JagNation Rumor Mill - 07/31/08

There's always something brewing in the JagNation Rumor Mill. What is happening with Derrick Harvey's contract? Which undrafted players are impressing coaches? How bad is the Reggie Williams injury? Where will a few former Jaguars likely begin the season? Check the mill to see what we're hearing from NFL Insiders, league sources and some of our many contacts around the league.

Derrick Harvey is waiting to bear the riches of his draft status, thanks to a few inflated deals from Vernon Gholston and Sedrick Ellis. It was rumored that Harvey was ready to accept a now below market valued deal prior to the sixth and seventh-overall picks signing.

It now seems as if Harvey and his agent Ken Kremer are content to just wait until the Jaguars come up to their salary demands, which are in-line with the picks that preceded him. The real issue is that if Harvey were to receive approximately $17.5 million in guaranteed money, it would slot him in with the sixth and seventh-overall picks, but represent an approximate 15% increase over Jamaal Anderson's deal of a year ago (the eighth-overall pick).


Reggie Williams re-injured his sprained knee Tuesday night in his first practice since being activated off the PUP list. Jack Del Rio went on record today and told media that Williams would have to have a surgical procedure and they weren't sure how long he would be out for. Our sources in attendance say that by the way Williams knee bent, it is more than possible that he tore a ligament and could miss significant time, if not the entire season.

With the Jaguars possibly beginning the season without both Jerry Porter and Reggie Williams, it is likely that Matt Jones, yes that Matt Jones will have an expanded role in the offense. Jones has practiced at full speed in training camp and has been a great surprise showing great hands and heart.


2007 third-round pick wide receiver Mike Walker has had a few injury scares thus far in training camp, but nothing has seemed to be serious. Sunday evening, Walker slipped down and yelled out loud, but returned a few plays later. Something similar happened in Tuesday night's practice. With the receiving corps being depleted, the Jaguars will need some additional production from some of the other receivers and if Walker can display the talent he showed in camp a year ago, the loss of Williams won't sting nearly as much.


Former undrafted free agent wide receiver D'Juan Woods is making a case for a roster spot as he seems to catch nearly everything thrown his way, as is rookie center Drew Miller and cornerback Michael Grant. With the injuries that the Jaguars are suffering, it is giving these undrafted players more reps, and they are making the most of them.


Former Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich may reportedly get a tryout in Tennessee with the Titans to be the backup to Vince Young. Leftwich has gone nearly eight months without any teams showing much interest at all.


Former Jaguars offensive tackle Pete McMahon has signed with the New England Patriots. McMahon was with the Jaguars a year ago in training camp.


Former Jaguars defensive tackle Grady Jackson has signed with the Atlanta Falcons, the team which released him last season. It was rumored that Jackson did not get along with former Falcons head coach Bobby Petrino, who quit on his team after 13 games.


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