Return of Miller Highlights AM Practice
It was somewhat disconcerting when Jaguars second-year tight end Zach Miller was placed on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list to begin training camp. Especially being that the quarterback turned tight end missed a large portion of the team's spring activities.
"It's just frustrating because I want to be out here, I want to make plays, I want to be able to help my team and missing that time with those guys sitting there watching them play while I'm on the bench is no fun," Miller said following practice.
Miller showed great flashes at the end of last season as the quarterback turned tight end project from Nebraska-Omaha progressed much quicker than most thought.
"I'm getting comfortable," Miller said of his position switch. "There are things that I do that I feel a lot more comfortable doing and there are things that I still have a ways to go."
Zach Miller and Marcedes Lewis will likely be leaned upon more this season in the passing game, as the Jaguars struggle to find a second wide receiver to step up opposite Mike Sims-Walker.
"I will do whatever I'm asked to do and whatever is called upon to accomplish our ultimate goal of winning," Lewis said.
As for the Jaguars receivers, Mike Sims-Walker sat out of the morning session as the team is still trying to be careful with their young star. As for the rest of the receiving corps, some of the under-the-radar players stepped up as Florida Atlantic's Jason Harmon and Jacksonville native and Arkansas-Monticello alum Clarence Denmark each caught everything thrown their respective ways.
One player whose hands failed him was second-year receiver Tiquan Underwood. Underwood possesses speed and athletic ability, but hasn't been able to show consistent hands since he was selected by the Jaguars in the seventh round of the 2009 draft. Underwood was the only draft pick a year ago not to earn an opening day roster spot and his performance through the opening weekend of practice has been eerily similar.
As for the quarterbacks, David Garrard was sharp in small doses, but continued to lock on to receivers before settling for the check down. Garrard struggled with the deep ball, but was able to drive the ball well on outs. The most disappointing aspect of Garrard's practice was his inability to throw the ball into the end zone during red zone drills from inside the 10-yard line. On four pass attempts, Garrard threw into the end zone just once.
Backup quarterback Luke McCown again displayed a strong arm and ability to make stick throws and fit the ball in small windows. He was able to guide the offense and move the ball down the field with the second unit against the second-string defenses. All was not superb for McCown as he misfired on a few throws over the middle that he attempted to squeeze into traffic.
Undrafted free agent quarterback Trevor Harris was unable to process reads quickly and doesn't appear to possess a good enough arm for this level of play.
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