Del Rio concerned with slowing another big receiver

October, 23, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

While we've got a package of stories up about the influence of small receivers -- Jeffri Chadiha on tinier targets, Keith Kidd on how size still matters, Todd McShay on the best small receiver prospects -- Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio is thinking big.

His team has to stop Cleveland's Braylon Edwards on Sunday, and he easily rolled off a list of large receivers he has worried about stopping. While they might not get the separation or the yards after the catch of the little guys, they can body defenders off the ball and often go over them. Like many teams, Jacksonville covets the sort of bigger corners who can cover those big wideouts.

"It seems like we've gone up against quite a few. I think there are more and more in the league," Del Rio said. "You're seeing guys like Brandon Marshall, Andre Johnson, Plaxico Burress. We have Matt [Jones], Reggie [Williams] and big guys. They have a very good player in Braylon. He's a big, tall, athletic wide receiver who can make some big plays, big catches.

"So, yeah, he's one of those type of guys that you've got to gear up for and be ready to play. We've got some good-size corners. That's one thing that we have consciously sought, guys like Rashean [Mathis] and Brian [Williams] and Drayton [Florence] that are all good-size guys that match up a little better. But it's still a heck of a challenge when you play those big, strong physical guys."

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