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Jaguars Notebook

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook

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GAINING CONFIDENCE

He returned, which was about all Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin

could say about LB Kevin Hardy's performance Sunday.

Hardy, out with a medial collateral ligament sprain since the

game against Dallas on Oct. 12, started in the 17-9 victory

over the Oilers and made just one tackle

"What needs to happen with a player coming off a knee [injury]

is he's got to be in the fray again," Coughlin said. "He's got

to learn to trust the knee and trust your brace. You've got to

gain confidence in yourself."

SO CLOSE

He made the right break, the right read -- everything. Brant

Boyer just didn't catch the ball.

Boyer, a fourth-year LB, had a chance for his first career

interception against the Oilers, but a sideline pass from

Oilers QB Steve McNair slipped through his hands on the final

drive.

"That was pretty much my day," Boyer said. "I couldn't quite

get anything right, and that was kind of the icing on the cake

for me. You live and learn from something like that, and you go

on, right?"

HERE'S TO TUAOLO, TOO

The focus was on the Jaguars' rookie DTs Sunday, and with

reason -- Renaldo Wynn had four tackles in his third NFL start;

Seth Payne, three in his first.

The Jaguars, however, played a three-defensive tackle rotation,

and Coughlin said the third player -- veteran Esera Tuaolo --

contributed, too.

Tuaolo, acquired as a free agent two weeks ago, made three

tackles, including one in pursuit with LB Bryan Schwartz that

Coughlin was still talking about yesterday.

"Tuaolo made a play at the boundary that was an outstanding

play," Coughlin said. "There's room for improvement, obviously,

but for their first test, they did well."

BALANCING ACT

Is the offense back?

TE Pete Mitchell thinks it's closer. …

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