- The Washington Times - Friday, September 4, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. | Unlike every other NFL team, the Jacksonville Jaguars treated Thursday night’s preseason finale as their final run-through by playing their starters deep into the second quarter.

It showed.

The Washington Redskins rested seven starters and pulled their starting lineups after only one possession apiece.

It showed.

The Redskins escaped any injuries and the coaches gained valuable insight into how the young players competed against established veterans during a 24-17 loss to cap the preseason with a 1-3 record.

The Redskins trailed 21-0 midway through the second quarter and didn’t make progress until the matchup was reserves vs. reserves.

“If you’re going to be a pro player, that’s the battle you want to be a part of,” coach Jim Zorn said. “You’re going to have to play against starters and that’s a good opportunity for our guys — to place them in that position and see how they respond.”

The Redskins have to cut down to 53 players by 4 p.m. Saturday. They open the season Sept. 13 at the New York Giants.

None of the few position battles remaining came close to being settled.

*Third-string quarterback: Chase Daniel took over for Campbell late in the first quarter but struggled playing against the Jacksonville starters. Daniel was 8-for-16 for 85 yards and a touchdown. Brennan entered late in the third quarter and was 10-for-14 for 83 yards before leaving with a hamstring injury.

*Kicker: Shaun Suisham booted a 48-yard field goal for the Redskins’ first points and Dave Rayner kicked two extra points.

*Potential No. 4 running back: Anthony Alridge committed a huge special teams blunder, losing a kickoff return that was brought back for a touchdown. Marcus Mason rushed three times for 1 yard, and Dominique Dorsey scored a 3-yard touchdown. The Redskins could decide to go with the usual three backs.

Jacksonville started the preseason with a stretch of three games in 11 days, and coach Jack Del Rio treated last week’s game against Philadelphia as a chance to evaluate his bubble players. That meant taking the rare step of making the final tune-up seriously.

The Jaguars didn’t waste anytime asserting themselves.

In their only possession, the Redskins allowed a 12-play, 70-yard drive that included a 24-yard pass to Marcedes Lewis to open the game and two third-down conversions.

The Redskins held though on third down, forcing Josh Scobee’s 24-yard field goal to cap a drive that consumed nearly half of the first quarter.

Jacksonville quickly extended its lead to 10-0. Alridge made two bad decisions: He left the end zone despite catching the kick 6 yards deep and he fumbled. Tiquan Underwood scooped up the fumble at the 3-yard line and dove into the end zone.

The Redskins’ offense, minus three starters, enjoyed a productive drive. Campbell was 4-for-6 for 33 yards. To wrap up his night, he threw a perfect pass down the middle, but Antwaan Randle El dropped a would-be 39-yard touchdown.

“He was excellent; he made big plays,” Zorn said. “We saw what we wanted to see tonight.”

Garrard departed after completing 10-for-13 passes for 95 yards and one touchdown. The Jaguars led 21-0 at halftime on Scobee’s 52-yard field goal and Mike Sims-Walker’s 10-yard TD catch in which he ran through or around four Redskins defenders.

Jacksonville’s first-team defense harassed Daniel, who relieved Campbell. The Jaguars made quick work of right tackle Mike Williams (playing for the first time in three weeks). On one play, linebacker Quentin Groves blew by Williams and forced Daniel to fumble, which was recovered by Derek Landri. The turnover set up Sims-Walker’s scoring catch.

“It was a little different [for Daniel] — he got a chance to go against the starters and, a lot of times, he didn’t have much of an opportunity and they were in his lap,” Campbell said.

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