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Jags Backups Beat Up Redskins 31-14

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A lot of the Jags got the night off, but it didn’t matter as the backups took to the spotlight and put up 31 points as Jacksonville closed out the preseason with a 31-14 home win over the Redskins Thursday night.  The now 3-1 Jaguars had 11 players on the inactive list, and coach Jack Del Rio allowed another 19 to change into street clothes just before the opening kickoff.  That meant that 30 players were out of uniform for the Jags, making it a NFL game in name only.  The only starters to see the field were right tackle Tony Pashos and receiver Dennis Northcutt, who only played as a punt returner.

Backup quarterback David Garrard got the start, and played pretty well, going 7-of-10 for 77 yards, while third-teamer Quinn Gray played most of the rest of the way. Gray was 17-of-22 for 172 yards and two touchdowns. He had a 40-yard TD pass to Reggie Williams with 36 seconds remaining in the first half, making it 14-10.  LaBrandon Toefield and Alvin Pearman are going at it for the final running back spot. Toefield, ran 19 times for 84 yards and had a 12-yard TD run. Pearman gained 21 yards on nine carries and had a 28-yard punt return.

The Jags will now sit back and get ready for the regular season opener on September 9th vs the Titans at home.  The cut down day is all that remains for a team that has eyes on a playoff spot in 2007.

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