Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Training Camp Notebook

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Training Camp Notebook

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Byline: Bart Hubbuch, Times-Union sports writer


The Jaguars' long-range plans to give LG Brad Meester playing time at center have moved to the front burner.

Backup C Kevin Long will be out indefinitely after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his right knee during practice yesterday morning. Long, who played at Florida State before coming to the Jaguars this spring from the Titans, is expected to miss several weeks.

Long's injury leaves starter John Wade as the only experienced center on the roster. Coach Tom Coughlin said that means the thought of using Meester at center could soon become reality.

The Jaguars had OT Todd Fordham working at backup center in place of Long yesterday afternoon.

"[Meester] is going to have to take some snaps at center now," Coughlin said.


The Jaguars are growing impatient with WR Darnay Scott's slow recovery from two sprains of his right shoulder.

Scott suffered the most recent sprain last week and missed last Friday's preseason opener against Atlanta. He has missed three consecutive practices since then and has given Coughlin no indication when he will return.

Scott, signed this summer after his release by the Bengals, was off to a lackluster start with the Jaguars before the injury and was demoted early last week to backup receiver behind Patrick Johnson.

"He tells me he's making progress, but I want to see it,'' Coughlin said of Scott, a nine-year veteran. "You take his previous experience into account, but with [Scott learning] a new offense, it's obvious we need him involved.''

Scott signed just a one-year contract for $650,000 with no signing bonus, so it wouldn't cost the Jaguars anything to release him. But Coughlin said it is too early to consider that possibility.

"I don't know whether his absence will [affect whether the Jaguars keep Scott], but I do know I want him on the field,'' Coughlin said.


Third-team QB Quinn Gray played just three snaps at the end of the preseason loss to Atlanta, forcing Coughlin to reconsider the rotation between Gray and Roderick Robinson against Tampa Bay this week. …

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