What We Learned From the Atlanta Game

The Jaguars returned home to Everbank Field and improved in several key areas over the Week One loss. Find out how our tips on what to look for played out.

1. It's Go-Time for Garrard! It's no lock that David Garrard will have his job in a couple weeks and with that job on the line Garrard was mediocre. He finished 7 for 12 for 99 yards with one sack and one interception. Garrard's quarterback rating was 50.3.

2. May the best tackle step up. The right tackle position was again occupied by veteran Guy Whimper and Whimper played much better than a week prior. The Jaguars will still struggle if Whimper has to play any significant snaps, but his play was a reason for some hope.



3. Someone catch the ball. Drops again plagued the Jaguars receivers but they were a little better than a week ago. Jason Hill and Cecil Shorts showed some promise, but each of the team's wideouts struggled mightily to get open.

"I did alright," Jaguars rookie Cecil Shorts said. "I've got to keep learning. It's a process. It's a marathon, not a sprint."

4. Pass rush, take two! Jacksonville's pass rush was improved, but not to where anyone would consider them a legitimate threat. Veteran Jeremy Mincey was able to rush the passer from the outside and inside and he looks like the team's best defensive end (that was actually on the field).

"When he's on his keys and knows what he is doing, he's unblockable," Jaguars defensive end Aaron Kampman said of Jeremy Mincey. "I think he's going to have a great year."

5. Blaine Gabbert's must continue to progress. With an opportunity to seize the starting quarterback job, Gabbert was simply okay. He made good reads, made some great throws and fell victim to a few dropped passes. Gabbert ran out of the pocket too early from time to time and later took a few bad sacks. Still, he was accurate, made smart decisions with the football and showed flashes of what he could be. Gabbert finished 11 for 23, for 96 yards and a 59.3 quarterback rating.

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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