ALSO SIGN MIKE WEBSTER, WAIVE TORY TAYLOR AND
The Jacksonville Jaguars today signed cornerback Fernando Bryant,
their first-round draft choice in the April draft. Length and terms of
the contract were not disclosed. Bryant, who had been the Jaguars'
last unsigned player, practiced with the team in the afternoon.
The Jaguars also signed offensive tackle Mike Webster, a rookie
from the University of Kentucky. To make room for Bryant and
Webster, the Jaguars waived wide receiver Tory Taylor and
defensive end Hunter Adams. The team's roster remains at 87
players, with the first preseason game only four days away. The
Jaguars will host the Carolina Panthers at 7:30 p.m. Friday at
"It's time to go to work," said Bryant. "It's great to be here. I've
been looking forward to this for a long time. What got the deal done
was just sitting down and talking with Mr. (Wayne) Weaver and
coach (Tom) Coughlin and the reassurances they made. If I come
in and do what I'm supposed to do and help the team in the way I'm
expected to, everything's going to be taken care of. Now It's time to
play ball, and I'm looking at coming in and trying to contribute."
"He's missed a lot of practices, so obviously he's feeling his way,"
said Coughlin, "but he got in there and got some reps. It's good to
have him here. He'll have a lot of one-on-one to do with (secondary
coach) Perry Fewell because he has an awful lot of things to
accomplish in a short amount of time. He'll try to catch up to a
certain degree over the course of the next couple of weeks. I think
he'll be fine."
Bryant, who was only the second - but longest - holdout in franchise
history, had missed the first 11 days of training camp, including last
Saturday's two practices against the Atlanta Falcons at Furman
University. He was chosen with the 26th pick in the first round of
the draft, the fifth defensive back selected and the highest
cornerback ever drafted by the Jaguars.
Webster, 6-5, 295, was signed by the Washington Redskins as an
undrafted rookie on April 22 but was waived on July 14. He was a
two-year starter at Kentucky, where he blocked for Tim Couch.
The 23-year-old Webster was converted from the defensive line.
He is a native of Covington, Ky.
Taylor had been signed by the Jaguars as an undrafted rookie on
April 22, while Adams was signed to the roster on July 27.
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