Seven current members of the Jaguars have been allocated to participate in the NFL Europe League, which begins play on April 21. The allocated players will be assigned to teams on February 19, with training camp beginning on March 19 in Tampa.
The seven Jaguars are quarterback Jonathan Quinn, placekicker Jim Tarle, safety Craig Miller, offensive tackle Reggie Nelson, linebacker Troy Pelshak, defensive end Paul Spicer and safety James Watkins.
"We want these seven players to gain valuable playing experience in a competitive league," said Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin. "The NFL Europe season will provide them quality repetitions and it will give them an opportunity to further develop their own skills in playing their particular position. It will also give us the opportunity to evaluate their performance level going into our training camp."
Quinn was a third round draft choice by the Jaguars in 1998 and has played in five games with two starts, with both starts coming in the 1998 season. He has 34 completions in 64 attempts for 387 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. He also has 13 carries for 75 yards and one touchdown.
Tarle was signed by the Jaguars on November 15 and was the kickoff specialist in the final six games. A native of Jacksonville, he graduated from Bishop Kenny High School and played last season for the Jacksonville Tomcats in the afl2.
Miller was signed by the Jaguars on September 26 and played in four games with two starts before being waived on October 20. He was signed to the practice squad on November 29, where he spent the remainder of the 2000 season. Miller spent all of the 1999 season on the Colts' practice squad.
Nelson was signed to the Jaguars' practice squad on September 27 and activated to the 53-man roster on October 23 and saw action in one game. He was a fifth round choice of the San Diego Chargers in 1999 and spent time on the practice squad and active roster, seeing action in two games.
Pelshak was active for 13 games in 1999 and 2000 with the St. Louis Rams before joining the Jaguars on December 4 when Hardy Nickerson and Lonnie Marts were placed on injured reserve. He played in four games with the Jaguars in 2000.
Spicer spent portions of the 1999 season on Detroit's 53-man roster and practice squad. Activated to the Jaguars' 53-man roster on October 5 after spending the first five weeks on the practice squad, he played in three games, recording four tackles, and a sack and forced fumble at Dallas.
Watkins was signed by the Jaguars on January 4. He played in 1999 at Tennessee State after graduating from Vanderbilt University in 1998. At Vanderbilt he played three years, starting five games and being named Academic All-SEC twice.