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With the trust of coaches and teammates now secured, the Jaguars rewarded Garrard this off-season with a six-year, $60-million contract extension that included $20 million guaranteed. The windfall has provided financial security for Garrard's family, which now includes a nine-month-old son, and the luxury of buying more custom-made suits. He owns 12, with several on order from a Jacksonville tailor for the 2008 season.
"I always have been into clothes," Garrard says. "I haven't always been able to afford the things I like to do but now it's a little different."
Jeremy Green: The best offense in the AFC South does not belong to the Indianapolis Colts, but rather the Jacksonville Jaguars. Last season the Colts finished No. 3 in scoring, and the Jaguars No. 6. The Jaguars did this without a receiver or tight end you could even classify as a great No. 2. With the additions of veteran WR Jerry Porter and WR Troy Williamson who has looked excellent in the OTAs, along with a maturing tight end in Marcedes Lewis, all of a sudden this is an explosive offense. The Colts have the better quarterback in Peyton Manning, but David Garrard is a Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback.
Matt Williamson: The Colts are an underrated group, but with Freeney's and Sanders' injury concerns, I am going to give the slight edge to Jacksonville, especially with Gregg Williams now leading its defense. Under Williams, the Jags should be more aggressive coming after opposing quarterbacks with the additions of DEs Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves through the draft. Tennessee cannot be overlooked in this discussion either, but I am going with Jacksonville.
Lots of questions remain along the offensive line. Maurice Williams, Uche Nwaneri and Dennis Norman are in a three-way battle for the starting right guard spot, although Williams should be considered the favorite because he signed a four-year, $12.5 million extension. Left tackle is another question mark. Richard Collier is battling with last year's starter, Khalif Barnes, for the starting job.
All in all, the offensive line doesn't look as stable as it was a year ago. The team released guard Chris Naeole, who was perhaps the line's most consistent performer. Right tackle Tony Pashos remains a work in progress. Even though the team has more options than it did a year ago at this time, the blocking might not be as good. Still, there is plenty of competition, which could be a good thing.
: Vince Young wants to throw the deep ball. I ask, to whom will you throw said deep ball? I imagine Gregg Williams salivates when he hears things like this about the Titans offensive coordinator:
And he's more of a stretch-the-field guy than Chow. Heimerdinger will call for a deep ball on third-and-1.
I'd love to see the Titans commit to poor play-calling on 3rd and 1. Though in all fairness, calling a deep ball on third-and-1 is really just calling a shotgun spread option, where Vince Young would run for it.
: Undrafted Free Agent Receiver Derrick Richards was released this week. While I never thought he'd make the roster, he certainly seemed talented. I hope another team takes a look at him.