Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Another Solid Outing from No. 1 Defense

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Another Solid Outing from No. 1 Defense

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Byline: BART HUBBUCH

TAMPA --The Jaguars' first-team defense continues to be as dominant in games as in practice this summer.

The Jaguars' starters didn't allow the Tampa Bay offense a first down until the Buccaneers' fourth series of the game Saturday night.

The Bucs went three-and-out on each of their first two possessions and took a 3-0 lead against the Jaguars' No. 1 defense only after recovering a muffed Chad Owens punt return at the Jacksonville 25-yard line.

The Jaguars' starting defense was especially tough against the run, limiting Bucs first-round draft pick Carnell Williams to 12 yards in his first five NFL carries.

"Even if we go out there and dominate a team, we still need to get better," Jaguars free safety Deon Grant said.

The Jaguars' starting defense played without strong safety Donovin Darius, who suffered a slight concussion in Thursday's practice. He was replaced by Deke Cooper.

Also missing from the starting lineup was outside linebacker Daryl Smith because of a hamstring injury. Veteran Greg Favors started in place of Smith.

CORNERBACK REPORT

Chris Thompson became the latest prospect to take his turn in the Jaguars' quest for a starting right cornerback.

With leading candidate David Richardson still sidelined by a sprained right ankle, Thompson started in his place against Tampa Bay but had a quiet first half. The second-year pro shared duties with veteran Kenny Wright, who was credited with a pass breakup.

"It was a great experience, a great adrenaline rush," Thompson said. "I went out there and had a few butterflies, but that's normal. After the first couple of plays, I was in the swing of things."

Rookie Scott Starks started in place of Richardson last weekend against the Miami Dolphins, and had nickel (third) cornerback duties Saturday night.

COSTLY MISTAKE

Rookie running back Alvin Pearman lost a fumble the first time he touched the ball Saturday night. …

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