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A fresh start


Brian Robiskie sees little to be gained from looking to the past.

So, while the third-year veteran wide receiver said Monday his Cleveland Browns career obviously didn't end as he would have liked, he also said hasn't thought much about the hows or whys of that ending. More important to Robiskie is his new beginning with the Jaguars.

That beginning in a very real sense came Monday.

"Whatever happened up there is up there," Robiskie said Monday as the Jaguars (2-6) practiced before beginning full-scale preparations to play the Indianapolis Colts (0-9) at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis Sunday at 1 p.m.

"That's behind me. I'm a Jacksonville Jaguar now. That's all I'm thinking about and I'm excited to be here."

Robiskie, a second-round selection in the 2009 NFL Draft, joined the Jaguars last Thursday after being claimed off waivers from the Browns Wednesday. The Jaguars placed veteran wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker on injured reserve the same day.

"He gets a fresh start as far as we're concerned," Jaguars Head Coach Jack Del Rio said. "He comes in and we'll bring him up to speed and go from there."

Robiskie, who played collegiately at Ohio State, started 14 of 31 games for Cleveland with 39 career receptions for 441 yards and three touchdowns. He started six games this season with two starts and three receptions for 25 yards. 

"You just hit that button," Robiskie said when asked how to restart with a new team at midseason. "It's a matter of the plays, the concepts, that you have to switch and forget. But football, doing what you do, that stuff stays the same. You have to make sure you practice hard and build a relationship with the quarterbacks and the rest will fall into place."

Robiskie said he wasn't viewing the Jaguars as a "second chance."

"I just see it as I'm down here now, and I have a great opportunity to come out here with a good group of guys and do something," Robiskie said.

Jaguars veterans – and even coaches – didn't know much about Robiskie by early Monday afternoon. That's because NFL rules prevented the Jaguars from practicing Thursday through Sunday. That made a light practice Monday afternoon the first chance Robiskie had to work with the Jaguars.

"I guess we'll be able to see something Wednesday," Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis said. "We're just going to keep rolling. The next person will step in, and we'll keep rolling."

Robiskie said he spent time over the weekend studying the playbook. He also said he is a quick learner, and as a taller, bigger wide receiver (6-feet-3, 209 pounds), "I'm going to be able to make a play on the ball."

"I'm going to do whatever the coaches ask me," Robiskie said. "Whatever situation they want to put me in, whatever situation they think I can be the most successful, I'm going to do that."

Robiskie said he didn't have any insight into his release from Cleveland, said while the situation was difficult, he opted to not think much about it.

"It was hard, but I didn't think about it,' Robiskie said. "I'm just happy to be here and that's it. Any time you're in a situation like that it's a number of things, but I'm very fortunate to be down here now and be part of this group and build something special with these guys. . . .

"I hadn't kept up with Jacksonville before I got down here, but I know we have a young quarterback and a young group of receivers. Any time you have that, it's a chance for a young group of guys to really grow together.

"It's a chance for a young group of guys to really build something. I'm excited about that."

Also around the Jaguars Monday:

*Del Rio said he didn't recall a specific play he believed Sims-Walker sustained a knee injury against Houston October 30. Sims-Walker is scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday. "I just know he's out," Del Rio said. "I don't spend a lot of time trying to play doctor."

*Jaguars right tackle/left guard Eben Britton did not practice. He has missed the last three games after a back injury that kept him out of the preseason recurred the day of the Jaguars' 17-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers October 16.

*Del Rio discussed his expectations for Lewis the second half of the season. Lewis made the Pro Bowl last season with 58 receptions for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns and has 15 receptions for 174 yards and no touchdowns this season. "I expect him to play well," Del Rio said. "He's a good player for us. We need him to play well. We believe we have a chance to be a good football team and it's time to start putting that together. He's a big part of that. We need him to play well for us."

 *Asked f Maurice Jones-Drew should be more involved in the passing game in the second half of the season, Del Rio said, "I like him with the ball in his hands anyway we can get it to him." Jones-Drew has 740 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 166 carries – the most yards rushing ever for a Jaguars runner after eight games. He has 12 receptions for 85 yards.

*Punter Nick Harris and kicker Josh Scobee were excused from practice Monday to participate in the Birdies for the Brave charity golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass.

*Jaguars defensive tackle Terrence Knighton said on returning after the bye week at midseason with a 2-6 record: "It's a fresh start. The first eight games didn't go how we wanted them to go. It's like a new season right now. That's our approach. We're going start off in Indy like it's Week 1 and have a different result than the first eight games of the season."

*Lewis said the Jaguars' theme coming out of the bye is simple: "Moving forward, looking forward – accepting the challenge and being excited to be out there on the field. That's the most important part is having fun, and it starts in practice."

*The Jaguars on Monday signed cornerback Talmadge Jackson to the practice squad and released defensive back Walter McFadden from the practice squad. Jackson played collegiately at Oregon and was in training camp with Baltimore this season.

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