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David Garrard needs strong preseason debut to keep Gabbert on bench |
David Garrard won the quarterback job in the final preseason game in 2007 with two well directed touchdown drives that convinced coach Jack Del Rio to cut Byron Leftwich nine days before the preseason started and to go with Garrard. Leftwich had struggled throughout the preseason. It worked out well for Garrard and Del Rio. They made the playoffs, won a playoff game at Pittsburgh and both got lucrative contract extensions -- $60 million for Garrard, $21 million for Del Rio.

Draft Breakdown — Blaine Gabbert Preseason Game 1 In-Depth Breakdown
Play by play breakdown and analysis of Blaine Gabbert’s debut for the Jaguars in week 1 of the NFL preseason. The personnel numbering refers to how many tight ends and runningbacks are on the field. The first number corresponds with how many runningbacks are in the package, the second number refers to how many tight ends are in the package.

Jaguars receivers are underrated and undeterred |
Cecil Shorts prides himself in catching the ball. It seems so simple, and Shorts makes it look simple, too. One-handed catches and leaping, twisting grabs seem pedestrian when Shorts makes them. He's not afraid to leave his body vulnerable as he reaches for the ball.

Position Battles: Wide Receiver | Jaguars Blog
As many Jaguars fans know, the team has lacked a wide receiver that was something "big" for a long time. The era of Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell is long gone, and since they left it has not been the same. Lately, fans have been very vocal about the position, saying it is very important to have a great wide receiver to go with a young quarterback like Blaine Gabbert. I disagree with the thought that the only way for a young quarterback to succeed is if he has a great wide receiver to complement him. That is a very naive thing to say. The Jaguars have one of the best tight ends in the league as well as one of the best running backs, which helps Gabbert out quite a bit. Nevertheless, let’s take a look at how the Jaguars wide receiver position stands as of today.

Blaine Gabbert quickly applying heat to David Garrard | ProFootballTalk
It’s August 18, and we’re not sure who will open the season as the Jaguars starting quarterback. The favorite remains veteran David Garrard, but the decision doesn’t appear to be the slam dunk that it was a few weeks ago. Garrard missed a lot of time early in camp with a back injury, and rookie Blaine Gabbert has reportedly come along faster than expected.

Progress wanted - Jaguars news on
The watchword Friday is progress. And when guard Uche Nwaneri and the rest of the Jaguars talk about preseason progress, what they mean isn’t necessarily winning, though they certainly would prefer avoiding a second consecutive lopsided loss. No, Nwaneri said, preseason progress is just that: Better communication. Better consistency. Better tempo on offense, a few longer drives and fewer dropped passes.

6 Things: New Faces Should Mix the Jaguars, Falcons Game Up | August
As most of you already know, the Jaguars square off against the Atlanta Falcons in their second pre-season game tomorrow night at Everbank Field. The Jaguars were trounced by the Patriots in their first pre-season game, but keen observers agree that the Jaguars' coaches still got a lot of valuable information out of that game. The Jaguars still have a lot of questions on both sides of the ball, and this game will go a long ways towards determining starters, backups, and which guys won't make the final roster. As with all pre-season games, there are a lot of story lines heading into the game. You just have to know where to look.

Magnificent Seven III - Jaguars news on
7.A quick start. Too early to put a rookie in the Pro Bowl, but there’s little doubt rookie wide receiver Cecil Shorts is a player the Jaguars like. A lot. This was true entering 2011 Training Camp, and while Shorts missed the preseason opener against New England, he continued to impress during practice this past week.