JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Weapons and protection. Protection and weapons. In any fair-minded conversation about what around Blaine Gabbert needs to improve for him to fare far better in his second season as the Jaguars' quarterback, those have been the two huge themes. And the weapons have been upgraded. The team brought in free agent receiver Laurent Robinson and traded up to draft receiver Justin Blackmon fifth overall. But they did nothing of note on the offensive line outside of adding undrafted free-agent center Mike Brewster, who shouldn’t see the field on offense if he makes the team.
Lee Evans won’t say he feels exactly like the old Lee Evans. Not yet. But he said he’s generally feeling better – and playing better – each week, and he’s getting used to his new surroundings. For now, the veteran wide receiver said, he’ll take that. "I feel all right," Evans said Wednesday. "It’s still early. I’m still getting accustomed to the language, but it’s coming good."
He had no preconceived notions, which to Rashean Mathis worked both ways. He didn’t know what to expect returning from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, so he didn’t know how tough it could be. It also meant no limitations. So, when teammates tell the 10-year veteran cornerback they can’t believe where he is in his recovery – and he said plenty have done so – Mathis said he feels good about it. But surprised? No, he really wasn’t surprised.