As the Jaguars approach their pre-season opener, there is still no immediate signing of Derrick Harvey expected.
When camp began, Jack Del Rio admitted that there is a point that an unsigned draft pick starts to lose value to the team. Has Derrick Harvey gotten to that point yet?
Probably not, but you have to wonder where that line in the mind of the Jaguars coaches.
Can Harvey come to camp and make an immediate impact?
“There is a certain amoung of work that has to be done,” Jack Del Rio said. “It’s going to delay when he can actually have an impact. The longer he waits, the less of an impact he’ll actually have as a rookie.”
Defensive end Paul Spicer thinks that a young defensive end might be able to make a bit of a difference, but he can’t be his most effective.
“A little bit of it is natural ability,” Spicer said. “Guys can come in, and off God given talent can get to the quarterback.”
But it takes more than just talent to make plays consistently, Spicer warns.
“There is no successful pass rusher who just came and said ‘That’s all me, I didn’t have to do nothin.’ No, you have to work on it.” Spicer said.
That being said, rookies have, in the past, made big impacts as pass rusher. Jevon Kearse, Dwight Freeny and Simeon Rice are among those who have recorded double digit sacks as rookies.
Second round pick Quentin Groves has looked good rushing the passer and has received positive reviews from offensive linemen like Maurice Williams and Khalif Barnes. Groves was also singled out by Del Rio after Friday night’s scrimmage.
Was that a message for Harvey? Maybe. But Groves’ performance in pre-season games might just give the Jaguars more leverage…then again, it could go just the other way.
Linebacker Clint Ingram said that he might be back on the practice field this evening after leaving practice Monday with an ankle injury. He also thinks that he might play on Saturday in the pre-season opener.
When asked what he thought of the current state of rookie contracts, Spicer replied “I wish I was 25 again.”
Here’s an interesting scenario to consider: Brad Meester will likely be out until October recovering from his biceps surgery. The Jaguars will have to keep Meester around in the meantime, eating up a roster spot. Might that spot cost Matt Jones? As far as the wide receiver are concerned, Jerry Porter, Reggie Williams, Mike Walker, Dennis Northcutt and Troy Williamson seem to be in. Would the Jaguars keep more than five receivers on the roster? They may have to use one of the last roster spots on a player who would help on special teams, or maybe an extra offensive linemen to have around in case of another injury up front. That could make it tough for anyone outside of those top five receivers to make the squad.