JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars are hours away from their second preseason game of 2012.
Tonight's game in New Orleans will feature the anticipated debut of first round pick Justin Blackmon. Blackmon told us this morning that he is ready to go and excited about the first game.
Head coach Mike Mularkey says Blackmon will likely play the first half against the Saints.
The Jags will once again have to shuffle their offensive line because of injuries. They will be without several players on defense too, but that just means more opportunity for players battling for roster spots.
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One player who continues to gain praise is offensive lineman Drew Nowak. The undrafted rookie came to camp as a defensive lineman, but the Jaguars moved him to guard last week because of injuries on offense and depth on the defensive line.
Nowak played more than 50 plays last week against the Giants in a 32-31 win and only had five mental mistakes. That is remarkable for a player switching from defense to offense and just learning the playbook.
Make sure to catch tonight's pre-game show for more on Nowak. We will also have Steve Wrigley talking Justin Blackmon, The Boys in the Booth (Jeff Lageman, Brian Sexton), Tony Boselli's thoughts on the Saints, Stuart Webber on Mike Mularkey's charitable contributions that mean more than six points, and we will show you the behind the scenes making of an offensive play. You will see the Jaguars and Mike Mularkey like you've never seen before.
The pre-game show starts at 7:30 p.m. on CBS47. The Jags and Saints kickoff at 8 p.m. on CBS47.