THIS WEEK: The Jacksonville Jaguars won their first two games of the season but have lost their last two games, and they head into their bye week looking to get back on track to make another run for the playoffs. The Jaguars opened the season with convincing victories over the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans, both of whom had winning records in 2000. But the Jaguars lost their last two games to the Cleveland Browns and Seattle Seahawks, who have combined for a 5-3 record this season.
Last Sunday's game was the 100th in franchise history, and the Jaguars' 58-42 record gives them the second-most wins in the first 100 games since 1960. Their winning percentage is also the fourth best in that time.
Jacksonville lost to the Seahawks 24-15 last Sunday, ending their hopes of remaining in a first-place tie as they head into their open week. They trail the 3-1 Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns by a game in the AFC Central Division. When they return, they will host the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night, October 18 before beginning a stretch of three road games in a four-week span of division games. The Jaguars have a 4-2 record following their bye week.
With 11 days before their next game, the Jaguars hope to have some injured players return to the lineup. DE Tony Brackens (knee) began practice last week, and RB Fred Taylor (groin) will be evaluated in the next week. MLB Hardy Nickerson and CB Fernando Bryant could also return from injuries that kept them out of the Seattle game. S Donovin Darius will remain out.
The Jacksonville defense has allowed only four touchdowns in the first four games and 49 total points (another seven points were scored off a turnover). However, the offense has had trouble scoring points. In four games, the offense hasn't scored more than 21 points in a game and the team's 63 points is its fewest at the quarter turn of the season since 1995, when they scored 44 points. The offense has scored only a solitaire touchdown in each of the last three games, something it has done only one other time in franchise history.
Overall, in the last five seasons, the Jaguars have the third-best record in the NFL, a 45-23 mark that is one game behind Minnesota and Denver. The Jaguars' 34-9 home record since 1996 is third best in the league behind Green Bay and Denver, and their 20-15 road record since 1996 is the league's second-best mark behind only Denver.
INJURY UPDATE: OT Tony Boselli, who was playing with a shoulder injury, came out of the Seattle game with a strained arch in his right foot. WR Sean Dawkins suffered a rib injury, and OT Maurice Williams sprained an ankle. Five starters missed the Seattle game because of injuries: DE Tony Brackens (knee), S Donovin Darius (hip), RB Fred Taylor (groin), MLB Hardy Nickerson (neck) and CB Fernando Bryant foot).
NEXT GAME: The Jaguars will not play on the weekend of October 14-15. They will return to action on Thursday night, October 18, when they host the Buffalo Bills on ESPN's "Thursday Night Football." The Bills are quarterbacked by Rob Johnson, who played for the Jaguars from 1995 to '97. The two teams have played three times, with each team winning once in the regular season and the Jaguars winning in the 1996 playoffs in their first-ever postseason game.
CENTURY MARK: The Jaguars played in their 100th game last Sunday and have an overall record of 58-42. That gives them the second-most wins of any expansion team in its first 100 games and the fourth-best winning percentage.
THE COACH: Jacksonville head coach Tom Coughlin (58-42 in regular season, 4-4 in postseason) has led the Jaguars to two AFC Central Division championships and two appearances in the AFC Championship game in six seasons as the only head coach in franchise history. The Jaguars made the playoffs all four seasons from 1996 to '99 - a first for an NFL expansion team and one of only two teams in the NFL to do so (along with Minnesota). In 1999, the Jaguars had the best record in the NFL (14-2), advancing to the conference championship game before losing to Tennessee. In 1998, Coughlin guided them to their first AFC Central Division championship with an 11-5 record. They defeated the New England Patriots in a Wild-Card game before losing to the New York Jets in the Divisional playoffs. In 1997, the Jaguars were 11-5 and finished second in the AFC Central, and they were defeated by Denver in the Wild-Card playoffs. In their second season in 1996, the Jaguars advanced all the way to the AFC Championship game, finishing the regular season in second place in the division with a 9-7 record. In the playoffs, the Jaguars upset the Bills and Broncos on the road before losing at New England. In 1995, the Jaguars finished with four victories in their inaugural season. Coughlin became head coach of the Jaguars on February 21, 1994 following three successful seasons as head coach at Boston College. He compiled a record of 21-13-1 from 1991 to '93 at Boston College, and had two appearances in bowl games and a ranking of 13th in the final AP poll of 1993. A veteran of 30 years of coaching, he was previously an NFL assistant coach with the New York Giants (wide receivers, 1988-90), Green Bay Packers (wide receivers and passing game coordinator 1986-87) and Philadelphia Eagles (wide receivers, 1984-85).
COUGHLIN IN SEVENTH SEASON WITH JAGUARS: Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin is in his seventh season as the team's head coach, tied for the fourth-longest tenure of any NFL coach with his current team. In addition, Coughlin has the fourth-best record of all current NFL coaches in division games and the sisxth-best record in home games.
LAST WEEK: The Jaguars were defeated by the Seattle Seahawks 24-15, dropping to 2-2 for the season. Playing without five injured starters, the Jaguars fumbled three times and failed to stop Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander, a first-round draft choice in 2000 who was making only his second NFL start in place of injured Ricky Watters. Alexander rushed for 176 yards on 31 carries - the most rushing yards ever against a Jaguars team - and he scored two touchdowns. Meanwhile, with Fred Taylor out, the Jaguars gained only 57 yards rushing behind starter Stacey Mack and Elvis Joseph, two undrafted players. Mack gained only 17 yards on eight carries and was benched after his second fumble. Joseph, who had made his NFL debut only a week earlier and had never touched ball in a regular-season game, led the team with 39 yards and scored Jacksonville's only touchdown on a 18-yard pass from Brunell. Mike Hollis kicked a season-high three field goals on four attempts for the rest of the Jaguars' scoring. Jacksonville took a 3-0 lead on their opening possession, culminating in a 32-yard field goal by Hollis. But Seattle struck right back with a one-yard TD pass from Trent Dilfer - the Super Bowl-winning quarterback from a year ago who was making his first start as a Seahawk - to Itula Mili. Alexander got his first touchdown on Seattle's next possession, and Jacksonville answered in the second quarter with Hollis' second field goal. On the ensuing kickoff, Danny Clark forced a fumble that was recovered by Kiwaukee Thomas on the 18-yard line, and one play later the Jaguars were trailing only 14-12 after a failed two-point conversion attempt. However, Seattle answered with Alexander's second score and took a 21-12 halftime lead. Both teams managed solitary field goals in the second half, but the Jaguars were not without chances. Twice in the fourth they failed to convert 4th-and-1 attempts at Seattle's 35- and 36-yard lines, once fumbling the ball. The Jaguars managed only 80 yards and four first downs in the second half. The loss marred the return of QB Mark Brunell to Husky Stadium, where he starred in college while playing for the University of Washington.
NOTES FROM THE SEAHAWKS GAME: The Jaguars lost their third straight road game going back to last year and have not won away from Jacksonville since last November 19. It was their first non-division game of the year. … Seattle took a 3-1 series lead over Jacksonville, the most wins over the Jaguars of any non-division opponent. … The loss dropped the Jaguars to 12-14 in October games over seven seasons. October is the only month in which the Jaguars have a losing record (ironically, they were 3-1 in October in their first season). … The game was the Jaguars' 100th in franchise history. They have a record of 58-42. … The Jaguars had fewer first downs (18 to 21), fewer total yards (256 to 395) and less time of possession (26:54 to 33:06). Seattle's 395 yards was the most against the Jaguars since Washington gained 399 yards last October 22. … Jacksonville's 57 yards rushing was its lowest total since gaining 26 yards vs. Pittsburgh on October 1, 2000. … Shaun Alexander's 176 yards rushing was the most ever vs. a Jacksonville team; the previous high was 165 yards by Tennessee's Eddie George last October 16. … The Jaguars converted only 4 of 14 third downs (29 percent), while the Seahawks were 4 of 12 (33 percent). … The Jaguars had two turnovers and two takeaways, leaving them at plus-three for the season. … Mark Brunell completed 21 of 39 passes for 233 yards, one TD and one interception. … Stacey Mack entered the game averaging 86.5 yards rushing in his previous two games in place of Fred Taylor. But he gained only 17 yards on eight carries. … WRs Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell each reached the 500-mark for career receptions in the game. Smith, who caught six passes for 70 yards, hit the plateau in the second quarter. He now has 502 receptions in his career (all of them as a Jaguar). McCardell, who had a game-high seven catches for 97 yards, now has 500 career receptions (420 as a Jaguar), hitting the mark late in the game. McCardell extended his team-best streak to 37 straight games with at least one reception, and Smith played in his 99th game as a Jaguar, a team record. … SLB Kevin Hardy made his 53rd consecutive start, extending his team record. WLB Eric Westmoreland started in his first NFL game after missing the first three with a knee injury. … MLB T.J. Slaughter led the team lead with 15 tackles (7 solo), followed by SS Marlon McCree with 11 tackles (7 solo). … The defense had at least three sacks in each of its previous seven games but got only two against Seattle, both by CB Kiwaukee Thomas, who now has three sacks for the season, tops among NFL defensive backs. … CB Aaron Beasley made an interception, giving him 16 takeaways for his career and breaking the team record he shared with Tony Brackens. Beasley also has at least one interception in six consecutive seasons (every year he has played in the NFL), extending his team record. He now has 14 takeaways in his past 46 games. … Chris Hanson punted four times for a 44.5-yard average, no touchback, two inside the 20 and a long of 58, a career best. He had two punts returned for only three yards. … Every player who dressed played except QB Jonathan Quinn and RB Frank Moreau. The inactive players were: S Donovin Darius, CB Fernando Bryant, RB Fred Taylor, MLB Hardy Nickerson, G/OT Todd Fordham, WR Randal Williams, DE Tony Brackens and QB Phil Stambaugh (third QB). … Jaguars captains were OT Tony Boselli, WR Jimmy Smith, DE Renaldo Wynn and CB Aaron Beasley.
FROM COACH TOM COUGHLIN ON THE SEAHAWKS GAME: "It was very disappointing. We won the first two games because we were physical and because we won the line of scrimmage. The next two games we didn't win the line of scrimmage. They ran the ball down our throat and did whatever they wanted to do. For an example of that, we had two 4th-and-1 plays and we couldn't make a yard? That doesn't say much for our front. In the second half, we had no offense. We had opportunities early on, but we got them three-and-out three times in a row. We should have answered the bell. We had the wind at our back. We were in position to do something about it, but we didn't and that's the thing that bothers me the most. Who are you going to say wasn't in the game on offense? They were all in there, with the exception of Fred Taylor. So there is no excuse for this. We didn't play as well as we're capable of playing."
(on why the team was outplayed) "We didn't physically win the line of scrimmage. We didn't play with the kind of physical power that we played with in the first two games. Last weekend we were 2-0 and were playing to be 3-0. This weekend we're 2-1; we're playing to be 3-1, and yet we play like this. Even our best players had opportunities and did not contribute. That bothers me a lot."
(on the bye week) "It won't be a very good bye week. Obviously, you want to feel good about yourself when you're in the bye week and you want to acknowledge that you do have to have some time to regroup with some players that are injured. But, regardless of that fact and we'll do the right thing by that, it doesn't necessarily mean that it's going to be a pleasant time. We just ended that opportunity right here. I think people have to look in the mirror and decide how important this is to them. That's the first step we need to make."
(on Mark Brunell) "He's physically fine. I thought he played well in the first half, well enough to get us in the endzone for at least one more touchdown. Then, in the second half, for whatever reason, he got high. I think one of the things that happened is we ended up just counting on the pass. I think we had one solid run in the second half."
FROM QB MARK BRUNELL: "We did some real good things in the first half; we moved the ball. The second half we didn't run the ball. We got one-dimensional, turned the ball over and didn't take advantage of some good field positions. Opportunities were there, but like I said, we didn't take advantage of them. It's tough going against the Seahawks. They have a great pass-rush. They really shot off. They let their pass-rush work. You can't get one dimensional, because if you do you're really at a disadvantage. That's what happened."
(on going into the bye week following two losses) "It's real tough. You want to go into the bye week feeling good about your team, and we just don't do that right now. 3-1 would be a lot better than 2-2. So we have some work to do. We have to get some guys healthy, and when we do that and get back to full strength, then we'll be ready to roll."
(on Tom Coughlin's remarks that the key players didn't make big plays) "He has every right to be disappointed. We didn't see two losses in a row coming. You don't play this game thinking that you're going to lose the next two. You take one game at a time. We felt great coming in this game. We felt confident, but we didn't make plays. We just didn't do it. They were better than we were today, and it showed by the score, it showed by their emotion and they just beat us in every aspect."
(can the team get rolling with several key players injured) "You certainly can. We've won with backups. We've won with guys who have had very little experience. I believe we can do that again. I think we have a lot of character on this team. We're certainly in a test, and this is a critical time of the season."
FROM WR JIMMY SMITH: "It's hard to win an NFL game when you have four starters out on defense and I don't know how many out are on offense. It was a tough day. You're turning the ball over. You cannot turn the ball over and give them an opportunity to score. Guys are playing hard. We just have to have our starters on the field. We have to have not too many guys in Jacksonville."
(on going into the bye week 2-2) "Sure, it's a bye week and we're going to have to suffer through these last two losses through the bye week. But we started out 2-0 and we played well against two very physical teams in our division and then we flopped against Cleveland, a team that we never should have lost to, then we flopped to this team. And that's the most discouraging thing to me. We should be 4-0 easily."
MILLER LITE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: The Jaguars' nominee for the Miller Lite Player of the Week Award is WR Keenan McCardell, who caught seven passes for 97 yards - both season bests and game highs - in the Jaguars' 24-15 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. His seventh reception was the 500th of his career.
JAGUARS HAVE BALANCED OFFENSE ... Although the Jaguars are often referred to as a passing team, in reality they have a balanced attack that features the run. In the last four seasons, the Jaguars have rushed for 6,600 yards on the ground, the fifth most in the NFL, and they are the only team to have more than 2,000 yards rushing each of the three seasons from 1998 to 2000.
And, over the past six seasons, the Jaguars have the seventh-most passing yards in the NFL.
JAGUARS SCORE ON THE GROUND … In the last five seasons, the Jaguars have rushed for 78 touchdowns, second most in the NFL.
… AND STOP THEIR OPPONENTS: In the last five seasons, the Jaguars have allowed only 53 rushing TDs, the NFL's fifth-best mark.
SMITH IS NFL'S LEADING RECEIVER SINCE 1996 ... Since the start of the 1996 season, Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith has the most receptions in the NFL, and teammate Keenan McCardell is fifth. They are the only wide receiver tandem in NFL history to have 400 receptions each over a five-year span. The two receivers are close friends, with McCardell nicknamed "Thunder" and Smith called "Lightning." Smith was the NFL leader in 1999 with 116 receptions - the sixth most in a season in NFL history - and he easily broke the team record of 85 set in 1996 and '97 by McCardell. Last Sunday in Seattle, both players caught their 500th career pass. Smith has a total of 502 career receptions, while McCardell has 500.
... AND SMITH LEADS ALL RECEIVERS IN YARDAGE: Over the last six seasons, Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith has amassed more receiving yardage than any receiver in the NFL, and teammate Keenan McCardell is eighth.
SMITH'S LAST FIVE SEASONS SURPASSED ONLY BY RICE: From 1996 through 2000, Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith caught 450 passes for 6,599 yards. No other receiver in NFL history - except for future Hall of Famer Jerry Rice - has caught more passes for more yards in any five-year period.
In three different five-year periods, Rice had more catches and more receiving yards than Smith's totals. In addition to Rice, only three other players ever caught more passes in a five-year period than Smith, but they always had fewer yards receiving. Similarly, one other player ever had more receiving yards but fewer receptions than Smith. Here's a look:
PLAYER YEARS REC YARDS
Jerry Rice 1990-1994 474 6,911
Jerry Rice 1991-1995 496 7,257
Jerry Rice 1992-1996 524 7,305
Jimmy Smith 1996-2000 450 6,599
The three players who had more receptions but fewer yards in a five-year period were: Cris Carter (three times: 1993-1997, 515, 6,379; 1994-1998, 507, 5,870; and 1995-1999, 475, 5,858), Herman Moore (1994-1998, 487, 6,431), and Tim Brown (1995-1999, 454, 6,210). The only player who had more yards receiving but fewer receptions in a five-year period was Michael Irvin (1991-1995, 449, 7,093).
Smith's career totals of 502 receptions for 7,258 yards are more than six of 17 receivers already inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and he has been a starter for only the last five seasons.
SMITH HAS FIVE STRAIGHT 1,000-YARD SEASONS: Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith has surpassed the 1,000-yard mark receiving five straight seasons, a feat accomplished by only six other players in NFL history and which ties him for fifth all time behind Jerry Rice (11 straight 1,000-yard seasons), Tim Brown and Cris Carter (8 straight), and Lance Alworth (7 straight). Here's the list:
PLAYER YEARS TEAM 1,000
Jerry Rice 1986-96 San Francisco 11
Tim Brown 1993-00 Oakland 8
Cris Carter 1993-00 Minnesota 8
Lance Alworth 1963-69 San Diego 7
Jimmy Smith 1996-00 Jacksonville 5
Michael Irvin 1991-95 Dallas 5
SMITH AND McCARDELL SET NFL RECORD: Jaguars WRs Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell set an NFL record on November 12, 2000 vs. Seattle when they both had 100 yards receiving in the same game for the eighth time (the record has since been tied by Minnesota's Cris Carter and Randy Moss). That broke the league mark they shared with Don Maynard and George Sauer of the New York Jets, who combined for 100-yard games seven times in the 1960s.
THE ORIGINAL THUNDER AND LIGHTNING: Jaguars WRs Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell are only the sixth tandem in NFL history to each have 1,000 yards receiving in the same season three different years.
TAYLOR TIED WITH THIRD-MOST TOUCHDOWNS LAST FOUR YEARS: Despite missing 12 full games and parts of nine others, Jaguars RB Fred Taylor is tied with the third-most touchdowns over the last four seasons.
HOLLIS IS NFL'S THIRD-MOST ACCURATE FIELD GOAL KICKER EVER: Jaguars PK Mike Hollis is the third-most-accurate field goal kicker in NFL history in the regular season (he is also the second-most accurate in the postseason). In 2001, Hollis is 5 for 9, giving him a career accuracy mark of 81.82.
HOLLIS IS 12TH-LEADING ACTIVE SCORER: Jaguars PK Mike Hollis has scored 702 career points in six seasons in the NFL, which ranks 12th among active players.
HOLLIS IS MOST ACCURATE 50-YARD KICKER: Jaguars PK Mike Hollis has connected on 10 of his 14 field goals over 50 yards in his six-year career, and his .714 percentage is the best among the NFL's active placekickers.
BRUNELL HAS SEVENTH-BEST WINNING PERCENTAGE: Jaguars QB Mark Brunell has the seventh-best career winning percentage of active quarterbacks (minimum 20 wins). Also, in the last six seasons, Brunell has the most victories (49) of any quarterback other than Green Bay's Brett Favre.
BRUNELL ON CENTRAL TIME: Jaguars QB Mark Brunell has the NFL's best division record as a starter among active quarterbacks. Since joining the Jaguars in 1995, Brunell has compiled a 32-15 (.681) record as a starter against the AFC Central. Following are the top four active quarterbacks in career division win percentage (minimum 25 starts):
Quarterback Record Pct.
Mark Brunell 32-15-0 .681
Steve McNair 23-12-0 .657
Brett Favre 48-25-0 .657
Randall Cunningham 42-25-1 .625
BRUNELL'S TOUCHDOWN TARGETS: Mark Brunell has thrown 110 TD passes in seven seasons in Jacksonville. Here are the 17 players who have caught them: Jimmy Smith (32), Keenan McCardell (21), Damon Jones (11), Willie Jackson (10), Pete Mitchell (7), James Stewart (5), Fred Taylor (4), Ernest Givins (3), Cedric Tillman (3), Alvis Whitted (3), Kyle Brady (3), Andre Rison (2), Derek Brown (1), Ty Hallock (1), Desmond Howard (1), Natrone Means (1), R. Jay Soward (1) and RB Elvis Joseph (1).
JAGUARS AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS: After four weeks, the Jaguars are 21st in the NFL in total offense (22nd rushing, 18th passing), and they are 17th in defense (21st rushing and 13th passing). … The Jaguars have scored 63 points, an average of 15.8 per game. That is their fewest points after four games since their inaugural season of 1995. … The Jaguars' offense is 11th in the AFC with 64 first downs. The Jaguars are 15th in the AFC in third-down percentage (14 of 50, 28.0 percent), and the defense is seventh in the AFC in opponent's third-down conversions (20 of 58, 34.5 percent). … The Jaguars are plus-3 on the turnover table, fifth in the AFC. … Jacksonville's 12 sacks is tied for the lead in the AFC and is tied for fourth in the NFL. … The Jaguars are 12th in the AFC with a 40.0 percent rate on scoring touchdowns inside the red zone (4 of 10). Defensively, the Jaguars are second in the AFC, with opponents scoring touchdowns on only 33.3 percent of red zone opportunities (4 of 12). … PK Mike Hollis is tied for 10th among AFC kickers in scoring with 21 points. … QB Mark Brunell is fifth in the AFC in passing with a 88.8 rating. … WR Jimmy Smith is second in the NFL with 30 receptions, and his 371 receiving yards is also second. … WR Keenan McCardell is tied for 18th in the AFC with 14 receptions. … Despite starting just two game, Stacey Mack is 15th in the AFC in rushing with 188 yards. … Chris Hanson is fifth in the AFC with a 46.6 gross punting average but he is 10th with a 35.0 net average. … Kevin Hardy is fourth in the AFC with four sacks, and CB Kiwaukee Thomas is tied for sixth with 3.0 sacks (tops among NFL defensive backs).
STATS AND SUCH: Mark Brunell is 53-35 as a starter in regular-season games, 57-39 overall. He has won more games under head coach Tom Coughlin than any current NFL quarterback under his head coach. … PK Mike Hollis has scored in 81 consecutive regular-season games in which he has played (and all eight in the playoffs). He has 702 points in his seven years with the Jaguars. … Of the Jaguars' 72 completed passes in 2001, 49 have been to wide receivers, 11 to tight ends and 12 to running backs. … The Jaguars are 0 for 4 on fourth-down conversions this season; their opponents are 2 for 7. … A total of 16 players (eight on offense and eight on defense) have started all four games this year. … The offense has used four different starting lineup combinations in four games, and the defense has had a different starting lineup in three of the four games. … The Jaguars have had 2 plays of 30 or more yards this season. They had 26 plays of 30-plus yards in 2000, 23 in 1999, 29 in 1998, 22 in 1997, 26 in 1996 and 12 in 1995. … On 10 drives inside the opponent's 20, the Jaguars have scored 4 touchdowns and 2 field goals (and 4 drives with no points). Their opponents have had 12 trips inside the red zone and have come away with 4 touchdowns and 5 field goals. … Jaguars opponents have begun 8 possessions inside their own 20 and they scored on none of those drives. The Jaguars have begun 9 possessions inside their own 20 and have not scored. … The Jaguars have used turnovers to score 21 points, while their opponents have scored 16 points off Jaguars' turnovers. … In seven seasons, the Jaguars are 13 for 20 on two-point conversions (0 for 1 in 2001), while their opponents are 5 for 19 (0 for 0 in 2001). … In seven seasons, the Jaguars have a winning record in every month except October. They are 1-0 in August, 14-12 in September, 12-14 in October, 16-7 in November, 14-9 in December and 1-0 in January. … In 2001, the Jaguars have outscored their opponents in the second (35-25) and third quarters (20-0) and have been outscored in the first quarter (6-20) and fourth quarter (0-13).
The average age of the 53-man roster as of October 8 is 25.50 years old. There were 25 players 25 or younger, 23 players between 26 and 29 years old, and five players 30 or older. The youngest player is S Delvin Brown (22 years, 1 month); the oldest player is MLB Hardy Nickerson (36 years, 1 month). … There are nine rookies on the 53-man roster, including five of the 10 draft choices (DT Marcus Stroud, OT Maurice Williams, LB Eric Westmoreland, S James Boyd and S Marlon McCree), as well as undrafted rookies S Delvin Brown, FB Patrick Washington, WR Randal Williams and RB Elvis Joseph (two other draft picks are on the practice squad). … More than half of the players (36) have four years or less of NFL experience, and five players are in their eighth season or more. … There are 17 players who are new to the team, and 36 who were with the team before the 2001 season. In addition to the nine rookies, the other eight new players are: WR Sean Dawkins, WR Damon Gibson, P Chris Hanson and Joe Zelenka (veteran free agents); MLB Joseph Tuipala, (first-year free agent) and S Ainsley Battles, RB Frank Moreau and QB Phil Stambaugh (waivers). … The Jaguars have 10 players who were first-round selections in the college draft, including seven of their own picks: WR Sean Dawkins (1993, Indianapolis), OT Tony Boselli (1995, Jaguars), TE Kyle Brady (1995, N.Y. Jets), LB Kevin Hardy (1996, Jaguars), DT Renaldo Wynn (1997, Jaguars), RB Fred Taylor (1998, Jaguars), S Donovin Darius (1998, Jaguars), CB Fernando Bryant (1999, Jaguars) and DT Marcus Stroud (2001, Jaguars), as well as WR R. Jay Soward (2000, Jaguars, on reserve/suspended list).
WR Jimmy Smith has played in 99 of the 100 games in Jaguars history, and PK Mike Hollis is second with 96 games. … The longest streak of consecutive starts is held by WLB Kevin Hardy (team-record 53), followed by WR Keenan McCardell (31) and QB Mark Brunell and G Brad Meester (20 each) … Four players have played in 100 or more games during their careers: MLB Hardy Nickerson (197), WR Sean Dawkins (128), WR Keenan McCardell (120) and WR Jimmy Smith (106). … Nickerson leads with 174 career starts, followed by Dawkins (107). … OT Tony Boselli has started 90 games for the Jaguars, followed by QB Mark Brunell (88), WR Keenan McCardell (81) and WR Jimmy Smith and LB Kevin Hardy (78 each).