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Jags spent big on defense, now pieces must come together

  • By Pat Kirwan NFL.com
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Jacksonville Jaguars

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Camp Opens
JULY 27
Can the Jaguars fix their pass defense?
The Jaguars gave up more yards per pass attempt than any team in the NFL last season and also surrendered 28 passing touchdowns. They have spent money in free agency on safety Dawan Landry, and linebackers Paul Posluszny and Clint Session. That will help shore up the defense. The release of DE Derrick Harvey was not a surprise but can second-year DE Austen Lane get the job done? Another veteran is needed in the cornerback mix.
If MJD isn't ready, who shares the workload?
Maurice Jones-Drew is a workhorse, but he's coming off a knee injury. He has touched the ball 704 times the last two seasons and it might be time to spell him more often. Rashard Jennings looks like the obvious choice. Last year, Jennings touched the ball 110 times at 6.2 yards per touch. He will get lots of work this summer if he can stay healthy. If not, then someone else has to step up. A lot of decisions have to be made in camp at the position.
Who will step up at wide receiver?
The Jaguars had no intentions of bringing back Mike Sims-Walker, who signed a free-agent deal with the Rams last week. But who replaces the guy that had a combined 14 touchdown receptions the last two seasons and was quickly becoming David Garrard's favorite target? If it's Jason Hill, then who steps into Hill's No. 3 wide receiver spot? Jacksonville could use another veteran wide receiver.

Top position battle

The Jaguars clearly plan on starting rookie Blaine Gabbert at some point. But when will that be? David Garrard will be the likely starter coming out of camp, but who do you think should win the job?

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Regardless of who is QB, which WRs will catch passes?

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