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Jaguars Scrimmage Report

Mathis fights with WR Broussard

The Jaguars annual pre-season scrimmage has evolved into little more than a set of drills inside Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. The 12,190 fans who attended Saturday night did get a little taste of what’s to come. Especially from rookie defensive end Quentin Groves.

Groves and the rest of the rookies were sporting new hair cuts, courtesy of some of the veterans. Groves had the letter “G” carved in the back of his head and had half of his beard shaved off. He took the hazing in stride, then disrupted the short scrimmage.

“Offensively at the end, we couldn’t do anything because Quentin Groves kept coming off the left side,” Del Rio said of the rookie second round pick. “That was good to see.

David Garrard led the offense on an efficient touchdown drive in his only work of the scrimmage. Garrard completed 4 of 5 passes, including a touchdown pass to Matt Jones.

Del Rio has been cautious this year, more than normal. With high expectations for the team, reduced roster sizes without NFL Europa exemptions, and an experienced squad, the Jaguars have been less physical in camp this year, focusing more no the mental side of the game. So the next to last play of the scrimmage portion oft he evening was exactly what Del Rio wanted to avoid. As a mix of second and third teamers worked, rookie fullback Anthony Cotrone went down with a leg injury. Del Rio didn’t have more specific information immediately following the scrimmage, but Cotrone was helped off the field and there is some concern that the injury could be a serious one.

It’s possible that a decision for a roster spot could have come down to Cotrone and fellow rookie Chauncey Washington. And just moments after Cotrone’s injury, Washington took a hand-off, bounced to the outside, and out raced three defenders to the end zone. That was enough for Del Rio, who blew the horn ending the scrimmage, avoiding any other injuries.

Injury Notes:

Jack Del Rio got some good news on the injury front. Wide receiver Reggie Williams, who had his knee scoped, should be back before the end of the preseason, according to the head coach.

Center Brad Meester, who had his injured biceps surgically repaired by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, could be back as soon as October. Until then, Dennis Norman will hold down the center spot.

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