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Jacksonville Jaguars WR Ace Sanders With the first official preseason game set to get underway later this evening in Canton, Ohio football season is just around the corner. The Jacksonville Jaguars open up their preseason action August 9th, against the Miami Dolphins and there will be many things to watch for. In my mind, there are five keys to the Jags first action of the 2013 season. 5. Can the Jags rush the quarterback? The Jaguars are known around the NFL as a team that can’t sack the quarterback. In 2012, the Jags ranked dead last in the league in sacks with a measly 20. The Raiders, who were 31st, still finished with 5 more at 25. With a line that couldn’t possibly get any worse, it does look improved coming into this season. A healthy Jeremy Mincey and Jason Babin will provide veteran leadership and experience, but don’t expect to see these guys play much next week. Against the Dolphins you will see a rotation of guys at the defensive tackle position which is still unsure through training camp. Another thing to watch will be 4th year player Tyson Alualu who will be transitioning from DT to DE. 4. Will the Jags be able to protect the quarterback? Switching over from defensive to offensive line, much is still in question to how the Jags will line up. The tackles look to be set, with veteran Eugene Monroe guarding the left side, and rookie Luke Joeckel guarding right. At center, Brad Meester will be out there again in his 14th season. However, at guard the Jags have some options, and it all begins with the two men who didn’t play a snap all last season. Uche Nwaneri and Will Rackley should start, but it will be interesting to see who the Jags rotate in next week. It will not only be key to see the line block for the quarterbacks, but create holes for the backs as well. 3. How will the Jags use Denard Robinson and Ace Sanders? In the 4th and 5th round of this year’s draft the Jaguars drafted two speedsters set to improve a struggling and lack luster offense of a year ago. Sanders has already shown flashes of his return game through training camp, and will look to do the same against the Dolphins. With Robinson, look for the Jags to show glimpses of a wildcat package that will be used often come the regular season. Regardless of how there used, these two rookies will bring firepower to the offense. 2. Will we see the Maurice Jones-Drew of old? After an injury filled 2012 season, and an off-season of uncertainty, Drew is said to be 100 percent and ready to go. Being the first pre-season game don’t expect to see the star running back for more than a series or two. Jaguar fans everywhere will look to see if Drew can show speed, agility and the ability to attack defenders as he did 2 years ago. No. 32 will once again be back on the field, and we’ll get to see a glimpse of what he’s got left in the tank. 1.  Who will shine at quarterback? It is no secret the Jags currently have an intense battle at quarterback brewing. The youngster Blaine Gabbert and veteran Chad Henne will each get their turns with the first team offense next week, and they both intend to put on a show. It will be good to see who connects with the receivers and who looks most comfortable leading the offense. Starting next Friday, both QB’s will have 4 games to prove why they should start week 1 under center, and they will not only have to win over the coaches and teammates but Jaguar fans as well.

Two rookies to watch for the Jacksonville Jaguars this season

Jacksonville Jaguars WR/RB Denard Robinson The Jacksonville Jaguars have never been a team known for having the fastest offenses. Looking at receivers past, you see bigger guys such as an Earnest Wilford, Reggie Williams, and even a Matt Jones. One similarity when comes to the receiving corps that carried these guys are losing seasons. Even when the Jags put forth players such as...

WR Ace Sanders takes spotlight at Jags' scrimmage

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Massive Crowd Shows Up For Jaguars Scrimmage

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Jaguars waive/injured WR Price, OL Milhim

The Jacksonville Jaguars have waived receiver Taylor Price and guard Stephane Milhim. If they are not claimed off waivers in the next five days, both injured players will revert to the team's injured reserve. Price (foot) and Milhim (foot) opened training camp on the physically unable to perform list, both with stress fractures. Neither got healthy enough to practice before...

Gabbert, Henne make little progress in scrimmage

Jacksonville's quarterback competition isn't close to being settled, even after a week of training camp and a Saturday night scrimmage. Blaine Gabbert threw for 40 yards and two touchdowns - both in goal-line drills - but did little to distance himself as the team's starter. Chad Henne threw for 64 yards and a score - also in goal-line drills - but was sacked five times...

Jacksonville Jaguars 2013: What to Expect From Their Scrimmage

It may only be a scrimmage for the Jacksonville Jaguars, but a story will be told at EverBank Field tonight.While the team will go through its pre-practice routine of warm ups and conditioning, there will be live action and work with the first and second units, allowing head coach Gus Bradley and his staff to really begin the evaluation process for this team and put together a game...

Jacksonville Jaguars 2013: 4 Things We Learned at the Scrimmage

If there was a learning curve for the Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday night, they certainly met it. If Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley wanted a few players to stand out, they certainly did.There were lots of positives to be taken from Saturday night. Anyway you look at it, the Jaguars are improving. Don't jump for playoff tickets quite yet, but there is improvement, there is determination...

Jaguars waive WR Taylor Price, G Stephane Milhim

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars have waived receiver Taylor Price and guard Stephane Milhim. If they are not claimed off waivers in the next five days, both injured players will revert to the team's injured reserve. Price (foot) and Milhim (foot) opened training camp on the physically unable to perform list, both with stress fractures. Neither got healthy enough...

Jacksonville Jaguars 2013: Observations From Training Camp 8/5

Maybe the best thing Blaine Gabbert could have done last week was injure his ankle.Since the incident on Monday, which saw the third-year quarterback from Missouri on the ground for a short period of time and his ankle subsequently taped, all he has done is look sharper in the way he is letting the ball go in his delivery.That can only mean good news for the Jaguars.And after seeing...

R.I.P Jag Rag, Jacksonville Jaguars fans can no longer buy Duval’s favorite towel

After one glorious year of teal and black existence, the "Jag Rag" is no more. The NFL is taking this Jacksonville ripoff of the Terrible Towel off the market.

Maurice Jones-Drew Gives Kids Free Backpacks Filled With School Supplies at Jaguars Camp (Photo)

To paraphrase Paul Pierce, Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is the classic example of a great player on a bad team. Jones-Drew, who has rushed for more than 1,300 yards in three of the last four seasons, would probably prefer a playoff appearance or two along with his gaudy statistics, but it’s not his fault the Jags have been stuck with Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert calling...

Former Steelers LS Luke Ingram Claimed Off Waivers By Jaguars

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