Jaguars back-to-work FYI

July, 25, 2011
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Readiness factor: With Jack Del Rio, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and veteran quarterback David Garrard in place, the offense won’t change much. But rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert's missing offseason time in the facility slowed his ability to challenge for the starting job. Garrard and defensive end Aaron Kampman organized a good bit of offseason work for players, but much of it was on positional levels where a leader stepped up at each spot.

Biggest challenge: Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is taking over play calling from Del Rio. But more significant will be the Garrard-Gabbert dynamic -- and whether we will see any sort of wrestling match between the coach's thinking (win now to save his job) and the organization’s bigger issue (develop Gabbert and get the new face of the franchise ready to carry it).

Most holes: Jacksonville could be the most active team in the division in free agency. After the draft, the Jaguars said they didn’t love the available guys for their holes. They could add two veteran linebackers and a veteran safety (here's one vote for Eric Weddle). Kirk Morrison might be back if they don’t land an upgrade at middle linebacker.

Key players without contracts for 2011: Tight end Marcedes Lewis (franchise tag), punter Adam Podlesh, Morrison.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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