Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook

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Byline: Vito Stellino, Times-Union sports writer


Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell is making a transition this year with a new receiving corps.

"The timing is different, the way a receiver runs a route, the speed, all those other factors come into play when you're working with new receivers. I can't miss a day with these guys [although he missed one Thursday with a tired arm]. I'm taking advantage of every opportunity, every situation, knowing we've got to be on the same page," Brunell said.

Brunell remains confident the team can make a successful transition.

"Is it false enthusiasm? Am I just throwing this stuff out here? I'm not. I'm being very sincere. I have to be. I know as a leader of this football team, if I'm not confident, if I don't feel good about where we're at, then nobody will. Honestly, we feel we've got a great shot this year and that's how I'll approach it," he said.

Although he's adjusting to throwing to new receivers, he's still eager to have Jimmy Smith back.

"He's our best player. We've got to have him. When he gets here, he'll only help our passing game," he said.

He talks wistfully of the days when he had Smith and Keenan McCardell together.

"That was something very special. Very rarely do you get an opportunity to work with receivers for that long a time, six or seven years. It's very rare," he said.


Referee Bob McElwee admitted last week he didn't throw a flag on Gerard Warren for his hit on Brunell in the first Jaguars-Browns game because he didn't see it, but Brunell wasn't looking for an apology.

"Those guys make mistakes too. I wasn't going to beat him up or anything. It's not a big deal," he said.


The Jaguars know that a rookie offensive lineman can't afford to miss camp if he's to have an impact this year so they hope to get second-round pick Mike Pearson back on the field today. …

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