Del Rio Reviews OTA's

At the end of Jacksonville's OTAs (Organized Team Activities), head coach Jack Del Rio expressed his satisfaction with the way the team adapted to working with new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.

Koetter, the former Arizona State head coach was brought in for one purpose -- to improve the Jaguars offense, specifically the passing game.

With the Jaguars owning the league's No. 2 running game a year ago, they only managed a No. 10 overall ranking because of the lack of productivity with its passing game. Some of that rests with the quarterback situation. Byron Leftwich played in just six games before an ankle injury sent him to the sidelines and eventual surgery.

Backup quarterback David Garrard had an opportunity to win the job but didn't show enough consistency for Del Rio in the 10 games he started. As a result, Del Rio named Leftwich the starting quarterback during the offseason.

With Leftwich looking for a big year in the final year of his five-year contract, he could be in line to surpass the 3,000-yard mark for the first time in his career. But he won't reach that plateau if he doesn't get more help from his receivers.

After Jimmy Smith announced his surprise retirement following a 70 catch, 1,023-yard, six-touchdown season in 2005, no one stepped up last year to become the go-to guy. Reggie Williams led the team in receptions with 52 catches for 616 yards but he his numerous drops and inability to separate from cornerbacks has enabled opponents to use single coverage on him and the rest of Jaguars receivers.

But Del Rio has sent a message to the current veteran receivers -- Williams, Matt   Jones and Ernest Wilford -- that it's time to quit living off potential and start producing.


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