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AFC South Whispers

Jaguars watch stars with eye toward 2011

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By PFW staff

Following are some whispers we've been hearing from around the AFC South:

• The Jaguars are expected to address the QB position in next April's draft — the club has not drafted a QB since Byron Leftwich was selected seventh overall in 2003 — which means QB David Garrard will be under the microscope even more than usual in the second half of the season. We hear that the team will also have a close eye on WR Mike Sims-Walker and CB Rashean Mathis. Sims-Walker had his best game of the season in Week Eight, but his lack of production in the first half — he was held without a catch in two of the first eight games — raised questions as to whether he can be a No. 1 wideout, while head coach Jack Del Rio thinks Mathis' slow start was a result of the cornerback missing OTAs to express dissatisfaction over his contract. Sims-Walker will be a free agent after the season, and Mathis is under contract for $4.45 million in 2011.

• After what was his final game with Minnesota, now-Titans WR Randy Moss expressed displeasure that the Vikings didn't implement his suggestions as to how to attack New England. Asked whether the Titans would welcome game-planning suggestions from Moss, head coach Jeff Fisher said, "We'll be open to it. We have a system, and I think we have a capable enough offensive staff to put things together from a game-plan standpoint to give us a chance to win. Certainly this would not be the first time that we've taken suggestions from players, specifically veteran players that have had success in other systems. (QB) Kerry (Collins) has been the most recent one."

• The decision to demote Colts SLB Philip Wheeler following the Colts' Week Seven bye occurred not only because Wheeler was struggling on the field, but also because the club wants rookie LB Pat Angerer to learn multiple positions. When WLB Clint Session was unable to go in Week Nine against the Eagles, Tyjuan Hagler, not Wheeler, started in his place. The way we hear it, Wheeler's value is limited by his ability to play only on the strong side, whereas Angerer and Hagler have the versatility to play multiple positions — a quality the Colts value greatly.

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