFL just keeps growing with no end in sight.