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A look at the Jaguars offseason

Posted on: June 27, 2010 2:42 pm
The Florida Times-Union has a lengthy look at the Jaguars players and who performed well and who didn’t perform up to snuff during Jacksonville’s abbreviated offseason workouts.

Here are a couple of samples of who is on the rise and whose stock is falling, all from the keyboard of Vito Stellino .

Those whose have impressed:

QB David Garrard , who’s coming off a mediocre season in which he somehow found himself on the Pro Bowl roster (the reason that happened was because Peyton Manning played in the Super Bowl and three other QBs were injured and unable to play). All-time, Garrard is 31-31 as a starter, but apparently this offseason, he worked hard on his rhythm and timing.

RBs Rashad Jennings and Deji Karim : Jennings is coming off a rookie season in which he gained 202 yards, and Karim is a rookie taken in the sixth round of this year’s draft. In a battle to see who will back up starter Maurice Jones-Drew, Stellino writes both have shown good hands and both could add a dimension to the passing game.

DT Tyson Alualu , the surprising first-round pick of the Jaguars, “made an immediate impression,” before he missed the final week of workouts with an injured back.

Those who have not:

WR Troy Williamson: It’s been a somewhat-surprising fall for Williamson, the 2005 first-round pick (No. 7 overall) by the Vikings who seemed to have so much potential but who has caught just eight combined passes in 11 games during the past two seasons because of injuries. Stellino writes Williamson might not make the team.

LG Vince Manuwai , who’s started 94 of the 95 games he’s played at LG. Although he started all 16 contests last year, he apparently still hasn’t fully recovered from his ACL tear suffered in 2008. According to Stellino, he was the biggest disappointment of the offense.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: June 28, 2010 10:45 pm

A look at the Jaguars offseason

If Manuwai is looking so terrible why are they not letting Paul McQuistan, or Uche Nwaneri start or see more reps? Nwaneri started 13 games last season at right guard but will be replaced by Justin Smiley unless he plays on the left side, and Manuwai is moved to the right. Either way Nwaneri showed last season he can be a starter in the NFL with more experience and will only continue to improve, so why not give the guy a shot?

It's lucky for the Jags that Tyson Alualu was playing well to begin with because next to him, and Derrick Harvey there isn't much depth. Harvey started 25 games the past two seasons racking up only 5.5 sacks. Reggie Hayward will start if he shows up well recovering from his season ending injury. He has played in just 30 games the last 4 seasons starting only 25 of those all the while having only 9 sacks, just half a sack more than his total in 2005, That isn't exactly stellar play in between the injuries. 3rd year player Jeremy Mincey who has appeared in just 9 games with 15 tackles 2 sacks, and 1 pass deflected seems to have talent but has little experience to aid the fellow young guys at the position. Behind Mincey are two rookies, and 2nd year player Jeremy Navarre who didn't play much last season. Both rookies were selected in the 5th round with Larry Hart the first, and Austen Lane the second. Both have potential but aren't believed to be starting material anytime soon. Now just imagine how that position looks with Alualu full time at tackle.

If Williamson doesn't make the team in all likelihood Kassim Osgood will be the x factor in their reciever rotation. I know it sounds farfetched but with Mike Thomas standing 5'8, and Mike Sims-Walker being 6'2 they don't have a whole lot of size to work with until you look to Kassim Osgood the next most experienced reciever on roster having been in the NFL for 7 years even though during his time he has primarily played special teams in his first two seasons he started 9 games catching 28 passes averaging over 20 yards per reception with 4 tds. Suddenly he is the slot reciever for the Jags, unless they use Thomas in the slot and Osgood out wide. Keep in mind with Osgood standing 6'5 220 he dwarfs most corners in this league, and will be a weapon for Garrard, especially with 6'6 tight end Mercedes Lewis helping in the size department. I'd be pretty shocked to see him leave this season without smashing his career high of 15 rec. and 308 yards. I'm expecting more along the lines of 50 rec. for about 900 yards and 8 tds. Ernest Wilford a converted wide reciever who now plays tight end is probably his closest competition for the 3rd reciever spot.

It always makes me laugh now to hear articles claiming a Jags qb has played well in practice. Because that's what I've heard for years, since before Leftwich was ever drafted which is funny because Brunell never once completed higher than 63.4%, of his passes and even that year he threw more tds, than ints and hasn't come close since. Leftwich in 3.5 seasons never even topped 60.5% (yet he's a starter), and now Garrard has yet to top 62.6% in 16 games even though he carried 64% thru 12 games in 07. Yet Mark Brunell wasn't good enough for the Jags, and then neither was Leftwich, and now we hear the same reports about Garrard with Luke McCown a 7 year vet the back-up I wouldn't be at all shocked to see Garrard wind up benched or on another team within two seasons. Garrard had the only season of note of his career, or ANY Jaguar qb's career in 2007 when in 12 games he threw 18 tds, and just 3 ints. If I were Jack Del Rio I'd be calling up the Ravens seeing how much they want for Troy Smith. He's young, mobile, smart, and talented, better yet he can be your top back-up immediately if need be after serving the same role for rookie Joe Flacco last season. With Bulger signing with Baltimore for a contract higher than Flacco's I think it's a pretty good indication Smith is going to get his trade wish fufilled.

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