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Jags need a hot ticket

Join Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.

Jim from Orange Park, FL:
Have you set a date for your golf outing?

Vic: You must be one of those whose computer isn't displaying the golf tournament registration advertisement. The golf tournament is set for Friday, Aug. 20, at Osprey Cove and registration is nearing an end. If you wanna play in the event, click on this link.

Steve from Julington Creek, FL:
Who do you think will have the biggest impact this year, Greg Jones, Rashad Jennings or Deji Karim?

Vic: I expect them all to have impact in their specific roles, but Karim's potential role offers the possibility of major impact. Based on what I saw in OTAs, Karim appears to have open-field, big-play ability. I expect him to be a pass-catcher out of the backfield and if the Jags can get him the ball in open space, look out. I'm really looking forward to seeing what Karim will do in the preseason. He could be a game-changer for the Jags offense. He could be that other weapon the offense needs.

Steve from Jacksonville:
Assuming the reports of the naming rights deal are true, this represents a significant step in securing the future of pro football in Jacksonville. Would you agree?

Vic: I would agree. It sends a strong positive signal about the team's ability to develop revenue streams. The past couple of years, Jacksonville Municipal Stadium had no name on it and empty seats in it and that's a bad combination. Now it appears it will have a name on it, leaving only the seats in it to be filled for the future of professional football in Jacksonville to be secure.

Jason from Jacksonville:
Ah, Vic, you sly dog. As soon as the EverBank announcement hit my inbox I recognized the "exciting news" you hinted at back in June.

Vic: I expect some more exciting news to be on the horizon. It's not as exciting as stadium naming rights, but it's the kind of news that could put ticket sales over the top.

Blair from Sierra Vista, AZ:
Can you please provide some information on Troy Williamson? I haven't read his name once in any article all offseason. Is he not in the team's plans? Is he not being allowed to compete for the number two receiver position? What's his status?

Vic: He's being allowed to compete, it's just that he didn't have the kind of spring this year that he had last year, and that's caused him to fall beneath other receivers as we head into training camp. That fact became apparent when his coach failed to mention him in an analysis of the position at the end of OTAs. What does it mean? Not much, because training camp and the preseason count for a lot more than spring underwear practices do. If Williamson wants to be the Jaguars' number two receiver, now is the time to turn it on.

Jeff from Jacksonville:
I just watched a video online for what happens if you win the Super Bowl in Madden 2011 with the Jaguars. It's very detailed and the announcer states how there were rumblings that the team might leave Florida and how the fans wouldn't let their team go. I know it wasn't real, but it made me think what if. What if the tickets start going and the team gets hot. What if?

Vic: If the tickets start going and the team gets hot, you get a hot ticket and that's exactly what this team and this town needs. Go back to that Monday night game against the Steelers in 2006. That was a hot-ticket game, which means that it was a game for which it was difficult to get a ticket. That's the way it's supposed to be. When it gets like that, no one will mention the Jaguars as a candidate to move.

John from Jacksonville:
How many teams in the NFL have general managers that you think are better talent evaluators than Gene Smith at this point?

Vic: He's as good an evaluator of talent as I have ever known.

Aaron from Jacksonville:
If you had just two offensive plays you'd like to see in the rotation this year near the goal line, what would you call.

Vic: Trap and trap pass; it sure has worked for the Colts for a lot of years. It's so simple, yet, so perfect in its design and execution for a short-area play. Your guards show trap, which freezes the linebackers, and then you throw to the tight end, who you've isolated on a linebacker. If you catch them playing pass, you run it. If they play run, you throw it. The defense is left to play a guessing game. The execution of the play is so quick, it's over before the defense has time to recover.

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