Jaguars Blog

In this edition of the Jaguars blog, we discuss the injuries the team suffered this week and who will have to step up. We also ponder what the signing of Todd Bouman really means, and if the Jaguars were indeed one of the many teams that inquired about Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb.



Jags Lose McGee, Sign Cutrera

Having to put a seventh-round pick on injured reserve after Week Two isn't usually a very big deal. This situation isn't much different as Scotty McGee didn't play in the team's first two games and will likely only be a contributor as a return man. McGee averaged nearly 10 yards per punt return and almost 30 yards per kickoff return in the preseason, but he fumbled once, causing some to question whether or not he'd make the roster.

In McGee's absence, the Jaguars will likely have wide receiver Mike Thomas handle the punt return duties, with cornerback Rashean Mathis chipping in during fair catch situations. Rookie running back Deji Karim will likely split kickoff return duties with first-year wideout Tiquan Underwood.

The Jaguars elevated undrafted rookie linebacker Jacob Cutrera from the practice squad likely due to the ankle injury to linebacker Justin Durant. Durant's injury will likely cause Russell Allen to take his place, leaving the team one linebacker short. After struggling early on in camp, Cutrera ended the preseason strong recording seven tackles and a sack in the team's final two preseason games.

Todd Bouman? Really?

When it became public that Jaguars backup quarterback Luke McCown was finished for the season with a torn ACL, the Jaguars had to find a quarterback that could suit up on Sunday. Instead of opting for more talented players such as Daunte Culpepper, Jeff Garcia and J.P. Losman the team decided to stay with "old reliable," Todd Bouman.

Bouman is fairly familiar with Dirk Koetter's offensive system despite never playing a snap for the team in a regular season game. The signing of Bouman also presents no threat to David Garrard's job which could help his fragile confidence.

With no young option as a developmental quarterback and a talent-deprived journeyman backup, the Jaguars have basically given starter David Garrard the opportunity to "sink or swim" this season. He, along with many other players on the roster will have their future's evaluated at season's end.

Don't Count on Kolb

The Jaguars have been somewhat enamored with Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb ever since the 2007 draft when he was selected by Philly in the second round. With the news this week that veteran Michael Vick would be taking over the starting quarterback duties, Kolb's future in Philadelphia may be in doubt.

Eagles head coach Andy Reid wouldn't rule out any possibilities of a trade before the Mid-October deadline.

Although Reid isn't ruling anything out, the smart move for the Eagles would be to see how this season plays out with Michael Vick before they cut ties with a guy they thought just two weeks ago would be the long-term solution at the quarterback position.

Even if the Eagles decide to deal Kolb, it likely wouldn't be to the Jaguars. There have been more than whispers that certain teams (including the Eagles) would rather not do business with the Jaguars, all stemming back from the Jaguars acquisition of Don Carey from the Cleveland Browns waived/injured list. The Jaguars contacted Philadelphia about trying to trade up into the second round in April's draft to acquire former Penn State linebacker Sean Lee and Philadelphia opted to instead deal with their bitter rivals, the Dallas Cowboys.


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