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Game Preview: Jacksonville Jaguars Host St. Louis Rams on Thursday

September 1st, 2011 at 12:04 AM
By Brendan Sonnone

So here it is, the final game of the preseason.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are coming off a discouraging 35-32 overtime loss to the Buffalo Bills on Friday and will be looking for far more effort from their starters all the way down to the end of their bench. 

This is the time where the Jaguars will do their most important evaluation of fringe players.

That means when the Jaguars host the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night there will be a slew of undrafted rookie free agents and other journeymen battling for a spot on the 53-man roster, which will come out on Saturday. 

Hopefully that will produce into some very exciting football…

Who: Jaguars (1-2) take on the Rams (3-0)
Where: Jacksonville (EverBank Field)
When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Watch: CBS

Five Guys to Watch:

1.) Maurice Jones-Drew- The All-Pro running back is expected to get his first action of the preseason. Don't expect too many carries but pay close attention to how he nimble he looks when he gets the ball. 

2.) Aaron Kampman- Same as Jones-Drew, the defensive end is also trying to shake off some rust towards the end of the offseason. It should be interesting to see how he does with newly-acquired Matt Roth.

3.) Rashean Mathis- The corner looked bad against the Bills last week after two stellar performances in the previous games. How will he hold up against former Jaguars Mike Sims-Walker.

4.) David Garrard- Come on David, one game of all good, no bad. He'll only be in for a few series but Garrard needs to start showing some consistency. 

5.) Jason Hill- Is this guy in shape or not? The wide out said he had a sluggish start to the preseason because he was adjusting to the Florida heat. He said the problem was solved a few weeks ago when he looked good but after failing to get separation from DBs last week, you have to wonder if the guy is ready for the season. Some good bursts would be nice this week.

Position Battle

Looking for an interesting inner-team position battle? Look no further than the wide out. UDFAs Jamar Newsome, Armon Binns and Dontrelle Inman are likely fighting for one position on the final roster. Who gets it? This game could be determine it.

Key Matchup 

Jaguars' Secondary VS. Sam Bradford- The second-year quarterback is the real deal for the Rams and he has the ability to pick the team's defense apart. The Jaguars' defensive backs have been up and down this preseason and will have to be sharp to keep Bradford from killing them. 

Tags: David Garrard, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, Maurice-Jones Drew, Mike Sims-Walker, St. Louis Rams

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