What happened with these guys? Grading Gene Smith (Part II)
By Zoltan Paksa
If there is one thing we have learned, it is that Gene Smith has no problem telling players they are no longer wanted by the Jacksonville Jaguars. In this series, I have been looking back one year and grading the cuts Gene made. If Gene cut the player and he hasn’t produced anywhere else, I give him an A. If the player becomes a productive player and could have been a benefit to the team, I give Gene a D or F.
Yesterday I gave out marks for cutting Jerry Porter (A+), Reggie Williams (A), Matt Jones (A), Cleo Lemon (A), Tony Pashos (B+) and Paul Spicer (A). Gene did well with these cuts.
Today we continue the look back and grade more of the players. After the jump, we have 8 more players to consider and not all of these are A grades for Gene. Let’s get going…
Dennis was traded for S Gerald Alexander during last off-season. Dennis was a deep threat in the last couple of games for the Jaguars in ’08. Well he did not continued that in the Motor City. He played in all of the games; started in 2; recorded 35 catches (tied 3rd most at the team) and 415 yards (4th in the team) with scoring 1 TD. These are average numbers, even for Detroit. Alexander recorded average number for the Jaguars (I wrote in my last article; that his league wide average numbers counted as almost good numbers in the Jaguars secondary). I think the 2 teams got around the same caliber of players. The Jaguars luck is that Gerald is younger then Dennis. Grade for letting him go (with the performance of Alexander added): B+