The Jaguars starting offense will get more playing time than the starting defense in Saturday night's preseason opener in Miami.
"We're not going to play the defensive starters very long. We'll play the offensive starters a little longer; into the second quarter," coach Jack Del Rio told reporters following Friday morning's practice, which marked the last day camp was open to the public.
Del Rio's strategy for playing the offense into the second quarter will provide quarterback Byron Leftwich and his young receiving corps with a greater opportunity and test. The Jaguars passing game is clearly the team's greatest area of concern.
"You want to win anything you compete in," Del Rio said of the preseason game against the Dolphins, who will unveil Daunte Culpepper as their new quarterback. "We know it doesn't count in the regular season. There are other things that are very important: evaluating our roster and arriving at the regular season rested and prepared."
Del Rio praised fans who've endured the intense heat during the two weeks of training camp.
"I want to compliment the fans who have showed up. Now we'll get into some private training," Del Rio said. The Jaguars have one week of training camp remaining.
Gerald Sensabaugh missed all of this week's practices due to a sprained ankle. He won't play in Miami and neither will offensive linemen Mike Williams (back) and Dan Connolly (hand), and tight end Brian Jones (knee).
Del Rio provided good news on the ankle injury John Henderson appeared to have sustained in Thursday evening's practice. Henderson was back on the field Friday morning and is likely to play in Miami.
The Jaguars have signed Seth Marler, who was the team's kicker in 2003. Josh Scobee is said to have a leg strain. "If this was a regular season game, he'd be kicking," Del Rio said.
Undrafted rookie quarterback Paul Pinegar was cut to make room for Marler.