Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS; MAKING MOVES Considine Stands out in Scrimmage

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS; MAKING MOVES Considine Stands out in Scrimmage

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It wasn't a real game, or close to one, but the Jaguars weigh their training camp scrimmage more heavily than practice when evaluating players.

And that's a very good thing for safety Sean Considine.

First, he intercepted David Garrard's pass intended for receiver Troy Williamson. Then, Considine plucked a fumble out of the air after backup quarterback Luke McCown was stripped. Then, Considine broke up a pass to receiver Kassim Osgood. It all happened in the span of just a few plays.

"I'm just fighting for a starting spot on this team. I want to make it a tough decision for these coaches," Considine said. "... I think training camp isn't a one-day deal. It's 18 days of work. Things went well for me tonight, it felt good, I was moving good. But I know how training camp is, you don't want to get too high on the highs and too low on the lows."

The Jaguars finished their first full week of practices with a scrimmage inside the stadium in front of 12,482 fans. The scrimmage was only open to season-ticket holders.

Most of the scrimmage didn't involve full-contact tackling - the Jaguars have yet to do much of that in camp.

"We just felt like as a team we got quite a few guys banged-up right now," coach Jack Del Rio said. "Wanted to get some good thud work and not put ourselves at risk too much. We only had a series or two that were actually full contact."

The team rested nine players, including three defensive linemen Tyson Alualu (calf), Austen Lane (hamstring) and D'Anthony Smith, who is likely out for the season with an Achilles injury.

But with the festive atmosphere, under the lights, Del Rio saw it as an opportunity for a further test for his players.

"The atmosphere we create here is more game-like," Del Rio said. "It's not quite like a regular-season game, I understand, but it is more game-like. You see guys every year that show up in this game. They're gamers. When the lights are on, they're at their best. We're looking for those shining lights, guys that are on all the time. We're not interested in those blinking lights."

The scrimmage featured a complicated scoring system through which the offense won, 47-15. …

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