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Just the facts, please

Join Jaguars Inside Report Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.

Charlie from Daytona Beach, FL:
I have a question about the Mathis pick in the second round. I understand he has great physical attributes, however, wouldn't you want to go with someone who actually played against some competition in college?

Vic: There's certainly a risk in selecting a small-college player, but do you want to make a less-talented player your selection solely because he played against better competition? There have been a lot of great players who've come from the small-college ranks. You grade the player, not the school.

Zac from Roseburg, OR:
With all this talk about the number two receiver spot, I was wondering what happened to Bobby Shaw. He seemed to be developing quite well as a receiver and, since the Jaguars are in such desperate need at the position, why would they let him go?

Vic: Bobby Shaw signed a one-year contract with the Jaguars a year ago. When his contract expired, he became an unrestricted free agent. Buffalo signed Shaw after the Bills traded Peerless Price to Atlanta for a first-round pick the Bills later used to select Willis McGahee. Bills President Tom Donahoe was the Steelers' personnel boss when he took Shaw off Seattle's practice squad, so Shaw became a comfortable signing by the Bills, who expect Shaw to be their third wide receiver behind Eric Moulds and Josh Reed. That's the role best-suited for Shaw; third wide receiver, punt returner and utility player. The Jaguars were looking for a number two guy; they have lots of threes.

Keith from Miami, FL:
If the Jaguars release Kyle Brady after June 1, they should have enough cap room to sign Peter Warrick or J.J. Stokes. What do you think, Vic?

Vic: I don't understand the fascination for signing other teams' rejects.

Sean from Jacksonville Beach, FL:
Of all the needs the Jaguars have right now, who would you like to see them add at any point before the season starts and why?

Vic: I expect this team to sign some minimum-wage players who will heighten the competition factor in training camp.

Alex from Los Angeles, CA:
I recently read a rumor that there was a possibility the Ravens might be pursuing a trade with the Jaguars for Mark Brunell. Have you heard of anything along that line? If so, what might the expected compensation be?

Vic: Alex, we've been over this several times, but let's do it one more time and really try to digest the information. Any team that trades for Mark Brunell must accept his $6.75 million salary. Of course, they could re-structure his deal to be more salary cap-friendly in 2003, but we must deal with the plain facts of the situation as they currently exist. Fact: Brunell's current contract would make him a $6.75 million cap hit in '03 to any team that might trade for him. Fact: The Ravens currently have only $4.74 million in cap room. Fact: Most teams aren't anxious to add $6.75 million to their salary cap. For those reasons, I would expect that trading Brunell would be difficult and compensation would be very limited. Those circumstances could change dramatically in training camp, however, if a team loses its starting quarterback to injury or realizes it needs real help at the position.

Corbin from Reading, PA:
Does Hugh Douglas immediately take on the role of the funniest player on the Jaguars roster?

Vic: I hope Hugh Douglas has a lot left in his tank because he's a reporter's joy. Douglas has already established himself as the most candid and entertaining interview in the Jaguars locker room.

Nick from Tampa, FL:
Do you know if Tom Coughlin and Wayne Weaver are on speaking terms? It would be a shame to see a once-good relationship spoil so fast. Thanks for any insight.

Vic: Wayne Weaver remains a member of Tom Coughlin's Jay Fund board of directors. These are two professional men whose memories of the first eight years in Jaguars history will grow warmer as the time passes since Weaver fired Coughlin. I have no doubt they will maintain their friendship.

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