2012 Fantasy Football Preview: D/ST

Football fans, you’re Christmas is right around the corner. Preseason games have already started and the regular season is right around the corner. Nearly as important, the fantasy football season is finally here! In the coming weeks, we will prepare you ready for the upcoming fantasy season by breaking every position. First up, we’ll rank the top the top defense & special team units.

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Jaguars 1st round pick Justin Blackmon: DUI arrest, 3 times legal limit!

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The Jacksonville Jaguars got some negative news today regarding their first round pick. Justin Blackmon, the #5 overall pick in April’s NFL Draft out of Oklahoma State, was busted for DUI, and it was a whopper- three times the legal limit in the state of Oklahoma. The incident occurred early Sunday morning and is not Blackmon’s first offense of this sort.

He was also arrested on DUI suspicion in 2010, was caught doing 92 in a 60 mph zone, and found himself suspended for a game.

from Shutdown Corner:

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Jacksonville Jaguars owner under protest at NFL Draft

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Shahid Khan, billionaire owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars has gone “out of bounds,” say workers and community residents who plan to confront the NFL with concerns about the Illinois businessman on Draft Day on April 26th in New York.

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Patriots front-runner for Tim Tebow? Jaguars, Dolphins also in the mix

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Word is all over the internets today that the Peyton Manning deal is done. He’ll sign with the Denver Broncos. Which means jettisoning incumbent starter and 2011 franchise identity Tim Tebow. And surprisingly John Fox and John Elway aren’t expecting much in return for Tebow; therefore it’s a buyer’s market.

The most logical landing spot might be with the offensive coordinator-then-head-coach Josh McDaniels who originally drafted him in 2010. McDaniels is back to his old gig with the New England Patriots, meaning Foxboro could be Tebow Town….if a season ending injury to Tom Brady occurred.

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Jacksonville Jaguars Fire Coach Jack Del Rio

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Jack Del Rio may be one of the best dressed coaches in any sport. (Especially the leather coat in winter- that look rocks) However, it’s just not enough to save his job, as the Jacksonville Jaguars canned him like a tuna today. If June-September is “shirtless driving season” then this seems to be “coach firing season” in both the NFL and college football.

Jacksonville is a franchise in turmoil, as they’re struggling to draw fans and win games.

From the AP:

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Jaguars vs. Panthers is Blaine Gabbert vs. Cam Newton

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When the Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars do battle this NFL Sunday, it’ll be a clash between #1 overall draft pick in Cam Newton and the #10 overall pick. That’s right Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio named Blaine Gabbert the team’s starting quarterback for week 3.

Del Rio had to do something as Luke McCown threw four interceptions and finished with a 1.8 passer rating in a blowout loss to the Jets. Yes McCown was just that ATROCIOUS.

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Fantasy Football Studs, Duds & Sleepers: AFC South

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With the NFL lockout finally behind us, football fans can finally turn our attention from the courtrooms and onto the field, where it belongs. In the final edition of his preseason fantasy rankings, I rank the fantasy studs, duds and sleepers in the AFC South.

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Jaguars Legend Fred Taylor Thanks Patriots, Bill Belichick in Goodbye Presser

Less than 20 players in NFL history have rushed for over 10,000 yards. Jacksonville Jaguars legend Fred Taylor is one of them. Taylor ranks 15th all time in rushing, 1st among Jaguars. He’s also third all time in club history for receptions. Taylor fought through injuries his entire career, but endured to play 11 seasons in Jacksonville and then his final two with the New England Patriots.

In an emotional goodbye press conference this morning, Taylor thanked Patriots coach Bill Belichick “for giving me an opportunity to try to close my career.”

“A classy organization,” Taylor added. “They really know how to do things. I learned a lot. It was a great experience. Mr. Kraft and the Kraft family, I thank you.”
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NFL Preseason Week One: Biggest Winners and Losers

The first week of the preseason produced many surprising standouts on some teams and left much to be desired for others. Some winning teams emerged along with players who experienced real personal wins through their outstanding performances. Other teams bombed badly with players expected to do much better flopping and fumbling their first chances to impress fans on the public stage this year.

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Can Blaine Gabbert Beat out David Garrard for Jacksonville Jaguars QB Job?

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The Jacksonville Jaguars had been talking about trying to pick up a quarterback in the 2011 NFL Draft, as someone who could backup current quarterback David Garrard, and possibly be developed into a future franchise quarterback. However, most were taken by surprise when the Jaguars traded their 2011 second round pick, as well as the 16th overall pick with the Washington Redskins, in order to obtain the 10th pick overall they needed to ensure they would get their hands on Blaine Gabbert.

Gabbert, a quarterback out of the fast paced, spread Missouri offense, had quickly risen up in terms of draft stock in the weeks leading up to the draft, but do fans and team ownership really plan on there being a quarterback controversy in Jacksonville this year? The short answer is no – barring any significant injury to Garrard, or Garrard’s seriously tanking – he will not be competing for the starting quarterback position in Jacksonville this season.

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