The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed fullback Tim Lester and guard
Rob Zatechka and placed rookie fullback Trevor Bollers on injured
reserve because of a knee injury.
Lester is a 5-9, 230-pounder who played three seasons with the Los
Angeles Rams and the last four with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who
declined to re-sign him in the offseason. Considered one of the best
blocking fullbacks in the NFL, Lester helped Steeler Jerome Bettis
rush for more than 1,000 yards each of the last three seasons.
Lester, 31, has started 52 of 85 games played in his career. He has
rushed for 126 yards on 33 carries (3.8 average) and scored two
touchdowns, while catching 45 passes for 322 yards (7.2 average).
He played collegiately at Eastern Kentucky, where he gained 3,635
yards and scored 37 TDs. He is a native of Miami.
Zatechka (pronounced ZAT-es-ka) spent all of the 1998 season on
injured reserve for the New York Giants with a shoulder injury
suffered in the preseason. He was an unrestricted free agent after
his contract expired. He is a four-year veteran of the Giants, where
he was selected in the fourth round of the 1995 draft. In his first
three seasons, the 6-4, 320-pound Zatecka played in 47 of 48
games, making nine starts at both left and right guard. He was an
honorable mention All-America and first-team All-Big Eight
selection at the University of Nebraska, where he played with
Jaguars guard Zach Weigert. Zatechka, 27, is a native of Lansing,
Bollers suffered a knee injury in practice last Wednesday and
missed Friday's preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers.
He will not be able to play the remainder of the season. Bollers, 24,
was signed by the Jaguars as a rookie free agent on April 22 out of
the University of Iowa, where he was a four-year letterman and
three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
The Jaguars' roster remains at 87 players. The first mandatory cuts
are August 31, when all teams must be down to a 65-player limit.
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