Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags Notebook

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jags Notebook

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Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer

LEFTWICH ADAPTING

First-round pick Byron Leftwich continued to look nervous in his second day in a Jaguars uniform.

The former Marshall quarterback followed an admittedly shaky start Friday with another tough outing yesterday. He completed six of his 13 throws in seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills, fumbled two snaps and nearly had passes intercepted by CBs Rashean Mathis, Fernando Bryant and Jason Craft.

"He's going to require some work, no question about it, but he's working on it," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said.

Del Rio added that the three snaps Leftwich fumbled during the first three practices are not a concern. Leftwich worked primarily out of the shotgun in college and still is adjusting to taking snaps from under center.

"I'm not going to get bent out of shape about the fumbled snaps on just the second day," Del Rio said. "He's working with a center he hasn't seen before."

HAYES STRAINS KNEE, LIKELY OUT UNTIL JUNE

WR Donald Hayes is expected back in practice next month after an MRI exam confirmed that he merely strained his right knee in practice Friday and did not sustain any ligament damage.

"Nothing is going to require surgery," Del Rio said. "He's going to be sore for a while, but he's going to be OK."

Hayes, who played with New England last year before being signed as a free agent, is currently the Jaguars' No. 2 receiver ahead of Kevin Lockett and Jimmy Redmond. But Del Rio has cautioned that Hayes is not a lock for the No. 2 role, and the Jaguars are considering other veterans.

The team has confirmed its interest in former Miami Dolphins WR Oronde Gadsden and in San Francisco's J.J. Stokes if, as expected, the 49ers release Stokes after June 1.

DARIUS 'AT PEACE'

SS Donovin Darius is participating in this weekend's mandatory minicamp after skipping last month's voluntary session. …

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