Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NOTEBOOK; Groves Starts, but No Impact

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

NOTEBOOK; Groves Starts, but No Impact

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Byline: VITO STELLINO

The Jaguars gave second-round draft pick Quentin Groves a major test Saturday night, and he didn't appear to earn a passing grade.

With Reggie Hayward sidelined with a sore hamstring, the Jaguars decided to give Groves the start. But he didn't make any tackles in the first quarter and failed to get a rush on Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington.

Groves was consistently blocked by five-year veteran Vernon Casey and his name didn't appear in the stat sheet.

Groves was replaced by Kenny Pettway, who started last week against the Atlanta Falcons. But Pettway also struggled.

NO PROGRESS ON HARVEY

The holdout of defensive end Derrick Harvey, the Jaguars' first-round draft pick, reached its 22nd day.

The talks have been at a stalemate since July 28 when the Jaguars made their second offer.

Harvey's agent sent the team a proposal that moved in the direction of the halfway point between the seventh and ninth pick. But the new proposal didn't jump-start the talks because the Jaguars haven't changed their position.

FOURTH-DOWN GAMBLES

Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio picked up where he left off last year when he faced a 4th-and-2 at the Dolphins' 49-yard line in the second quarter.

Last year, Del Rio went for it 33 times and the Jaguars made it 19. Both were league highs.

So it was no surprise that Del Rio went for it and quarterback David Garrard went for the touchdown when Mike Walker broke open deep in the middle of the field. But Garrard overthrew him, and the Jaguars turned over the ball.

Del Rio went for it again on 4th-and-1 at the Dolphins' 11 later in the second quarter when he passed up a field-goal attempt. The Jaguars again called a pass play, and this time, Garrard threw a 9-yard pass for a first down to the Jaguars' 2. But they didn't score when Maurice Drew fumbled the ball out of the end zone. …

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