Every week throughout this yr’s offseason, Jaguar Report will take Jacksonville Jaguars-related questions from our readers throughout social media and reply them in a question-and-answer format, giving readers an opportunity to have their voices heard.
This week we take questions on James Robinson, the Los Angeles Rams, the beginning of coaching camp, and extra.
Q: Let’s get it out of the way in which fast… would you be prepared to commerce James Robinson to the Rams, and what compensation would you demand if that’s the case?
A: A number of the questions on this week’s mailbag need to do with James Robinson and the Los Angeles Rams and it is not shocking why. Robinson is a scorching title in terms of groups in want of reinforcements at working again, which the Rams definitely now classify as following Cam Akers’ torn achilies harm. Robinson is among the finest commerce candidates within the NFL on the place to many as a result of a wide range of elements, together with his manufacturing as a rookie, his low cost undrafted free agent contract, and the truth that the Jaguars drafted working again Travis Etienne at No. 25 general in April’s draft.
With this in thoughts, I personally would not be so fast to commerce Robinson. He is among the finest bargains in your entire league at working again — if not the most effective general — and the Jaguars nonetheless want to truly see what they’ve in Etienne at working again. Plus, Etienne and Robinson win in numerous methods and can play completely different roles. Robinson’s alternative within the occasion of a commerce can be Carlos Hyde, which might be a transparent drop-off.
We noticed Lynn Bowden traded for a fourth-round choose final season, whereas Matt Brieda additionally fetched a fifth. Robinson is a greater working again than both so, ideally, the compensation for him can be higher than each, however this is not lifelike. Return yr after yr and probably the most you will note working backs traded for are fourth-round picks. Robinson is more likely to fetch a fourth-rounder at finest, and I’m not positive that may be a deal the Jaguars ought to do.
Q: How does the environment within the facility really feel?
A: Simply from the restricted instances media has been allowed to view the group apply, I can say it looks like there may be extra strain being utilized to gamers, at the least from our perspective. The push from the Meyer-led employees is tangible and might be felt merely when observing the group. This is not to say the Jaguars weren’t pushed and pushed final yr, however there appears to be a extra intense focus and urgency this yr in comparison with final.
Q: How do you suppose the James Robinson and Travis Etienne dynamic will work? Will it’s a Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt scenario like in Cleveland?
A: I believe this might in all probability be a good evaluation, although I nonetheless suppose Robinson will get an edge by way of carries. Kareem Hunt truly touched the ball greater than Chubb final season, however the bulk of Chubb’s touches had been as a runner. Hunt was considerably extra concerned within the passing sport as a receiver than Chubb however Chubb was the unquestioned lead again within the offense, setting the tone and the id for the Browns’ offense.
I believe a extra actual comparability would probably be Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram/Latavius Murray. Kamara is utilized in rather more versatile methods as each a rusher and pass-catcher whereas the Saints leaned on the opposite backs because the bodily working presences, nearly to the identical extent as Kamara on the bottom.
Q: Circuitously Jags associated so be at liberty to depart it out if you need, however I used to be questioning how huge a loss you thought Cam Akers was for the Rams, significantly given their summer season change at QB?
A: I do my finest to have a grasp on your entire league and love speaking ball, so I’ll at all times take non-Jaguars questions!
As for this one, I do suppose it’s a huge loss. I believe Sean McVay was going to make Cam Akers the main focus of his offense very like we noticed Todd Gurley a number of years in the past. Whereas Darrell Henderson has expertise, it’s clear that Akers was the highest canine and had the most effective probability to be a difference-maker within the backfield. As a substitute of the working sport now being one of many staples of the Rams’ offense, I believe it’s extra more likely to now take a backseat to the passing sport, which probably wasn’t precisely the best scenario for the Rams.
Q: What are among the adjustments from faculty to the professionals that you just observed instantly with how issues are executed?
A: On the sector, I have not observed a lot of a change by way of apply habits. Maybe that adjustments in camp. The place I’ve seen the change is basically in Meyer in comparison with different NFL coaches. Meyer is used to being the largest and most essential title at his place on the faculty ranks, however within the NFL he is only one of 32. The NFL is extra of a player-driven sport than faculty soccer, and I believe Meyer has made a number of completely different strikes and feedback this offseason that mirrored he’s nonetheless adjusting in that regard.
Q: Do you suppose Doug Costin makes the ultimate roster? He seemed good final season
A: I truthfully do not know, and that’s nothing in opposition to Costin and his stellar efficiency as a rookie final season. Costin was one of many AFC’s prime run-defending defensive tackles final season and was only a pass-rush talent set away from changing into a way more well-known title. With that stated, Costin goes to have a a lot harder time making the roster this yr. The Jaguars have added a number of inside linemen this offseason in Malcom Brown, Roy Robertson-Harris, and Jay Tufele. Add within the presence of men like DaVon Hamilton and Taven Bryan, every of whom the brand new employees is excessive on, and it’s a crowded room. My guess proper now’s that Costin shall be a tricky lower, however he has a number of weeks to earn a spot.
Q: What’s the place group that should step up heading into coaching camp?
A: The offensive line. The road has acquired reward from Meyer and offensive line coach George Warhop this offseason however it’s a unit that has immense strain on it. The Jaguars retained all 5 starters and each key backup, solely bringing in Walker Little as a backup sort out for 2021. If the road fails to standout after the Jaguars went to such nice lengths to maintain it collectively, it could be fairly the damaging testomony to the Jaguars’ potential to self-scout alongside the offensive line. The Jaguars additionally badly want their offensive tackles to take a serious step in 2021 after the yr Cam Robinson and Jawaan Taylor had in 2020. If neither does so, every faces the possibility of being changed after this season.
Q: I actually don’t know what to make of James Robinson and Etienne. Talking by way of fantasy the place do you mission them to go? I might have saved Robinson however all of the hypothesis made me draw back and go together with Mark Andrews. Go Jags!
A: I believe the duo of James Robinson and Travis Etienne is rather more beneficial in actual life than in fantasy soccer. Fantasy soccer is all about alternative and no working again had a greater alternative for touches and quantity than Robinson final season. Whereas Robinson and Etienne could possibly be a dynamic duo each on the bottom and thru the air, it’s unlikely that there are sufficient touches to go round to make each — and even both of them — a viable fantasy choice.
Q: The Jaguars wouldn’t actually commerce James Robinson to the Rams, would they?
A: As of proper now, I do not suppose so. I’m not positive the Rams would even use draft capital to make a transfer for a working again after investing within the place twice with Akers and Henderson, however I additionally do not suppose the Jaguars want to transfer Robinson proper now. Robinson has made a optimistic impression on the brand new employees and changing him and his cost-controlled manufacturing can be almost not possible to do in 2021.
Q: How do you guys really feel concerning the big-name low-profile receivers like Phillip Dorsett and Laquon Treadwell? Each are low threat guys who might make big impacts in a really deep receiver room.
A: I believe Phillip Dorsett has a superb probability to be the group’s main No. 4 receiver, however on the worst he would be the No. 5. He’s going to have a task on the offense in some capability, it simply stays to be seen precisely what the capability is. Treadwell would shock me if he made the group, largely as a result of the Jaguars have an analogous choice with the next ceiling in Collin Johnson.