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Jags Looking to Go Deep

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During the Jaguars preseason opener, the depe passing game was just a rumor. The longest completed pass of the evening was a 22 yard David Garrard-to-Matt Jones hookup in the first quarter.

That could change this week as free agent signee Troy Williamson will get on the field for the first time in a Jaguars uniform.

Williamson didn’t play in Saturday’s preseason opener against the Falcons because of an upper leg injury (he said it was something in the hip flexor/groin area). But this week, Williamson expects to play and he expects to show off the deep speed that once made him the 7th overall pick of the draft by the Vikings.

“I can’t wait for the opportunity,” WIlliamson said. “I know we stand limited in what we do during the preseason, but hopefully we can get one of those shots down the field and get the crowd going a little bit.”

It doesn’t take a student of the game to appreciated a long bomb. It’s an immediate crowd pleaser. But that has been largely missing from the Jaguars offensive arsenal since Jimmy Smith’s retirement.

What would having a consistent deep threat do for the Jaguars offense?

“It would help us out, big time,” quarterback David Garrard said. “Even if defenses decide to drop people back to take away the deep ball, its going to open things up for our underneath guys, especially our running backs. If you get it in [Fred Taylor] or [Maurice Jones-Drew’s] hands, they can score from 50 yards out.”

We’ve seen Taylor and Jones-Drew score from long range, but the chance to strike fast, especially in situations like immediately following a turnover, or with a second half lead and a chance to put the game away.

We’ll see what kind of preview we get on Saturday night.

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