Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Initial observations from Jacksonville
By Paul Kuharsky
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Some quick first impressions from the last piece of the Jaguars' morning practice and some conversations that followed:
- Marlon McCree worked with the first-team defense as the second safety with Reggie Nelson. Brian Williams was at right corner. But insiders said it still boils down to Sean Considine at that safety spot -- he's on the PUP list with a left calf issue that should soon be resolved -- or Derek Cox at the second corner. So it'll probably be Cox at corner with Williams at safety or Williams at corner with Considine at safety. [Another take says it's not so simple, that Nelson could be in trouble, that the Williams-as-a-safety experiement is over and that he'll be a well-paid nickel supplementing Mathis and Cox.]
- Marcedes Lewis ran up the middle and made a nice play on a David Garrard pass, snatching it despite good coverage from Gerald Alexander, who actually got a piece of the ball. Later Lewis said he's been working on reaching out of frame to get balls instead of waiting for them to get to him.
- Atiyyah Ellison was at defensive tackle alongside John Henderson with the ones.
- Tiquan Underwood, who could wind up being this team's best deep threat based on the buzz, sneaked behind everyone and ran wide open up the right side and Garrard did well to get a bomb to him for an easy, long touchdown.
- Among those who hung around after practice: right tackle Tony Pashos, who worked with an assistant strength coach who pulled on a giant rubber band that provided resistance as the big tackle backed out of his stance.
Thanks to the quick hospitality of the PR staff, I've already chatted with several guys. I'm in Jacksonville through Saturday night's scrimmage and am looking forward to getting more in depth.
I'll provide periodic live thoughts and observations from practices via Twitter (@espn_afcsouth) which also ties to my Facebook: Paul Kuharsky Espn.