Big-play sparks from Williamson not enough

August, 23, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Back when I visited Jacksonville early in camp, the first guy I wrote about was Troy Williamson. One regular team observer asked me why I wanted to spend time on a guy who wasn't going to be around.

 Williamson

At that time, I felt like with all the house cleaning the Jaguars had done for Williamson to have hung on indicated the team had a belief in him.

And Saturday night in a 24-23 loss to the Bucs in Jacksonville's first preseason home game, he showed why they might. A team that has been severely lacking in the big-plays-down-the-field department opened up with a 74-yard touchdown pass from David Garrard to Williamson on the game's first play from scrimmage.

Williamson wound up with three catches for 147 yards and is clearly a guy the team expects to make a contribution.

In the bit of the game I was able to see, missed tackles on defense and special teams seemed to be an issue. Ten penalties for 53 yards also didn't help the Jacksonville cause and some other bad numbers stuck out: Just 61 yards rushing, only two third-down conversions on 14 chances, only nine completions on 25 pass attempts for No. 2 quarterback Todd Bouman.

Still, Jack Del Rio's team was in position to force overtime at the end when Bouman hit Tyler Lorenzen with a 20-yard touchdown pass.

Thankfully, Del Rio was merciful and saw an opportunity for his team to work on a high-pressure two-point conversion rather than ask it to potentially endure another 15 minutes of play,

Bouman missed Tiquan Underwood in the back right of the end zone and the Jaguars fell to 0-2 in the preseason. But please don't bang on Del Rio for allowing a loss in this one, as he played the end exactly right.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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