Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Finding Their Rhythm; Five Things to Watch Tonight as Jaguars Starters Get Extended Time

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Finding Their Rhythm; Five Things to Watch Tonight as Jaguars Starters Get Extended Time

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Byline: Tania Ganguli

It doesn't count yet.

But tonight in Buffalo, the Jaguars will play a game that will more closely resemble a regular-season game than any other so far in the preseason. Starters will likely play into the third quarter, though the Jaguars will still be without running back Maurice Jones-Drew and defensive end Aaron Kampman.

To prepare, the Jaguars spent the week simulating a schedule they'll follow once the real games start.

"It's how you receive your information, how you study your opponent, how the game-planning goes in, what the lifting schedule looks like, what the open media at lunch time is like or after practice or whatever," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. "All those processes get in place and we try to create a route that they'll be able to lean on throughout the season."

Five things to watch tonight:

QUARTERBACKS

David Garrard (above) thought he was better last week against the Falcons than many others thought he was. The 10-year veteran did appear to pull ahead of rookie Blaine Gabbert despite the fact that neither threw a touchdown and Garrard threw an interception.

Del Rio wants to see better efficiency on deep throws from Garrard. Also, watch to see how much time coaches give Gabbert against Buffalo's first-team defense.

That will provide insight into their thoughts on the rookie's development.

PAUL POSLUSZNY'S RETURN TO BUFFALO

The Jaguars' new middle linebacker felt a great deal of gratitude and a responsibility toward the Bills when they traded up to draft him in the second round of the 2007 draft. He spent his first four seasons in Buffalo before testing the free-agent market. The Bills came close to matching Jacksonville's offer of six years and $45 million with $15 million guaranteed, but Posluszny wanted to return to a 4-3 defense.

How does he think he'll be received?

"I think it's going to be mixed reactions," Posluszny said. "... Let's be honest, I'm the enemy."

The Jaguars will also see a familiar face on the opposing sideline. The Bills picked up former Jaguar Kirk Morrison this week. He'll be their backup middle linebacker. …

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