Jacksonville Jaguars safety Ricky Parker and running back Malcolm Thomas finished the NFL Europe League season with the Amsteradam Admirals on a positive note with a 26-23 victory over Scotland. Thomas scored his fifth rushing touchdown of the season on a 4-yard run in the third quarter. The Admirals finished the season tied for first with a 7-3 record, but were beaten by Rhein and Frankfurt in tiebreakers for the right to play in the World Bowl. The Admirals finished the season leading the NFL Europe League in both total offense and total defense.
Parker led the Admirals with 43 tackles on the season and he also had five special teams tackles and eight deflected passes.
Thomas, a graduate of Jacksonville's Paxon High School, finished the ten-game season with 664 yards on 150 carries (4.4 average) and five touchdowns to finish second in the league in rushing. He also ranked third in the league with 800 yards from scrimmage and tied for second in scoring with 36 points. He had two 100 yard games, against England (136 yards) and Frankfurt (108 yards). Thomas spent the 1997 NFL season on the Jaguars' practice squad.
Safety Chris Hudson today re-signed with the Jaguars. Length and terms of the contract is not disclosed.
Hudson was a restricted free agent who had been tendered a qualifying offer by the team in February and was subject to the right of first refusal if he had been signed by another team. Hudson, 26, is in his fourth year with the Jaguars. He is the only defensive player to start all 16 games the last two seasons. He scored his first touchdown against Pittsburgh in 1997, returning a blocked field goal 58 yards. He has five career interceptions (three in 1997), three fumble recoveries (one for a touchdown), and two forced fumbles.