Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; 18 in 3-Day Tryout Just Looking for Place to Play

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; 18 in 3-Day Tryout Just Looking for Place to Play

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

Sabby Piscitelli didn't play football last year, a tough blow for a player who had appeared in 66 games over a six-year career.

Matt Ware played football last year but wasn't paid, a similarly bad break for a player who had appeared in 95 games in seven years.

But a new year means new opportunities, which is why the two safeties were among 18 players who started a three-day tryout Tuesday during the Jaguars' minicamp.

Shoulder pads and hitting aren't allowed during the camp, but players can showcase their mental aptitude and individual skills.

"We started out the first 25 minutes with more individual drills so we could watch their footwork and base fundamentals," coach Gus Bradley said. "They've got a three-day period for us to take a look at them and they added depth and allowed us to do some things we wanted to do."

What the tryout players want to do is play. Most weren't drafted out of college. Many have floated around to practice squads and training camps and some have played in no regular season games. The list includes two ex-Jaguars - cornerback Kennard Cox and linebacker Stephen Franklin.

The 28-year old Piscitelli, who was with Tampa Bay when Bradley was the linebackers coach, finished 2011 with Kansas City but gambled during training camp that a roster spot would open somewhere in the league. It didn't.

"When you don't have [football] for a year, you realize how much of a privilege it is," he said. "My agent and I had a game plan and you live and learn. I'm OK with the past but excited with the future. I'm rejuvenated. I feel like I'm 20 again."

Ware, 30, has played for Philadelphia and Arizona. Last year, he signed with Virginia of the United Football League, but left the team after three games and no paychecks. (Jaguars linebacker Greg Jones played for Las Vegas and was never paid).

"Pretty much after the first week, I didn't think I was going to get my money," Ware said. …

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