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Wright On

Florida Times-Union reporter Michael C. Wright covers the ins and outs of the Jacksonville Jaguars. In this blog, he'll share behind-the-scenes anecdotes not published within the pages of the T-U, in addition to offering up incessant ramblings about nothing such as road trips, crummy hotels and not-so-delicious press box food. Perhaps he'll even delve into serious discussions about NFL issues. So ask questions, participate in conversations, or just learn more about the Jags.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

New Location

Michael Wright's blog has moved. Visit the new location at http://news.jacksonville.com/wrightonjags or subscribe to the RSS Feed.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

New rules, points of emphasis for 2008

Below is a link to the video we watched last week in a session with NFL officials. The video shows all the new rules and points of emphasis for the 2008 NFL season.



Monday, August 4, 2008

Training camp by the numbers

The Jaguars, at times, like to throw around useless factoids that can be somewhat entertaining. Here are a few recent numbers thrown out there that are pretty interesting:

12 1/2 - Maurice Drew's shoe size.

5 - special teams only practices during camp.

10 - night practice sessions at camp.

18 - practices open to the public.

40 - loads of laundry per day at camp.

40,000 - pounds of laundry washed in a week at camp.

20,116 - pounds of weights in the weight room.

50 - gallons of detergent used in laundry each week.

10 - gallons of bleach used for laundry each week.

2 - pairs of shoes used by Fred Taylor each week.

2 - workouts required for each player each week.

60 - footballs used.

200 - bags of sunflower seeds consumed over a two-week period (this is a real stat, folks).

17 1/2 - John Henderson's shoe size.

1 - Superman logo printed on the sole of Drew's cleats.

Jags depth chart Part 2

In the interest of full disclosure (and since a message board said this is MY depth chart and not the Jaguars), we just wanted you to know that this is the team's depth chart headed into the preseason opener, not mine.


key- italics=rookie, *=injured

DE - Paul Spicer, Kenny Pettway, Quentin Groves, Alex Boston

DT - John Henderson, Tony McDaniel, Theo Horrocks

DT - Rob Meier, Derek Landri, Jimmy Kennedy, Jeremy Mincey * (yes he's listed at DT for some reason)

DE - Reggie Hayward, James Wyche, Mkristo Bruce, Derrick Harvey

OLB - Daryl Smith, Clint Ingram, Brent Hawkins

MLB - Mike Peterson, Tony Gilbert, Thomas Williams

OLB - Justin Durant, Brian Iwuh, Lamar Myles

CB - Drayton Florence, Rashod Moulton, Isaiah Gardner, Michael Grant

S - Brian Williams, Gerald Sensabaugh, Chad Nkang *

S - Reggie Nelson, Jamaal Fudge, Pierson Prioleau, Trae Williams (again, this is where they listed Williams for some reason)

CB - Rashean Mathis, Scott Starks, Brian Witherspoon


P - Adam Podlesh

PK - Josh Scobee

H - Adam Podlesh

PR - Dennis Northcutt, Maurice Drew, Brian Witherspoon, Clyde Edwards

KR - Maurice Drew, Troy Williamson, Brian Witherspoon, Chauncey Washington

LS - Joe Zelenka

Jaguars depth chart for Atlanta Part 1

As Jack Del Rio often says, you know you shouldn't get too caught up in the depth chart. But you can't help it can you? And who are we to not give you an indication of how everything falls, headed into Saturday's preseason opener against Atlanta?

So here's Part 1 of the Jags' depth chart headed into this weekend. We'll start with offense, update with defense, then special teams later.

In the interest of full disclosure (and since a message board said this is MY depth chart and not the Jaguars), we just wanted you to know that this is the team's depth chart headed into the preseason opener, not mine.


Key - italics=rookie, *=injured

WR - Troy Williamson, Mike Walker, Ryan Hoag, Jeron Harvey, Jerry Porter *

LT - Khalif Barnes, Richard Collier

LG - Vince Manuwai, Chris Liwienski, Drew Miller

C - Dennis Norman, Uche Nwaneri, Drew Miller, Brad Meester *

RG - Maurice Williams, Tutan Reyes

RT - Tony Pashos, Leander Jordan, Andrew Carnahan

TE - Marcedes Lewis, Greg Estandia, Richard Angulo, Isaac Smolko, Charles Davis, Chris Brown, George Wrighster III *

WR - Dennis Northcutt, Matt Jones, D'Juan Woods, John Broussard, Clyde Edwards, Reggie Williams *

QB - David Garrard, Cleo Lemon, Todd Bouman

FB - Greg Jones, Montell Owens

RB - Fred Taylor, Maurice Drew, Chauncey Washington, Lavarus Giles

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Torn ACL to land Cotrone on IR

Jaguars fullback Anthony Cotrone will go on the injured reserve sometime Monday after tearing his left ACL on Friday in the club’s scrimmage.

A rookie free agent from Maine, Cotrone had caught the attention of the coaching staff with his power, pass-catching and blocking ability. Just last week, Cotrone (6-2, 260 pounds) was reportedly the only player on the roster to have a 100-percent catch average. Cotrone injured his leg late in Friday’s scrimmage.

The club anticipates filling Cotrone’s roster spot with tight end Isaac Smolko, who spent eight weeks on the practice squad last season before being placed on the active roster last November. The club cut ties with Smolko on June 16. But against the Washington Redskins last year in the preseason, Smolko played five positions – fullback, tight end, linebacker, defensive end and on special teams – drawing praise from the coaching staff about his versatility.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

AFC South headlines

Other than the Jags holding their mock game on Saturday, not much is happening with the club.

The Jags spent Saturday shuffling different units - offense, defense, punt team, etc. - on and off the field to simulate how they'd handle such situations in real game situations. The club even stood for the national anthem before the start of everything. For the most part, not much was happening other than what was glorified walkthrough.

The Jaguars will take Sunday off and return to the practice field on Monday.

So because of the inactivity here in Jags country, here are a couple of headlines from the AFC South you can chew on:

Here's a piece on the Texans coach Gary Kubiak giving his team a break from Houston Chronicle reporter Megan Manfull:


Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star ponders whether any of the Colts are Hall of Fame material:


Be sure to check out Vito Stellino's story tomorrow in the Times-Union and on Jacksonville.com. I've had a chance to preview it. It's very interesting stuff, no doubt.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Rookie hazing

Here are a couple of pictures from practice this morning of the haircuts a couple of the rookies are sporting, thanks to the rookie hazing going on out here.

Picture quality isn't great - hey, it's a camera phone. But here you go.

More practice, less scrimmage

Expect the Jaguars scrimmage at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium tonight to be more of a glorified practice session than an actual scrimmage game.

Because of the club's injuries, Jags coach Jack Del Rio said he plans to scale back the live action tonight. What fans will see tonight, according to Del Rio is, "Less live scrimmage; more workload."

In the first half of the scrimmage the team will run through a "thud" period in which defensive players won't actually tackle ball carriers. Following that will be skeleton (7-on-7), one-on-one pass-rushing drills and some live action towards the end.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Leftwich a Titan?

Not really. But the former Jags quarterback is working out for the Titans and could become part of a "ready list" in the event that Vince Young suffers an injury.

Take a look at the story here: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/trainingcamp08/news/story?id=3511916

In other news, the Jags, according to a source in the personnel department, said the club discussed the possibility of bringing in former Cowboys receiver Terry Glenn, but "nothing came of that."