Ex-Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith began serving a six-year prison sentence on March 29.
Smith, 44, was sentenced to four years for cocaine possession and two more for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. It's not a surprise to see Smith in trouble with the law. Smith has been battling drug problems since he left the league, and it's even believed that he surprisingly retired in May 2006 due to a looming suspension for a failed drug test. The Jaguars great caught 862 passes for 12,287 yards and 67 touchdowns across 11 seasons in Jacksonville. Although Smith was one of the most underrated receivers of all time, his credentials fall just short of Hall-of-Fame caliber and his post-career escapades aren't helping him.
Maurice Jones-Drew (Lisfranc surgery) says he was able to run at about 75-percent speed on Monday.
It's a step in the right direction for Jones-Drew, who underwent surgery in late December. He'll next step up his straight-line running before resuming cutting at full speed. Jones-Drew's status for training camp is uncertain, but we expect him to be close to 100 percent when the Jaguars' season starts.
Speaking to reporters Monday, suspended WR Justin Blackmon denied that he has a problem with substance abuse.
Overcoming denial is supposed to be step one in substance-abuse recovery, and it appears Blackmon hasn't even cleared that hurdle. He's been popped for DUI twice since 2010 and will open the 2013 season on a four-game suspension for substance-abuse violations unrelated to either arrest. Blackmon clearly has a problem. Hopefully the Jaguars can help him rectify it.
Undrafted rookie QB Matt Scott (high-ankle sprain) has shed his walking boot, and was participating in Jaguars OTAs on Monday.
Scott's "high-ankle sprain" came just nine days ago, but he's clearly feeling a sense of urgency as he makes his roster bid. Battling with fellow UDFA Jordan Rodgers for No. 3 duties, Scott has a legit chance at a roster spot, but can't afford to miss any time with injury.
Jaguars.com suggests CB Alan Ball is heading into OTAs as a starter.
Ball, 28, signed a two-year, $2 million contract and has the ability to play both corner and safety. He also has the size -- 6-foot-2, 197 -- that coach Gus Bradley likes in press-man cornerbacks. Two of Ball, third-rounder Dwayne Gratz, and Marcus Trufant will likely start on the outside with 2012 sixth-rounder Mike Harris covering the slot.
According to Yahoo Sports, Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell plans to spend "much of the year" evaluating quarterbacks in the 2014 class, including Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater and Clemson's Tajh Boyd.
Per Yahoo's Jason Cole, the Jaguars were "privately" thrilled the Bills and Jets drafted quarterbacks in the first two rounds because that likely takes them out of the market for next year's top signal callers. Jacksonville and Cleveland are left as the likeliest quarterback-needy teams for 2014. The Jags will give Blaine Gabbert one more year to prove he's not a viable solution. (He will.)
Updating a previous item, GM Dave Caldwell stated in a Tuesday radio interview that the Jaguars plan to give fifth-round pick Denard Robinson "10 to 15 snaps" per game as a rusher and receiver.
Radio host Alex Marvez tweeted during or immediately after the interview that Caldwell had penciled in Robinson for "10-15 touches a game & returning kicks." In a column recapping the interview, Marvez wrote Caldwell was actually speaking about offensive snaps. Big difference. Robinson is good enough to eventually make himself impossible for an otherwise bad Jaguars team to keep off the field, but he's not scheduled to play a major offensive role initially.