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Leftwich in camp debut


Jack Del Rio welcomed first-round draft choice Byron Leftwich to the team, had him run a punishment lap around the practice field, then watched Leftwich begin a career the Jaguars hope will produce future championships.

Meanwhile, defensive tackle Larry Smith bid farewell.

You might say it was out with the old and in with the new at Jaguars training camp this morning. Leftwich participated in his first training camp practice after ending his 19-day holdout last night.

"I saw some nice balls he threw," Del Rio said of Leftwich. When asked if Leftwich might play in Friday night's preseason game against the visiting Miami Dolphins, Del Rio said: "I haven't ruled out anything."

So, the start of this new era in Jaguars football is complete with the addition of Leftwich, the signature player of the new era. The seventh pick of the draft from Marshall, Leftwich was to meet with reporters following this morning's practice, and will update this story with Leftwich's comments from that press conference.

As far as other issues from this morning's practice:

• "We decided to cut our ties with Larry Smith and we're moving forward. We feel he has the talent to play in the league, but he hasn't made the commitment we're looking for," Del Rio said.

• Defensive end Hugh Douglas had to step out of practice and step into the "Cool Zone" this morning. "Hugh was overheated a little bit," Del Rio said.

• Running back Fred Taylor will not play against the Dolphins Friday, as Taylor continues to rehab a bone bruise in his left knee.

• Del Rio has yet to name his starting quarterback for Friday's game, but he remains committed to getting backup David Garrard a starting assignment in one of the remaining three preseason games.

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