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Jaguars expect to have QB Gabbert back at Packers

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Jaguars expect to have QB Gabbert back at Packers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars had the worst offense in the league with running back Maurice Jones-Drew and quarterback Blaine Gabbert healthy.

Now, Jones-Drew is out indefinitely because of a sprained left foot and Gabbert is going to try to play with an injured non-throwing shoulder.

``Yeah, we're in a bad spot,'' linebacker Paul Posluszny said Wednesday.

That could be an understatement, especially with the Jaguars (1-5) playing at Green Bay (4-3) on Sunday.

Jones-Drew was using a push scooter to get around the facility Wednesday, trying to keep weight off his booted foot. Gabbert, meanwhile, struggled to raise his left arm during warm-ups before practice. But the second-year player fully participated in practice.

It's unclear how long Jones-Drew will be sidelined. He injured his foot on the first play of Sunday's 26-23 loss at Oakland and finished the game on crutches. He said Wednesday he doesn't expect to need surgery.

``It's kind of a waiting game right now,'' Jones-Drew said. ``I don't know anything. Just trying to get myself together.''

Gabbert will have a better idea about his shoulder and his ability to manage pain later in the week, after taking the majority of snaps in practice.

``There is always going to be something,'' Gabbert said. ``You're always going to be in pain, whether it's your arms, legs, knees, neck. That's just part of the game, part of the sport. You just have to manage it and deal with it the best you can.''

The Jaguars didn't deal with either injury very well last week.

Rashad Jennings ran 21 times for 44 yards and a touchdown in place of Jones-Drew.

``That's not a production that I'm happy to put on the field,'' Jennings said. ``I've got to get better. There's a lot on me. I put the onus on me.''

Jennings started the season opener at Minnesota following Jones-Drew's lengthy holdout but injured his right knee early in the game and has played sparingly since. He will make his fifth career start Sunday.

``Regardless if we got criticism or we got praise, it's about getting a win on the board,'' Jennings said. ``So as grown men in this locker room, we're taking it amongst ourselves to go out here and get a win.''

The Jaguars are trying to avoid the franchise's second 1-6 start (2003).

The problems have been aplenty. The offensive line has been inconsistent at best. Gabbert has rushed things in the pocket. There have been 20 dropped passes. The defense has generated little pass rush, missed tackles and blown assignments in the secondary.

Chad Henne experienced some of the offensive issues firsthand when he replaced Gabbert in the second quarter against the Raiders. Henne completed 9 of 20 passes for 71 yards in relief and was sacked three times.

``Everybody has to do their job, whether it was protection, some of the routes, me being inpatient at times,'' Henne said. ``It's just a lot of things. It's definitely 11 guys doing the right thing at all times, and that's what makes the offense go.''

Jacksonville's offense has gone nowhere all season. The Jaguars are averaging 236 yards a game - about 60 yards less than 31st place Arizona - and has shown few signs of progress in coach Mike Mularkey's first season.

``It's hard to be consistent when you don't have your guys in there week in and week out,'' Mularkey said. ``Hopefully these guys stepping in will help our team win.''

Mularkey remains positive despite having to play without Jones-Drew. Why?

``I just think we've been in this position early in training camp when we were going against some of those teams without Maurice,'' he said. ``We can function.''

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The curious case of Alex Smith and the NFL Top 100 list

The curious case of Alex Smith and the NFL Top 100 list

Every offseason the NFL Network polls a number of current players to determine the Top 100 stars in the league.

It's a fun discussion topic during an otherwise slow time in the football calendar, and while the rankings carry no official meaning, it would be silly to dismiss the process altogether. After all, these are players voting for their fellow players. 

Over the last few seasons, the Redskins have seen a various number of their players make the list. Trent Williams is a mainstay, Jordan Reed made an appearance, and while he was playing in Washington, QB Kirk Cousins made the list. 

For example, in 2017, Cousins ranked 70th on the NFL Top 100. That same season, while quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs, Smith came in at 81 on the list. 

Now Redskins QB, there is a bit of a mystery surrounding Smith.

The NFL has revealed numbers 100 to 11, and Smith hasn't made the list. Cousins, now a Viking, landed 94th, the first QB on the list.

Another 10 QBs have been named to the Top 100: Jimmy Garoppolo (90), Derek Carr (60), Philip Rivers (56), Case Keenum (51), Deshaun Watson (50), Jared Goff (38), Matt Stafford (31), Matt Ryan (29), Ben Roethlisberger (18) and Russell Wilson (11).

Smith had the best statistical season of his career in 2017, and he led the NFL in passer rating. He certainly belongs higher on the Top 100 than a number of the quarterbacks listed above, particularly young players without his track record of success like Keenum, Watson or Goff. 

But does Smith deserve a Top 10 ranking in the NFL?

For Smith to make the list, it will mean a Top 10 ranking. Consider too that Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Carson Wentz have not yet landed on the Top 100. All four of those players seem like locks for the Top 10, which will be revealed next Monday night on NFL Network. 

It might seem surprising for Smith to land in the Top 10 of the NFL Top 100, but it would make zero sense for him to be left off the list altogether. 

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Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst

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Ravens agree to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst

The Ravens have their entire 2018 draft class locked up.

The team agreed to terms with first-round pick Hayden Hurst, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Hurst's rookie contract - like all first-round picks - is a four-year deal with a team option of a fifth year. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the 25th overall pick is due $11.1 million. 

The 24-year old, who was a walk on at South Carolina at 21-years old after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012, finished his three-year career with 100 receptions, 1,281 yards and three touchdowns.

Standing at 6-foot-3, Hurst will be a nice addition to the TE corps with Nick Boyle and third-round draft pick Mark Andrews. 

Fellow first-round pick Lamar Jackson signed his rookie contract on June 5th.

Training camp kicks off for the Ravens July 19th. 

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