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Jaguars 2018 53-man Roster Prediction

I thought it would be fun to see if I could do a better job predicting the Jaguars’ initial 53-man roster. I probably won’t, because there are probably reasons why he’s a professional sportswriter and I am not. His take on the roster is here.

Quarterback (2, 2)

MD: Blake Bortles, Cody Kessler

Me: Blake Bortles, Cody Kessler

Running Back (4, 4)

MD: Leonard Fournette, T.J. Yeldon, Corey Grant, Tim Cook

Me: Leonard Fournette, T.J. Yeldon, Corey Grant, Brandon Wilds

I keep hearing about Tim Cook, but I haven’t seen it on the field. They may try and stash Cook on the practice squad.

Fullback (1, 1)

MD: Tommy Bohanon

Me: Tommy Bohanon

Wide Receiver (6, 6)

MD: Keelan Cole, Donte Moncrief, Dede Westbrook, D.J. Chark, Jaydon Mickens, Rashad Greene

Me: Keelan Cole, Donte Moncrief, Dede Westbrook, D.J. Chark, Jaydon Mickens, Shane Wynn

Rashad Greene has caught 4 of 6 balls thrown his way, for 21 yards this preseason.He did not play in 2017, but in his first two seasons he averaged 5.2 yards per reception, had a long of 18 yards, and only managed 24 catches (the Jaguars offense was pretty desperate in 2015 and there were a lot of passing yards in 2016, so this stands out).  It would not shock me if Shane Wynn got a shot. Wynn is generously listed at 5ʹ6ʺ tall, but Darren Sproles played at that height successfully. The Jaguars have several other players who can return punts in Wesbrook and Mickens. Greene has been a disappointed since he was drafted. I know the Jaguars like him because can play in the slot or outside, and the truth is they are probably more likely to keep him over the diminutive Wynn, but I’m calling my shot here.

Note: Zero chance they sign Dez Bryant.

Fullback (1, 1)

MD: Tommy Bohanon

Me: Tommy Bohanon

Tight End (4, 3)

MD: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, James O’Shaughnessy, Ben Koyack, Niles Paul

Me: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, James O’Shaughnessy, Niles Paul

This is an underwhelming group. Koyack has never lived up to his potential and O’Shaughnessy has never consistently performed–missing some big opportunities as well as making some good catches last year. It would not shock me to see some action at this position after cut-down day. And, if Goolsby has a productive 4th preseason game I could see him making the roster and the Jaguars making a cut somewhere else.

Offensive Line (9, 9)

MD: Cam Robinson, Andrew Norwell, Brandon Linder, A.J. Cann, Jermey Parnell, Tyler Shatley, Will Richardson, Chris Reed, Josh Wells

Me: Cam Robinson, Andrew Norwell, Brandon Linder, A.J. Cann, Jermey Parnell, Tyler Shatley, Will Richardson, Chris Reed, Josh Wells.

The Jaguars seem to really like Will Poehls and have had along look at him in a few games this preseason, but it’s hard to see them letting Wells, who has played a lot for them the last few years, go.

Defensive Line (9, 9)

MD: Calais Campbell, Malik Jackson, Marcell Dareus, Yannick Ngakoue, Dante Fowler, Michael Bennett, Abry Jones, Lerentee McCray, Taven Bryan

Me: Calais Campbell, Malik Jackson, Marcell Dareus, Yannick Ngakoue, Dante Fowler, Michael Bennett, Abry Jones, Lerentee McCray, Taven Bryan (edit: Dawuane Smoot until Fowler comes off suspended list?)

Linebacker (5, 5)

MD: Telvin Smith, Myles Jack, Leon Jacobs, Blair Brown, Donald Payne

Me: Telvin Smith, Myles Jack, Leon Jacobs, Blair Brown, Donald Payne

The Jaguars say they like the young talent they have, but it wouldn’t be a shocker if there were some moves here in September. This would be a rookie, two 2nd-year players, a 3rd-year player, and a 5th-year player as it stands. Young.

Cornerback (6, 5)

MD: Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, Tyler Patmon, D.J. Hayden, Tre Herndon, Quenton Meeks

Me: Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, Tyler Patmon, D.J. Hayden, Tre Herndon

It’s hard for me to see two undrafted free agents making the roster at cornerback.

Safety (4, 5)

MD: Barry Church, Tashaun Gipson, Ronnie Harrison, Cody Davis

Me: Barry Church, Tashaun Gipson, Ronnie Harrison, Cody Davis, Jarrod Wilson

Wilson seems to have played well this preseason, and he played well last year.

Specialists (3, 3)

MD: Logan Cooke (P), Josh Lambo (K), Carson Tinker (LS)

Me: Logan Cooke (P), Josh Lambo (K), Carson Tinker (LS)

On Trying Not to be a Jerk

Somebody I follow on Twitter retweeted this crack against the Pro-Life movement (and the NRA to boot):

And my initial desire was to reply to both the source (Jesse LaGreca) and the re-tweeter.1

But, before I posted, I remembered that the young woman who retweeted—who I have not met in person, only  exchanged Twitter replies with a few times over the last few years2—had recently shared the story of a pregnancy that she and her husband chose to terminate by abortion. Form a worldly perspective, they had a “good” case. Based on their story, this wasn’t birth control or family planning. In any event, there’s no way to reply in 126 characters and not be a complete jerk. Nothing I could say succinctly would likely be taken by anybody in that situation as anything but personally accusatory and condemning.

Which is frustrating. Of course no tweet (or tweetstorm) of mine is going to change the mind of LaGreca or his admirer. But the silence of “crackpots” like me has for too long been taken to mean that we disagree in theory or on abstract religious grounds, but that we basically accept abortion. I, for one, do not find it acceptable. I believe that because life is sacred, that all are created in the image of God, that life is a gift from God, and that therefore the killing of the unborn is infanticide. Homicide.3 Nobody has the right unilaterally to decide they may take the life of another. Our government declaring it to be so does not change the moral truth.

Planned Parenthood and the NRA will both be held accountable for their actions. The blood of the innocent stains the soil of this nation, and it cries out for justice. God hears. God hears.

And of course, if the young woman whose actions got this whole blog post going were to suddenly agree with me, she would have to deal with a terrible problem. She has done the unthinkable. She has taken the life of a child. Unforgivable? If I asked her today, I suspect she would indeed say that such an act is unforgivable. And I, who on the one hand seem at first to be judging her harshly, can tell her that there is one who suffered even more greatly at the hands of evil men, while yet more innocent. And this Jesus died so that she could be forgiven, that he rose from the dead so that she could die and be raised to new life, that he ascended to the right hand of God so that she could spend an eternity with God.

Apropos of nothing, anybody know anybody who became a Christian because of a tweet? No. I guess I’ll stick with not being a jerk.


  1. I did reply, eventually, to LaGreca, who then made it personal and prompted me to take my Twitter account private. Because it’s always the conservative Christians who are vitriolic and vengeful, right?

  2. mainly about funny parenting moments

  3. If there is a case to be made that homicide is sometimes justified, then it’s not unthinkable there could be justification to terminate a pregnancy. But not everybody believes even self-defense justifies homicide, and if a person kills someone and claims self-defense, there are machinations of the justice system that go to work. There is no justice system on earth for the unborn. An innocent life can be ended on a whim.

Can You Learn the True Meaning of Christmas from TV Specials?

From Experimental Theology:

I was so addicted to these shows that, looking back, I can now discern that everything I know about Christmas I learned from TV. Specifically, I learned from TV three big lessons about Christmas.

I do think Rudolph and the Grinch teach things about Christmas that are true. And I think, of course, that Linus’ monologue in Charlie Brown is great! But I’d be kidding myself if I thought I could plop somebody in front of these three a couple of times and expect that they could explain what God accomplished in the Incarnation! That said, these are probably my favorite three Christmas movies, and I’m looking forward to sharing them with Micah.

Even Rudolph (I’m not all that pleased with the way Santa mythology has just overwhelmed Christmas—but I think the story, particularly in this movie, can be a good one).

Just because I think about what I’m going to say does not mean the words are less genuine or heartfelt. It means I’m trying to convey exactly what it is that I’m thinking, or feeling. I want to mean what I say, and say what I mean.

Learn something new every day: “by the skin of my teeth” is a Biblical Hebrew idiomatic phrase.

 וָאֶתְמַלְּטָה בְּעוֹר שִׁנָּי

It appears in this morning’s readings (Job 19:20). I always thought it was a relatively recent English expression.

Benedictus es, Domine

Glory to you, Lord God of our fathers; *
you are worthy of praise; glory to you.

Glory to you for the radiance of your holy Name; *
we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

Glory to you in the splendor of your temple; *
on the throne of your majesty, glory to you.

Glory to you, seated between the Cherubim; *
we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

Glory to you, beholding the depths; *
in the high vault of heaven, glory to you.

Glory to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; *
we will praise you and highly exalt you for ever.

This Morning’s Psalms are Beautiful

Since Elise and I have been doing a modified Lectio divina I haven’t been doing Morning Prayer, but in my first morning alone I thought it would be nice. Psalm 113 and 115 are appointed for today and they are just beautiful.

Psalm 113

1 Hallelujah!
     Give praise, you servants of the LORD;*
     praise the Name of the LORD.

2 Let the Name of the LORD be blessed,*
     from this time forth for evermore.

3 From the rising of the sun to its going down*
     let the Name of the LORD be praised.

4 The LORD is high above all nations,*
     and his glory above the heavens.

5 Who is like the LORD our God, who sits enthroned on high,*
     but stoops to behold the heavens and the earth?

6 He takes up the weak out of the dust*
     and lifts up the poor from the ashes.

7 He sets them with the princes,*
     with the princes of his people.

8 He makes the woman of a childless house*
     to be a joyful mother of children.

Psalm 115

1 Not to us, O LORD, not to us,
     but to your Name give glory;*
     because of your love and because of your faithfulness.

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