Jacksonville Player Notes

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Jacksonville Jaguars player personnel notes are listed below. Mentioned are players Garrard, Taylor, Jones, Owens, and others.

  • QB David Garrard didn't play, but finished with the second-lowest interception percentage in a season for any quarterback in NFL history with 300-plus attempts at 0.92 (three interceptions in 325 attempts). The lowest was 0.90 by Steve DeBerg in 1990 (four interceptions in 444 attempts). He was the first quarterback to throw more than 300 times and have fewer than four interceptions.

  • RB Fred Taylor didn't play against the Texans so he finished the season with 1,202 rushing yards.

  • WR Reggie Williams set a team record by catching a touchdown pass in his fourth consecutive game, giving him 10 for the season, which is also a team record. He broke Jimmy Smith's mark of eight last week. Williams also wound up with 629 receiving yards, a career high, but his total of 38 catches was 14 shy of his total of 52 catches last year. Last year, he saw more action as he started 14 of 16 games. By contrast, he was inactive for the first game this year and wound up starting only six games. Of his late-season surge, Williams said he's healthier now that he was earlier in the year when he had some hamstring issues.

  • WR Matt   Jones, given a chance to see extensive action against the Houston Texans Sunday because Dennis Northcutt was inactive, responded by catching eight passes for 138 yards and a touchdown from backup quarterback Quinn Gray. By contrast, in his first 11 games this year, he caught only 16 passes for 179 yards although he caught a 37-yard touchdown last week against Oakland.

  • DE Reggie Hayward played most of the first half Sunday after missing three games with the groin injury as a tuneup for the playoffs. "I felt good," Hayward said. "There were no aches, no pains. I came out of the game with minor bruises and stuff like that." Hayward, who had one tackle, was held out of the second half even though he wanted to play longer. "They wanted to get my feet back wet and acclimated to playing football again. I wanted to play some more, but they told me we have a lot of football left (in the playoffs). I just love to play football, but I understood why they took me out. I'm excited about the next game," he said.

  • LB Brian Iwuh, who got a chance to start against Houston because the Jags rested so many starters, led the team with six tackles against Houston.

  • CB Scott Starks had five tackles, an interception and a pass defensed against Houston.

  • WR Chad Owens made his first appearance of the season and struggled as a kick returner. He dove for a bouncing punt, muffed it and the Texans recovered on the Jaguars' 6 to set up a touchdown. He also averaged only 18.8 yards on five kickoff returns.

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