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Black & Teal Awards ‘10

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  • Comeback player of the team: Vince Manuwai

Source: jaguars.com

Before the final roster was announced, many speculated that Vinnie would be cut by GM Gene Smith. Well, I think everyone couldn’t be happier he stayed on the roster. Manuwai looked like the dominant LG we all saw in 2007, paving eight-lane superhighways for MJD to cruise through. It seems his injury is finally behind him and he is still at the age where offensive linemen can be successful. If he can continue to play at the level he demonstrated in 2010 (and with a healthy Maurice Jones-Drew in the mix) the Jaguars’ running game should remain one of the league’s best.

Runner-up: Jeremy Mincey

The man finally stayed healthy (except that broken arm, which didn’t even seem to slow him down) and got his big chance. When Kampman went down, Mincey stepped up in big way. He recorded four sacks after Week 8 and we finally saw the potential that Jeff Lageman has praised Jeremy for get put to use on the field and in a big way.

  • Most Improved Player: Mike Thomas

Source: jaguars.com-

He set a new rookie franchise-best last season with 46 receptions and in 2010 he had team-high 66 receptions. He had 453 received yards and 1 touchdown in ’09 and had 820 yards and 4 touchdowns (plus one punt return TD) in ’10. And the scary thing is I think he can do even better than that. Mike is yet another building block we can count on for the long run.

Runner- up: Adam Podlesh

I must admit – before the last season started I thought Adam was a complete bust. Not anymore – I think he played even better than Josh Scobee and the statistics prove it. He had the single-season highest net punting average (39.2) for the Jaguars. His precision and technique allowed the coverage teams to do exactly what they’re designed to do and that’s why you never saw big returns against the Jags. Podlesh is very high on the list of players I would extend in the off-season.

  • Positive Surprise of the Year: Jeremy Mincey

Source: bigcatcountry.com

I praised Jeremy a couple of times so far, so I’ll just raise one question here – before the season started, how many of you thought Mincey would become the sack leader on this team, with Kampman, Knighton, Harvey, Lane, and Hart running against him?

Runner-up: Jason Hill

The Jaguars got an early Christmas present from Mike Singletary. I mean why in the world did he cut Jason? After joining the Jaguars for the last six games of the season, Hill had 11 catches for 248 yards (fifth most on the team behind Thomas, Lewis, Sims-Walker, and Jones-Drew) for an astounding 22.5 yards/catch and caught a beautiful 48 yard bomb against Oakland. He also had an amazing one-handed catch which would have been a TD, but was unable to get his second foot down. He has a ton of talent and is a must to re-sign in the off-season.

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  • jagsoldier

    I think I agree with all your selections. You should do a building blocks article next on all the players who are the pillars of this teams future. Im talking about the young guys who are going to be here for awhile. There is one player who deserves some recognition and that is Courtney Greene. I honestly believe that he is going to be better next year and he is the answer at SS. He just needs some more coaching. Coaches do not spend as much time with a guy they know is not going to be there next year as they do with a guy who will be around for awhile. He is going to win the most improved next season.

    • zoltanfrombudapest

      Thanks for the kind words and the great article idea Jon. I’ll certanily do a piece about the jags’ building blocks!

    • zoltanfrombudapest

      And I agree on Greene; I think he is the most certain point right now in the secondary. Not bad from a guy even I though Gene will cut before the 4th preseason game.

  • thehof

    Amazing work as always Zoltan. I’ve been saying it for awhile and I totally agree that Courtney Green is the real thing. I know JDR has commented before that the strong safety isn’t a particularly important player schematically in his defense and that good tackling and physicality are really all he requires. With a full offseason of first-team reps and a season under his belt, I think Greene can be a real bright spot in our defense. His fundamentals are sound and with good positioning and awareness, he should really shine in 2011.

    • zoltanfrombudapest

      I think Greene has the most stable position in the 2011 starting secondary. That’s says it all.

      • Luke

        I think that Cox could have been very stable all season as well. If he had been better at the start I think he and Greene could have been true stars for the Jacksonville Defense. That said, a new corner to replace Rashean (unless he returns to form) and the SS position are in order. Maybe Mathis should attend offseason workouts this year……cough cough.

  • Chris

    Still think the Best ST player should be Osgood over Owens.

    I honestly believe the only reason Owens was the starter in the Probowl over Osgood is because of the fan vote. Owens was the only option for us fans and Osgood didn’t get 1 vote from the fans due to this but was so highly regarded among the coaches and players that he became the 1st alternate. That’s saying alot imo. But either way both should be up there….you should just have Osgoods name first. lol