The Morning Time Out – Thurs April 16

Welcome to The Morning Time Out and on today’s bite-sized agenda is some Jacksonville Jaguars news, the impending NFL schedule and the excitement surrounding the Buffalo Bills.

So let’s take a look at those headlines with my opinions thrown in for good measure!


Jaguars extend Paul Posluszny’s contract

The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed veteran middle linebacker Paul Posluszny to a one-year contract extension. Posluszny already had two years to run on his existing contract and this extension keeps him in Jacksonville through the 2017 season.

Neil says:

“I have nothing but admiration for Posluszny and I think he has quietly become a premier inside linebacker in the NFL. He suffered a torn pectoral muscle injury last year which saw him drop below 110 tackles for the first time in seven seasons. Perhaps more importantly than that outstanding production, he is a wise and respected leader in a very young locker room.”

NFL Schedule is ready!

The 2015 NFL schedule is reportedly ready and will be unveiled no later than Thursday of next week. In a sign of the power of the NFL, it will be the biggest story of the day in America. For now, all we know are the three Wembley games and the fact that the New England Patriots will kick off proceedings at home on Thursday September 10.

Neil says:

“I love the release of the NFL schedule because it gives the impression that the new season is just around the corner. I expect the NFL to come back with a bang and that means some cracking games on the slate in Week 1. I’m currently battling through the schedule to come up with my dream Week 1 slate of games for and have a new respect for the men and women who put the real thing together.”

Don’t forget Fred Jackson

Buffalo Bills veteran running back Fred Jackson is not about to give up his share of carries without a fight following his team’s high profile trade for LeSean McCoy. Jackson, who rushed for 525 yards and 2 touchdowns last season, said: “They say McCoy is going to be the bell cow, but I’m not going to make it easy for him.”

Neil says:

“Fred Jackson may be a grandfather in NFL running back terms at 34 years of age, but I still feel he has a role to play in Buffalo and I think Rex Ryan will like him a lot. He will certainly trust the reliable veteran more than the speedy but fumble-prone Bryce Brown. Eric Wood was in London a few months ago and told me that Jackson is a smart player who makes his offensive linemen look good on every single play. The Bills will find a role for Jackson in 2015.”

Thinking out loud…

Sticking with the Bills, I think their roster is stacked now and my only concern is at the all-important quarterback position. If Matt Cassel can play safe and steady football, this is a nine or 10-win team and I think they can break their long and painful 15-year playoff drought. But if they show the kind of aggression that has been a trademark of their off-season to date and they swing another kind of trade to land a Drew Brees or Philip Rivers, I think this team becomes an immediate Super Bowl contender. That is fanciful stuff, I know, so for now I will stick with the Bills as a dark-horse who has done a lot of good things over the past few months.

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