Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook

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Byline: Bart Hubbuch , Times-Union sports writer


Coach Tom Coughlin already wasn't in the best mood after a shaky display Friday in practices with the New Orleans Saints. Heavy rains and another sluggish effort in yesterday's workout only added to his ire.

Coughlin expressed his disappointment after a 1 1/2-hour session at Ferrell Fields, saying the one-hour rain delay and subsequent switch from the field at Alltel Stadium were no excuse.

"[Practice] wasn't as fast as I wanted it to be," Coughlin said. "The conditions were a factor, but we've still got to practice faster and have better tempo.

"That's what I'm disappointed in."

Mounting injuries didn't help Coughlin's mood. The Jaguars revealed that backup offensive lineman Mark Baniewicz will miss 8-to-12 weeks with a torn triceps muscle in his left arm, and backup quarterback Jamie Martin is out indefinitely with a sprained ankle and toe.

Wide receiver Keenan McCardell also is sidelined by a groin injury.

That's not the kind of shape Coughlin wants his team to be in with the exhibition opener against the Carolina Panthers at Alltel Stadium just four days away.

"This is it," Coughlin said. "We've got a game coming up.

"We need to practice better, improve and work better against each other."


The early reviews on veteran wide receiver Sean Dawkins aren't encouraging.

The ninth-year pro, signed as insurance in May for $500,000 when the Jaguars weren't sure Jimmy Smith would play again, appeared to drop two more passes in practice yesterday and remains mired behind Alvis Whitted on the depth chart.

Dawkins, in fact, was reduced to running routes against undrafted free agents for fourth-team quarterback Ted White during yesterday's practice.

That's a far cry from last season, when Dawkins caught 63 passes for 731 yards -- both career highs -- with Seattle. …

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