Now let’s see the negative things. Secondary is a serious red flag; the whole unit (even Mathis)! Backup QB Josh Johnson made some big plays with rookie WR Mike Williams. Other then Anthony Smith I saw nobody from the 1st team. This game was a make or break for Reggie Nelson and it was more of a “break” then a “make”. The 2 starting CB Derek Cox and Rashean Mathis failed to impress as well; which is a bad sign. And to make thing worse for Nelson; Tyron Brackenridge made the game ending interception. I’d rather see him on the roster quite frankly. Oh; and a note to Gene Smith- I hope he will watch the tape about Don Carey from this game. He was beaten like a drum many times-again. This player is not worthy to be on the practice squad based on what we saw from him. It will be a shame; if he makes the final roster and a player like William Middleton (who is at least a decent ST player) will be cut.
The other big negative was the red zone performance. Until the 20 yard line; the Jaguars offense looked sharp and strong; making long and nice drives. But in the red zone the Jaguars couldn’t execute; especially near to the goal line they looked a little lost. David Garrard’s interception on the 1 yard line ruined his otherwise very good performance and statistics. That pick was once again a bad decision by David. But I kind of agree with his statement that the offense is looking ready. The protection was solid (no sack); we saw long drives. And better making this time errors; then when it really counts.
Speaking of offensive line; the one thing made me mad was the penalties. I counted 4 plays; where the Jaguars reached a 1st down; but was called off because of a false start or a holding by an offensive lineman. Eben Britton looked a bit rusty early; but later he found the rhythm. The other negative observation I had is Uche Nwaneri is not the solution at center. Not just because of that way overthrown snap but he looked uncomfortable at that position. I think the Jaguars must put John Estes on the final roster. I think he is the real backup C of this team. As for the race for the guard spot; I don’t know who had a better game- Smiley or Manuwai. Other then penalties; I saw not evidence that they were great or bad.
Another kind of negative was for me; that Derrick Harvey once again disappeared. I barely heard his name called throughout the whole game. And the pass rush was once again nearly invinsible. Aaron Kampman made a nice effort; and the fact that he was in the game still in the 3rd quarter is a good sign; but other than that, this game was an almost no-show from the DEs…