Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Porter Wants the Ball

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Porter Wants the Ball

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Jerry Porter made his Jaguars debut against the Houston Texans last Sunday, but it's too early to call the veteran wide receiver's one-catch performance an indication of what the future holds.

Asked Wednesday about his chances of developing into a playmaker as the season unfolds, Porter said: "Who's made a big play when the ball ain't thrown to him? So throw the ball to me. I'll catch it. That's it."

When questioned about Porter's contention that his big-play ability is limited by a lack of passes thrown his way, Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said, "That's true."

"At some point, he'll get more involved and catch more balls," Del Rio added. "That will happen as we continue to build this thing. But we're not going to force it to justify any contract or try to make somebody happy. We're just going to work our team and put our best effort out there to try and win games. I don't think this needs to be a daily story about one person."

Signed to a six-year contract worth $30.4 million, with $10 million guaranteed, Porter underwent hamstring surgery in July and missed all of training camp and the Jaguars' first three games before playing last weekend against the Texans.

Porter was recently ranked No. 9 on Fox Sports' "Top 10 cases of buyer's remorse." The list is a "look at 10 players who have given their teams a case of buyer's remorse one month into the regular season." Former Jaguars wide receiver Ernest Wilford ($13 million deal with the Miami Dolphins, with $6 million guaranteed) is No. 4 on the list.

Porter said his hamstring is fine, and he hopes to erase any sentiment that his high-dollar contract was unjustified.

"It's just a matter of [quarterback David Garrard] throwing and [me] catching," Porter said. "I feel comfortable enough where if they call the plays and we go out and execute, it should be pitch and catch."


Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin showed a sense of humor Wednesday when asked about a controversial run by Garrard in last season's playoff game.

NFL officials acknowledged that Garrard's 32-yard run on fourth-and-2 during the fourth quarter of the Jaguars' 31-29 victory might have been aided by a Khalif Barnes block that should have been flagged for holding. …

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