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If Jaguars fifth-round pick Larry Hart didn't appear to get off blocks all that well in the preseason opener against Philadelphia, there's a good reason for it. Hart's uniform was too big.
"I definitely had too big of a jersey on that day. I couldn't get that thing small enough," Hart said. "They put a little sticky tape on it and I kept adjusting my jersey to the point that it started to come off a little bit and the big guys kind of took advantage of that."
Karim Out For Preseason
The Jaguars special teams game will probably take a hit over the next few weeks as they will likely be without sixth-round draft pick Deji Karim. Karim has an undisclosed leg injury and will probably miss the remainder of the preseason. Karim has made an impact returning kickoffs and his two game audition should be enough to earn him a roster spot. To replace Karim on the roster the Jaguars signed former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kolby Smith. Smith hasn't been much of a factor over the past two seasons for the Chiefs as an ankle injury held him to just four games played in 2009. Smith's best season came as a rookie in 2007 when he played in all 16 games, starting six and rushing for 407 yards and a pair of touchdowns. To make room for Smith, the Jaguars released linebacker Kris Griffin.
When the Jaguars drafted Austen Lane from Murray State, they knew that they were getting a very aggressive, physical football player. The 6'5", 274 lb end wants to rush the passer and do it "bad intentions"
"I don't have a goal for sacks but I have a goal for putting people in the hospital," Lane said. "We're not going to talk about that, I got in trouble for saying that when I got drafted."
Austen you talked about it, but we won't tell anyone.
Dillard May Steal a Spot
With the return of wide receiver Jarett Dillard, who came off the PUP list, the Jaguars will have an interesting decision to make at wide receiver. It's assumed that Mike Sims-Walker, Mike Thomas and Kassim Osgood already have roster spots locked up, but the Jaguars will have to make a decision on whether to keep five or six at the position. If they keep five, it is likely that Dillard will be the fourth and a choice will have to be made to keep either Troy Williamson or Tiquan Underwood. Since the two players have a similar skill set it isn't likely that the team will keep both.
Miller May Push Jones
Jaguars tight end Zach Miller plays a completely different position than Greg Jones, and the two players obviously have different skill sets. Still, Miller's progress may cost the Jaguars fullback as the team loves what they have seen out of the second-year quarterback conversion. With the fullback position becoming less and less important league-wide as there is more of an emphasis on the passing game, players like Zach Miller are that much more valuable.
Miller was walking around the Jaguars facilities in a boot earlier this week, but if he can go at 100 percent, Greg Jones and his $3.5 million salary could be on the outs.
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