When it comes to Justin Blackmon, the Jaguars are wasting no time. Blackmon, the No. 5 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, lined up as a starting outside receiver in the team’s afternoon practice Sunday, two days after he sat out the preseason opener. Blackmon, who signed with the team last Monday, could have played against the Giants Friday, but Head Coach Mike Mularkey opted against it, not wanting to put the rookie from Oklahoma State in a position to fail. But Mularkey said he expected Blackmon will play Friday against New Orleans.
4. Scratching the surface. We begin this post-preseason-opener Fabulous Four promising to get to the second-year quarterback while starting with what apparently is just going to keep being a subject. We’re talking about rookie punter Bryan Anger. As is the case with pretty much everything about the Jaguars’ passing game this preseason, there has been a tendency to force an immediate judgment every time Anger touches the ball. That’s understandable considering he was a third-round selection, but let’s remember he’s a rookie and while very talented it’s unrealistic to expect to expect this guy to be "Gus," a field-goal kicking Donkey from a Disney film of my youth.
In what amounted to a changing of the guard at wide receiver Sunday, the Jaguars cut veteran Lee Evans on the same day they promoted rookie first round pick Justin Blackmon to the first unit. The veteran Evans was cut because the nine-year 31-year-old veteran wasn't able to run routes the way he did in his prime according to coach Mike Mularkey. Cutting Evans, who was held out of the New York Giants game Friday night, was difficult for Mularkey because Evans had played for him in Buffalo when he was a head coach there for two years.