NFL Nation: Gerlad Alexander

JACKSONVILLE. Fla. -- Some thoughts from the Jaguars’ first of two minicamp practices Sunday:

  • I like the idea of guard Vince Manuwai flipped to the right side, playing beside tackle Eben Britton. Put the two best run-blocking offensive linemen next to each other, get fullback Marcedes Lewis over there, bring fullback Greg Jones that way and run Maurice Jones-Drew behind them all. Dare people to stop it. Make it your bread and butter, your meat and potatoes, whatever food comparison you like to use in such situations.
  • Right now, it’s hard to say a dynamic playmaker is emerging from the receiving corps behind Mike Sims-Walker. And this is the time of year -- with no pads and no hits -- that receivers usually shine. Sims-Walker made some nice catches but also had a bad drop and a bobble. David Garrard remains inconsistent at delivering the ball to the right spots, so that’s a factor. Troy Williamson and Mike Thomas look to rank pretty high.
  • Sticking with receiver, Kassim Osgood looks the part with his height and build, but just doesn’t look natural or comfortable. He’s uncertain coming out of breaks and not crisp. He seems to have a high-step built into his gait and he lacks the sort of smoothness you want in a receiver. Sideline talk among informed observers says the verdict is already in: the free-agent addition from San Diego is strictly an excellent special-teamer.
  • There was some early excitement over Trevor Harris, an undrafted rookie quarterback from Edinboro, where Gene Smith spent some time early in his career when he coached. Harris appears strong and confident, but doesn’t bring an NFL arm.
  • Reggie Nelson, who worked with the second sting Saturday was with Gerald Alexander with the starting defense Sunday. Yes, if the revamped defensive line brings significantly more pressure than last year’s unit, all the defensive backs will have an easier time. Even so, the Jaguars have major issues at safety no matter who they put there. Sean Considine got destroyed by Ernest Wilford on one deep ball when he was in excellent position to make a play. Wilford took advantage of him, made the catch and ran to the end zone while Considine spun around and looked absolutely confused, failing to pursue.

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