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Stadium: EverBank Field | Coach: Gus Bradley
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense28th78.8 (30th)215.1 (20th)
Defense23rd131.8 (24th)247.6 (24th)
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Cecil Shorts not yet at full strength
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

Entering a contract year following a disappointing season, the stakes couldn't be higher for Jaguars wideout Cecil Shorts. But in order to rebound and earn that large pay day, he has to get on the field first. That's a problem -- the Florida Times-Union reports Shorts is still dealing with the effects of groin surgery and is not yet at 100 percent, but hopes to be soon.

"I'm on the right path where I'm able to run without any pain," Shorts said. "I still have some work to do and I'm not 100 percent yet, but I'm looking to get there soon. Now, I have to get my strength back and confidence back."

Coach Gus Bradley commented that Shorts is "leaner" and more focused than before on becoming a better contributor to the offense. Shorts will experience his first training camp where he's not learning a new playbook. He had a career-high 66 catches last year for 777 yards and three touchdowns. 

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Toby Gerhart: Lack of wear and tear a plus
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

New Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart received just 86 carries over his last two seasons in Minnesota. That's a plus, he told ESPN.com.

“It’s been an opportunity to get experience over the years and also learn,” Gerhart said. “I’ve stayed fresh, stayed strong and healthy, and I’m ready for my shot now.”

Gerhart has averaged 4.7 yards per carry in his career. The Jaguars hope he'll become their featured back, the report said.

"There’s always a prove-yourself situation, especially coming in to a team," Gerhart said. "I was one of the first running backs signed in free agency. Coming in where Maurice [Jones-Drew] was, there’s definitely going to be that added pressure to prove yourself.

"I haven’t had the opportunity to play a full 16 games as a starter so I think a lot of people are going to wait and see before the jury’s out on me. I’m excited about that and ready to show what I can do."

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Jaguars put Stephen Burton on reserve/retired list
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

The Jaguars placed receiver Stephen Burton on the reserve/retired list. A Week 10 concussion ended his 2013 season.

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Stroke forced linebacker Russell Allen to retire
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

Former Jaguars linebacker Russell Allen said he suffered a stroke in Week 15 of last season that forced him to retire.

Allen told Sports Illustrated that he collided with a Bills offensive lineman and begin to suffer some concussion-like symptoms such as seeing double. The next day MRI results concluded that he needed extensive testing. After three days of tests, doctors said that part of his brain had become inactive and that he'd be on blood-thinning medication for the rest of his life. 

Allen has been invited to return to the Jaguars and help the team off the field. He plans on coaching high school football in California. 

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Dekoda Watson moving to strong-side LB
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

In the wake of the release of veteran linebacker Russell Allen, the Jaguars are expected to make Dekoda Watson their new starting strong-side linebacker, ESPN reports. He'll also play as a pass rusher and potentially line up as a defensive end on third downs. 

Watson had 42 total tackles, two sacks, an interception, a pass defensed, a forced fumble and a blocked punt with the Bucs last year. 

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