5 Biggest Takeaways from the Jacksonville Jaguars' First Week of Camp

Vaughn JohnsonCorrespondent IIAugust 7, 2012

5 Biggest Takeaways from the Jacksonville Jaguars' First Week of Camp

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    One week of camp is in the books and the first preseason game is just days away.

    Although it has only been a little more than a week of camp, there are still a couple of things to take away from it. 

    The Jaguars have had a roller coaster offseason between questionable draft picks, their top rookie getting arrested and the star running back holding out. 

    The first week of camp has made its share of headlines as well with some players standing out, others not meeting expectations and some noteworthy injuries that the team and fans should worry about. 

    For those who haven't been following the day-to-day happenings of the Jags' camp thus far, here are the things to take away from the first week.

The Starting Quarterback Job Is Blaine Gabbert's to Lose

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    Blaine Gabbert is not lighting it up in training camp, but has shown steady improvement during the first week.

    During the Jaguars' first scrimmage of camp, Gabbert was solid and showed some flashes of his talents as a starting quarterback.

    By no means has Gabbert progressed to the point where he can be looked at as a legit starting quarterback just yet, but he has taken steps forward; small ones, but steps nonetheless. 

    His backup, Chad Henne, has done nothing yet during camp to warrant a serious controversy or competition. 

    So after the first week, Gabbert's spot as the starter is still his to lose.

The Wide Receiver Problem Is Not Fixed Just Yet

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    With some key additions during the offseason, the Jaguars looked to have revamped the receiving corps for the 2012 season.

    Well, during the first week of camp, the unit failed to live up to expectations. That includes free-agent acquisition Laurent Robinson who is expected to be the No. 1 receiver for the Jags this season.

    With first-round draft pick Justin Blackmon finally set to sign a contract, there should be a shake up within the depth chart at receiver. 

    Blackmon will have a lot of catching up to do so he may add to the underwhelming performance at receiver in the beginning, but him finally being at camp may give the unit a new motivation to perform as there will be less chances to perform in front of coaches.

Mike Thomas Is Seemingly on Thin Ice

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    Although the receivers as a whole have struggled, one that has reportedly struggled quite a bit has been Mike Thomas. 

    Thomas was going to be challenged for a spot regardless of his performance during camp after only catching 44 passes for 415 yards and one touchdown last season. That coupled with the influx of young, up-and-coming talent in the receiving corps could make Thomas expendable. 

    Thomas will have time improve his upon his performance, but he will seemingly have some ground to make up.

Rashad Jennings May Be a Legit Offensive Weapon

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    With Maurice Jones-Drew continuing his holdout, the rest of the running backs on the roster were going to be given a prime chance to shine in his absence.

    The main guy that has taken advantage of this opportunity has been Rashad Jennings. 

    Jennings has been the No. 1 guy in the backfield throughout camp and excelled during the team's first scrimmage, according to Jacksonville.com.

    Jennings has shown that he can be a playmaker in the past. During the 2010 season, he carried the ball 84 times for 459 yards and ran for four touchdowns. He also caught 26 passes.

    Jennings could impress so much that the Jaguars could be forced to find ways to get him the ball even if/when Jones-Drew makes his return to the team.

Clint Session's Career May Be over

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    Linebacker Clint Session was expected to compete with Russell Allen for a spot in the starting lineup during camp, but he has yet to take the field due to serious post-concussion symptoms.

    Session suffered three concussions in 2011, including two in the same game. 

    Session seems very worried about the long-term effects of his recent concussions and may choose that the risk of getting another one, especially at the linebacker position, may be too big.

    Session is seeing two concussion specialists about his symptoms, but his condition does not appear to be getting better.

    If he indeed decides to hang it up, it will be an unfortunate way to end a career.