More Jaguars Tryouts

With the injury to Jaguars star middle linebacker Mike Peterson, coupled with the newfound health of Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee and quarterback David Garrard, the Jaguars were able to clear some space on their roster by releasing veteran kicker John Carney, and journeyman quarterback Todd Bouman. Find out who they looked at so far.

Carney filled in more than admirably for the injured Scobee, as he hit 9 of 11 field goals for the team, as well as five touchbacks. Carney did his job in Scobee's absence, and his accurate kicking just may earn him a roster spot on another team in the upcoming weeks.

Todd Bouman was signed after David Garrard went down with his high ankle sprain four weeks ago, and never saw the field of play for the Jaguars. He was an emergency fill-in for the team, and if they need him again they know where to find him.

In Carney's place, the team signed former Jaguar Jorge Cordova, again. Cordova was a former first day pick by the Jaguars (third round) in 2004 from Nevada-Reno, but hadn't lived up to expectations due to injuries and mediocre play. Cordova missed the entire 2004 and 2005 seasons with leg injuries, and played sparingly in 2006. Cordova's only real impact play came in December of 2006 when he blocked a punt in the team's 44-17 victory over Indianapolis. Cordova was signed by the team approximately three weeks ago, then released a week later.

With one roster spot left to fill the Jaguars brought in a couple of veteran linebackers for tryouts yesterday. One is the fairly well known linebacker that made his mark with the Baltimore Ravens from 2001-2004, Ed Hartwell. Hartwell was a big hitting linebacker playing along side Ray Lewis for four seasons. As a starter, Hartwell averaged over 110 tackles per year during his time in Baltimore. Hartwell left Baltimore after the 2004 season when he signed a big money contract with the Atlanta Falcons. Hartwell struggled with various injuries throughout his two years in Atlanta before his contract was terminated after the 2006 season. Hartwell signed with Cincinnati in the preseason, but was waived prior to the regular season opener. Hartwell is trying resurrect his career under his former linebacker coach turned head coach of the Jaguars, Jack Del Rio.

The other veteran that the Jaguars have brought in for a tryout is former Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals linebacker, Orlando Huff. Huff is a former fourth-round pick (2001) by the Seattle Seahawks from Fresno State University. Huff played four seasons in Seattle before moving on to division rival Arizona prior to the 2005 season. The 6'3", 239 lb., 29 year old linebacker is solid in coverage, but is somewhat weak at the point of attack.

Neither Ed Hartwell, nor Orlando Huff are being brought in to be a replacement for Mike Peterson or savior for the Jaguars line backing corps. If either one is signed, it will likely be for the purposes of depth and help on special teams.

Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of, and a regular syndicated contributor to, Sirius NFL Radio, and Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers Association, and is a columnist for the New Smyrna Observer.

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