Aug 10, 2012; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne (7) warming up before the start of the preseason game against the New York Giants at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE
There were a handful of players in the Jacksonville Jaguars matchup with the New York Giants on Friday night who both helped their position on the roster and some who hurt their position. While it's only the first preseason game and you can't take too much from it, there are things players can do to push themselves up or down the depth chart and earn more or less playing time.
Here are some players who hurt their causes to make the final 53:
Mike Brown, Wide Receiver: Brown was a guy who was going to have to show ability returning kicks and on special teams to make the final 53, but all he did on Friday evening was make the case to not hold a spot on the roster. Brown fumbled two punts, losing one of them, late in the football game. He also fielded three punts, gaining a total of eight yards. At this rate, it's going to be near impossible for Brown to stick on the roster.
Chad Henne, Quarterback: When Henne was signed, a lot of national pundits thought that he would push Blaine Gabbert for the starting position. After two weeks of training camp and a preseason game under his belt, the only person doing the pushing is third quarterback Jordan Palmer for the back up job. Henne ended the game 4-for-9 with just 28 yards passing, but picked up a touchdown pass on a short field.
Chris Prosinski, Safety: Prosinski gets a lot of work when the Jaguars are in their "heavy nickel" formation. On Friday night though, Prosinski had a shaky showing, often being out of position and not filling his gap on run downs. One play, Prosinski picked up a shoestring tackle in the open field, but it was right as the running back juked him. A few plays later Prosinski came running in on another running play and didn't fill his gap, allowing for another big run.
Maurice Jones-Drew, MIA Running Back: With Jones-Drew holding out and most expecting the Jaguars offense to sputter with out the leading rusher from the 2011 NFL season, the Jaguars went down the field for a 13-play, 89-yard touchdown drive to open up their first preseason game. The team also ran the ball well and were able to pass the ball without Jones-Drew. Whatever leverage or angle Jones-Drew thought he had, disappeared on Friday night.