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Six sent to NFL Europe League


The Jaguars have allocated six players to the NFL Europe League, which begins play on April 13. Training camps open on March 9 in Tampa.

Offensive tackles Patrick Venzke and Derrick Chambers, wide receiver Jimmy Redmond, defensive tackle Jeff Miller, cornerback Renard Cox and tight end James Hill are the six allocated players.

"We hope these players can gain valuable playing experience in a competitive league," Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin said. "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 before going into our training camp in July."

The Jaguars have also announced that they've signed five players to their roster: Hill, defensive end Randy Garner, defensive tackle Donald Broomfield and safeties Noah Burroughs and James Watkins.

Hill, 27, played for the Seattle Seahawks in 2000 and went to training camp with the team in both 1999 and '01. A native of Riverhead, N.Y., he played two seasons at Abilene Christian.

Garner, 24, is the only player to spend the entire 2001 season on the Jaguars' practice squad. A sixth-round draft choice of the Atlanta Falcons in 2001, he was waived during training camp and claimed by the Jaguars on Sept. 4.

Broomfield, 25, was with the Jaguars in the 2001 preseason before being waived in the final cuts. He spent the 1999 preseason with the Cincinnati Bengals after being drafted in the seventh round, and was with the Arizona Cardinals in the 2000 training camp.

Burroughs, 25, was an undrafted rookie who went to training camp with the New York Jets in 2001 before being waived. He played both outside linebacker and defensive back at the University of Buffalo.

Watkins, 24, was with the Jaguars in the 2001 preseason before being waived on Aug. 28. He was allocated to NFL Europe by the Jaguars last year. He played collegiately at Tennessee State.

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