Jaguars Strategy and Personnel

Linebacker duels, wide receiver position battles, player of the week, a rookie report, and the ever-concerning injuries.

BATTLE OF THE WEEK: Justin Durant vs. Clint Ingram for starting weak-side linebacker spot -- The battle has been ongoing since training camp opened. Ingram held the upper hand at the start, but nagging ankle injuries continue to plague him and Durant may have forged ahead. Ingram may be more powerful at the point of attack, but Durant's mobility gives him the edge in pass coverage. Both will see plenty of playing time again this year.

OTHER BATTLE FRONTS: Mike Walker vs. Matt Jones for No. 5 receiver spot: Assuming the top four receiver spots are locked into Jerry Porter, Reggie Williamson, Dennis Northcutt and Troy Williamson, Walker and Jones may be battling for the No. 5 and final wide receiver spot. Both could find spots on the roster however, only because of the rash of injuries to one of the top four receivers. Both had solid showings in the Jaguars first preseason game so this battle remains pretty even.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: MLB Mike Peterson --
Despite the Jaguars' failure to extend Peterson a new contract in his final year of his contract, Peterson has enjoyed a solid camp thus far. He's by far the team's inspirational leader and has withstood the cry by some to have the team go with their three outstanding, young linebackers in Justin Durant, Clint Ingram and Daryl Smith. Peterson could be on track for a standout season but it could be his last in Jacksonville.

ROOKIE REPORT:
Quentin Groves has been solid in trying to make people forget about holdout Derrick Harvey. The speed rush that Groves has used so successfully in training camp showed in the team's preseason game when he was credited with half a sack on Atlanta's Joey Harrington, he dropped Jerious Norwood in the backfield for a 4-yard loss and chased down back Jason Snelling after a 47-yard run to the 3-yard line. ... Chauncey Washington saw extended playing time last Saturday and responded with 33 yards in 12 attempts, twice as many carries as any running back for either team. ... Trae Williams continues to improve his chances of making the final roster with his strong play on special teams. ... Thomas Williams has the toughest odds to overcome to make the roster among the five Jaguars draft choices. Williams is at best No. 8 on the linebacker-rich Jaguars defense.

INJURY REPORT:
C Brad Meester is out until at least mid-September.
DL Jeremy Mincey is out until Sept. 1.
WR Jerry Porter is out until Oct. 1.
WR Reggie Williams is out another week.
WR Troy Williamson, DB Brian Williams, DE Reggie Hayward and DT Derek Landrri could return this week.
TE George Wrighster and DB Chad Nkang's status is uncertain.


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