Jaguars Scrimmage Recap

The Jaguars held their annual training camp scrimmage Friday night in front of more than 12,000 enthusiastic Jaguars fans. Due to the rash of injuries the team has sustained and the fewer number of able bodied players, the Jaguars scrimmaged for less time than usual, as the team supplemented with individual workouts.

The low point of the evening came late when undrafted rookie fullback Anthony Cotrone went down with a leg injury that appeared pretty serious, as he couldn't put any pressure on the leg.

"We cut back on the live work. Right at the end we suffered a little bit of an injury with Cotrone. That was the only negative," Del Rio said. "The quarterbacks did a nice job for us."

The Jaguars quarterback play was solid, as David Garrard completed four of five passes, and Cleo Lemon continues to look better as he learns Dirk Koetter's offense. Todd Bouman rebounded from a tough week to make a few nice throws during the scrimmage.

At running back, Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew had a handful of carries, but the real surprises were fullback Montell Owens and seventh-round pick Chauncey Washington. Owens showed nice burst and great hands, and Washington gave a lethal stiff-arm to safety Jamaal Fudge en route to his 20-yard touchdown run.

The tandem of wide receivers that started with the Jaguars first-team offense was Dennis Northcutt and Mike Walker. Both players had a solid outing, but Northcutt drew the ire of Jaguars fans as he dropped a pass near the end zone, reminiscent of the Jaguars playoff loss in New England. Reserve Ryan Hoag caught a 10-yard touchdown pass, and embattled receiver Matt Jones caught a nice 19-yard touchdown pass in which he reached up over Drayton Florence. Troy Williamson caught a nice pass near the sideline, and John Broussard made a tough catch on the sideline, then dropped an easy would-be touchdown from Cleo Lemon.

Jaguars tight end Charles Davis caught four passes, showing solid hands, and Marcedes Lewis had a big catch over the middle. Richard Angulo and Greg Estandia were each targets in the short passing game.

Khalif Barnes started the game at left tackle, and was very solid throughout the evening. Dennis Norman was the first-team center, and that will likely be the status for at least the first five or six games of the regular season, as Jaguars center Brad Meester suffered a torn biceps.

Week four or week five, certainly for the bye week," Del Rio said in providing a timetable for Meester's return. The Jaguars' bye week follows the team's sixth game of the season. Meester's recovery time is expected to be 8-10 weeks.

Defensively, James Wyche started at defensive end due to the absence of Reggie Hayward, and Wyche played well. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams threw many blitzes at the Jaguars offense, and found success from many different areas as Mkristo Bruce, Mike Peterson, Jamaal Fudge, Scott Starks, Clint Ingram, and Gerald Sensabaugh all put significant pressure on the Jaguars quarterbacks.

In the secondary, Brian Williams played a lot of nickel corner with Drayton Florence and Rashean Mathis on the outside, and Gerald Sensabaugh at safety. This unit appears to be the best cover group that the team can put on the field.

Josh Scobee was the star of special teams as he connected on a 50-yard field goal and then a 57-yard field goal which would've had plenty of distance from 60+.

Although there were no turnovers forced, defense ruled most of the evening as the Jaguars struggled with timing in their passing game. Paul Spicer had a solid practice, as did Brian Witherspoon, Michael Grant, Justin Durant, and rookie Quentin Groves.

Jobs likely weren't won or lost from what we saw on Friday night, but it all begins in eight days when the Jaguars host the Atlanta Falcons.


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