Saturday, August 27, 2011
Three things: Jaguars-Bills
By Paul Kuharsky
Three things to look for in tonight’s Jaguars-Bills preseason game at Ralph Wilson Stadium, where kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.
Jack Del Rio has said David Garrard’s his starter at quarterback. But if he’s bad in this game and rookie Blaine Gabbert is good, there is still room for mind-changing and it will give added volume to Garrard’s critics. Garrard has said he and the Jaguars need to drive to touchdowns and show some rhythm and tempo on offense. He won’t have Maurice Jones-Drew in the backfield, Zach Miller available to catch passes or Eben Britton to block for him at right tackle. It’s a situation where a reliable veteran should ease any concerns. Can he?
The pass rush did OK last week but has only one sack in the preseason. Now one of the most effective rushers, Jeremy Mincey, is out with a concussion and Aaron Kampman also stayed home. If the front can get Buffalo quarterbacks off their spot, great. It would be good to see them get a QB to the ground as well, helping kill drives and possessions.
Young receivers will get chances. The team cut Tiquan Underwood to ensure guys like Jarett Dillard, Armon Binns, Jamar Newsome and Dontrelle Inman will get a solid look. Even if the team is set in going with Mike Thomas, Jason Hill and Cecil Shorts as the top three, it needs to see what it has beyond that.