Preseason/Training Camp Thoughts and Questions
The Jaguars 2009 season is one full of questions. The Jaguars, in my opinion, is that the Jags have a chance to become the Ravens or Falcons of last year.
However, I would not be surprised if the the Jags finished mediocre, or even in last in there division. Ultimately, the Jaguars season comes down to a few big questions which some of are addressed here.
Can Mike Walker Become Who We Think He Can Be?
When Tiquan Underwood, the Jaguars 7th round draft pick, was asked who of the veterans impressed him the most, it was not Maurice Jones-Drew, David Garrard, or probable eventual Hall of Fame wide receiver Torry Holt. It was Mike Walker. Shocked?
Many big Jags fans have been interested in the production of Walker for his three years. Mainly regarded as possibly the Jags next Jimmy Smith for some time, Walker has been plagued with injury and unfortunate events.
But this is Walker's "junior" year now in the NFL, and as the probable second wide receiver for the Jags, Walker's impact has the potential to allow the Jags offense to become top ten, maybe even top five, considering two years ago the Jags were seventh in total offense.
Walker has shown signs of production with a six catch, 107 yard performance against the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers. Can he maintain that production in 2009?
Is Rashad Jennings the Next MJD for the Jags?
That is Rashad Jennings. As a freshman at Pitt, facing D1 opponents, Jennings rushed for 481 yards on just 86 carries, which is an average of 4.8 yards a carry. In contrast, LeSean McCoy—regarded as a hot fantasy option—also averaged 4.8 yards.
So could Jennings—who impressed many at the Senior Bowl and has an outstanding character—become the same steal at running back that MJD was years ago?
Mike Thomas vs Troy Williamson vs Jarret Dillard vs Tiquan Underwood
The slot wide receiver has never really been established in the history of the Jaguars. Even with McCardell and Jimmy Smith, there was no solution to the third wide receiver problem that Soward could not fill. And there was never another WR that was even a quality No. 1, probably not even a two.
But now it seems with Walker stepping up and Torry Holt as the undoubted first wide receiver, it comes down to the battle of the third wide receiver spot.
The candidates for the spot include Mike Thomas, Troy Williamson, Jarret Dillard, and Tiquan Underwood.
Thomas and Williamson demonstrate the typical slot: receiver small and fast. Williamson didn't shine last year, possibly because of injury, but he has never been the number one pick he was supposed to be. Thomas, who many assume to receive this position, is a perfect prototypical slot guy, small and fast, but Thomas also is solid, so he may become an even greater asset if he has the hands.
Dillard and Underwood, who are more of a first or second wide receiver type, probably won't see the slot. But because they do possess talent, they need to be included in the conversation if Thomas and Williamson don't come up to par.
Marcedes Lewis: Finally living up to expections?
Although Marcedes Lewis hasn't really been considered a bust in Jacksonville, it may be simply because of the huge BUSTS that have been in Jacksonville that this has been overshadowed.
But as you listen to the Jaguars coaches, players, and analysts, you get the feeling this may change. Everywhere I turn there is a recollection of Lewis making big one handed catches in practice, and showing his true talent.
Could this be the year Lewis becomes a dominating tight end?
Another note, Zach Miller, the quarterback tight end convert, is being heralded by some as a possible Dallas Clark tight end. If hes anything close then he will be a major asset to the team.
Sean Considine: A Strong Saftey?
Sean Considine hopefully just needed a different shade of blue/green. Considered by many as the most impressive safety in OTAs and minicamps, Considine could open up the entire secondary.
If Considine is a strong Strong Safety, it allows Brian Williams to move back to corner, where Derek Cox would become either nickel back or compete for the second corner spot, which would give the Jaguars a SOLID nickel defense.