Jaguars Inside Report

Do you want to know the latest about the Jaguars from inside the facilities of Everbank Stadium? Find out which veterans could be surprise cuts and which players are impressing.



The Cut Watch

The first potential cut we're going to discuss should be a surprise to none, as of course we're talking about safety Reggie Nelson. Nelson hasn't earned the confidence of the coaching staff as he's regressed since his rookie season after being selected in the first round from Florida. The Jaguars safety seems to be a step late on potential interceptions, and his tackling has drawn the ire of head coach Jack Del Rio. When asked about Nelson, one team source simply said, "this game isn't for everyone."

There's growing sentiment that Vince Manuwai has to win the starting left or right guard position or else he's going to be released or asked to take a pay cut at the very least. Manuwai has looked mediocre as he's trying to come back from the torn ACL he suffered back in 2008. The veteran is due to earn $3.5 million and that is far too rich for a backup interior lineman.

The player that the team should be concerned about is guard Justin Smiley. Despite being a great locker room guy, Smiley is an injury waiting to happen and if the team decides to keep Smiley in place of Manuwai, it could end up biting them later on.

Despite being a personal favorite of Jack Del Rio's, fullback Greg Jones may be a victim of his salary. Jones is one of the highest paid fullbacks in the game and with his position being perhaps the easiest on the field to replace, $3 million may be too rich for a guy who hasn't been able to complete three of the last four seasons.

Rising Stars

Despite being a member of the team for just over two weeks, Jaguars defensive tackle Leger Douzable is making an impact, seemingly with every practice. Douzable has been active and has captured the eyes of the Jaguars coaching staff.

"Look at Big L, (Leger) Douzable," Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio noted. "He was in that situation where we just needed some depth. We brought in him and then he's taking advantage of that opportunity and is pushing for a spot on this team. Anybody that gets invited into our camp is going to get a good look."

Despite being injured for much of the first part of camp, wide receiver Jarett Dillard has impressed and barring any unforeseen injury he will be part of the team. Dillard caught three passes for 43 yards Saturday night.

Although currently injured, seemingly everyone in the Jaguars organization is high on quarterback-turned-tight end Zach Miller. Nobody knows the severity of Miller's ankle injury, but he was walking around the facilities yesterday with a boot on his leg. When right, Miller can be the ultimate mismatch from the tight end position.


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