Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Williams to Play at Strong Safety

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Williams to Play at Strong Safety

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Brian Williams' move from cornerback to safety might become permanent.

At least that was the indication Monday, when the Jaguars released their unofficial depth chart for Saturday night's preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons.

The team listed Williams as the starter at strong safety, opposite second-year pro Reggie Nelson at free safety.

Other than Williams' move, the depth chart didn't contain many surprises. Because of injuries to Jerry Porter (hamstring) and Reggie Williams (knee) at wide receiver, Troy Williamson and Dennis Northcutt are listed as starters.

Mike Walker and Matt Jones are listed on the second team at receiver. Khalif Barnes, who's competing with Richard Collier at left tackle, is listed as the starter. So is second-year pro Justin Durant, who's competing with Clint Ingram at weakside linebacker.

On the offensive line, Maurice Williams is expected to start at right guard, with Tutan Reyes as his backup. Uche Nwaneri, who was competing with Williams for the start, has become the primary backup to Dennis Norman at center.

Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio often encourages the media not to get caught up in how the depth chart is arranged.


Del Rio singled out defensive end Quentin Groves for his play in Friday's scrimmage, claiming the team's offense couldn't do anything on the left side because of the rookie's presence.

Del Rio's complimentary words could be perceived as a subtle way toward nudging rookie holdout Derrick Harvey into camp, but running back Fred Taylor also said Groves caught his attention.

"They didn't take him that high for no reason," Taylor said. "He moves around very [well], and he is a young guy with a lot of upside."


The Falcons, whom the Jaguars host Saturday night, have five assistant coaches who have spent time on the Jacksonville staff: offensive line coach Paul Boudreau (2003-05), defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder (2005), defensive line coach Ray Hamilton (2003-07), quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave (2003-04) and defensive backs coach Alvin Reynolds (2003-07). …

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