Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Say Boselli Will Make Pro Bowl Injuries Hurt Taylor's Chances

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Say Boselli Will Make Pro Bowl Injuries Hurt Taylor's Chances

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If Jaguars players had their way, several of them would be in the Pro Bowl; and without question, running back Fred Taylor would be among them.

Instead, a year after placing an NFL-best seven players in the game, most Jaguars players figure the team's Pro Bowl chances are as follows:

1) Tony Boselli, offensive tackle. Very, very good chance.

2) Taylor. Some chance.

3) Anyone else. Little chance.

Not that most players don't think there are others deserving. Wide receivers Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell each got mention in the locker room yesterday, as did tight end Kyle Brady and kicker Mike Hollis.

Still, with a 7-7 record, and with players such as Smith and Taylor missing significant time with injuries, there was little consensus any Jaguars player other than Boselli -- who has made the game the last four seasons -- would be named when the Pro Bowl rosters are announced today.

"We have some players who are the best in the game, and hopefully, they'll be recognized as such," Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin said.

Pro Bowl roster spots are determined by a three-tier vote, one-third players, one-third fans and one-third coaches. In the fan voting, which ended Dec. 8, Boselli was the only Jaguars player to finish as the top vote-getter at his position. He received 103,373 votes, best among offensive linemen.

The Jaguars' seven Pro Bowl selections last season were Boselli, Smith, quarterback Mark Brunell, offensive tackle Leon Searcy, linebacker Kevin Hardy, defensive end Tony Brackens and safety Carnell Lake.

Lake and Searcy each missed the season with injuries. Hardy and Brackens have had dropoffs in their sack totals, Brackens from 12 to 6.5 and Hardy from 10.5 to two. Brunell, because he is seventh in the AFC in passing, isn't likely to go, and Smith -- despite his fifth consecutive 1,000-yard season -- is sixth in the AFC in receptions and fifth in receiving yards. …

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