JACKSONVILLE -- Ten things to watch when the Jacksonville Jaguars play the New York Jets in their second 2013 preseason game Saturday at MetLife Stadium . . .
1. Separation at quarterback. If Jaguars fans want to see something, anything, in 2013 Preseason Week 2 it’s something that says, “Yes, this guy is THE guy” at quarterback.
2. Efficiency from Gabbert. Gabbert supporters could easily point last week to three dropped passes and an early pressure as a huge reason he went 5 of 10 for 19 yards and an interception against Miami. And it was true that drops contributed to what many have defined as a bad showing. But at some point, you want to see the offense moving with him behind center whatever the circumstance. He will start Saturday, and he may need to play better than he did against Miami for that to happen again.
3. More downfield from Henne. You want to see this from Gabbert, too, because if anything lacked for the Jaguars’ offense last week it was downfield, attacking passes. But while Henne completed a high percentage, he didn’t go downfield until the final minutes of the first half. You would think there would be more downfield passing from each quarterback, and if Henne is going to make a serious run at the starting job, you’d think there’d be some deep and intermediate stuff.
4. A strong effort from MJD. Don’t blink, because if you do, you’ll probably miss the 2013 debut of running back
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7. Putting on a rush. The Jaguars’ defensive front put pressure on Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill early last week. That was a good sign. A better sign would be to do it two consecutive weeks. The team is still trying to figure out who will get pressure from outside opposite veteran
8. Cohesion on the line. The offensive line played well in spots last week. Talking to linemen this week, the consensus was “in spots” isn’t enough for an offensive line. Consistency is the goal. Rookie right tackle
9. Big opportunities. Injuries offer young players chances. With
10. Improvement offensively. The Jaguars weren’t thrilled with a 27-3 loss to Miami last week, but they weren’t as discouraged as many fans. Still, they want to see fewer turnovers – there were four by the Jaguars last week – and the offense needs to be productive. There’s a belief this offense will be improved, but you want to show it on the field in preseason before you get to the regular season.