Drew Nowak and Mike Brewster don’t have much in common except that they were signed by the Jaguars as undrafted rookie free agents in April. Nowak played in obscurity as a defensive tackle at Western Michigan, starting 32 of 47 games. Brewster played at Ohio State, where he ended his career with 49 consecutive starts, the second-longest streak in school history. Now the two players are getting an opportunity because three Jaguars offensive linemen — guards Will Rackley and Jason Spitz and center John Estes — are sidelined with injuries.
As much good as happened Friday, Blaine Gabbert said improvement must be made, too. Specifically, the Jaguars’ second-year quarterback said the offense has to reduce turnovers, and he said that starts with him. Gabbert, who completed 5 of 10 passes for 62 yards and a touchdown in three series during a victory over the New York Giants in the preseason opener, led an 89-yard touchdown drive on the Jaguars’ first series. But the ensuing two drives ended with turnovers.
Jaguars defensive tackle Terrance Knighton has offered up an apology today, a day after he criticized Chad Johnson’s wife, Evelyn Lozada, for telling the police that Johnson head-butted her. Following the news that the Dolphins had released Johnson as a result of his arrest for domestic violence, Knighton went on Twitter and suggested that Lozada was wrong to go to the police because a domestic violence arrest can damage an NFL player’s career.
One of my arguments against the Jaguars selection of punter Bryan Anger in the third round of the draft was that it was an area of the draft where the team could likely have upgraded its depth on the offensive line. See the previous year, when the Jaguars found Will Rackley, the starting left guard when healthy, in the third round. It has not taken long for the Jaguars depth on the line to come into play. Rackley’s recovering quickly from a high ankle sprain, but is out at least another week.