On Sunday I'll answer the Question of the Week.
@ESPNdirocco overall, how do you feel about bennett? Is he future starter, has he hit every goal you hoped for in TC? Any downsides?— Alexander Bryant (@Alex4409) August 12, 2015
@ESPNdirocco: The Jaguars knew DT Michael Bennett would be pretty good at rushing the passer but they've been pleasantly surprised at how well he has played the run. Defensive line coach Todd Wash told me that Bennett is stouter than he anticipated and has been pleased with his development. He does have work to do as a pass rusher, particularly in using his hands, but he is progressing. He plays the three-technique defensive tackle so he could get significant playing time because there is no timetable for Sen'Derrick Marks' return from a torn ACL. The goal is the season opener, and even if he's able to play then the Jaguars will monitor his snaps so Bennett will get work.
@ESPNdirocco: There's no question that Denard Robinson makes the team. He and Toby Gerhart have gotten more reps with the first team than T.J. Yeldon has throughout camp. The Jaguars are going to divide carries among the backs and slowly increase Yeldon's workload throughout the season.
@ESPNdirocco: Josh Scobee will be the Jaguars' kicker in 2015 unless he gets hurt or just has an absolutely terrible preseason (unlikely). The Jaguars do like Jason Myers because he's young and has a big leg, but Scobee has something he doesn't: experience and trust. The latter can't be emphasized enough. There's no question which kicker the Jaguars would rather have attempt a game-winning 48-yard field goal in the season opener.
@ESPNdirocco: GM David Caldwell will always listen to trade offers, but he's not shopping Marcedes Lewis. He's a big part of the team's multiple tight end formations and has been targeted as much, if not slightly more, than Julius Thomas throughout camp. I'd be very surprised if he weren't on the roster.
@ESPNdirocco If there was a draft of current nfl starting left tackles. Where would Luke Joekel go - between 1 (highest) and 32 (lowest).— RJG (@RJG102) August 14, 2015
@ESPNdirocco: That's a hard question to answer because I can't profess to be an expert on left tackle play and I certainly haven't seen every left tackle play. Plus, Joeckel may have gotten a bit of a bad rap during camp. He has been beaten badly during one-on-ones but he also has performed well and dominated rushers at times. Clearly he's not an elite left tackle but the Jaguars don't need him to be. They just need him to be average. If I have to answer your question my guess is he'd be in the second half of the draft.
@ESPNdirocco: Well, you don't want Blake Bortles throwing nine interceptions and completing 45 percent of his passes, so stats are somewhat important. But the Jaguars aren't game-planning for teams and he's going to be playing sparingly in all but the third preseason game. The thing to watch is his accuracy. Is he better than he was a year ago? If he's still having issues with that in the preseason then it's a pretty good indication that will be a problem during the regular season. But don't over-react to anything you see in the preseason.
@ESPNdirocco: Not the active roster, unless Chad Henne were to get hurt. They're likely competing for a spot on the practice squad.
@ESPNdirocco: I don't think you should only look at record. The Jaguars need to show progress, and by that I mean being more competitive. The Jaguars have lost 19 games by double digits over the past two seasons. Losing a bunch by 10 or more in 2015 would certainly not be good for coach Gus Bradley's job security. If the Jaguars are more competitive and have chances to win more games, that's a good sign. But yes, winning games is important and the Jaguars have to start winning more or there eventually will be changes.
@ESPNdirocco: RG Brandon Linder was the top offensive lineman as a rookie in 2014 and I haven't seen anything in camp to get me to think it would be anyone else in 2015. As for the defensive line, that's a tough question because DT Sen'Derrick Marks (ACL) will be limited when he comes back and it would be unfair to expect him to play at the level he did last season. The best linemen in camp so far have been DEs Ryan Davis and Chris Smith. Davis is a very good interior rusher but he has also impressed me with the few snaps that he has taken outside.