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JAGUARS CONTINUE 2000 MINICAMP

The Jacksonville Jaguars completed the second day of their three-day minicamp today at the Ferrell Fields adjacent to ALLTEL Stadium.

"We're trying to do a lot about the things we think are the important issues for our football team - trying to do everything right, trying to do everything with great detail," said head coach Tom Coughlin. "That includes trying to do things more crisp at a little bit faster tempo, trying to instill more responsibility; don't let the other guy down in all phases, how to play and perform better under pressure. We initially addressed these things in this camp, and we'll build on them as we get into late May and June, and then on into training camp."

Coughlin talked about the different goals for the rookies and veterans. "The young players always have the goal of keeping in mind first that they have to demonstrate all the abilities and powers to make us believe they belong here - and it's hard. They have to demonstrate that they can come out every day and build on each day and show me that every day is not a new day, that it is cumulative," Coughlin said. "A veteran player who knows how to conduct himself has to prove to us that he has an opportunity to again earn his job - all the time trying to get better, never staying the same."

Eight players are still rehabilitating from injuries and are not participating in the on-field drills: RB Tavian Banks (knee), OT Tony Boselli (knee), S Carnell Lake (foot), PK Steve Lindsey (hernia), OT/G Todd Fordham (knee), DE Eric Curry (knee), FB Trevor Bollers (knee) and LB Erik Storz (knee). Also, CB Jason Craft suffered a knee in yesterday's afternoon practice and will sit out the remaining sessions.

Coughlin commented on MLB Hardy Nickerson, who was the team's biggest offseason free agent signing. "I can see his leadership in the huddle command, his poise and presence, his focus. Without a doubt, Hardy Nickerson is here for one reason. And that, I hope, will permeate everything, and that those who are around him will understand and appreciate what he brings to the table and the fact that a world championship is what he's playing for - what we're all playing for."

The three-day minicamp will continue through Saturday, with the final practice at 10:00 a.m. Players are practicing in shorts without pads.

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