Wide receiver Ace Sanders didn't score a touchdown Saturday night in the Jacksonville Jaguars' intrasquad scrimmage at EverBank Field. And because no tackling was allowed on punt returns the excitement he generated in that area was a bit misleading.

But on a night when quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne were effective but hardly scintillating it was the fourth-round draft pick out of South Carolina who might have stood out more than anyone.

"He's a little guy that plays big" said Gabbert who completed two passes to Sanders on the opening drive. "He's getting better every day and that's all you can ask from a rookie like that."

The touchdowns didn't come until the later part of the hour-long proceedings with Gabbert finding offseason free-agent signing Mohamed Massaquoi on a 12-yard play and backup tight end Brett Brackett from a yard out. Those plays didn't diminish the three catches made by Sanders in the early going or the sure hands he displayed gathering in a pair of punts.

"Every day I just come in here and try to get better and better so when the lights come on you just want to go out and make plays and do what we know how to do" he said.

Sanders Massaquoi and Mike Brown are considered the leading candidates for the starting position held a year ago by 2012 first-round choice Justin Blackmon. Not only has Blackmon been unable to practice in the past week after recently undergoing groin surgery but the NFL has also suspended him for the first four regular-season games for violating its substance abuse policy.

Massaquoi was a non-factor until Gabbert's scoring strike and Brown didn't quite live up to all the praise that new coach Gus Bradley has been heaping on him. So give the early advantage to Sanders who admitted to being almost too pumped up before a crowd estimated at 19000.