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Focus on passing game


The emphasis in practice this week will be on the passing game, which is not performing to head coach Jack Del Rio's satisfaction and began the week with lackluster results in Monday morning's practice.

"I am unhappy about that. I think we need to throw it and catch it better," Del Rio told reporters following a practice dominated by the Jaguars defense.

In 11-on-11 this morning, rookie wide receiver Chad Owens sneaked behind safety Donovin Darius to catch a long pass from Byron Leftwich. Otherwise, it was a morning when quarterbacks found themselves hunting for open receivers and receivers dropped too many passes when they were open.

"Clearly, the coverage is ahead of what we want to do. The key is to focus on it getting better and not begin to press," Del Rio said.

Friday night's scrimmage left the Jaguars and more than 14,000 fans at Alltel Stadium a little on the disappointed side; too many drops, not enough completions. It resulted in the Jaguars only scoring one touchdown, and that wouldn't have happened had it not been for a personal foul penalty against linebacker Mike Peterson that gave the offense a fresh set of downs at the one-yard line.

Fred Taylor was included in several of the plays in this morning's practice. Del Rio said Taylor will not play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins, but Taylor appeared to run with quickness and shiftiness this morning. It may have been the most work Taylor has seen in this training camp, as he continues his recovery from offseason knee surgery.

"He's progressing like we've hoped he would," Del Rio said.

"It's coming," quarterbacks coach Ken Anderson said of the passing game. "You see real good examples of it."

The Jaguars are scheduled to practice in "shells" this evening at 7:15. They are to be in full pads in the second practices on Tuesday (7:15 p.m.) and Wednesday (4:15 p.m.).

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