Jags Minicamp Notes - Fri AM

The Jaguars were back in action in front of their fans for the first time since their disappointing 31-20 playoff loss back in January to New England. The revamped Jaguars squad looked great in spots, and rough in others, as is to be expected back in June.

The most important position on the field, quarterback, is a spot with very few questions for Jacksonville.

-David Garrard has appeared to have built upon his 2007 success and was very sharp during the morning practice.

-Todd Bouman began practice as the Jaguars second-string quarterback and had another very impressive morning. Bouman stood tall in the pocket and delivered passes with good snap and accuracy.

-Cleo Lemon struggled in spots, but had good moments as well. If the morning practice is any indicator, Bouman was head and shoulders above Lemon.

-Undrafted rookie Paul Smith struggled with accuracy, but showed a stronger arm than expected.


Running backs are difficult to evaluate in a non-contact setting, but the Jaguars appeared to have a few pleasant surprises.

-It was business as usual for Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew as they looked to be in excellent condition, and were very speedy out of the backfield.

-D.D. Terry and Montell Owens displayed great running skills, solid hands, and good burst as well.

-Greg Jones may have been the biggest surprise as he looks in tip-top condition and has a burst and nimbleness that has appeared to be missing for the last year.


The Jaguars wide receivers had moments of greatness and sloppiness during the a.m. practice session.

-The two receivers who really stood out were Troy Williamson and Dennis Northcutt. Both players showed an ability to get open quickly, and despite each dropping a few passes, both players were impressive.

-Reggie Williams looks like a much more polished route runner, and his hands were consistent.

-Matt Jones is a huge, physical presence who showed nice hands, but still needs to polish his route running.

-John Broussard was fluid in his movements, and showed good hands for most of the practice.

-None of the undrafted rookie receivers made much of an impact. They all looked pretty ordinary.

-OTA sensation D'Juan Woods didn't stand out as he dropped a few passes and doesn't seem to possess deep speed.

-Mike Walker and Jerry Porter were both in attendance, but didn't practice with the receivers.


The Jaguars tight ends struggled with catching the forward pass as each player had at least one drop.

-Marcedes Lewis practiced and looked quick running seam routes. He only dropped one pass.

-George Wrighster didn't practice.


Defense

-Rookie defensive ends Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves looked especially fast and athletic, but it's difficult to evaluate ends in this setting.

-The Jaguars cornerbacks more than held their own against the receivers in one-on-one drills as the defense blanketed the pass catchers.

-Drayton Florence started at cornerback and Brian Williams started at strong safety.

-Both Reggie Nelson and Drayton Florence were especially quick in coverage.

-Rashean Mathis seemed to tweak his leg while making a play on the ball. Severity of the injury is not known, but it didn't look very bad.


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