Contract or no contract for next year, what a 1-8 record has produced for the Jaguars is a weekly audition for every player. That includes impending restricted free agent defensive end George Selvie, who was injured in the preseason, forcing him to delay his start to the regular season. Selvie, 25, sustained a sprained knee Aug. 25 at Baltimore and didn’t play until Week 6 at Oakland. He’s tried to make up for the lost time by contributing 13 tackles, one sack, one tackle for lost yardage and five quarterback hits in four games.
There might not be a good time to play the 8-1 Houston Texans this season. But if there is a good time, it could be this week as the Texans are coming off an emotional 13-6 Sunday night victory over the Chicago Bears that stamped Houston as a prime Super Bowl contender. That’s the timing for the Jaguars, who play at Houston on Sunday against a team that might be on a high after beating the Bears at their defensive game on a rainy, windy night.
As Jeremy Mincey sees it, this is no time to listen to the noise. Mincey, the Jaguars’ veteran defensive end, said Monday after the Jaguars returned from a rare two-day, midseason break that while the season hasn’t gone as hoped – and while that has created outside conversation and criticism – outside stuff isn’t important. What’s important is winning. And to start doing that, Mincey said this is a week to shut out not only what outsiders may or may not be saying, but to shut out the past and the opponent, too.
It was a short practice, and Dwight Lowery didn’t participate full go, but after a month with little activity . . . well, this had to be a good feeling, didn’t it? "It wasn’t a bad one," Lowery said, smiling. Lowery, the Jaguars’ starting free safety, on Monday worked on the side along with cornerback Rashean Mathis as the Jaguars went through their first practice of the week in preparation for the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, Sunday.