The Jacksonville Jaguars went through their fourth day of two-a-day practices today with a 97-degree afternoon temperature on the Ferrell Practice Fields. The morning session, in full pads, was highlighted by live goal-line scrimmages and the most contact to date of the 1996 training camp. The afternoon session was in shoulder pads and helmets.
Coughlin today cited the goal-line play of running back James Stewart, who ³ran a little tougher that he did last year.² Coughlin also mentioned the overall play of the defense in the 9 of 7 sessions. ³That was a very good drill for the defense,² he said. ³There was crisp contact, and players were flying around to the ball. Players are getting more cantankerous; you expect that at this time of training camp.²
³We have to keep in perspective that we¹re trying to get all 82 players ready, not just 53,² said head coach Tom Coughlin, ³and we¹re trying to get everybody equal time.²
Offensive tackle Leon Searcy missed both the morning and afternoon sessions again because of strained hamstrings. His status is day to day. Wide receiver Terrence Warren returned after missing Monday¹s two practices.
The next practice will be at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday. There will not be a morning practice tomorrow.
SPORTS EDITORS AND SPORTS DIRECTORS NOTE: On Wednesday, player interviews will be on the normal schedule (11:15 - 12:15 at the Radisson Riverwalk). Head coach Tom Coughlin will be available on the field immediately after the afternoon practice (approximately 5:15 p.m.).