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Jaguars Practice in the Rain

The Jacksonville Jaguars moved their scheduled afternoon practice from inside ALLTEL Stadium to adjacent Ferrell Fields because of heavy rain today. The practice was to take place on the field they last played on last December 10. The Jaguars will open their 2001 preseason schedule at ALLTEL Stadium on Friday against the Carolina Panthers.

Of the 85-minute practice in the rain, Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin said, "It wasn't as fast as I wanted it to be, but there has to be caution in their steps. We have to practice faster, we have to have better tempo. The execution was difficult. We need to work better against one another. Today's practice was soft; there wasn't much contact."

Coughlin updated two players who were injured in Friday's practices against the New Orleans Saints. Quarterback Jamie Martin has a sprained right big toe and sprained right foot and may not play in the Carolina game, and offensive tackle Mark Baniewicz will be out indefinitely with a torn left triceps.

Following the practice, four former Jaguars from the 1995 inaugural team spoke to the 91 members of the 2001 squad about the roots of the team, sharing memories of the first season. The four players who Coughlin asked to speak were Jeff Lageman, Paul Frase, Dave Widell and Santo Stephens.

The Jaguars will return to two-a-days on Monday, with practices at 8:40 a.m. and 3:40 p.m. at Ferrell Fields. Coughlin will be available following the morning practice. Players will be available during their lunch period, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Radisson Riverwalk Hotel.

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