Miami’s Ernest Wilford recently converted to tight end from wide receiver, and gave the football an emphatic spike after his game winning touchdown reception:
“There’s a sense of urgency for me. I want to play well this year. It’s a good start. That was a lot of frustration right there. I didn’t play that much last year, so I had to let it out.”
Dolphins QB Henne was pleased with his first effort of the NFL preseason:
“Overall I thought I played pretty well. I got some points on the board and had us moving.”
Jacksonville QB David Garrard gave a by the book assessment of his teams opening game performance:
“We have to get better at some of the protection issues. I have to make sure I get everybody lined up in the right spots.”
Jaguars wide receiver Tory Holt, acquired as a free agent in the off season, was happy with his only reception of the game:
“I had been anticipating this day for a long time. I enjoyed it and it was a lot of fun. I am looking forward to many more.”
Despite not scoring a touchdown, Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio was generally upbeat about his teams effort:
“We are going to be physical up front. I liked what we did up front.”
Not surprisingly given the tempo of the game, the most heated battle for a starting spot was between the Dolphins placekickers. Current PK Dan Carpenter made a 48 yard fieldgoal and a PAT, while his challenger Connor Barth hit a 28 yard FG.
The Dolphins will begin the NFL regular season on Sunday, September 13th against the Falcons at Atlanta, while Jacksonville will play the Colts at Indianapolis.