Jaguars Complete 2012 NFL Preseason and Training Camp Guide
This is your complete guide to the 2012 Jacksonville Jaguars training camp.
This slideshow will cover everything from the best stories heading into camp, the best depth chart battles, who is at risk of being cut, and when and where to catch your first glimpse of the Jags.
We will cover virtually every angle as the 2012 Jaguars begin to take shape.
The Biggest Question Marks
Will Blaine Gabbert progress?
It may be unfair to say, but a lot of the Jaguars' success this season is tied to whether Gabbert can become a legitimate starting quarterback in the NFL.
Will Maurice Jones-Drew be in attendance?
As important as Gabbert will be, Jones-Drew is just as important. Although there is no denying the talent level of the league's reigning rushing champion, his contract squabble leaves questions as to whether he'll even be on the field.
What kind of culture will new head coach Mike Mularkey create?
Changing the culture of a losing team from day one is very important for new head coaches. Jim Schwartz did it in Detroit, and the Lions finally seem to be a legit contender.
How quickly will the offense pick up Mike Mularkey's system?
Offense was never a strong point of former head coach Jack Del Rio, with defense being his forte. Now, the Jags have Mularkey and an offense that helped the progression of Matt Ryan and turned Michael Turner and Roddy White into stars.
Can the Jags pick it up and duplicate the Falcons' success?
What is the focus level of Justin Blackmon?
Blackmon's legal trouble took place quite some time ago now, but it will still be a hot topic heading into camp. Will Blackmon block out the distractions and get down to work? Or is he too immature to put enough focus on his career?
The first thing he must do in order to be in camp, however, is sign his rookie contract. Until then, none of those questions even matter.
Will Andre Branch help solve the sack problem?
Training camp will be a great chance for fans to see the talent level of Branch. For years, the Jaguars defense has been missing a legit pass-rusher, and Branch was drafted to help rectify that.
How healthy is Rashean Mathis?
Mathis is coming off a torn ACL that forced him to miss a good chunk of last season. If healthy, Mathis could be a big component of a very good defense in Jacksonville. That is, if he is healthy.
Players on the Roster Bubble
Building a roster is as much a numbers game as it is picking the best players. There can only be so many players on the final roster.
Only 53 men will be able to call themselves Jacksonville Jaguars this season along with eight practice-squad players. Here is a list of guys who may lose their jobs because of talent, but also may be sent packing simply because there aren't enough spots.
WR Mike Thomas
Thomas has not accomplished much during his tenure, and with younger guys in camp, Thomas' time as a Jaguar may be winding down.
WR Taylor Price
A stress fracture to his foot definitely set him back during the offseason. Combine that with the numbers game, and Price has an uphill climb. The Jags currently have nine wide receivers on the roster.
WR Kevin Elliott
Being an undrafted free agent usually means your chances of making the roster are slim. Once again, there are only so many open spots in the receiving corps.
WR Chastin West
Unfortunately for West, his 13 career receptions will not give him a boost when fighting for one of the limited number of spots in the receiving corps.
FB Brock Bolen
Teams almost never keep multiple fullbacks, so all of the fullbacks should be on high alert. Bolen is the least experienced of the three the Jags currently have.
FB Greg Jones
Jones is the most experienced, but it is a detriment as much as it is a blessing, as he may be seen as too old and past his prime, especially with younger guys pushing for his spot.
FB Naufahu Tahi
Tahi seems to be the happy medium of the fullbacks: experienced, but not too much to say that he is too old. He will have to compete for a job with the team regardless.
RB Richard Murphy
Of all of the Jaguars running backs, Murphy is the least experienced, having never carried the ball in a regular-season game. The lack of real experience and the numbers game may hurt his chances of making the team.
TE Matt Veldman
The Jaguars currently have five tight ends on the roster, of which they will only keep about three. The top three are Marcedes Lewis, Zach Miller and Zach Potter, which means Veldman could be one of the odd men out.
TE Colin Cloherty
Cloherty would be the other odd man out in the tight end unit.
DE John Chick
According to this report, Chick will be limited during camp due to a torn patella tendon. The Jags have a number of defensive ends, so players will be sent home, but Chick may get his pink slip by default because of his injury situation, despite playing eight games a season ago.
DE Odrick Ray
The numbers game is never favorable to undrafted rookies, especially ones who have gotten in recent trouble with the law.
DT Jeris Pendleton
With the starting defensive tackles in tow, there aren't a whole lot of spots left as it is, especially for a seventh-round draft pick, as they are never promised a roster spot.
LB Clint Session
Session has injury issues of his own, as he finished 2011 on injured reserve. On top of that, Russell Allen, who filled in for him last season while he was injured, will be gunning for his spot on the depth chart.
LB Odrick Ray
Once again, training camps are not kind to undrafted free agents, especially if they play at the best position on the defense.
QB: Nathan Enderle
The Jaguars currently have four quarterbacks on the roster, so one will eventually be without a job. Since Gabbert and Henne are locks to make the team, it comes down to Enderle and Jordan Palmer as to who fills that third quarterback spot.
QB Jordan Palmer
The same goes for Palmer as it does for Enderle. Plus, Palmer has bounced around the league his entire career, so his chances may be running out.
CB Reggie Corner
Corner was cut by the Buffalo Bills before last season and was only brought back because of a rash of injuries. With a bunch of corners, no pun intended, already on the roster, his experience may save him, but the youngsters may jump ahead of him.
Players to Watch
Preseason games are usually cool at first, but the excitement of seeing the teams back on the field quickly turns into people turning away in favor of the regular season.
If you're a fan of the Jaguars, however, there are enough players and storylines to keep you interested for all four games.
WR Justin Blackmon
Blackmon will be a guy to watch on a couple of fronts. On one hand, people will want to see where his level of focus is after his eventful offseason. On a probably more important front, it will be interesting to see his actual ability and if he was worthy of the No. 5 overall pick.
WR Laurent Robinson
Most of the attention on the receiving corps will go mainly to Blackmon, but there should definitely be some curious eyes on Robinson to see if he is a legit No. 1 receiver and that his 2011 season wasn't a fluke.
QB Blaine Gabbert
By now, this goes without saying. Gabbert will be one of the most looked at quarterbacks during the preseason. He will have his every move critiqued by Jaguars fans.
QB Chad Henne
Get a good look at Henne during the preseason. Because if Gabbert does not live up to expectations, that's who the reins of the offense will be getting passed to.
OL Eben Britton
Britton only made three starts during 2011 due to injury. If healthy, Britton has the ability to be one of the best tackles in the NFL. It will be interesting to see how he has recovered from injury.
P Bryan Anger
Punters are not usually looked at with a keen eye, but in the case of third-round draft pick Bryan Anger, still-bitter Jaguars fans should keep an eye on him.
WR Cecil Shorts III
Shorts could be a surprise during the preseason. He has the ability to be a big-play kind of receiver, and the preseason will be a prime time to show it. The organization is high on him, so he will receive a fair shot to make a splash.
RB/KR Montell Owens
Owens has made two consecutive Pro Bowls and still goes largely unnoticed. If Owens can make a big impact returning kicks, you may hear his name more often.
CB Rashean Mathis
Mathis is coming off an ACL injury from last season. Eyes should be on him to see if he can return to his usual self, which was one of the better corners in the NFL.
DE Andre Branch
Branch was brought in to solve the sack problems the Jaguars have had since Tony Brackens left the team years ago. Branch has a lot on his shoulders. Preseason will be a glimpse to see if he has the talent to back it up.
Best Depth Chart Battles
No matter the team, every training camp has its share of depth chart battles, and the Jaguars are no different. Some battles are for starting positions, while others are for a spot on the roster at all.
LB Clint Session vs. LB Russell Allen
While linebacker Clint Session finished the season on the injured reserve list last season, Russell Allen filled in admirably for him with 48 tackles, two forced fumbles and an interception. According to this report from Jacksonville.com, Allen is pushing the veteran Session for his spot in the starting lineup.
QB Blaine Gabbert vs. QB Chad Henne
Gabbert is expected to be the Week 1 starter, but that doesn't mean there won't be a bit of a competition between him and Chad Henne during training camp. Gabbert still has to prove himself as a starter, which makes every rep for both very important.
FB Greg Jones vs. FB Brock Bolen vs. FB Naufahu Tahi
As I mentioned earlier, teams rarely keep more than one fullback unless it's a run-first offense. Then, the second one may be on the practice squad. What this means is that there's no way the Jaguars keep three fullbacks on the roster.
At least one of these guys will be without a job, possibly two.
WR Justin Blackmon vs. WR Laurent Robinson
The No. 1 receiver spot may be Robinson's to lose, but the door is still cracked open a little for Blackmon to impress the coaches so much during training camp that he could overtake him for the top spot.
C Brad Meester vs. C Mike Brewster
This may be an underrated battle going into camp. Meester has been the long-time center for the Jaguars and is heading into his 13th season, but he could have a young and hungry guy in Brewster push him for his spot in camp.
Brewster was a four-year starter at Ohio State and was a 2010 All-American and first-team All-Big Ten. Brewster was voted a game captain a team-high eight times in 2011.
Brewster has a pedigree and going undrafted this year may make him hungrier and push Meester.
Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp and Preseason Schedule
For those who are trying to get an early glimpse into the 2012 Jacksonville Jaguars, this is when you can find them.
Week 1 (Fri., Aug. 10)—vs. New York Giants, 7:30 p.m.
Week 2 (Fri., Aug. 17)—@ New Orleans Saints, 8 p.m.
Week 3 (Thu., Aug. 23)—@ Baltimore Ravens, 7:30 p.m.
Week 4 (Thu., Aug. 30)—vs. Atlanta Falcons, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 26: Players report
Friday, July 27: Practice at 9:45 a.m. (walk-through, not open to public) and 2:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 28: Practice at 9:45 a.m. (walk-through, not open to public) and 2:15 p.m.
Sunday, July 29: Players day off—no practice
Monday, July 30: Practice at 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (walk-through, not open to public)
Tuesday, July 31: Practice at 8:30 a.m. and 4:55 p.m. (walk-through, not open to public)
Wednesday, Aug. 1: Practice at 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (walk-through, not open to public)
Thursday, Aug. 2: Practice at 8:30 a.m. and 4:55 p.m. (walk-through, not open to public)
Friday, Aug. 3: Practice at 9:15 a.m. (walk-through, not open to public) and 6:30 p.m. scrimmage
Saturday, Aug. 4: Players day off, no practice
Sunday, Aug. 5: Practice at 3 p.m. (last practice open to public)
Practices Open to Media Only:
Monday, Aug. 6: Practice at 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (walk-through)
Tuesday, Aug. 7: Practice at 8:30 a.m. and 4:55 p.m. (walk-through)
Wednesday, Aug. 8: Practice at 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (walk-through)
Thursday, Aug. 9: Practice at 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (walk-through)
Saturday, Aug. 11: Players day off—no practice
Sunday, Aug. 12: Practice at 3:30 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 13: Practice at 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (walk-through)
Tuesday, Aug. 14: Practice at 8:30 a.m. and 4:55 p.m. (walk-through)
Wednesday, Aug. 15: Practice at 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (walk-through)
Thursday, Aug. 16: Practice at 9:15 a.m. (walk-through, depart for New Orleans)
Saturday, Aug. 18: Players day off—no practice
Sunday, Aug. 19: Practice at 1:50 p.m.—end of training camp
Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp Info
This is where you can find the 2012 Jacksonville Jaguars in the heat of the Florida summer.
Training camp begins: July 26
Training camp ends: August 19
Training Camp Site: Florida Blue Health & Wellness Practice Fields, One EverBank Field Drive, Jacksonville, Fla. 32203.
The team has practiced at this site every season in franchise history dating back to 1995.
Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp Roster
These are the 2012 Jacksonville Jaguars entering training camp:
Cecil Shorts III
Jaguars 2012 Rookie Class
The Jaguars made some seemingly quality selections in the 2012 NFL draft and one very perplexing one. Which one of the rookies will make an impact for the 2012 Jags?
WR Justin Blackmon
A lot of the talk this offseason has been more about what Blackmon has done off the field than what he has done on it.
Now that training camp is days away, the focus will begin to shift. Blackmon will be expected to make an immediate impact for the Jaguars offense in 2012.
He will not be expected to turn out a Randy Moss-like rookie season, but he will be expected to contribute and help improve a sluggish passing game. The biggest thing is that he has to show that he wasn't a mere product of an air-raid system at Oklahoma State, like Michael Crabtree was at Texas Tech.
His spot on the roster is guaranteed.
DE Andre Branch
Branch's spot on the roster is also set in stone, but his place in the starting lineup is not.
The thing to watch for with Branch is if his pass-rushing prowess in college can continue in the NFL. The Jaguars have had a well-documented sack problem for quite some time, and Branch was drafted to help resolve it.
If Branch gets to 10 sacks in 2012, it will be looked at as a hugely successful season. In the event that he doesn't, it still can be successful, as long as he at least strikes fear into opposing teams—something a defensive end for the Jaguars has not done in almost a decade.
P Bryan Anger
Anger will probably be the most-watched punter in the entire NFL during training camp, as people will want to see why on earth the Jaguars drafted him in the third round.
Anger is expected to make the team, and if he continues to do what he did in college, he could help the Jags consistently win the field-position battle.
LB Brandon Marshall
Marshall had a very productive career at Nevada, but he will be heading into a crowded linebacker corps in Jacksonville. Marshall will make the team, but seemingly exclusively in a reserve role.
Things could change, but for the time being, he will sit and watch Daryl Smith, Paul Posluszny and Clint Session/Russell Allen at the linebacker spots.
CB Mike Harris
Being drafted in the sixth round automatically gives a player an uphill climb for a roster spot, but with nine other cornerbacks on the roster, that hill could be Mt. Everest for Harris.
Harris does possess talent, however, and his willingness to defend against the run will definitely give him an upper hand over his competition. I believe Harris makes the roster, but by the slimmest of margins.
DT Jeris Pendleton
Another guy who has a very steep climb to a roster spot is Pendleton. Fortunately for him, there aren't that many defensive tackles standing in his way for a potential spot.
The Jags having both of their starters at the position firmly in place will not help things, however. The thing that will draw coaches to Pendleton is his 322-pound frame, which they love at the defensive tackle spot.
It will be interesting to see if he has the footwork and the stamina to match. If he does, he may actually make the roster. If he does not, his chances are very slim.
Jaguars 2012 Undrafted Free Agents
These are the guys who will be given the task of facing the uphill climb of making the team as an undrafted free agent.
DE Kendrick Adams (LSU)
Adams is heading into a tough situation with the Jaguars, where there are eight other defensive ends on the roster.
During his senior season at LSU, he made 12 starts on one of the best defenses in the country but shared significant time with other players throughout the year, thus making his numbers unimpressive. He recorded only four career sacks.
The first thing that will people will notice about Adams is his athleticism. He has freakish athleticism for his size and position, which can help him rush opposing quarterbacks. However, he doesn't get a great push against offensive linemen and does not seem to have to many pass-rush moves.
Sometimes his agility can make up for it, sometimes it doesn't. He does have a very good ability to read a play and react to it quickly, especially if it is going to the opposite side of the defense.
Adams seems to be a work in progress that will need to improve his strength and technique. He probably wouldn't make a lot of teams because of that, but since the Jags are so desperate for pass-rush help, they may keep him on the practice squad, but that's about it.
OT Lee Barbiasz (Northern Colorado)
Barbiasz is a very experienced tackle who had a successful career at Northern Colorado. During his time there, he was named honorable mention to the All-Big Sky team the last two seasons.
Barbiasz will turn a few heads based on his size. He's listed at 6'7'' and weighs 308 pounds. According to SI.com, however, he does not play with a lot of power, which is probably the reason why teams didn't see him worthy of a draft selection.
Since he doesn't block with his frame, Barbiasz has good footwork, which can be an underrated attribute for offensive linemen. My prediction is that Barbiasz will be a late cut, but his footwork could be a saving grace.
CB Antwon Blake (Texas-El Paso)
Blake is in a very crowded secondary in Jacksonville, making his chances of making the roster slim, but if he can impress on special teams, his chances increase.
This clip not only shows what he can do on defense, but what he offers covering punts, including saving a couple from going into the end zone.
Coaches love guys that can play special teams, but I'm not sure that will be enough to keep Blake on the final roster.
C Mike Brewster (Ohio State)
Brewster had a decorated career at Ohio State, which included being named a freshman All-American, a Rimington Trophy finalist and first-team All-Big Ten in 2010. He was also a four-year starter who made 49 consecutive starts, the second most in school history.
With all of those accolades from a notable football program, how did he go undrafted?
He has good size at 6'5'', 305 pounds, but does not have a great deal of push, especially when run-blocking. He also lacks a ton of athleticism, which can lead to him being beaten by better athletes.
Brewster does have experience, and with that experience comes a smart football player. He made all the line calls while at Ohio State and knows how to diagnose a situation. He knows when to shed double-teams and go to the second level of defenses very well.
He's also a very efficient pass-blocker. Brewster's brains and pedigree should earn him a spot on the Jaguars, but he definitely has some areas to improve upon. Him slipping through the cracks will definitely motivate him through camp.
S Jeremiah Brown (Wagner)
Brown has a lot of the physical tools coaches want to see from an NFL safety. He has good size, standing 5'10'', and can run.
He is not afraid to defend against the run, either, and showcases pretty good closing speed on the ball-carrier. He played special teams while at Wagner on a number of different units, so expect him to get a good chance to perform on that side of the ball as well.
Since there aren't that many safeties on the roster, Brown's chances look solid to make the team. Nothing is promised though.
WR Mike Brown (Liberty)
He's made so much of a smooth transition that he beat out two actual receivers in Jarrett Boykin and Nelson Rosario for a spot on the training camp roster.
Since he was a college quarterback who showed he could throw the ball, with more than 6,000 career passing yards, the Jaguars could use him in a number of different packages and actually add some creativity to the offense for the first time in years.
Brown still has a ways to go before making the final roster, but his athletic ability and the buzz that he's created will put him on it.
DE Ryan Davis (Bethune-Cookman)
Davis was a menace on the field for Bethune-Cookman. He showed exceptional pass-rush skills, played very good run defense and even knocked down his share of passes from his defensive end position.
All of that helped him earn MEAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2011.
Davis looked like a man among boys in college, but it came in the MEAC, which was probably the biggest strike against him at draft time. He didn't do it against supposedly great competition.
The one game he had to prove himself in 2011 was against Miami (Fla.). Davis did not blow people away, but he still had a solid game. He recorded four tackles and a sack.
Davis will have training camp to prove otherwise. Fellow Jaguar Rashean Mathis proved that he belonged coming out of Bethune-Cookman years ago, and I believe Davis will do the same thing.
Davis has an extremely high motor and is seemingly always around the ball and involved in the play. I think Davis will turn some heads in camp.
CB Antonio Dennard (Langston)
Dennard will have a very steep hill to climb coming from NAIA Langston, but when watching him play, you see a very tenacious and smart defensive back.
Dennard was a very good cover corner in college who was also not afraid to come up and be physical in the run game. He has very good ball skills and jumping ability. His play at Langston earned him a lot of respect among those who intently follow Historically Black Colleges and University football.
According to this blog written by Director of Player Personnel of the HBCU All-Star Game Taber J. Small, Dennard stood out at the HBCU Bowl as the best cover corner there and shut down almost every receiver he faced.
The best way for Dennard to make the roster seems to be through special teams, where he could be a very productive player. If he impresses there, I think he makes the roster.
WR Kevin Elliott (Florida A&M)
Elliott will have to show a lot during training camp in order to make the final roster of the Jaguars. He had a productive career at Florida A&M, but his best season came four years ago when he caught 58 passes for 817 yards and seven touchdowns.
In 2011, he caught 41 passes for 720 yards and five scores. Elliott has good size, standing at 6'3", and is very good running after he catches the ball.
Speed is not his strong suit, but he makes up for it with solid hands and just pure playmaking ability. It's a crowded receiving corps for the Jaguars that made three big additions (Justin Blackmon, Laurent Robinson, Lee Evans) during the offseason, making it an uphill climb to make the roster.
Not to mention, the Jags seem to already have their big-play guy in Cecil Shorts III. Elliott has ability, but I'm not sure it's enough to make the final roster.
WR Charles Gilbert (Concordia-St. Paul)
Gilbert is a Jacksonville native and will certainly be a sentimental favorite to make the final roster. But with a lot of known receivers at the top and some reserves making some noise, it will be difficult for Gilbert to make the team.
Since he was signed so late in the process, it seems like he was brought in to simply fill a spot in training camp. Gilbert does showcase an ability to go up and get the ball at its highest point, and he catches the ball with his hands, both of which coaches love from wide receivers.
Gilbert will get a good look, but not good enough to make the final roster.
OG D.J. Hall (Texas State)
Hall is another offensive lineman with a tremendous pedigree that did not get drafted. He was named All-Southland Conference three times, AP All-American in 2011 and was named one of the nation's top-10 FCS offensive linemen by The Sports Network twice.
A big reason he probably wasn't drafted was that he is listed at only 6'1'', rather short for an NFL offensive lineman, but Hall could turn that into automatic leverage for him when blocking defensive players.
Hall possesses good strength and ability to push people around, but he is still a bit of a long shot to make the final roster.
OT Dan Hoch (Missouri)
I'm not expecting a whole lot out of Hoch during training camp.
Coaches will pay some attention to him, as he stands 6'7'', but he had an uneventful career at Mizzou. He did earn All-Big Ten honors after the 2010 season.
With a good amount of tackles competing against him for spots, it will not be easy for Hoch to stand out and be noticed.
DT Drew Nowak (Western Michigan)
Nowak is yet another decorated player that went undrafted.
Nowak earned MAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 after recording 8.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss. He weighs in at 300 pounds, which will definitely make coaches keep an eye on him.
The only problem he will face is that the Jaguars are pretty set at the defensive tackle position, and it will be a dog fight for the limited reserve spots.
Despite the talent, Nowak's chances of making the final roster are slim.
LB J.K. Schaffer (Cincinnati)
Schaffer is one of the more intriguing members of the undrafted free agent class in my opinion.
He had a very successful career at linebacker while at Cincinnati. He posted three consecutive seasons with 100 tackles or more and is probably one of the best linebackers in Big East history.
But looking at him, you would not think he is an NFL linebacker, which is probably the reason why he was not selected.
Schaffer stands at 6'0'' and weighs 232 pounds, about what his fellow linebackers weigh, but does not look or play like an NFL linebacker. I would not be surprised if Schaffer becomes a special teams ace for the Jags and possibly makes a move to safety, as the linebacker corps is rather crowded in Jacksonville.
Schaffer has a high motor and is known to make some big hits. Sounds like a very good special teams player to me. I think Schaffer may surprise some people and make the final roster.
LB Julian Stanford (Wagner)
Wagner's defense must have made a good impression on the Jaguars scouts, as they brought in two players for training camp. Stanford has a very versatile skill set that will impress coaches during training camp.
He is about the same size as Schaffer, meaning that he is not very big, but he was still very good against the run while at Wagner. He has the ability to run down plays from the back side and is very good in coverage.
During the 2011 season, he recorded 53 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions. Unless he makes a splash covering kicks, I don't see him making the final roster.
TE Matt Veldman (North Dakota)
Veldman will catch some eyeballs with his 6'7'' frame, but his frame is not matched by his athleticism or his college productivity.
According to Pro Football Weekly, Veldman does have good hands, and with his big body, creates a little margin for error for quarterbacks, but his limited speed means he will not stretch the field for the offense.
He does a lot of things, however. He's a good blocker, which bodes well in a running offense, and he can even long-snap. But with four other tight ends on the roster, I believe Veldman will be eventually given his walking papers.
Jaguars 2012 Free Agency and Trade Additions
The Jaguars were surprisingly active during free agency this offseason, and this what they brought in.
WR Laurent Robinson (Signed March 14)
Robinson had a breakout season in 2011 with 54 receptions, 858 yards and 11 touchdowns, which earned him a five-year deal from the Jags. Robinson is entering training camp as the No. 1 receiver ahead of rookie Justin Blackmon.
Despite a good 2011 season, it was just one season. Robinson will still have much to prove this season, and it starts with getting into a rhythm with quarterback Blaine Gabbert during camp. Robinson will undoubtedly make the team and is expected to be a big contributor this season.
QB Chad Henne (Singed March 15)
Henne was brought in to be a veteran backup for Gabbert. Henne finished last season on the bench, however, due to an injured shoulder.
His last full season as the starter in Miami was unimpressive, as he threw 15 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.
Henne may not be the guy fans would want to turn the team over to in the event Gabbert fails, but new head coach Mike Mularkey must have seen something in him to deem him the second quarterback on the roster.
CB Aaron Ross (Signed March 20)
Ross will not only bring his talents to the Jaguars secondary, he will also bring a winning attitude—something the Jaguars have been lacking for quite some time.
He may also bring a bit of swagger to the defense, and that may be the missing ingredient from making an already good defense great.
Ross' numbers last season were not all that impressive, with 60 tackles and four interceptions, but they didn't have to be on a talented defense like the New York Giants.
WR Lee Evans (Signed April 16)
Evans is in Jacksonville on a one-year deal, so it seems like a low-risk situation for the Jaguars to bring him in.
Mularkey drafted Evans in Buffalo, so they have a bit of a connection there, and it should get Evans a spot on the roster for this season.
Beyond that is up to Evans. If Evans stays healthy and is productive, he may stay another year. If he only plays in nine games like he did in 2011, then he won't be in Jacksonville for long.
FB Naufahu Tahi (Signed May 7)
Tahi will be competing for a job at fullback against Brock Bolen and longtime Jaguar Greg Jones.
As I mentioned earlier, Tahi seems to be the best of both worlds for the Jaguars. He has the experience, whereas Bolen does not, but he isn't too long in the tooth, something Jones is.
CB Reggie Corner (Signed June 20)
Corner is another former Buffalo Bill, but he was not coached by Mike Mularkey. Corner was actually cut by the Bills before last season but was brought back after injuries depleted their secondary.
Corner will have to earn his spot in a very crowded secondary for the Jaguars.
Game-by-Game Preseason Analysis and Predictions
The Jaguars' preseason schedule makes for some tough matchups with all four coming against playoff teams from last season.
It is the preseason, however, and with players most people have never heard of playing the majority of these games, anything is liable to happen.
Week 1 vs. New York Giants
This will be the first the Giants step on the field since they hoisted the Vince Lombardi Trophy back in February. Unfortunately, you will not get to see much of the starters from either team in this one, as teams usually don't play them much in the first game.
It will be Blaine Gabbert's first glimpse of that potent Giants defensive line. Gabbert may stay in a little longer than usual, as Mularkey may want to get a nice long look at what he can do against a defense like New York's.
It will be interesting to see Giants rookie wide receiver Rueben Randle against the Jaguars secondary after the starters leave the game.
Prediction: Giants 20, Jaguars 17
Week 2 @ New Orleans Saints
If this were the third preseason game, fans would get to see Drew Brees and that high-scoring offense in New Orleans and how it would fare against a revamped secondary in Jacksonville.
We will not get that too long in this game, but it will still be worth keeping an eye on while the starters are in.
The matchup to watch here for the Jags is their receivers against the Saints defense, which was not very good last season. Not to mention the tumultuous offseason the entire organization has had.
What can the Jaguars do against a pass defense that was ranked 30th in the league last season? This game may tell you.
Prediction: Jaguars 27, Saints 17
Week 3 @ Baltimore Ravens:
This is where you will get your best look at the 2012 Jaguars. The starters will play the majority of the game on both sides, and it will be a good barometer of who can do what.
The biggest thing to watch is how the new-look Jaguars offense will look against a good Ravens defense that will more than likely not hold much back.
If the Jaguars can handle that type of atmosphere in M&T Bank Stadium, where the Ravens did not lose a game in 2011, things may have a very positive outlook heading into the regular season.
The Jags will look good, but the Ravens will still pull it out in the end.
Prediction: Ravens 24, Jaguars 17
Week 4 vs. Atlanta Falcons
Training camp will be ending, and the starters will be sitting this one out for the most part. This will be a very important game, though, as guys will still be fighting for their jobs.
A guy who will be fighting for his job will be Mike Brown. Look for him to have a big day to solidify his place on the 2012 Jaguars.
Prediction: Jaguars 28, Falcons 14
Projecting the Final 53-Man Roster
Head coach Mike Mularkey and the rest of the coaching staff will be left to make some very difficult decisions at the end of training camp as to who will make up the 2012 Jacksonville Jaguars.
Here's how I think it will go down.
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