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State of the Jaguars - Training Camp Preview
David Dorey
July 24, 2009
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This series of analysis on the 32 NFL teams takes a look at where teams have been over the last three years for each position - where they have ranked in the most notable categories and the hard statistics produced. This is to give a view of each team heading into training camp and what they most likely need to improve on this season and where their strengths lie that likely won't need any changes. Ending each team review is a brief summation of what to watch in training camp in August to uncover those developing situations that you can take advantage. Combining where teams have come from and what they have done in free agency and the NFL draft gives you the very same thing that NFL coaches are looking at as they attempt to improve their team for 2009.
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Training Camp Opens: August 2
Head Coach: Jack Del Rio (7th year)
Stadium: Jacksonville Municipal Stadium  Surface: Grass
2009 Schedule   2009 Roster   2008 Statistics   2008 Record: 5-11

QB Carries Rush YD Rush TD Pass Comp Comp % Pass YD YPP Pass TD Int Rank YD Rank TD
2006 74 317 4 447 267 60% 3059 11.5 17 14 24 24
2007 68 242 1 469 288 61% 3495 12.1 28 8 20 10
2008 75 319 2 537 335 62% 3620 10.8 15 13 14 23

Quarterback - David Garrard comes off his most productive year in attempts, completions and yards and after four years of being injured, he finally put together all 16 games without missing any time. But - his normally low rate of turnovers had him throwing 13 interceptions against just 15 touchdowns and he lost three fumbles as well. But this team has never had a truly good wideout since Garrard has been starting games and not one has managed over 1000 yards with him playing. 2009 sees the Jaguars acquiring Torry Holt which would be a huge help - three years ago. The jury is still out and mostly already convinced that Holt is on a big decline thanks to his knees. Garrard has lost weight this season to make him a better runner, but the passing is what needs to make the difference.

RB Carries Rush YD YPC Rush TD Target Rcv Catch % Catch YD Rcv TD Rank YD Rank TY Rank TD
2006 424 2206 5.2 19 106 75 71% 713 3 2 3 3
2007 445 2116 4.8 17 89 61 69% 568 2 2 3 4
2008 348 1445 4.2 15 117 95 81% 828 4 25 15 10

Running Backs - Here's one of the most interesting backfields in the NFL. Fred Taylor has left for the Patriots and Maurice Jones-Drew is apparently there nearly by himself. Jones-Drew and Taylor combined for 437 carries for 1380 yards and 13 rushing scores. Jones-Drew tacked on 565 yards and two more scores via receptions. That could be a fantasy goldmine if Jones-Drew is left alone to be the primary runner. Until last year, this was an offense that normally churned out over 2000 rushing yards every season. Now there have been statements made that the fullback Greg Jones will figure in and back in 2005, he had 151 carries for 575 yards. And there is also the chance that near after-thought Rashard Jennings could go from his 7.41 draft pick to having some significance. Jennings was the star of the offseason when no one wore any pads and someone had to run the ball in practices.

WR Target Rcv Catch % Catch YD YPR Rcv TD Ranks YD Rank TD
2006 250 135 54% 1830 13.6 10 24 22
2007 270 155 57% 2191 14.1 22 21 6
2008 311 178 57% 2098 11.8 9 20 26

Wide Receivers - This has always been a lackluster group since Jimmy Smith left and only the ten touchdown season by Reggie Williams in 2007 has offered up any significant fantasy value. The shelves have all been cleared now and the Jaguars will use Torry Holt and likely Mike Walker as the starting wideouts. That's a star player who has declined markedly in 2008 when he never missed a game and yet only had 796 yards and three scores. This is his chance to prove that his knees are not going to end his career early (though he is 33 years old already) and that he still has some tread left on the tires. Walker enters his third season with only 16 catches and a history of bad knees. Barring adding a receiver here late in the summer, Troy Williamson is likely to see time in the slot. This has been a below average unit for years and 2009 does not appear to be any improvement unless you believe Holt still has another season or more in him.

TE Target Rcv Catch % Catch YD YPR Rcv TD Ranks YD Rank TD
2006 93 57 61% 516 9.1 4 21 19
2007 108 72 67% 736 10.2 4 11 21
2008 102 61 60% 700 11.5 2 17 25

Tight Ends
- Marcedes Lewis has helped this unit be average and he may get some help from Zach Miller who wasn't drafted until the sixth round last April but could figure in for later seasons since he is only 200 pounds and much more of a receiver than a blocker.

Training Camp Fantasy Angle - While it would be nice to see the passing game take shape, there is limited expectations and likely not much coming out of camp that would raise anyone's draft stock. But Greg Jones and Rashard Jennings will compete for playing time and either could end up with definite fantasy value. Jones-Drew should be a lock for a productive year, but there is still plenty left over to give to Jones or Jennings. It could be good enough that the #2 guy is worth owning without being a handcuff for Jones-Drew.

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