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Second-year players could give Jaguars' offense a boost

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By Arthur Arkush

The Jaguars expect several second-year players to have greater roles in the offense in 2010. First and foremost, RB Rashad Jennings will be counted on to lighten the load of Maurice Jones-Drew, whose 365 touches in 2009 were 106 more than his previous high (259) in '08. While MJD was outstanding in his first season as the club's bell cow back, he wore down late in the season. At 6-1, 235 pounds, Jennings is a nice complement to the smaller Drew. A daily team observer tells us that Jennings needs to do a better job running with his shoulders down, but that he possesses quick feet, and a nice combination of balance and vision. Another young player the Jaguars believe can contribute more next season is TE Zach Miller. The speedy Miller, the most athletic tight end on the roster, gives the Jaguars a deep-play threat, and will look to build on an eight-catch, 69-yard, two-TD performance in Week 17. One source close to the team tells us Miller reminds him of Colts TE Dallas Clark. WR Jarett Dillard was starting to come on last season when he broke his ankle in Week 10. Dillard's excellent hands and leaping ability (a 42-inch vertical jump) could make him a favorite target, particularly in the red zone.


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