Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook

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SMOOTH, SMOOTH, SMOOTH

If a preseason game is an indication, the Jaguars are improved

offensively from a year ago, and so is QB Mark Brunell.

In the preseason opener a year ago, the Jaguars' first team

offense -- and particularly Brunell -- struggled, scoring just

three points in the first half of a 24-17 loss to the Giants.

Brunell completed just 3-of-10 passes for 66 yards. Then, he was

trying to get in sync with new WRs Andre Rison and Keenan

McCardell.

Brunell is more comfortable with the offense this season, and

it showed Sunday, when he completed 4-of-6 passes for 60 yards.

The Jaguars' first-team offense scored touchdowns on two of its

first three possessions.

"I felt very comfortable," Brunell said. "Usually, in your

first game in preseason you don't expect to control the line of

scrimmage like we did. You don't expect the efficiency we had.

Now, if we can maintain that throughout the preseason and go

into the season, that's what we're looking for."

A LOW-KEY DEBUT

The best thing the Jaguars' first-round draft selection

could say about his debut was this:

He played.

Which gave him experience, which is about all rookie DT Renaldo

Wynn could say about his performance in the Jaguars' 23-9

victory over the Carolina Panthers in the preseason opener at

Alltel Stadium Sunday. While many veterans on Carolina and

Jacksonville spoke bitterly of whether the Jaguars blitzed too

often, Wynn said he was trying to figure out what was going on.

"It was great," said Wynn, the former Notre Dame star who did

not have a tackle against the Panthers Sunday, "but I definitely

learned out there. You definitely have to be more mentally

prepared at this next level. Everything was going so fast, and

you've got a lot of things going on at one time. …

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