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Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp Chronicles: the Case of the Broken Fence

July 29th, 2011 at 9:29 PM
By Michael Hall

There's a bit of  a mystery down at 1 Everbank Field Drive. and everyone asks one question: Who took down the fence? Early Wednesday morning, someone, allegedly in a Orange Hummer vehicle, crashed into a fence that leads into the stadium. Therefore, we must all ask: Who did it? In this investigation, we have come up with two suspects: Defensive Tackle D'Anthony Smith and Defensive End Derrick Harvey,

D'Anthony Smith was a 3rd round draft pick out of Louisiana Tech in the 2010 NFL Draft. He was said to be a three-technique, penetrating Defensive Tackle and he was expected to be a valuable rotation player that would take some of the pressure off of the two young defensive tackles (Tyson Alualu and Terrance Knighton). Unfortunately for him, in last year's training camp he suffered an Achilles injury that sidelined him for the year before he was even able to play a preseason game. Perhaps, he drove through the fence in order to vent his frustration after waiting over a year to prove himself again. Perhaps the gates were closed, and he wanted to get a head start after being away from the premises for the past 6 months. Who knows?

Derrick Harvey was the 8th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft and was considered a disappointment going into training camp. In the middle of the 2010 season, he lost his starting job to then-rookie Austen Lane and now, he is fighting he is fighting for his NFL life going into his 4th year. The motto for the Jaguars going into this season is "It's GO time". No excuses, no lying back in wait, it's time to go buy tickets, it's time to start winning, and it's time for a deep playoff run. Nobody has exemplified this more than GM Gene Smith, who has signed 26 undrafted free agents, won the bidding war for Paul Posluszny and Clint Session, and has signed all five of his 2011 NFL draft picks.   Perhaps, taking the It's GO Time motto to heart and crashed through the fence. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and when a player is desperately trying to stick on a football team he may do something crazy like drive through a fence. Again, who knows?

This is a bit of a light-hearted edition of Training Camp Chronicles, so don't really take it too seriously. We'll be going over camp battles, team activities, and the other little quirks of training camp. These fun little things will probably be forgotten as we progress through the preseason, but as for the culprit of the Case of the Broken Fence, the world may never know…  

…Or maybe we will.  Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union reported that it was indeed Derrick Harvey that crashed through the gate. Nicknamed the "Ninja" for disappearing for many games in a row, it is quite ironic that he ends his Jaguar career with a bang, while most of his career was basically a whimper. 



Tags: D'Anthony Smith, Derrick Harvey, Everbank Field

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