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ENEMY LINES
Josh Elliott
September 02, 2002
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Jaguars
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September 02, 2002

Enemy Lines

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Jaguars

"When they let all those guys go in the off-season, it was clear they were waving the white flag. Still, they could surprise people, but only if Jimmy Smith, Fred Taylor and Mark Brunell play all 16 games. With those guys on the field, this team compares with the Colts. If Smith ends his holdout, he'll be good again. But he's 33 and only a year removed from major surgery, so I think the Jags are smart not to rework his deal. Once he loses a step, he's done. When Taylor's healthy, he's as good as any back in the AFC, but his body just doesn't hold up to the pounding. You need him in there to keep the heat off Brunell. He's the key to everything, which has to scare Tom Coughlin....

Stacey Mack was impressive last year, but he's not the game-breaking back that the offense needs....

The offensive line is too young to be effective, though signing Chris Naeole was a great move. He's solid and savvy and can play guard or center....

Jacksonville's defense looks really bad. Their two young tackles, John Henderson and Marcus Stroud, lack intensity....

Fernando Bryant is an underrated corner, and he's the only one who offenses will worry about....

Jason Craft has to play more confidently, because teams will be going after him....

Donovin Darius has to stay healthy. He hits a ton for a safety and has Pro Bowl ability back there....

If Coughlin loses the locker room, this will be a long year. He's going to have to be careful not to wear on his veterans."

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