Jaguars Passing on the Pass

The Jaguars escaped with a victory in Indianapolis on the strength of their running game, but they know they've got to improve their passing game.

Their longest completion to a wide receiver Sunday was an 11-yard catch by Matt Jones. He had four other catches, but none for longer than eight yards.

Their inability to stretch the field means that teams will still concentrate on running against them.

They were able to run on Indianapolis even though they frequently lined up with just one wide receiver, but that may not work in their next three games against the Texans, Steelers and Broncos.

They may be helped if Jerry Porter, who missed the entire training camp and the first three games after undergoing hamstring surgery, is able to return to the lineup this week. And Troy Williamson, who also has deep speed but hasn't shown an ability to catch the ball, also has missed the last two games with a thigh injury.

Coach Jack Del Rio said, "We're not waiting for any savior player to come in and all of a sudden take us to new heights. We're going to keep working at it. We had our struggles early last year finding our timing in the passing game. I believe we're going to find that timing. I believe we're going to make plays in the passing game. Certainly, it would be a lift to get them (Porter and Williamson) back. They're both guys we think can play."

Porter has practiced the last three weeks but Del Rio doesn't want to rush him back and risk injuring the hamstring again. Williamson hasn't practiced the last two weeks.


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