Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Washington Redskins
Thursday, September 3rd, 7:30 P.M.
Kickoff Temperture: 84 degrees
Line: Don't bet on the last preseason game
The Jaguars close preseason as they play the most dysfunctional team is sports right now, the Washington Redskins. Scores don't really matter, so we'll be looking at individual performances.
1. Wide Receiver. There is one wide receiver spot open and it's probably Bryan Walters' to lose. Neal Sterling may be a candidate for the practice squad or possibly IR, and Tony Washington is still in the mix. This could come down to whatever guy has the best game.
2. Running Back. It's probably two spots for three guys, and those guys are Bernard Pierce, Storm Johnson and Corey Grant. Pierce will likely make the team by default, and Grant has had a much better camp and preseason than Johnson, but he is battling against a former draft pick and that can certainly be an uphill battle.
3. Defensive end. Former second-round pick Andre Branch suffered a knee injury in Friday's preseason loss to Detroit, and that could open the door for a guy like Cap Capi, who is trying to make the team. Capi has shown an ability to rush the passer in his limited reps. Others vying for spots are Ryan Davis, Chris Smith and Ikponmwosa Igbinosun.
4. Safety. It's pretty much understood that Jonathan Cyprien and Sergio Brown are the team's starters, and James Sample will earn a roster spot or be placed on IR due to being a draft pick. The remaining spot or spots will be fought for by Craig Loston, Josh Evans and Matt Daniels. It appears that Loston has a leg up on one spot as he's had a slightly better camp.
1. Chad Henne needs to play better. Henne has looked miserable in the past two preseason games and he's a fairly high-priced backup quarterback that simply doesn't look competent. He'll be playing against mostly backups on Thursday and needs to stand out.
2. Some pressure on the front office about Myers. Anything kicker Jason Myers does on Thursday won't matter much, but if he makes his kicks it will make Dave Caldwell look a lot better after trading away fan favorite Josh Scobee.
3. Catch the football. The Jaguars wide receivers and tight ends have dropped way too many balls this preseason. This is their last chance to secure the ball and enter the regular season on the proper note.
4. Run the football. The team didn't do a particularly good job of moving the Lions defensive front and although it doesn't count, it would be nice if they did better on Thursday night. Again, it sets a tone.
5. Force some turnovers. The Jaguars have been one of the worst defenses in football at forcing turnovers over the past few years. Make an impact play and stand out.