Defense 1st, then offense at top of NFL draft, no early QBs
NFL Draft Football Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson celebrates after being selected by the Detroit Lions as the second pick in the NFL football draft Thursday, April 28, 2022, in Las Vegas. It's the first time in 31 years that no player on offense went in the opening five picks. But no quarterbacks, hardly a surprise in a draft rich with linemen, receivers and defensive backs. “He’s an athletic freak,” Georgia defensive coordinator Will Muschamp told The Associated Press. Another Georgia standout, defensive tackle Jordan Davis, was taken by Philadelphia at 13 after yet another deal, getting matters back to the defensive side.wftv.com
AP source: Jaguars interview ex-Vikings GM Spielman for role
Vikings Firings Football FILE - Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman stands on the field before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Minneapolis. The Jaguars interviewed former Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman on Monday for an undisclosed front-office role, according to a person familiar with the process. The 59-year-old Spielman spent the last 16 years in Minnesota, the past decade as the team's GM. They have a second interview lined up with former Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson on Tuesday. The 54-year-old Pederson first met with Jaguars owner Shad Khan and Baalke on Dec. 30.wftv.com
How 15,000 ceramics are made a day in Gujarat, India
In 2001, the founder of Mitticool ceramics learned many of his customers in India don't have regular access to electricity. So he invented a fridge made out of clay. It keeps food 8 degrees cooler than the outside air, but it doesn't need any electricity to run. And while other ceramics companies in the region shut down, Mitticool is thriving thanks to the success of the powerless, eco-friendly fridge.news.yahoo.com
Jaguars sponsor sues to have name removed from 'clown game'
The title sponsor for Jacksonville's season finale against Indianapolis is suing the Jaguars in hopes of having its name disassociated from the game during which disgruntled fans are planning to dress as clowns to protest team owner Shad Khan's decision to retain general manager Trent Baalke. RoofClaim.com, a roofing company based in Georgia that does business in Florida, is seeking to avoid "its brand being emphasized as the primary sponsor of the clown game,” according to a complaint filed Thursday in circuit court in Jacksonville. It also wants temporary and permanent injunctive relief from the Jaguars using the RoofClaim brand.news.yahoo.com
Falcons take advantage of Jaguars’ mistakes in 21-14 victory
Cordarrelle Patterson ran for a career-high 108 yards and two touchdowns in his return from an ankle injury and the Atlanta Falcons found the end zone and the win column for the first time in three weeks in a 21-14 victory over woeful Jacksonville.
Israel Is Sending Robots With Machine Guns to the Gaza Border
via IDFGaza is often described as the world’s largest open-air prison. Over two million people inhabit the tiny coastal strip, and they must endure a 70 percent unemployment rate; frequent shortages of medical supplies, fuel and clean water; constant power outages; and the fundamentalist governance of the extremist group Hamas. Add to that the Israeli air strikes that knocked down multiple high-rise residential buildings in a war last May—the third war since Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007.news.yahoo.com
Jaguars owner unveils plans to develop downtown Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — (AP) — The Jaguars unveiled plans Thursday to develop downtown Jacksonville, with team owner Shad Khan committing $60 million to a city-owned performance center that was key in luring new coach Urban Meyer to the NFL. The Jaguars expect the venture to be a catalyst for downtown growth that could draw more people to the area for work and entertainment. “My goal is for downtown Jacksonville to be the envy of cities here in the U.S. and elsewhere, and I see no reason why we can’t achieve that goal,” Khan said. Meeting rooms and offices are all located in the bowels of the nearly 30-year-old venue. The 125,000-square-foot building will house locker rooms, meeting rooms, training and recovery areas, medical support facilities, a weight room, dining facilities, coaching and scouting offices, a draft room and public meeting space.wftv.com
MONDAY HUDDLE: Can Gators slow down LSU star Joe Burrow?
Kyle Trask #11 of the Florida Gators celebrates after a game against the Auburn Tigers. Now, Florida will turn its attention to another group of Tigers, the LSU Tigers, this week in what will be an even bigger challenge. Those are video gamelike numbers, but on the flip side, Florida will be by far the best defense Burrow has faced thus far. Much was made about how Central Florida was upset by losing 27-24 at Cincinnati last Friday, which seems odd. Florida State seems overmatched, but it also isnt the same dominant Clemson team as last year.
Wentz and Foles sit out in preseason game, Eagles beat Jags 24-10
Philadelphia's third-string quarterback was knocked out of the team's 24-10 preseason victory against the Jaguars on the opening drive Thursday night. The team already was without backup Nate Sudfeld, who broke his left wrist in the team's preseason opener against Tennessee. Thorson beat the blitz by lofting a deep ball toward the left sideline. KEY INJURIESJaguars running back Alfred Blue left the game in the first half with a left ankle injury and did not return. Jaguars play at Miami, and coach Doug Marrone said at least some starters will play for the first time in the preseason.