The Jacksonville Jaguars are already on the 2014 clock. There are nine days left in the team’s regular season, the 4-10 Jags are in a situation not unfamiliar to them in the past. High priced veterans who have stepped up to help this team to a 4-2 record in the second half of the season, will soon learn their fate with the franchise. Players like Marcedes Lewis, Jason Babin, Maurice Jones-Drew and Paul Posluszny are considered major question marks for this team next season. Posluszny figures to remain with the team as the center of the defense. Jones-Drew has openly stated he wants to be back in teal next season and management, most notably the team’s general manager Dave Caldwell, has stated the team will work to iron out a deal to keep the UCLA product in north Florida.
Babin and Lewis are question marks because of money. Babin leads the team in sacks, Lewis has become a major target in the offense the second half of the season. Both may have to negotiate new deals or take a pay cut to remain with the franchise.
When the Jaguars run onto the field on Sunday, expect the fans to salute and honor center Brad Meester for his 14 years with the team. Meester, a second round pick out of Northern Iowa in 2000, has played in more games than any other player in this team’s history. Meester announced this week he would be retiring at the end of the season.
Meester is the only player in Jaguars history to play for all five coaches in team history. All 207 games that Meester has played in he has started at center for this franchise.
More pass rush
The Jaguars defense has gotten better over the last six weeks. That has a lot to do with the pass rush of Babin and defensive ends Ryan Davis and Andre Branch. Branch is second on the team with five sacks. Davis has been a spot starter of late and has proven he can be a forced in pass defense.
The coaching staff and trainers are still uncertain whether Maurice Jones-Drew will play on Sunday. According to Jaguars.com, “Jones-Drew, the Jaguars’ three-time Pro Bowl running back, practiced Friday after missing the first two days of practice this week with a hamstring injury. He is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against Tennessee.”
Coach Bradley assessed the situation in his press conference on Friday.
“He was in on the run plays and he took some actual reps although the tempo was slowed down,” Bradley said after a no-pads practice. “I said, ‘We need to see you where you made tremendous progress over the last couple of days.’ It will be interesting to see from (head athletic trainer) Mike (Ryan) but all tales tell us that he made good progress.”