Jaguars Resilient With Personnel

The Jaguars have done a good job of overcoming injuries this year. That's why coach Jack Del Rio likes to call his team "resilient." Here are some of challenges with injuries and suspensions, as well as Del Rio's thoughts regarding Henderson, McCray, Matt Jones, and others.

The Jaguars have done a good job of overcoming injuries this year.

That's why coach Jack Del Rio likes to call his team "resilient."

"I think we've been resilient over the last five weeks (since the first Colts game)," Del Rio said Wednesday as the Jaguars began preparations for the rematch with the Colts Sunday.

"We all battle injuries, but that (their injuries) caused us to be a resilient bunch, to kind of unite and learn how to scratch out a victory," he said.

The Jaguars have gone 4-1 since the loss to the Colts, including a 2-1 mark without quarterback David Garrard. And they've overcome a lot of setbacks on defense.

They've won the last three games even though defensive tackle Marcus Stroud missed them with a suspension. And John Henderson, who combines with Stroud to form the heart of the defense, has said he hasn't been playing up to his Pro Bowl standards.

Also, middle linebacker Mike Peterson is out for several weeks with a broken hand and cornerback Rashean Mathis missed last week's game with a groin injury, but is expected back this week.

In Stroud's absence, Rob Meier has become a starter and rookie Derek Landri and veteran Grady Jackson have worked in the rotation. Landri got 23 plays against the Bills and Jackson had 11.

Daryl Smith moved into the middle for Peterson last week and got 12 tackles and a defensive game ball and rookie Justin Durant moved into Peterson's old outside spot and held his own. And two veteran defensive backs, Sammy Knight, who signed during training camp, and Aaron Glenn, signed on Sept. 3 after being released by Dallas, have performed valuable roles. Knight became a starter when Gerald Sensabaugh was injured in the opener and Glenn stepped in last week for Mathis.

Also, Jamaal Fudge, an undrafted free agent last year who was signed on Sept. 19 after Sensabaugh went on injured reserve, has filled in for Knight on passing downs on occasion. He had 32 snaps against Buffalo and forced a fumble and recovered it.

Veteran defensive end Paul Spicer said of the way players are filling roles, "That's a key to our success. They're giving their all because that's what Jack asks."

Garrard said, "I think the coaches do a great job of bringing in the right talent to plug in those spots. You've really got to take your hat off to the coaching staff. They get them to play well."

Henderson, who insists he hasn't played well, said, "As long as I do the best job I can, I don't have to make all the plays. There are guys around me making plays so they can double team me all they want."

Henderson, who has missed a day of practice twice in the past three weeks for undisclosed personal reasons, said, "I've got a lot going on outside," although he declined to explain what he was referring to.

But Henderson hopes to do better in the stretch run.

"Watch me. I think I'm going to get in a gear," he said.

The Jaguars don't even agree with Henderson that he hasn't been at the top of his game even though he had just one assisted tackle against Buffalo.

"My man, Big Hen, is playing well," Spicer said.

Linebacker Clint Ingram said, "To me, I haven't seen where he's not playing well."

Del Rio finessed the question, saying, "He felt compelled to share that with you guys. I'll leave it at that. He's a big, strong, physical guy. We count on him to do things for us."

Wide receiver Matt   Jones and defensive end Bobby McCray remain question marks.

Jones has been inactive three games and didn't play in another in which he was active. McCray, who had 10 sacks last year and none this year, has been inactive the last two games.

Del Rio finessed the question of the status of both players.

Of McCray, he said, "He's working at it. I know there are some things involved in terms of a young man wanting to maximize his ability individually, and I'm aware of that and sensitive to that, but first and foremost, we're going to do what's best for the team."

When he was asked if he thinks Jones even wants to be successful because of his laidback personality, he said, "I think there is always hope. I'm a very positive thinker, optimistic guy. I believe in hope. I believe in faith. I believe in love. I believe in conviction. I believe in some positive things. And we're going to continue to work our guys the best we can and I won't give up until that person or that situation has been extinguished," he said.

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