The Jacksonville Jaguars are set to hold a joint practice this Wednesday afternoon. The Jaguars traveled up to Flowery Branch last offseason to spend a few days with the Falcons, and they're returning the favor this offseason. The Falcons will spend one practice with the Jaguars out at the Florida Blue Practice Fields before their match up on Friday night.
Unfortunately, this practice is not open to the public, but if you're a member of Team Teal, you can RSVP on their website and attend the practice. I'll be out at the practice and will have a report on some of my observations the next morning. Click the jump to see some things that I'll be looking for.
I'll be paying close attention to the quarterbacks in the joint practice. Both David Garrard and rookie Blaine Gabbert will be going against another football team, one that should have a pretty good defense in 2011. It will be interesting to see how each fairs practicing against different people than they're used to.
With Matt Roth running with the first team, I'll be paying close attention to what the Jaguars pass rush looks like going up against a set of different offensive lineman. Some players looked promising in training camp, but disappeared during the first preseason game last Thursday night against the New England Patriots. We'll get a good idea if some guys looked good because of whom they were facing in practice.
The Jaguars receivers have been an area of much discussion and concern during the offseason and in training camp. Jason Hill didn't look like he was bothered by the humidity up in Foxboro last Thursday and had a nice showing. Drops have plagues the group all training camp and reared its ugly head for all to see in the game last Thursday. We'll need to pay attention to how they get open and catch the ball against the Falcons secondary.