Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Brief Glimpse of New Jags' Combo; Taylor, Jones Will Be in Starting Lineup Tonight; Fans Will Get Longer Look at Leftwich, Vick

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Brief Glimpse of New Jags' Combo; Taylor, Jones Will Be in Starting Lineup Tonight; Fans Will Get Longer Look at Leftwich, Vick

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Byline: VITO STELLINO

The Jaguars will put a new spin on the offense tonight against the Atlanta Falcons at Alltel Stadium.

For the first time, veteran running back Fred Taylor will be on the field with this year's top draft pick, wide receiver Matt Jones, as the Jaguars attempt to add some offensive zip in their third preseason game.

But the Jaguars are likely to give fans in the stands -- the ESPN telecast will be blacked out locally -- only a brief glimpse of their top veteran running back. Coach Jack Del Rio said Wednesday that Taylor's time on the field "could be real short. It won't be real long."

Because Taylor isn't expected to play in the final regular preseason game at Dallas next Thursday night, this will be his one cameo appearance of the preseason.

Jones, meanwhile, is likely to play longer in his first appearance as the third receiver on passing downs with the starting unit.

Jones had five catches for 93 yards playing with the backups the first two games.

Quarterback Byron Leftwich sounded excited Wednesday about the prospect of playing with both Taylor and Jones. With the exception of Taylor, the other first-teamers figure to play at least the entire first half.

"I am excited we're going to play longer,'' Leftwich said. "It is more and more like a real game. It is exciting to see Fred (Taylor) out there in the huddle and kind of get him into it.''

As for Jones, Leftwich said, "He is beginning to get his legs back and he is beginning to get faster. He is a guy that will always make plays. There are not a lot of people in this league that you can say that about."

In the first two preseason games, the Jaguars' offense has not scored a touchdown and experienced some of the same problems as last year when they ranked 21st in yardage, 29th in scoring and 31st in red-zone offense.

Leftwich said he isn't concerned about the offense's slow start in the first two preseason games, and suggested that offensive coordinator Carl Smith is holding plenty back for the Sept. …

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