The Jacksonville Jaguars have claimed offensive tackle Josh
Kobdish on waivers from the San Francisco 49ers and waived
linebacker Anthony Hicks.
Kobdish (6-6, 305) was waived on Saturday by the 49ers, who had
signed him as a rookie free agent on April 23 out of Fresno State.
He started 16 games as a junior and senior, playing both left and
right tackle. The 23-year-old Kobdish is a native of Bakersfield,
Hicks was a third-year pro who had spent the 1997 and '98 seasons
on the Green Bay Packers' injured reserve list after being drafted in
the fifth round. He was signed by the Jaguars on June 9 and played
in last week's game against Carolina.
The Jaguars went through two more practices on Tuesday. The
team will practice again on Wednesday afternoon, and the final day
of two-a-days will be Thursday. The Jaguars will fly to New Jersey
on Friday. They face the New York Giants Saturday night at Giants
"When you're getting two-a-days, you can cover almost everything
you need to cover; you can work on every phase of the game," said
Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin. "All of the sudden you get one
(practice a day) and you can't cover half of it. So it's not a great
feeling. As far as a coach goes, preseason gives you an opportunity
to have the ability to touch on all phases of the game in a great
teaching environment. And that's what you miss when you end the
two-a-days. Players, of course, love to be out of two-a-days. Still,
there are many phases that we have to continue to work on and
hopefully we can create them in a preseason game so we get the
Coughlin said he hasn't made a decision whether or not All-Pro
offensive tackle Tony Boselli will play against the Giants. Boselli
has a bruised knee.
With training camp nearing the end, Coughlin talked about the 1999
season: "Our players are much more positive about their work.
There's more internal leadership, though it's not always loud
(vocal). Without a doubt, the players know exactly what we want,
what we think we have to do to win. Those who have been in the
league with different teams know what it takes to win - Carnell
Lake, for example. I think this team, at this point in time, appears to
have a better, more mature attitude about leadership and about
really applying the pressure on themselves to perform. And I think
that's the first step for us."
EDITOR'S NOTE: Kobdish will wear jersey No. 63.
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