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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.

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."

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Jaguars work out Liwienski

The Jaguars worked out former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Chris Liwienski after Wednesday's practice and there's a chance he could sign today if he passes a physical.

Although Liwienski, 32, has logged starts at virtually every position along the offensive line, the Jaguars would use the veteran at guard to add depth to the position. Liwienski started 14 games last season for the Dolphins. Liwienski also played for Jaguars assistant head coach Mike Tice at Minnesota from 1998-2005.

Originally a seventh-round pick of Detroit in '98, Liewienski was released by the Lions before the start of the regular season and later signed by the Vikings. He's started at left guard, right guard, and right tackle and has also spent time with the Arizona Cardinals.

Manuwai didn't work out at RG

It appears Vince Manuwai's move from left guard to right guard was a failed experiement.

Whispers coming out Jacksonville Municipal Stadium are that Manuwai didn't handle the move well, despite having the prototypical frame (and power) to play right guard for a club whose preference is to run to the right side. Manuwai just wasn't comfortable on the right side.

"When you're switching the line around and you get a new guy in there, like Dennis [Norman moving to center], sometimes it's good to kind of quiet things down by going back to what's familiar and have as few guys changing as possible," Jaguars offensive line coach Andy Heck said.

With Manuwai moving back to left guard, it appears the offensive line for 2008 will be the same one the club used at the end of last season (minus center Brad Meester, if he misses an extended period of time and possibly Khalif Barnes, if he loses out to Richard Collier) with Maurice Williams and Tony Pashos on the right side.

Familiarity isn't necessarily a bad thing, right? What do you think?