Do you see Garrard having as successful of a year as he did last? (Givemetoro)
I see David Garrard being even more of a playmaker than he was a year ago. He has a better set of weapons on the outside, and he is more comfortable with not only his role, but Dirk Koetter's playbook. I wouldn't expect a 6:1 touchdown to interception ratio as he had in 2007, but I believe 25-30 TD's and 12-15 interceptions isn't out of the question, and the Jaguars coaching staff would be happy with that production.
With the addition of speed and dependability at the WR position, how do you see this affecting the running game? Is this offense at a point where the pass can now set up the run? (Slothful)
The Jaguars offense may indeed be at the place where they can pass to set up the run, but that isn't their identity. The Jaguars have a wealth of talent at the running back position, and their offensive line is very physical. As "sexy" as the passing game is, Jacksonville's bread and butter is the ground game and I don't see them getting away from that.
I've read that in the past Troy Williamson looked good in practice. Historically when has Williamson started to look bad and why? Is he afraid of getting hit or does he regress because of the pressures of being in a meaningful game? (SuperEWD)
Good question. In Minnesota, Williamson has looked like a Pro Bowl caliber receiver all throughout his mini-camps, OTA's, training camps, and even into preseason. When the games began to count, Williamson began to disappear. Obviously it's something mental and I believe a change of scenery was the first step in getting that fixed. Troy was drafted by the Vikings to be the replacement for Randy Moss, and it was simply too much pressure for him. In Jacksonville, his role won't be nearly as important assuming he makes the roster.
What will be the most open training camp competition? (Kevin)
I believe the most "open" training camp competition will be at tight end. After starter Marcedes Lewis, anyone can make the roster. George Wrighster is the next most athletic player, but he's been injury prone and reportedly unhappy in Jacksonville. Greg Estandia is a big 6'8" target, but his hands are questionable. Charles Davis looked great in OTA's and mini-camps, and undrafted rookies Chris Brown and Adam Bishop could push for a job as well as veteran Richard Angulo.
Which team in the AFC South improved their personnel the most/least this year? (SuperEWD)
The five-time defending AFC South Champions Colts did what they normally do in free agency, and that's sign their own players, as they locked up Dallas Clark and earlier, Bob Sanders. Tennessee signed veterans Alge Crumpler and Jevon Kearse, and drafted running back Chris Johnson in round one. On paper, I'm not sure how much better either of those teams will be. Houston signed Jacques Reeves to be a starting corner opposite Dunta Robinson, and they drafted left tackle Duane Brown in the first round. Honestly, Jacksonville has done more to improve their roster than anyone in the division with the acquisitions of Jerry Porter, Troy Williamson, and Derrick Harvey. Will it be enough to close the gap on Indianapolis, we will have to wait and see.
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