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Two isn't enough

Join Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.

Stephen from Jacksonville:
Are you for or against tasing field-trespassers?

Vic: Everyone kept telling me I have to see the movie "Hangover." I said, "OK, I'll make sure I see it, within the next year or two." This week, somebody sent me the taser-scene excerpt from the movie. I watched and did not laugh. In fact, I got angry. That was supposed to be funny? That's what makes us laugh these days? Not this guy and I won't be watching the movie in the next year or two or at any time. We better take a long look at ourselves.

Guy from Hilton Head Island, SC:
What players that were cut from the Jaguars roster this year have a chance at getting picked up and getting us compensatory picks in next year's draft?

Vic: Cutting a player does not qualify a team for compensatory pick consideration. A player's contract has to expire at the start of free agency for a team to receive compensatory pick consideration.

Nate from Jacksonville:
I know this would probably be speculation on your part but if the Tebow jersey is number one in sales, how much actual revenue would the Broncos organization reap from something like that?

Vic: Let's say the jersey sells for $100 and was purchased from Reebok by the retailer for $50. The NFL's deal with Reebok provides for a royalty on the $50, which is split 32 ways among the teams in the league. The retailer keeps the other $50 or the difference between the sale price and the cost of the jersey to the retailer. So, if a Tebow jersey is sold at a department store or sporting goods store, for example, the Broncos' cut on that jersey is the same as the Jaguars' and every other team in the league, one-32nd of the royalty. For those Tebow jerseys the Broncos sell on their website or in a team-owned store, the Broncos become the retailer and they keep the money that is the difference between the cost of the jersey to them and the price for which they sold it, plus, they get one-32nd of the royalty.

Kyle from Orlando, FL:
You keep saying cultural divide. Have you ever seen Tim Tebow play football? This guy could be from San Diego State and we would be begging for him in Jacksonville. All 32 teams should be fighting for his services and there was only one smart enough to do it. Even if he is not a Pro-Bowler or Hall of Famer, he will make a bigger impact on his team than any other first-rounder. The risk/reward ratio on this guy is a no-brainer; forget Dez Bryant, Tebow reward will surpass 95 percent of quarterbacks chosen in the first round of previous drafts.

Vic: What cultural divide?

Nick from Jacksonville:
I was doing my homework and looked at the column after last year's draft and you nailed it. Gotta trust Gene, baby! link

Vic: Looking back is fun, but I promise that you could look back and find lots of times when I didn't nail it.

Nick from Toronto, Ontario:
What impact can D'Anthony Smith have? You mentioned that he's essentially the same player as Alualu, so how does he get on the field?

Vic: The heat index will likely be near triple digits when the Jaguars open the season at home against the Broncos at one o'clock on Sept. 12. You better have a lot of defensive linemen for that game. Nick, you can't have too many big guys in today's game of sub packages and multiple defenses. It's an open-spaces, rush-the-passer game and you can't expect 300-pound men to go hard every play for 70 plays and not wear down. One of the knocks on Smith at Louisiana Tech is that he took plays off. Have you ever seen one of their games? They play up-tempo, pass-heavy, racehorse football in that conference. Seventy plays? How about 90, and you're talking about teams that don't have a stockpile of big guys. What idiot would expect a 300-pound man to not take plays off in a 90-plays game, of which 50-60 plays are probably pass attempts, in the heat and humidity of Louisiana? Two quality tackles isn't enough. I'm not sure three is enough.

John from Jacksonville:
Maurice Drew was an all Pac-10 punt returner, ahead of Reggie Bush.

Vic: This isn't the Pac-10.

Dave from Snellville, GA:
Were Jamarcus Russell's problems caused by giving a kid millions of dollars in guaranteed money and then assuming he would work hard at his craft even though he was going to be paid anyway?

Vic: You're asking a guy who didn't like him in the first place to tell you what went wrong. I didn't think he was a talent coming out of college. Everything about him said "slow."

Matt from Philadelphia, PA:
Does it worry you that the Jaguars weren't able to draft any offensive linemen, at least in the late rounds, with either a guard or center? There's a nice mixture of young talent with experienced veterans on the line, but do you think there are any depth issues?

Vic: Yes, I think the interior of the Jaguars offensive line is a concern. If the best available player had been a guard or center, he would've been a great fit. The problem is that the guard and center crops were very weak in this year's draft and they did not offer a lot of value. I believe they would've picked Matt Tennant, the center from Boston College, had they not made the trade with New Orleans for a fourth-round pick next year. Gene Smith obviously felt getting a four next year represented greater value and, as I've said, the draft is all about value. You can't fix it all in one or two drafts. As I said last year, this is going to take some time.

Logan from Saskatoon, SK:
Was part of the reason we lacked penetration up front last year because we were starting two "plugs?"

Vic: Two? How about four? That'll change this year. Aaron Kampman, Tyson Alualu, D'Anthony Smith and Larry Hart will address the pass-rush woes.

Stephen from Jacksonville:
What happens if a highly-drafted rookie suffers a career-ending injury in mini-camp, before they are signed to a contract?

Vic: In that situation, teams are bound to offer the player a contract equal to what would be expected at the slot in which he was drafted. The team and player usually sign some type of agreement to that effect before the player goes onto the field.

Michael from Orlando, FL:
Hey, Vic, it's my birthday. I just want to say that I'm deeply grateful for the work you've put into this column and this website as a whole. I haven't missed a single article or "Ask Vic" in over eight years now and I can honestly say that over 75 percent of what I've learned about the game and its history I've learned from you. With all the new faces and renewed emphasis on character, do you think we'll see a lot of rookie hazing this year, or is that a thing of the past?

Vic: Unfortunately, it's not a thing of the past. I told Pete Ittersagen last year not to let them shave his head. Pete had a Samson-like head of hair and I considered the possibility that Pete derived his power from his hair, as Samson did. Well, one day I'm walking down the hallway and here comes Pete with a shaved head. He was never the same. I hate hazing. I wish it would go away. One of my favorite stories is from when Joe Greene was a rookie. The veterans told him to stand up and sing. He said no. That was the end of the singing and the hazing. By the way, happy birthday.

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