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Draft picks and dreamers gather for NFL mini-camps

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NFL teams are in the process of getting their first look at their draft choices, undrafted free agents, and others just looking for a chance. Rookie mini-camps are underway around the league, representing the very first taste of life in the NFL for a few, and the only taste for most. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins held their mini-camps last weekend. On Friday the Jacksonville Jaguars begin theirs. While many, but not all, of the teams’ draft picks…

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Clemson, Alabama overshadow Jaguars personnel moves

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The College Football Playoff Championship Game was a victim of bad scheduling. When news emerged that the Jacksonville Jaguars had hired Doug Marrone as their Head Coach and Tom Coughlin as Executive Vice-President of Football Operations, who cared about a silly college football game? While Deshaun Watson and company were upsetting Alabama on Monday night, didn’t much of the nation miss part of it because they were glued to the NFL Network? The answer is, of course, an emphatic NO.…

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Pro sports franchises: Build your own stadium, ballpark, or arena

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Mitch Perry’s story Tuesday on FloridaPolitics.com about the bill filed by state Sen. Tom Lee to dismantle state’s Sports Development Program triggered an instant thought: Well, forget about a new stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays. I followed up with a call to Lee, a Republican from Brandon, and asked if my thought about the Rays was on the mark. “This won’t preclude the Rays or any other franchise from coming to the Legislature and asking for help with a…

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Jags drop season finale to Colts; coaching search to begin in earnest

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The Jacksonville Jaguars’ 2016 season came to an end Sunday in heartbreaking fashion. After Jason Myers kicked a go-ahead 41-yard field goal with 1:33 to play, Andrew Luck drove the Indianapolis Colts the length of the field to take a 24-20 win at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. It was certainly a different way to lose. Jacksonville led 17-0 at one point, but could not close the deal. It was the second time this season the Jaguars had a 17-point…

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Jaguars snap losing streak with 38-17 victory

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For the first time since October 17, the Jacksonville Jaguars walked off the field as a winner. They 38-17 drubbing of the Tennessee Titans broke a nine-game losing streak and made a winner of interim coach Doug Marrone in his first outing. Marrone may have had an immediate impact on his quarterback, Blake Bortles, who had a spectacular day. The former Central Florida star threw for 325 yards and a touchdown without an interception. A good portion of the criticism…

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Jaguars lose 9th straight in Houston; Gus Bradley fired

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Never before had the Jacksonville Jaguars lost nine games in a row. On Sunday in Houston that statement became inoperable when the Houston Texans came from behind in the fourth quarter to beat Jacksonville 21-20. After the game, Jaguars Coach Gus Bradley was fired. “I thanked Gus Bradley for his commitment to the Jacksonville Jaguars over the past four seasons,” said Jaguars’ owner Shad Khan. “As anyone close to our team knows, Gus gave his staff and players everything he…

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Jaguars good effort still not good enough against Vikings

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The Jacksonville Jaguars gave a good effort, but it wasn’t good enough. Despite carrying a lead into the fourth quarter, the Jaguars gave up two touchdowns in the final period to fall to the Minnesota Vikings 25-19. It was Jacksonville’s eighth consecutive loss. It also marked the first road win for the Vikings since they won at Carolina on September 25. Perhaps the Jaguars felt destiny was on their side in the fateful fourth quarter. With Minnesota leading 18-16, Matt…

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