Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Practice Report

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Practice Report

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FRIENDLY ADVICE

Errict Rhett has kept an eye on his successor, and he has

some advice for his fellow ex-University of Florida running

back, Fred Taylor. Be patient, kid. Your time will come.

Rhett, in his first season with the Ravens after four with the

Buccaneers, played at UF from 1989-93, and is the school's

all-time leading rusher. Taylor arrived at UF the year after

Rhett's departure, played four years and was drafted No. 9

overall by the Jaguars last April.

Taylor, however, is currently a backup to James Stewart, and

has rushed just seven times for 46 yards and no touchdowns in

two games.

"He will be sensational -- I promise you that," Rhett said. "He

struggled a little bit up at Florida in the beginning, but he'll

come around. The competition there will make him better. Stewart

-- he picked his game up. He's running better than he's run the

three or four years that he's been in the league.

"One guy's smiling, another guy's sad. That's the way it is.

But he'll come around. When I was a rookie, I struggled in the

beginning, too. He's got plenty of time."

SHELTON IMPROVED

The Jaguars are fifth in the NFL in rushing, and one of

the big reasons for that success is fullback Daimon Shelton.

Shelton, who was a bit of a question mark heading into the

season, had a solid game as a lead blocker against the Kansas

City Chiefs last Sunday. His blocking will be key this Sunday

against the Ravens linebackers as well.

"He's done a good job," said coach Tom Coughlin. "He's

improved.He's done better after the initial progress. His

progress is fundamental to the improvement of the run."

A BIG LIFT

The Ravens started 0-1 this year, which wasn't a surprise

considering their records of 4-12 and 6-9-1 the past two years.

Here's the surprise: They recovered from a 20-13 opening-day

loss at home to the Steelers to beat the Jets 24-10 on the road

last weekend. And the fact that the victory came on the road,

and after a difficult opening-game loss, was a good sign, Ravens

coach Ted Marchibroda said. …

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