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Vote goes to Manning

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

Jennifer from Las Vegas, NV:
I've read that Byron Leftwich has been working out in the offseason and that he's lost quite a bit of fat. I was wondering if he's not the same weight he's been used to, will it affect his game for the better or worse? Also, could you post pictures of him before and after, for those of us who won't have the opportunity to see him this weekend?

Vic: Jennifer, this isn't a modeling agency or a "fat farm." This is a football team and it's about wins and losses, not before and after pictures. Byron Leftwich is toning his body. He's not in some kind of massive reducing plan that'll require a counseling session with Dr. Phil. Everybody's got this way out of whack. Byron Leftwich is in a program that is intended to strengthen his body, not reduce its size.

John from Jacksonville:
I once had the pleasure of asking Tom Coughlin a question about his work hours and having it published in The Florida Times-Union. I will ask you a similar question. On average, how many hours a day do you spend on "Ask Vic?"

Vic: The time has increased dramatically because the number of questions I receive daily has grown to the point that it takes me a couple of hours a day to read them all. I would estimate that I spend about three hours a day on "Ask Vic."

Justin from Jacksonville:
Is it really worth the millions of dollars NFL teams spend each year to scour the nation for college players who may or may not pan out? Why not just pick the best available player based on the free information available online or on ESPN?

Vic: If I was an owner staring at a $5 million scouting budget, I'd be asking the same question. It's an especially viable question when you consider the draft has become a two-round event. Most teams are not getting much bang from round three on. The Jaguars hit on Aaron Beasley, Akin Ayodele and Vince Manuwai in the third round, but does three picks in 10 justify the money spent on scouting the prospects for that third-round pick? The bottom line, however, is that Cincinnati was always the league's lowest spender on scouting, and we know what it did for them. Why spend all of that money? I guess because that's what's required to be competitive with all of the other teams in the league.

Chris from Jacksonville:
Who will have the biggest impact on his team this season: Drew Henson, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger or Phillip Rivers?

Vic: Eli Manning and Phillip Rivers will probably have the best opportunities to have an impact in their rookie seasons. Drew Henson and Ben Roethlisberger would seem to be developmental players. Manning and Rivers are said to be groomed to the point of being ready to play right away. If I had to pick between the two, I would cast my vote for Manning because he is playing for a coach who is an excellent manager of the quarterback position and who will be relentless in his demands of Manning.

Germaine from New York City, NY:
Where do you see Kerry Collins this season?

Vic: I'm thinking he would be a real nice fit in Arizona; desert air, energetic players' coach, young and talented wide receiver corps, low expectations. Hmmm, comeback player of the year? Coach of the year? All of a sudden, Arizona could become a very interesting team.

Brad from Rocklin, CA:
Will the selection of Daryl Smith help the Jags more than Ben Troupe would have? I must say, I was slightly disappointed when we passed on Troupe in the second round.

Vic: In my opinion, Daryl Smith could make the Jaguars better at all three linebacker positions; it could be a pick that results in a triple upgrade. What impact would Ben Troupe have provided other than as a tight end with deep-seam ability?

Matthew from Melbourne, Australia:
Are you at all worried that by trading Kevin Johnson Jacksonville has provided Baltimore with the only position that they were lacking to make them a Super Bowl threat?

Vic: No.

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