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Brunell, WR trio connect in morning


New wide receivers Patrick Johnson, Bobby Shaw and Darnay Scott got into the act this morning, catching passes from quarterback Mark Brunell and giving the Jaguars' pass-offense a decidedly improved look over Friday's performance.

• Johnson made a twisting catch of a deep pass from Brunell, with cornerback Jason Craft in coverage.

• Scott made a nice grab of a Brunell deep-sideline pass.

• Shaw made several catches and took on the look of Brunell's favorite target. One of those grabs was the result of a Brunell bullet that split two defenders in the short zone.

"He's done a good job. He's been very reliable," coach Tom Coughlin said of Shaw, who was signed in free agency from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Of course, the new trio's performance in training camp has been made a point of particular interest by the absence of star wide receiver Jimmy Smith, who is in the third day of his contract holdout. Smith is being fined $5,000 for each day of training camp he misses.

"My position has been we're going to coach the guys who are here. We want Jimmy here but we understand the circumstances. There will be a point at which Jimmy has to be here to be able to perform," Coughlin said in his most recent assessment of the situation.

Coughlin offered a complimentary evaluation of rookie quarterback David Garrard's performance in practice this morning: "I was impressed today. David did much better. Keep getting better; that's all you can do."

But the morning wasn't without its downside. Defensive end Stalin Colinet "twisted his knee and will have an MRI (exam)," Coughlin said.

Meanwhile, defensive tackle Larry Smith did not participate in the morning practice. He was attending a family funeral.

The Jaguars are to practice this afternoon before an off-day tomorrow. Monday morning, the team dons full pads for the first time in this training camp.

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