Jaguars Notes and Quotes

On draft day in April when the Jaguars took Scotty McGee with their sixth-round pick, they made the announcement that he would be coming in to win a roster spot as a kick returner -- handling either kickoffs or punts. McGee, who was a starting cornerback at James Madison, believes he can handle the returns but he wants more than that.

"I'm approaching that position (cornerback) as if I'm going in to be the starting guy," he said. "There are guys that are really good out there. I'm catching on and asking questions. I'm learning more about corner.

"I feel that I can bring something to the table at corner. The more I continue to study my playbook and learn the plays, I think I can help out in that area as well."

--The Jaguars will have competition for a Pro Bowl roster spot as a special teams player. A year ago, the Jaguars' Montell Owens made the Pro Bowl as a special teams standout.

At the same time, Kassim Osgood, free agent signee by the Jaguars last March, has been a special teams Pro Bowl invitee three of the last four seasons (2006, '07 and '09). No team is likely to send two players off its roster to the Pro Bowl for special teams, meaning the competition between Owens and Osgood could be pretty competitive.

"We're going to make a competition of it," Osgood said. "It's fun to be on a team with another guy right by your side running down the field. It's a little different for me, but definitely a bonus for our team."

Owens said he welcomes someone with Osgood's talent joining the Jaguars special teams.

"I know the first week we ran down on kickoffs, we were already communicating. It's natural. He's good at what he does," Owens said. "Him and I are sort of playing off each other. When you've got a bunch of guys with chemistry like that, nothing but good things are going to happen.

--There's no question that the Jaguars offense will revolve around two players -- quarterback David Garrard and running back Maurice Jones-Drew. Garrard leads the passing attack while Jones-Drew will once again be the workhorse in the team's running attack.

Heading into last week's OTA practices, which proved to be the team's final week when they incurred a weeklong penalty for violating the rules "concerning the intensity and tempo of (the non-contact) drills, Jones-Drew was singing the praises of the play of his quarterback.

"David is looking great. I've said this all along, a quarterback is only as good as the weapons around him. Even though they get all the pressure, if he's putting the ball on the money and we're dropping the ball, it's an incomplete pass. A lot of guys are stepping up around him and we're all trying to get better on offense."

--Officially, Tiquan Underwood is listed as 6-1, 178 pounds. Ask some Jaguars' players however, and they'll tell you that's being generous with Underwood's weight.

"We always get on him for being 125 pounds, but it doesn't matter," quarterback David Garrard said about his wise receiver. "He works hard and makes all the catches in traffic. He's never scared to get hit.

"I was just about to tell him out there after he made a nice catch in one of our practices that I don't care how much you weigh. If you can make plays like that and go out there and block, you don't have to be a prototypical wide receiver. It's just getting the job done and making a play."

Yes, but does he need to gain some weight, Garrard was asked?

"He does. He's 125 pounds."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "They're not going to take a poll and then make a decision based on that, so I'll just let it play out." -- Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio when asked if he was a fan of the expected 18-game regular season schedule that will likely take effect in 2012.

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