On Jags' headsets and field goals

August, 6, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Just two thoughts form the Jaguars night practice Thursday, which was pushed back a bit by weather and took place in a steady rain until at least the halfway point.

1) Jack Del Rio was wearing a headset during a couple of team periods.

Many of us have anticipated him being more hands on with the defense this year, with more pressure, more youngsters and a young coordinator in Mel Tucker. I unsuccessfully tried to tweet the question: Was JDR calling the defenses or listening to the calls?

Linebacker Justin Durant told me Del Rio must have been listening in, because the voice inside his helmet was Tucker's.

2) Wednesday night I tracked Josh Scobee's kicks in a field goal period: good from 32, good from 36, good from 40, good from 44, good from 47, good from 51. Thursday night I was unable to pay such close attention, but he was on target again, maybe perfect.

He set me straight afterward, admitting he missed his first one from 34 yards. But from there, in the rain, he connected on five in a row including a couple from 47 or 48 and one from 53. Eleven for 12 in two days has to make new special-teams coach Russ Purnell happy.

Odds are Scobee's kicks will be especially important this season. The retooling Jaguars probably won't win a lot of blowouts, so every chance at 3 points may be at a premium and some victories could be by a margin he provides.

Which would be OK from Scobee's perspective.

"It makes it a lot of fun to play here, because I know whenever I have a good game, we normally win," he said. "That puts a little more added pressure on me and I like that. I know that if I go out there and go 3-for-3 in a game, we're going to win. That makes me pretty excited for game day."

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