Jags vs. Falcons- What To Look For

The Jaguars will open their Everbank Field schedule tonight when they take on the defending NFC South champion Atlanta Falcons in a preseason tilt. Find out what to look for in tonight's game.

After spending Wednesday evening getting to know their opponent's a little better with a combined practice, the Jaguars have their work cut out for them. Although the objective isn't really winning on the scoreboard, it always leaves a good impression on the home fans if you outscore the opponent- even if it is meaningless.

What To Look For



1. It's Go-Time for Garrard! David Garrard will start the game and play into the second quarter with the 1's. Make no mistake, the quarterback competition is lively and David Garrard is no longer the default starter. This is the most important preseason for him since 2007 and he's going to have to step up. A bad back won't absolve him if he plays poorly.

2. May the best tackle step up. With Eben Britton's status for the season being uncertain at best, the Jaguars are looking for answers on the right side. Right now Guy Whimper is the de-facto starter but he's looked terrible in camp. It's an open competition and the team would like someone to win the job.

3. Someone catch the ball. The Jaguars receivers have been painfully mediocre thus far in camp and they dropped four Blaine Gabbert passes in the preseason opener. There are probably two jobs available and someone must prove that they want at least one of them.

4. Pass rush, take two! The Jaguars pass rush was mostly absent in their opener against New England and the team is hoping the newly acquired Matt Roth can change that status. Austen Lane and Larry Hart are expected to give the Jaguars a boost at the defensive end position and they've been mostly invisible during camp. It's time for that to change.

5. Blaine Gabbert's must continue to progress. Gabbert has looked great thus far and he'll be facing a taller task Friday night as the Falcons defense is very good and very deep. Gabbert will also have the "opportunity" to play with the Jaguars backups, which frankly aren't very good. If Gabbert continues to look great, the likelihood of him being the opening day starter becomes stronger and stronger.

Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and the host of "The Sports Crunch" on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie

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