Six members of the Jaguars have been allocated to participate in the NFL Europe League, which begins play on April 13. The allocated players will be assigned to teams on Friday, and training camp will begin on March 9 in Tampa.
The six Jaguars allocated to the NFLEL are offensive tackles Patrick Venzke, Jeff Miller and Derrick Chambers, wide receiver Jimmy Redmond, cornerback Renard Cox and tight end James Hill.
"We hope that these players can gain valuable playing experience in a competitive league," said Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin. "The NFL Europe season will provide them quality repetitions and it will give them an opportunity to further develop their own skills in playing their particular position. It will also give us the opportunity to evaluate their performance level before going into our training camp in July."
In addition, the Jaguars signed five players to their roster: Hill, defensive end Randy Garner, defensive tackle Donald Broomfield and safeties Noah Burroughs and James Watkins
Hill, 27, played for the Seattle Seahawks in 2000 and went to training camp with the team in both 1999 and 2001. A native of Riverhead, N.Y., he played two seasons at Abilene Christian.
Garner, 24, was the only player to spend the entire 2001 season on the Jaguars' practice squad. A sixth-round draft choice of the Atlanta Falcons in 2001, he was waived during training camp and claimed by the Jaguars on September 4.
Broomfield, 25, was with the Jaguars in the 2001 preseason before being waived in the final cuts. He spent the 1999 preseason with the Cincinnati Bengals after being drafted in the seventh round and was with the Arizona Cardinals in the 2000 training camp.
Burroughs, 25, was an undrafted rookie who went to training camp with the New York Jets in 2001 before being waived. He played both outside linebacker and defensive back at the University of Buffalo.
Watkins, 24, was with the Jaguars in the 2001 presesason before being waived on August 28. He was allocated to NFL Europe League by Jaguars last year and went to college at Tennessee State.