BATTLE OF THE WEEK: Khalif Barnes vs. Richard Collier for starting ORT -- It's been going on since Day 1 of camp and there hasn't been any let up. Barnes continues to get the first call when the offense lines up for a drill, but Collier is in on the next series. Barnes seems to be more aggressive than he's been in the past, obviously knowing that he's fighting not only for his job, but for his career with the Jaguars. If he loses out in beating out Collier, Barnes could be on the chopping block when the Jaguars make their final roster cut with his high contract.
OTHER BATTLE FRONTS: Brian Williams vs. Gerald Sensabaugh for starting secondary spot -- These two veterans aren't battling each other, but rather to see if Williams can handle the strong safety spot after playing cornerback his entire professional career. If so, Sensabaugh goes to the bench. If not, Williams moves back to cornerback, Sensabaugh is back in the lineup and Drayton Florence goes to the sidelines. Thus far, Williams looks secure at the safety spot, leaving Sensabaugh the odd man out.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WR Matt Jones -- A month ago following his arrest in an Arkansas parking lot for possession of cocaine, many felt Jones wouldn't even be invited to the start of training camp. Not only was he invited, but Jones has made the most of likely his final opportunity to make the club by turning in a solid first week. He addressed the media the day before camp opened, and since then has kept quiet, letting his play on the field speak for him. He's caught nearly all throws in his direction and capped the first week with a jumping catch for a touchdown over Drayton Florence in the team's first full scrimmage Friday night. With the injuries to Jerry Porter and Reggie Williams, Jones' stock has risen.
ROOKIE REPORT: Derrick Harvey's absence continues to be the talk of camp. Jaguars fans were ready to adopt Harvey as the player to bring the most excitement to the defense with his strong pass-rushing skills, but thus far no one has seen such potential due to his holdout .... Without Harvey around, attention has focused on the team's No. 2 pick, Quentin Groves, also a DE but not as flashy as Harvey. Groves has shown spurts at times, but not enough to make him the player that will have an immediate impact on the team's pass rush, something that Harvey was being counted on to do. ... LB Thomas Williams has shown an aggressive, physical style that will be welcomed by the club's special team units. But the Jaguars are set with four solid linebackers and two key reserves, leaving Williams' main contributions to come on special teams. ... CB Trae Williams has also shown a physical style thus far but doesn't appear ready to make a run for a starting job at this point. He could see action when the team goes to a dime coverage package. ... RB Chauncey Washington ranks behind Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew, an indication that the rookie's running opportunities will be limited. He'll also likely be a valuable member of the specialty squads in the early going.
INJURY REPORT: The three most significant injuries thus far have been to WR Jerry Porter, C Brad Meester and WR Reggie Williams. Any time a team loses what will likely be its two leading receivers, it's bound to have an impact. Porter's loss is much more significant in that he'll probably be sidelined much of September. Williams' surgery to his right knee isn't nearly as serious and he's expected back by the time the regular season opens. Meester's loss will be felt on the line, especially when he's expected to miss the September games against the Jaguars' three divisional rivals. If the Jaguars get either Porter or Meester back before October, it will be a plus.
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