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Mini-camp, training camp and cutdowns

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

Darrell Powell from Fernandina Beach, FL:
What determines when a team may have mini-camps, start training camp and the duration of camp? Is it based on the first preseason game?

Vic: One mandatory mini-camp may be conducted at any time. It may last three days plus one day for physical exams. Teams with new head coaches may conduct two additional voluntary mini-camps for the same amounts of time. Training camp may begin 15 days prior to the first preseason game but no earlier than July 15. All training camps must be concluded a week prior to the start of the regular season.

David Wielgus from Orlando, FL:
I count 91 players on the Jaguars current roster. When is the next cut and do you have any predictions on starters who may not be around on opening day?

Vic: The first mandatory cutdown is set for Aug. 28, when all teams must be down to 65 players, plus NFL Europe exemptions, which means the Jaguars must be down to 76 players on their roster by Aug. 28. The next cut is set for Sept. 2, when rosters must be reduced to 53 players. On Sept. 3, teams may establish a five-man practice squad. As far as predictions on starters who might be cut, that would depend largely on whether or not the release of a projected starter would represent worthwhile salary cap relief. As of now, the only projected starter who would save the Jaguars money by being cut is Kevin Hardy.

Suzanne Webster from Jacksonville:
Will the arrest of Stacey Mack affect his standing on the team in any manner, especially since coach Coughlin was looking forward to working with Mack on his running skills in training camp?

Vic: It won't help.

Fred Johnson from Portland, OR:
How can I get a subscription to Jaguars Inside Report?

Vic: Call 1-888-846-5247.

Jon Kurland from Jacksonville:
I read that the Ravens have not been that impressed with Leon Searcy. Do you think the Jags knew something everyone else didn't in not even really trying to get him under the cap?

Vic: The Jaguars wanted to re-sign Leon Searcy and tried hard to find creative ways to get him under the cap. You must remember that the injury he suffered last summer is of a very threatening nature and requires long rehabilitation. It is the same injury that ended the career of Steelers offensive tackle Justin Strzelczyk.

Aaron Fleck from Minneapolis, MN:
Why doesn't Fred Taylor get the respect he deserves? When people talk about top running backs, I never hear his name. Eddie George is a great running back, but he only averaged 3.7 yards per carry and Freddy averaged 4.8 behind a makeshift offensive line. Taylor should get his do and should make the Pro Bowl.

Vic: Eddie George has rushed for more than 1,250 yards in each of his five years in the league. That's a level of consistency that makes it safe for people to project him as one of the best running backs in the league. Fred Taylor had a great rookie year, but injury caused his rushing total to dip to 732 yards in 1999. If he follows his career-best season last year with the same type of performance this year, he'll no doubt get the respect that has been reserved for George.

Vic Ketchman is the Senior Editor of Jaguars Inside Report, the official team newspaper of the Jacksonville Jaguars. One-year subscriptions may be purchased by calling 1-888-846-5247.

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