Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Jaguars QB Leftwich: 'Excited' by Selection of Jones

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAGUARS NOTEBOOK; Jaguars QB Leftwich: 'Excited' by Selection of Jones

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Byron Leftwich has seen the films, which is why he can't wait to find out in person what he has in the Jaguars' first pick of the draft, Matt Jones.

The Jaguars quarterback won't have to wait long, either, because Jones is set to participate in the team's three-day minicamp this weekend outside of Alltel Stadium. Saturday's two practices are open to the public.

Leftwich said he already has spoken with Jones and done his homework on the 6-foot-6, 242-pound athlete, who is switching to wide receiver after spending his college career at Arkansas as a quarterback.

"Just watching the guy on film gets you excited because he's such a great athlete," Leftwich said while taking part in the offseason conditioning program. "He does things nobody has ever seen before in a guy like that."

Leftwich said he was awed by some of Jones' highlight reels from a career that included 77 touchdowns and 38 runs of 10 yards or more.

"You look at the tape and he's always running by somebody, and we're not talking about chumps, either," Leftwich said. "You're talking about the [Southeastern Conference], one of the best conferences in the country. I was like, 'Wow.' "

Green, Williams released

The Jaguars first draft class under coach Jack Del Rio continued to shrink with the waiving of defensive end Brandon Green.

Green, a sixth-round pick two years ago, was let go along with backup offensive lineman Sammy Williams as the Jaguars got down to 86 players in advance of this weekend's minicamp.

With Green's departure, all of the Jaguars' final four picks in 2003 have been released.

Leftwich disputes weight

ESPN reported that Leftwich weighed 260 pounds during a taping of its Battle of the Gridiron Stars competition in Orlando last month, but Leftwich insisted he wasn't -- and isn't -- that big. …

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