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3 Jacksonville Jaguars
Tim Layden
September 03, 2007
In the eternal pursuit of the Colts, the defense will do its part and the run game should be solid--and it still won't be enough
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September 03, 2007

3 Jacksonville Jaguars

In the eternal pursuit of the Colts, the defense will do its part and the run game should be solid--and it still won't be enough

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Shula has worked with Leftwich on his footwork in the pocket and tried to quicken his release. Koetter, who was fired after six years as coach at Arizona State, will give him more shots at throwing downfield. A good offensive line, however, was dealt a blow when veteran center Brad Meester broke his right ankle early in training camp; he will miss at least the first month of the season.

Even if Leftwich is substantially improved, it remains uncertain if Jacksonville has the receiving personnel to worry defenses. Former first-round draft picks Reggie Williams (ninth in 2004 out of Washington) and Matt Jones (a quarterback at Arkansas before being taken 21st in '05) are expected to be sitting behind Northcutt and Ernest Wilford at the start of the season. "All our receivers know what we need and what we expect," says Del�Rio. "It's their responsibility to get on the field and make plays."

If they do, and if Leftwich is effective, the Jaguars are a threat to unseat the potentially vulnerable Colts in the AFC�South. If the passing game sputters, they will fall short.

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP

WITH 2006 STATISTICS

COACH JACK DEL RIO (34-30 in NFL), fifth season with Jaguars

OFFENSE

DENNIS NORTHCUTT "NEW ACQUISITION"

POS WR

REC 22

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