Jaguars Scrimmage Preview

The Jaguars take the big field of Jacksonville Municipal Stadium for the first time in 2008 for their annual training camp scrimmage. The scrimmage is a fantastic opportunity for the fans of the team to preview the new additions via free agency and rookies prior to the team's first preseason game next Saturday evening.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Friday, August 1st, 2008
7:30 p.m., Jacksonville Municipal Stadium
Kickoff Temperature: 84 degrees, 50% chance of precipitation

2007 Stats
Jaguars offense- 7th overall (17th passing, 2nd rushing); Scoring- 6th- 25.7 ppg. vs. Jacksonville defense- 12th overall (15th passing, 11th rushing); Scoring- 10th- 19.0 ppg.

The team will rotate the first, second, and third string offenses and defenses against each other in a game format, in which the team will come up with a modified scoring system. Just as in any exhibition activity, the most important thing for the team is to escape the outing injury free.

Some of the shine has diminished a bit in this particular scrimmage due to the injuries that the Jaguars have sustained. Neither of the team's projected starting wide receivers, (Jerry Porter and Reggie Williams) will be active, as each has either undergone or is scheduled to undergo surgery. Still, the Jaguars will have the rest of their high-octane offense from a year ago with the exception of center Brad Meester, who injured his right biceps.

The passing attack is the most exciting part of scrimmage, and Jaguars quarterback David Garrard will be throwing to newcomer Troy Williamson, last season's leading receiver Dennis Northcutt, youngsters Mike Walker and John Broussard, as well as the very motivated Matt Jones, who has had an excellent camp thus far.

New Jaguars defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will likely showcase some of his aggressive blitzes, as the team has more coverage ability in 2008 with free agent acquisition Drayton Florence to go along with a healthy Rashean Mathis, Brian Williams, Reggie Nelson, and Gerald Sensabaugh.

A few matchups to watch will be both left tackles- Khalif Barnes and Richard Collier, against the lineup of Jaguars defensive ends including Reggie Hayward, James Wyche, rookie Quentin Groves, and Jeremy Mincey.

Another matchup that will interest many is wide receiver Troy Williamson against whichever cornerback is covering him. Williamson has been abusing Jaguars corners all throughout camp, and this is their opportunity to get the best of the Jaguars speedster in front of a big audience.

A few players that have been "flying under the radar" are tight end Charles Davis, who is built like a tank; center/guard Drew Miller, who has impressed coaches; cornerback Michael Grant, who is a surprisingly physical player; wide receiver Jeron Harvey, who is an Ernest Wilford clone; and safety Gerald Sensabaugh, who needs to test if his shoulders are 100% after last year's surgery.

What you won't see: (1) Many carries for Fred Taylor- Taylor is in great shape and simply doesn't need the work. (2) Special teams contact- there's no contact on special teams plays. (3) QB scrambles- no need for it.

All in all, the scrimmage is usually a fun time for Jaguars fans that are looking to see what is in store for them over the next five months, but don't take it too seriously. Jobs aren't won or lost during an intra-squad scrimmage.


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