Kevin Elliott doesn’t bother pretending. The Jaguars’ rookie free agent wide receiver completely understands the inevitable questions that come this week. Is the week different? Is the pressure he felt the last four months – the same pressure any rookie free agent feels with any NFL team – building? And is this week pretty much unlike any week he has faced since . . . since, well, ever? Well, yeah. "There’s definitely a lot of tension," Elliott said.
To Rashad Jennings, a limited amount of time is enough. Jennings – who has started the first three preseason games at running back in the absence of Maurice Jones-Drew – and the rest of the starting lineup are expected to play about 10-to-12 plays in the preseason finale Thursday, Jaguars Head Coach Mike Mularkey said this week. Jennings said that’s enough time to stay ready for the regular-season opener September 9 against Minnesota.
Andy Benoit’s NFL previews at the Fifth Down Blog of the New York Times are thorough and compelling reads. I think he underestimates the Jaguars, Rashad Jennings and their overall offensive talent and doesn’t have high enough expectations for them this season. You can read his whole look at the team here and judge for yourself. But as is usual in Benoit’s work, he hits on one eye-opening element of the team he’s examining. In this case, it’s context for why the system can be part of the problems with the receivers, which now include Justin Blackmon and Laurent Robinson.
The Jaguars will recognize the Jacksonville Axemen for their USA Rugby League national championship victory during Thursday's preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons at EverBank Field. The Axemen defeated the Boston 13s 28-22 on Saturday for their second national title in three years. The Jaguars have invited the rugby team to take the field during the first quarter of Thursday's game to be congratulated in front of the Jaguars' fans.