Jaguars rookie linebacker Telvin Smith was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week today by the NFL. Smith registered a sack, forced fumble, interception and two passes defensed in the club’s win over Cleveland.
Smith, who has two career sacks, registered a sack/forced fumble of Brian Hoyer in the third quarter and the ball was recovered by linebacker Paul Posluszny. With 5:21 remaining in the game, Smith picked off Hoyer and returned it 15 yards to set up a Jaguars touchdown.
Smith became the first AFC rookie to win a player of the week award in 2014 and second overall (CB Kyle Fuller, Chicago, week two).
The Jacksonville Jaguars today signed rookie cornerback Lou Young to the practice squad. With Young’s signing, the Jaguars now have the league-maximum 10 players on their practice squad.
Young, 6-1, 196, was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Denver where he spent the preseason before he was waived on final cuts. He spent four weeks on the Baltimore Ravens practice squad before he was waived on October 9.
Young played in 49 career games with 34 starts for Georgia Tech, totaling 134 career tackles, four interceptions and 12 passes defensed. A native of Washington, D.C., he played for coach Bob Milloy at Good Counsel (Md.) High School where he led his team to a conference title in 2009 and was named Maryland’s Defensive Player of the Year following his senior season.
The Jacksonville Jaguars signed rookie defensive end Chris Smith to the 53-man roster and placed linebacker Paul Posluszny (pectoral muscle) on injured reserve, the club announced today.
Posluszny suffered the injury on Sunday in the club’s win over the Cleveland Browns. Smith, a fifth-round draft pick in 2014, was on the club’s opening day roster before he was waived on September 13, 2014. He was signed to the Jaguars practice squad on September 15 where he has remained the last five weeks.
Smith wears jersey number 98.
By: David Levin (@davidlevin71)
About 15 months ago I remember watching a rookie named Denard Robinson standing in the middle of the Jaguars practice facilities with coaches before practice had even started, listening to his mentors show him how to hold onto the football. The rookie from Michigan had been drafted to play running back, not quarterback where he has exceled at in college. I also remember wondering how this wafer-thin player was going to make the transition to a new position, and if he would be able to do anything to help this Jaguars franchise.
After a subpar rookie season, Robinson not only proved he could help these Jaguars, he could also start in the NFL and may be the solution to a woeful running game so far this season. He ran for a career-high 127 yards and a touchdown on Sunday, a WIN for these Jaguars. In a game where our rookie quarterback, Blake Bortles looked less than stellar, Robinson and a strong defense looked sharp – sharp enough to bail the team out for a 24-6 win.
The star of the show, however, was Robinson, who had the first 100-yard rushing game by a Jaguars running back since last season. The win for the home team was the first win since December of last year,
It also means there is a definitive starter behind Bortles and a rushing game that was aided by strong blocking up front along the offensive line.
In the words of Jackie Gleason – “How Sweet It Is.”
In the win on Sunday, the Jaguars not only found a running game, but the defensive side of the ball showed how strong it was, causing turnovers and sacking Brian Hoyer three more times, to give this team 22 on the season. The play of both Paul Posluszny (11 tackles) and Telvin Smith, a rookie linebacker who continues to impress, shows this is not a front line defense and nothing else.
And while we did not see the best of Bortles on offense with his arm (three interceptions) he did have his moments with both his arm and his feet.
Yes, this is a team that is coming together. I would go as far to say this should be a Jaguars’ team that is riding a three-game winning streak, but close is only good in horseshoes and hand grenades.
But we are getting better.
Now, with Miami on the horizon on Sunday at EverBank Field, can the Jaguars do it again? I sure hope so. And something tells me Denard Robinson feels the same.
By: David Levin (@davidlevin71)
Imagine what could have been. Imagine what would have happened had we heard this from NFL Commissioner, Roger Goddell.
“WITH THE THIRD PICK IN THE 2-14 NFL DRAFT, THE JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS SELECT … JOHNNY MANZIEL.”
I only shudder to think what might have happened. The off-field turbulence, the issues with his jet-setting lifestyle and the way he was careless in his behavior – strutting around, flashing money signs and claiming to be the big deal he thought or maybe still thinks he is.
Taking a look at the way things worked out and how the Jaguars did their due diligence on all the possibilities of drafting quarterbacks, the team – and the fans - could not ask for anything more. Bortles is everything Cleveland wanted in a quarterback, the one who could be Otto Graham and Brian Sipe and Bernie Kosar.
When was the last time you think any team in the NFL was jealous of who the Jaguars trotted out on the field behind center? The only one I can think of right now is Mark Brunell.
Trust me when I say that Bortles will be better than Mark Brunell.
Cleveland has had its share of awful blunders behind center – Tim Couch, Brandon Weeden, Brady Quinn and now a quarterback riding the bench while Brian Hoyer works his magic. And according to sources, whether he sees the field in the near future has a lot to do with the success of the team over the next 12 weeks and whether Hoyer can sign an extension with the franchise, which only makes the drafting of Manziel even tougher.
While the Jaguars are dealing with a losing season and issues with the offensive line and issues with the running game, the one thing this franchise does not have to deal with are questions behind center. Blake Bortles has exceeded all those expectations so far, and from what we can tell, is the best quarterback to come out of the NFL Draft since Andrew Luck. Those are pretty high honors. And to think he is the antithesis of the quarterback that Gus Bradley once said was the most NFL ready. It seems even our coach can make a mistake like that. However he and general manager Dave Caldwell rebounded well to make the right decision for the team’s future.
No matter how things are right now, Blake Bortles gives us the best chance to be great in the future. For Johnny Manziel, there is still a jury out their waiting to see what happens – when and if he gets on the playing field.