BOSTON (CBS) – It’s not your typical classroom. They’re not your typical teachers. It’s where you go after failing all year. It’s Gresh and Zo’s NFL Summer School on 98.5 The Sports Hub!
After discussing the reigning AFC South champion Indianapolis Colts, Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak’s Summer School tour continued down south to Jacksonville, where the guys educate us all and preview the 2014 season for the Jaguars.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are entering year two of having Gus Bradley as their head coach. Jacksonville headed into the 2014 NFL Draft with the third overall pick, and with that pick they ended up taking University of Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles. Former first round pick, quarterback Blaine Gabbert, was traded this offseason. Jacksonville also drafted University of Southern California wide receiver Marqise Lee.
They also brought in tons of players to help out their defensive line, including players Chris Clemons, Red Bryant and Ziggy Hood.
Gresh: “I’m kind of bullish on the Jags and what they have been building down there. I like Gus Bradley a lot. They are strengthening their lines of scrimmage. You look at their depth, they’ve got Tyson Alualu, Sen’derrick Marks, (tight end) Zach Miller, Clemons, Deandre Coleman, Hood. That’s a losing organization and they are trying to change the culture.”
Zolak: “They might represent the Cleveland of last year. They are going to be in games, they are going to compete. But, they’re not going to be able to close that door at the end of games. It’s going to be intriguing to see what Bortles does. I like him. I liked him coming out. I just don’t think he’s going to be able to make as many plays with his feet at the next level as he did in college.”
Is Blake Bortles the quarterback of the future for Jacksonville, or will he be the next Blaine Gabbert?
Zolak: “I think Blaine Gabbert was a reach. I think coming out this year everybody talked about Bortles. The buzz was there; great workouts, the guys got all the size — I’m not saying that Gabbert didn’t. To take Bortles there, he’s a guy that’s built like Aikman, built like Carson Palmer, built like Bledsoe. He’s your quintessential 6’4 240-pound guy that can throw a ball through a wall. I’m in on Bortles.”
Gresh: “This is a tough one. I think eventually he will turn into a good starter. Now that being said, will they get people around him?”
Does Cecil Shorts crack your starting lineup as a wide receiver?
Zolak: “No. No he doesn’t. I just don’t know if he has the size to do it for 16 games.”
Gresh: “I like Shorts a lot. Now would he be my no. 1 wide receiver? No. But is he a good no. 2? Yes.”
Do you believe in Toby Gerhart as a workhorse back?
Gresh: “That I do not. I’m willing to put him on my fantasy roster, but not as a top guy.”
Last years team: 4-12. Before that: 2-14. Vegas has the over/under 4.5 wins. Where do they finish and do they make the playoffs?
Gresh: “They do not make the playoffs — let’s not go crazy. But they have the chance to jump up and maybe be a seven-win team this year.”
Zolak: “No way. I think they are a four-win team.”
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