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"THIS OFFENSE will look very similar to what it has been in the past. It's going to be driven primarily by the run.
I know that Maurice Jones-Drew is coming off knee surgery for a torn right meniscus, but I don't think health will be an issue. I've worked with him. He's a tremendous trainer. He takes great care of his body. He'll be the bell cow of the offense again. Bet on another typical season from him.
As a change-of-pace option, Rashad Jennings is a good back. But there's a pretty significant drop-off between Jones-Drew and Jennings. I don't think there'll be anything close to an equal distribution of carries between those guys.
When the running game gets going, David Garrard is a capable quarterback. If he has to win games on his own, he struggles. Because of that I think there will be a legitimate competition in camp between Garrard and rookie Blaine Gabbert. I assume Garrard will be the starter in Week 1, but if the Jags lose to a team they don't think they should lose to, there may be a change early.
There are no dynamic receivers here. Mike Thomas is the No. 1 guy, but when you compare him with the No. 1 receivers on other rosters, I don't think he'd beat them out. He's a good player, but I don't think he'll ever be a great one.
I think the competition to be the No. 2 receiver will be wide open. Jarett Dillard, Jason Hill and Tiquan Underwood are all very equal, but my money is on Dillard.
Tight end Marcedes Lewis is a rising star. Linebackers can't run with him, and defensive backs can't body up with him. I think he'll have a great year."
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