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Taylor still on top of his game


Fred Taylor said he doesn't do a power rankings but, if he did, it sounds as though he'd have the Jaguars up near the top.

"They'll jump off the bandwagon quick," Taylor said of media that have ranked the Jaguars among the elite teams in the league. "We don't pay any attention to that at all.

"I won't do any ranking," Taylor added. "I feel like we're one of the top teams in the league, but we still have to go out and do it."

The Jaguars will conclude their two-day mini-camp on Saturday afternoon, leaving the team with three OTA practices next week before the long pre-training camp break. So, how do the Jaguars look as they head into their final spring workouts?

On Saturday morning, the pass-offense was outstanding in mid-field drills, but it was the defense that stood out in a red-zone session. None of the offense's passes in that red-zone drill were completed for touchdowns. One came close – Matt Jones had it in his hands over the middle – but it was dropped.

"I feel good. I feel real good," Taylor said. Saturday afternoon's practice is to be Taylor's final of the spring. He'll head back to south Florida to complete his individual conditioning.

"I can do it all still. I still think I'm an every-downs back, but because we have a guy the caliber of Maurice (Jones-Drew), there's no need for it," Taylor said.

Taylor was his usual cat-quick self in the two-day mini-camp. At the age of 32, Taylor would appear to still be capable of being a premier running back, but quarterback David Garrard's performance this spring gives rise to the belief that Garrard is about to become the Jaguars' offensive identity.

Garrard has the undeniable look of a star player. His passes in this mini-camp have been razor sharp. He's never looked better.

"I do feel good about myself mentally, but there are still things I could be better at," Garrard said.

Even with wide receiver Jerry Porter sidelined by a hamstring pull in this mini-camp, Garrard played at a high level. Reggie Williams and Dennis Northcutt have been very impressive this spring, and newcomer Troy Williamson continues to make strides. The wide receiver corps is vastly improved.

The combination of Garrard's emergence and the improvement in the wide receiver corps is fueling the high expectations, and that's fine with Garrard.

"I believe we should have those expectations. We made a pretty good run last year and no one expected us to do it. Now we know how we can play and there's no surprise for us," Garrard said.

Richard Collier played with the first team at left offensive tackle for the second consecutive day, as incumbent Khalif Barnes worked with the second team. In other news, cornerback Rashean Mathis sat out practice for the second day after having sprained a knee early in Friday morning's practice. Mathis said he underwent an MRI and results showed no damage.

Brad Meester's wife, Jamie, addressed the media in thanking people for helping tornado relief aid in the Meester's hometown of Parkersburg, Iowa. is offering for sale a ball cap, the proceeds of which benefit tornado relief.

"I thought I had prepared myself," Jamie Meester said of her recent visit to Parkersburg, "but you can't even put into words what it looks like. By wearing these hats, it's giving them hope. The house I grew up in is gone. You know every person who lives there, so that makes it tougher."

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