Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notes

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notes

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Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer

MCCARDELL MAKES QUICK RETURN

Wide receiver Keenan McCardell wasn't heard from again Sunday after catching an 8-yard pass on the game's first play from scrimmage.

That was fine for McCardell, who considered being in uniform in the 21-3 win over Pittsburgh an achievement after undergoing hernia surgery just three weeks earlier.

"I wasn't 100 percent [against the Steelers] -- I'm not going to lie," McCardell said yesterday. "But it's getting better every day."

McCardell said his absence from the passing game after the first play was more a product of Jimmy Smith's big day (eight catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns) than any lingering personal effects from the hernia surgery.

"I felt good enough to make plays," McCardell said. "It's all about opportunities. When 82 [Smith] is going off like he did Sunday, you know you're not going to get as many opportunities."

JAGUARS STILL RAKING IT IN

Despite their sluggish ticket sales this season, the Jaguars are still expected to be among the NFL's most revenue-rich franchises in 2001.

The Wall Street Journal last week projected the Jaguars to have $138 million in gross revenues this season, ranking them No. 15 in the league, despite Jacksonville's status as the NFL's second-smallest market.

The Jaguars' projected gross revenue puts them ahead head of such large-market teams as Miami (17th), the New York Giants and Jets (20th and 21st), Philadelphia (22nd) and San Francisco (23rd), according to the Journal. Franchise revenue includes broadcast payments, corporate sponsorships, concessions and after-tax sales of tickets.

Internal NFL documents obtained by The Los Angeles Times last spring also showed the Jaguars to be among the most financially successful teams in the league, with combined operating profits of almost $80 million between 1995-99.

Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver said the Times report didn't factor in signing bonuses for players and other substantial costs.

DAWKINS HAS QUIET DEBUT

Noticeably absent from the Jaguars' passing game Sunday was veteran free-agent addition Sean Dawkins, who played but did not have a catch. …

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