Mike Walker (Phil Coale/AP)
The Jaguars took the field Saturday night amidst much fanfare for their first scrimmage of training camp. Wayne Weaver addressed the crowd and thanked everyone for their support and even set forth the West Club Section of the stadium for original 15-year season ticketholders.
The team didn’t go with live tackling as they did in recent years, likely because the full-contact scrimmages have resulted in starters and key contributors suffering injuries that lingered into the regular season.
Saturday, JagNation gave you a list of 10 things to look for during the scrimmage and we will now go back and recap each item.
1. Is David Garrard going to go through his progressions and take some shots downfield? Garrard’s struggles throughout the first week of practice certainly carried over into the scrimmage, as he didn’t look confident in the pocket, threw inaccurately, and was intercepted by third-round pick Derek Cox.
2. Tra Thomas vs. Derrick Harvey. This matchup looked like a stalemate as Harvey had a few plays where he was explosive off the snap and gained penetration. Thomas was a mountain throughout the rest of the scrimmage.
3. Seperation from the WR’s. The passing game struggled through much of the practice so it was difficult to measure the amount of separation by the receivers. Jarett Dillard and Mike Walker both made fine catches.
4. Defensive formations. The Jaguars rarely differentiated from the base 4-3.
5. Terrance Knighton vs. Jags interior line. Knighton did not participate.
6. Derek Cox. Cox once again looked like the real deal, as he showed good hands by picking off a telegraphed David Garrard throw. Cox had excellent coverage on each of the receivers he was lined up across from.
7. Torry Holt. Holt was only used in short slant and out patterns. He did catch everything thrown his way.
8. Zach Miller. Miller showed an ability to go get the football in the middle of traffic. He moves fluidly and looks like a tight end, not a quarterback relocation project.
9. Wildcat. The Jaguars showed no wildcat formations which reinforces the likelihood of them using it in the regular season.
10. Rashad Jennings. Jennings showed soft hands and a solid burst out of the backfield. Great seventh-round pick.
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