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#28: How early to draft Leonard Fournette in 2017? With Jaguars beat reporter Mike Kaye [Podcast]

July 07, 2017


Hello again everybody, and welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom, I’m your host David Kromelow.

Hope you all had a wonderful Independence Day holiday! Three weeks from today, most NFL teams will be fully assembled in training camp ready to bang pads. And you can bet those pads will be popping harder than ever in Jacksonville, where the Jaguars have the potential to be one of THE most physical teams in the NFL. With Grandpa Tom Coughlin back in the building, a high-ceiling defense, and an offense that plans to pound the snot out of the rock with a potential superstar rookie RB, these Jaguars can become another team that makes a lot of noise playing old school football.

Keep in mind folks, the Broncos won Super Bowl 50 by playing exactly how the Jags want to play this season. Now to be clear, I’m not suggesting the Jaguars will win Super Bowl LII at all…but the potential is there for them to contend for a playoff spot and become yet another example that traditional, smashmouth football can still work. And to discuss the potential of the 2017 Jacksonville Jaguars, it is a pleasure to welcome Mike Kaye to the program for the very first time. Mike is the Jaguars beat reporter for First Coast News, which is a combination of the NBC and ABC affiliates in Jacksonville.

Mike’s Twitter handle: @mike_e_kaye

  1. What are realistic statistical expectations in terms of carries, total yardage (rushing/receiving) and total TD’s (rushing/receiving) for Leonard Fournette in 2017?
  2. Do the Jaguars plan to have Cam Robinson be their LT of the future?
  3. Aside from Fournette and Robinson, which rookie do you see having the biggest impact this season?
  4. How much better can the Jaguars defense be in terms of rushing the passer, creating turnovers, and preventing explosive plays? What is the overall ceiling for this talented Jaguars defense in 2017?
  5. Can Blake Bortles’ career be saved by this new regime or is the goal of getting him to be a franchise caliber QB a lost cause at this point? If he doesn’t show satisfactory improvement this year, will the Jaguars be willing to cut him, considering there is no more dead money left on his rookie contract?
  6. Looking ahead to next year, the Jaguars are currently projected to be more than $5.7M over the 2018 cap per Spotrac.com and have Allen Robinson and Telvin Smith coming out of contract. If the Jaguars hope to keep even one of those two players, they are going to have to clear a lot of cap space. Do you see the Jaguars keeping one (or both) of them? Which players do you think they will release in order to make it happen (Allen Hurns, Branden Albert?)?
  7. Which position battles should Jaguars fans pay the most attention to in training camp?
  8. Are there any players who made the initial 53-man roster in 2016 that will be hard-pressed to make it this year and if so, whom? Are there any sleeper candidates that can surprise in training camp and preseason and make the final roster?
  9. Record wise, what do you believe is the floor and ceiling for the Jaguars in 2017?

And that’s all for today here on Sports Krunch with DKrom. But we plan to be back with more content next week, so stay tuned. Also, be sure to check out the episode archive as well as an up-to-date blog of mine at sportskrunch.com/!!! For Mike Kaye, our producer Chris Brodhead, man in the box, I’m David Kromelow saying so long, of course, and stay awesome!!!

 

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