The Jaguars opened their "voluntary" OTA's yesterday without the presence of veteran leader Rashean…
With the help of the Jaguars first-ever draft pick Tony Boselli, Jacksonville currently leads the NFL in new ticket sales. The Florida Times-Union's Gene Frenette expounds upon the recent Jaguars success in this story. http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/401949/gene-frenette/2010-05-19/jaguars-boselli-doing-all-they-can-win-your-business
Our take: This steady influx of ticket sales shows that perhaps the team can survive through the down years and they don't need the gimmick of drafting a local hero to stay afloat. This is a big step toward becoming a legitimate NFL town and erasing the national perception that the Jaguars have already called on the "Mayflowers" and packed their surfboards.
Mathis Unhappy, Skips OTA's
Rashean Mathis has been a good soldier for the Jaguars for seven years and now he wants to be paid like his peers. In an attempt to get noticed, Mathis has skipped "voluntary" OTA's much to the shagrin of Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio. http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2010-05-17/story/jaguars-cornerback-rashean-mathis-skipping-otas
Our take: It's only OTA's and he's an established star on the defense. http://jac.scout.com/2/970777.html
Are OTA's important?
Jaguars.com editor Vic Ketchman basically mocked the Jaguars fans and media for reporting that quarterback David Garrard struggled yet again during OTA practice in this story http://www.jaguars.com/news/article.aspx?id=8966
If OTA's interceptions aren't important enough to mention, how come the site and the same well-respected columnist raved about Garrard's Monday work?
Garrard clearly raised the bar for the passing attack with an eye-popping display on Monday. Despite being without the services of number one receiver Mike Sims-Walker and Mike Thomas, who is vying to become the team's number two receiver, Garrard seldom threw incomplete. Sims-Walker and Thomas sat out the practice, along with tight end Zach Miller, as part of a large contingent of players nursing injuries or continuing rehab from surgery.
"I thought David and the receiving corps were sharp today. You can already see the timing in some routes being improved," Del Rio said.
Garrard fired strikes to second-year wide receiver Jarett Dillard on multiple occasions. Backup Luke McCown was also impressive. Even undrafted rookie quarterback Trevor Harris got into the act by dropping a perfect spiral into the hands of wide receiver Tiquan Underwood as he ran down the right sideline. Garrard even mixed in an option pitch to Maurice Jones-Drew.
Our take: Sorry Vic, you simply can't have it both ways. Don't mock the media for reporting when the quarterback plays poorly, when you rave about when he plays well in "meaningless" OTA's. The reason it is a story is because Garrard and his contract are a laughing stock amongst NFL quarterbacks and even owner Wayne Weaver called out his lack of work ethic in the offseason. Garrard has no leverage to absorb even the slightest mention of inconsistency, as he's routinely come up short in big situations.
Jaguars Believe in Grass
Sure, that headline may have meant something entirely different if Reggie Williams and Matt Jones were still on the roster, but they're not and we're talking about the practice fields. The Florida Times-Union's Vito Stellino reports that the Jaguars have made the switch from field turf to grass. http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2010-05-17/story/jaguars-notebook-team-keeping-it-real-adding-grass-practice
Our take: Grass is natural and could possibly prevent injuries. Win-win.
Ingram Era is Over in Jacksonville
When the Jaguars removed linebacker Clint Ingram's first right of refusal tenure, it signaled that the former third-round pick would be moving on with his career elsewhere. ESPN Chicago.com's Michael Wright is reporting that Ingram has agreed to terms to reunite with his former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams in New Orleans.
Our take: Ingram seemed to regress following his rookie season and he'll have a chance to be effective in New Orleans, which is apparently where former Jaguars go (Paul Spicer, Mark Brunell and Bobby McCray).
Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of JagNation.com, a member of the Pro Football Writers of America, and also the co-host of CB Sports Radio on ESPN 1420 in St. Augustine, FL. You can contact him at email@example.com or follow him on twitter @nflcharlie
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