The Jaguars concluded their 2002 training camp with their final two practices today.
"What we've been able to accomplish is to take a lot of first-time players and young players and throw them into the system full speed ahead," said Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin. "We've tried to decide who can learn well, who can apply that under pressure, and how can we use these people during the regular season. It wasn't always executed as well as I would like it to be, but I think we've come closer to some decisions on who can help us during the regular season. We just keep scrapping to make things better. If we can, it'll be a great thing."
Coughlin said S Donovin Darius, who missed the first two preseason games while rehabbing offseason shoulder surgery, will play for the first time on Friday night against Chicago, and OT/G Zach Wiegert, who sat out last week's game with a knee injury, may return to practice on Tuesday.
In the afternoon practice session, DE Tony Brackens worked in 50 percent of the drills. Brackens has been out since the second day of training camp while rehabbing from offseason knee surgery.
The Jaguars today waived offensive tackle Freddie Moore, a first-year free agent from the Cincinnati Bengals and NFL Europe League's Berlin Thunder who was signed on June 28. The Jaguars' roster now stands at 88 players. The first cut to 65 players is next Tuesday (August 27), although the Jaguars will retain exemptions for any NFL Europe League players still on the roster.
The Jaguars return to their regular-season schedule on Tuesday. Practice and interview times for Tuesday and Wednesday are as follows: Tom Coughlin will hold his news conference at 12:00 noon, the Jaguars' locker room will be open to media from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., and practice will be at 1:40 p.m. There will be no availability on Thursday, when the team holds a closed walk-through before flying to Champaign, Ill. for Friday night's game against the Chicago Bears.