Friday, August 10, 2012
Three things: Giants at Jaguars
By Paul Kuharsky
Three things to consider as the Jaguars take on the Giants tonight at EverBank Field:
The passing offense: It’s become clear in listening to Jaguars’ coaches that the problems of the passing game are hardly all the fault of second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert. They talked last year about how a lack of weapons and less-than-sturdy protection made things difficult for him. Justin Blackmon likely won’t play, but the receivers need to get open and catch passes and the line and other pass protectors need to provide time. Give him those two things so we can see how he looks when it take a little while for the pocket to close and when receivers provide him help.
Aaron Ross: Jacksonville’s new veteran cornerback came to the Jaguars as a free agent after winning two Super Bowls with the Giants. He and Rashean Mathis are now sorting out who will be the second starter and who will work as the nickel. This will be a good first test as the Giants have a solid pass offense with quality targets for Eli Manning. Might Ross’ insight against his former teammates help him make an early mark? He'll get the start in this one.
Legs: Josh Scobee got a new contract and has a great kickoff leg. Bryan Anger was a surprising third-round pick, brought in to solve some serious punting problems. If they both boom the ball the way they can, the Giants shouldn’t get much opportunity to evaluate their return games.