What We Learned From the Jaguars Scrimmage
Marcedes Lewis (Kosovac/JagNation)

Posted Aug 7, 2011
Charlie Bernstein


The rain stayed away and it was a beautiful night for the 15,122 Jaguars fans in attendance for the 2011 scrimmage. Although there weren't any Sportscenter highlight worthy moments, the practice was well played. Find out what we may have learned from last night.

Before we go from position group to position group, let's talk about the bad- the knee injury of second-year offensive tackle Kevin Haslem.

"Mike (Ryan) thought he tweaked a knee pretty good and we're going to further evaluate it when we get inside but the initial prognosis was not great," Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said. "He thought it was the MCL which is the best of them if you get, but you never know if other ligaments are involved or not."

As for the quarterbacks, David Garrard didn't play as expected but he was in attendance with the "thumbs up" for the crowd as he pointed to his back, signaling that he will be okay.

"I'm sure if we were playing a ballgame right now he would've found a way to be there," Del Rio stated.

Blaine Gabbert got some work in with a partial cast of starters and although he didn't light the world on fire, he didn't play poorly either. He made some nice touch throws and stick throws over the middle, but clearly wasn't on the same page with a few of his pass catchers, as Jarett Dillard and Jamar Newsome weren't looking for the football on a few plays where throws were made.

Luke McCown made the first and only mistake of the evening, throwing an interception on his first drive, but was solid afterwards, displaying a strong arm with good touch.

The expected starters on the offensive line played sparingly, and there really wasn't much to evaluate. Rookie Will Rackley held his own while veteran Jason Spitz struggled, and the Kevin Haslam injury was mentioned above.

The wide receiving corps was without rookies Cecil Shorts and Armon Binns. In their absence, Jaguars quarterbacks struggled to find open men, as separation was a big problem. Hands were also an issue as Kassim Osgood, John Matthews and Jarett Dillard all dropped multiple passes. If this is a sign of things to come, and it may or may not be, the Jaguars are going to have big problems in the passing game this season as they have no deep threat or anyone that should command double coverage.

Defensively, no individual shined, but the new linebackers made some plays. Paul Posluszny defended a Gabbert pass and Clint Session was solid. Undrafted defensive end Odrick Ray collapsed the pocked a few times and the starting safety tandem was Dawan Landry and Courtney Greene. Both Landry and Greene looked find playing together.

Overall, there wasn't as much hitting or action as in years past and that can be understood with the shortened offseason. The quarterbacks played well but not great and there was one significant injury. Wide receiver Jamar Newsome stood out, as did tight end Tommy Gallarda.

Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and the host of “The Sports Crunch” on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie


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