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Brady talks Friday and now status for Sunday definitely in question

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For those who are wondering if too much is being made of how badly Tom Brady’s throwing hand is injured or not for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game with the Jaguars, here’s the simple truth:

If there wasn’t something significantly wrong with his right hand, and he was fine or good enough to play, he and the Patriots would have dispelled it. Today.

On Friday afternoon at his twice postponed news conference with the media, Brady did not.

In fact, he showed up wearing gloves to an inside news conference, including on his throwing right hand. And then, the questions began and so, too, the non-answers.

When asked directly about what happened to his hand, Brady quickly and “Belichick-ian-ly” repelled with “I’m not talking about it.”

You’re not talking about it?

When asked about how concerned he was about his status to play in the game with Jacksonville Sunday, the answer was just as brief and downplayed, “We’ll see.”

We’ll see?

Again, we interrupt the recap of the “non” answering portion of the news conference to remind those of you who think this is some conspiracy theory or gamesmanship by Brady, Belichick and the Patriots, that it’s silly to think that at this stage.

Why would a QB, his boss and the franchise that has won the Super Bowl two of the last three years and five of them overall, feel the need to “play games” about a “phantom injury” against an upstart inexperienced playoff opponent (the Jags) at home?

Simple answer, they have ZERO motive to do so.

Interesting, too, that throughout the news conference Brady left his right hand on the lectern in front of him where no one could see it, and gestured a couple of times with his gloved left hand.

So, obviously, Brady’s injury, whether it’s to his whole hand, or fingers ,or maybe more specifically a thumb injury that hit a helmet in the Wednesday practice, is a big deal.

Brady was asked Friday about wearing the gloves, especially on the right hand, to the news conference and rebuffed with “I have before.”

He was asked again, later during the news conference about the need to have his right hand gloved during the news conference and answered “She (Dianne Rossini of ESPN) already asked that.”

With that, the “non-answering” was over in Foxboro, MA.

So, now what?

There are still two days until Sunday afternoon and the kickoff at just after 3 p.m. Eastern with the Jaguars. If there’s a significant injury to Brady’s hand, thumb, etc. it’s likely that backup Brian Hoyer, who apparently did all the throwing the last two days at Patriots practice will get to play some or a bunch.

Then again, maybe Brady can play through whatever it is, too.

How effective will he be? No one can say right now, because we don’t even know what the injury specifically is.

Of course, news and info may leak later today or this weekend or leading up to kickoff on Sunday about Brady’s status. And then, we could learn the real truth.

“We’ll see.”

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  1. Mr. Bamboozaul

    January 19, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Belicheat and golden boy are playing mind games with the jags. With their kryptonite on the other team Tom Coughlin, the Pats have to use the ole one gamesmanship , to keeping the jags in the dark like a mushroom.

    Forcing the jags to prepare for both Brady and Hoyer. It wouldn’t surprise me if Belicheat have conversations with Alabama Coach Nick saban, both from the same coaching tree of Bill Parcell, regarding the game plan that the Clemson Tide used against Georgia in the national championship game, which caught Georgia off guard and Ill prepared.

    I expect Brady to play and be at full strength to the surprise of the jags.

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Jaguars “cornerstone” player for 2018?

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The third installment of our “cornerstone” players series takes us to North Florida. And, as the Jaguars get ready to start up 2018, we wondered which impact player would be the one to build around.

You could make arguments for last year’s top free agent acquisition defensive tackle Calais Campbell, or lock down corner Jalen Ramsey, as being that player. However, it’s a player on the offensive side of the ball that appears to be everything that Jacksonville could have hoped for in a running back. That running back is Leonard Fournette.

Fournette, whom the Jags took fourth overall in the draft, is fantastic physical talent at 6’0 230lbs. with a blend of speed and power. And in his debut season, repeatedly showed why you would want to have your offense centered on his ability pound on a defense.

He made a tremendous impact from the beginning of the Jags breakout 2017 with a 100 yard game in the opening win at Houston, and three more 100 yard games in the first nine.

There was lull in Fournette’s productivity due an ankle injury and he also missed a game in Indianapolis due disciplinary reasons, but eventually, Fournette got back on track. He ran for 109 yards and 3 TDs in Jacksonville’s statement win over Seattle in December that clinched the first playoff spot for Jacksonville in 11 seasons.

Then, in the post season Fournette was just okay against the Bills in the AFC Wildcard game with 57 yards on 21 carries. However the next week in Pittsburgh, Fournette set the tone early and often with two first quarter TDs. He finished with 109 yards and 3 rushing TDs, and Jacksonville stunned the Steelers to advance to the AFC Championship Game.

The Jags sledgehammer back scored another early TD and finished with 76 yards rushing as the Patriots rallied to win 24-20 scoring in the final three minutes to knock the Jaguars out of the Superbowl.

Of course there will be great scrutiny on the play of quarterback Blake Bortles, and rightfully so.

However, much of the Jaguars success offensively, the identity of what they want to do, will be centered around Leonard Fournette.

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Why is Jalen Ramsey Twitter feuding with NFL Network analyst?

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There is no mistaking that Jaguars defensive back Jalen Ramsey is talented, and in 2017 he was named as an All-Pro by his peers and most recenlty in the player polled “Top 100.” So, that’s a validation that doesn’t need a whole lot else.

Yet, an NFL Network analyst and a former NFL defensive back himself, is questioning part of his game.

And, Jalen Ramsey got annoyed. Like, really annoyed.

It all began when, Bucky Brooks, who hosts a successful podcast and appears regularly on the NFL Network questioned another player, DB Casey Hayward of the Chargers, and whether he was a “transcendent talent” in coverage.

The exchanges with Hayward on Twitter Thursday went on for a bit and then, Ramsey jumped in here:

 

And, when Brooks tweeted about Ramsey and why he was drafted two years ago in the top five by Jacksonville, things cranked up on social media:

Next, Ramsey questioned whether Brooks believes Ramsey is only a product of the Jaguars “defensive system” and not of his ability to shutdown the opposing team’s top wideout, one on one:

Brooks referenced former fellow Noles All American and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Deion Sanders as one of those rare “lock down” corners, and of course, that someone that Ramsey, two years removed from FSU, wants to be compared to with his own game.

Brooks then explained further about his own analysis and teams/GMs/personnel executives thinking:

In the end, Ramsey, who is not bashful about expressing his opinions on or off the field, finally gave some props to Brooks for having an informed opinion:

The bottom line is that analysts get paid to analyze. And the good ones are always soliciting the opinions of others, who are actually coaching and working in the NFL Front office.

And further, if Ramsey keeps “locking down” the likes of the Texans DeAndre Hopkins, and the Colts T.Y. Hilton, who he sees twice a year, then he will continue to get the respect he wants. And, he’ll get the second contract dollars that come with it, too.

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NFL Network will show Jaguars preseason game at Minnesota nationally

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Coming off a tremendous surprise turnaround season that included a division win and two playoff victories, the Jaguars have everyone in North Florida buzzing for 2018. And the NFL Network is interested enough that it has announced it will be showing their second preseason game, at the Vikings, to the nation on Saturday August 18th.

This information was included in the NFL’s announcement that NFL Network will televise a total of 15 preseason games live, nationally:

The Jaguars will practice against the Vikings in Minnesota on Wednesday and Thursday (8/15-16) prior to playing the game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Minnesota, who won the NFC North and made the NFC Championship Game last year, signed arguably the top free agent on the market last March. That’s when they inked former Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins to a massive three year fully guaranteed $84 million deal.

Jacksonville will open the preseason the previous week against the NFC South champion Saints at newly renamed TIAA Bank Field in North Florida.

The good news in addition to the practice time with the Vikes, most of the starters on both sides of the ball will see action into the second quarter, if not halftime of the second preseason game.

This will be good work for QB Blake Bortles and his new assortment of targets like WR Donte Moncrief and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who both signed with the Jags in March.

And for the stout Jaguars defense led by DT Calais Campbell, LB Telvin Smith and CB Jalen Ramsey (all of whom made the Pro Bowl last year) will get a good opening half challenge from Cousins, and receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. It will also be curious to see if second year former FSU star running back Dalvin will be fully recovered from his ACL tear. And, we’ll see if the Vikings want to give him some work or rest him completely in August.

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