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Jaguars conclude 2002 minicamp

The Jacksonville Jaguars completed their three-day minicamp today with 89 players in attendance, including 46 rookies and other newcomers. Every player participated, and only four players worked solely in individual drills because of offseason surgery.

"It was a good camp. It was fun to get them here, get them out on the field and get back to work," said Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin. "We saw a lot of new players. I liked the enthusiasm. The veteran players did a good job of helping introduce the younger guys. Although the execution part has a long, long way to go, I was pleased with what we were able to do."

Coughlin also commented on several of the top draft choices. "John Henderson, with his pass rush on the one-on-one, was outstanding," he said of the team's No. 1 draft choice. "(Fourth-round QB) David Garrard, as he learns more and gets more comfortable in his role, he obviously has the tools. He made some very nice throws and he showed his ability to run. (Second-round OT) Mike Pearson got his work and learned some things in pass blocking that will really help him."

The team's 20 rookies left today to go back to school, but they may return to Jacksonville on May 16 if they have completed their exams. They will then work out in Jacksonville until June 21. The Jaguars' remaining veterans will continue their offseason strength and conditioning program through June 14.

Training camp is scheduled to begin July 26, and the first preseason game will be played August 9 at the Atlanta Falcons. The regular-season opener is September 8 at home against the Indianapolis Colts.

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