Friday, November 15, 2013
RTC: Dwayne Gratz rebounds from injury
By Michael DiRocco
Jaguars rookie cornerback Dwayne Gratz is back in the starting lineup, which is a place he was expected to be all season.
Gratz had a good training camp and secured a starting spot, but a high-ankle sprain in the season opener against Kansas City put him out of action for the next five games. The Jaguars eased him back into the lineup his first two games back and he looked like he hadn't missed a step, writes the Florida Times-Union's Vito Stellino.
Gratz got his first career interception against Tennessee last Sunday.
"Each rep he gets better," defensive coordinator Bob Babich said. "He's a rookie. To get a pick in a big game like that -- and he's made some big tackles and he played physical -- it was a neat thing to see. We really like Dwayne."
Sunday, though, will be Gratz's biggest test. He'll be facing off against Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
Here are some additional pieces of Jaguars content from around the Web in our daily Reading the Coverage feature:
With middle linebacker Paul Posluszny missing practice again on Thursday, his status for Sunday's game is in doubt. Russell Allen will start if Posluszny can't play and Nate Stupar will be Allen's backup. The team is giving Stupar, whom the Jaguars claimed off waivers Nov. 4, a crash course to get him ready, writes the T-U's Hays Carlyon.
Here is a roundup of items from this blog: the weekly mailbag; running back Justin Forsett is adjusting to a smaller role than he anticipated when he signed with the Jaguars in March; the stat of the week, which chronicles the Jaguars' inability to score a touchdown at EverBank Field this season.