Following their last-minute victory over the New York Giants on Friday, the Jacksonville Jaguars returned to practice this afternoon without Fred Taylor, their star running back who suffered a knee injury in the game. However, the team was bolstered by the return of defensive end Tony Brackens, who practiced for the first time since ending his holdout and signing a one-year tender offer last Friday.
Of Stacey Mack and Chris Howard, who will get most of the carries with Taylor out, head coach Tom Coughlin said, "They have the big challenge, without a doubt, if we're going to move forward. Those two, in combination, will have to be the answer for us. They're fully aware of that, and they're excited about it. And it'll be a really good opportunity to see about (seventh-round pick) Shyrone Stith."
Coughlin said the team will emphasize the running game and stopping the run this week because the most disappointing part of the game against the Giants was "the physical aspect. They ran it and we didn't." The Jaguars gained only 43 yards on the ground, while New York had 195 yards.
First-year player David Kempfert played center with the first team in the practice, and Coughlin said, "We wanted to look at Kempfert at center. But when you do that, you worry about the ball coming up, and you saw that at one point today. Hopefully, throughout the course of this week, his snap will be consistent. I'd like to look at him."
The Jaguars will conclude their 2000 training camp on Monday with a 6:30 p.m. practice inside ALLTEL Stadium. Admission is free to the public, with hot dogs and sodas selling for $1 and beer for $2. In addition, one lucky fan can will have a chance to win $100,000 in the Kick for Cash contest. Also, fans interested in buying season tickets can roam the stadium and select seats that are still unsold. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and parking is free.