There still is much to digest from the New England Patriots’ 34-28 overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, and podcasts/interviews featuring offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (The MMQB.com), defensive end Chris Long (ESPN Radio), defensive tackle Alan Branch (Sirius XM NFL Radio) and running back LeGarrette Blount (Rich Eisen Show) in recent days provide another layer of analysis.
Don’t be surprised if Luke Joeckel is back with the Jaguars in 2017. I know from conversations I’ve had with people inside the building that the Jaguars had an interest in re-signing Joeckel to a one-year deal.
Joeckel really has no leverage to land a big deal elsewhere. He’s coming off a major knee injury and has little tape of his time at guard to show other teams. He’s established himself as an average left tackle and there’s not exactly a lot of money being thrown at average left tackles. He likes it in Jacksonville and the Jaguars know his capabilities, so his best option may be signing a one-year deal with the hope of winning a starting job inside and turning that into a bigger contract in 2018.
There were a lot of good questions, but unfortunately I can’t answer them all.
We are about a month out from the start of the league year, and already the Philadelphia Eagles have been linked to just about every high-profile free-agent wide receiver.
The most recent wideout tied to the Eagles is Chicago’s Alshon Jeffery. From Jason La Canfora:
Several league sources anticipate the Eagles being in on Alshon Jeffery (Bears) and Philadelphia was aggressive in exploring trade options in-season on other receivers as well, like Torrey Smith (San Francisco), and they need to add more than one pass catcher this offseason.