Jaguars vs. Eagles Preview

By sheriholt
Garrard takes a snap from center Brad Meester.

As the Jacksonville Jaguars prepare to take on the Philadelphia Eagles this Friday night, there are a few important match-ups that may be an indication of what’s to come.  Given that key starters will not play more than a just a couple of series, Jaguar fans will be looking very closely at the offensive and defensive lines as well as the passing game.

Offensive Line

Will we  even see Eben Britton and Eugene Monroe? If we do, how will they fare against DE Trent Cole who is coming off a 12.5 sack season in 2009?  Protecting David Garrard is vital for the Jaguars to have any chance of making the playoffs this season.

Defensive Line

From all indications Derrick Harvey is having a phenomenal training camp and Tyson Alualu is said to be the real deal.  Will we see some early pressure on Eagles QB Kevin Kolb?  Coming off of a team total 14 sacks in 2009, the Jaguars must get to the Quarterback in 2010.

Passing Game

If QB David Garrard has protection and time to throw to receivers Mike Sims Walker and Mike Thomas, how will he perform against a secondary that includes pro-bowl CB Asante Samuel? 

While some of these questions will still remain throughout the pre-season,  we will start to gain at least a little perspective of how the 2010 Jacksonville Jaguar roster will perform this season.

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