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Spicer, Meier interesting prospects

Join *Jaguars Inside Report *Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.

Nis Stubbs from South Sioux City, NE:
Who do you think might be players this year who might be overlooked but fill an important spot on the Jaguars roster?

Vic: The Jaguars have need for depth to emerge at defensive end, which will give players such as Paul Spicer and Rob Meier an opportunity to emerge as something more than roster filler. Aaron Koch is a second-year guard/tackle of interest who could emerge as a valuable swingman. John Wade could be that same kind of player at center/guard. There are a lot of players of interest at this point in time. A couple of months from now, we'll start to get an idea who's for real.

Bob Rutter from Neptune Beach, FL:
Who takes Mike Logan's place as "nickel" defensive back?

Vic: Jason Craft and Kiwaukee Thomas are the obvious candidates. Craft really came on late last season.

David Wielgus from Orlando, FL:
As a die-hard Jags fan, I'd like to see Alltel Stadium shake things up a bit. I feel the gameday experience, outside of the big rivalries, is getting a bit stale and predictable. How many times must one listen to Gary Glitter's Rock & Roll, YMCA, Sweet Home Alabama or Happy Anniversary, before being driven to madness? Even worse is the tiresome drum-clap, which is supposed to get everyone excited, which hasn't changed since day one. To keep it short, I won't even mention the nonsense that goes on at halftime or Jaxson de Ville's tired act. My point is that for the casual fans this is all great entertainment, but for those of us who buy most of the tickets, gameday is becoming Groundhog Day. Why does Alltel Stadium follow the pack, instead of providing entertainment from outside the box? You go to all the games, do you feel my pain?

Vic: David, I'm the last person in the world to ask about these things. I just found out the Beatles broke up. I'm sorry I can't answer your questions, but I've presented them for those who make these decisions to see.

Yvonne C. Heikkinen from St. Augustine, FL:
I've been a fan and a season ticket holder of the Jags from year one. Last year, because of the high expectations and factors such as injuries and player problems, it became a huge disappointment. However, I'm still going to go to all of the home games and root for my team and hope, and pray that the weather, namely, rain, rain, rain, doesn't add to what might be a tough season for me and the rest of us die-hard faithful who come to every game. Anyway, what kind of a season do you think this team will have?

Vic: I've withheld my prediction for the 2001 season until I could gather more information, but I'm starting to get a little bit of a feel for the Jaguars' prospects. I think the Jaguars have a greater range of upside and downside than they've had in the past, largely because they're counting on so many young players to contribute immediately, and because this team absolutely can not afford to have any key players injured. When you look at the stars they have on offense, you believe this team can be a playoff contender and more. When you consider what must be done to plug obvious holes, logic suggests that not all of the pieces will fall in place. Considering that the Jaguars are playing in what I believe is the NFL's toughest division, I think the Jaguars have a 10-6 to 6-10 range. If everything goes right, this team can go 10-6 and make the playoffs. If they lose key players, it will be tough for this team to compete.

James Bridges from White Oak, PA:
Is the Jaguars offensive line capable to bringing the offense to its greatness of past years?

Vic: The Jaguars are not going to start the season as they did in 1999, when they had two tackles of star quality and three proven guards, but this offensive line offers far more promise than concern. Right guard and right tackle are the positions that must be filled, and the candidates for those jobs are impressive. Can second-round pick Maurice Williams step in at tackle right away? Are Zack Wiegert and John Wade recovered from last season's injuries and ready to compete for the starting right guard job? Is sixth-round guard Chad Ward as good as he's looked in practices recently? What about players such as tackle Mark Baniewicz and guard/tackle Aaron Koch? In my opinion, the Jaguars have re-stocked their offensive line shelf with a lot of capable prospects. With a little bit of luck, the two spots on the right side of the line will be solved quickly, and if that happens, this offense has the ability to be dramatic.

Vic Ketchman is the Senior Editor of Jaguars Inside Report, the official team newspaper of the Jacksonville Jaguars. One-year subscriptions may be purchased by calling 1-888-846-5247.

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