Hayward's Return
Reggie Hayward (Getty Images)
Reggie Hayward (Getty Images)

Posted Aug 25, 2008

Defensive end Reggie Hayward returned to the lineup for the first time during training camp and played well in the team's third preseason game, including stripping the ball free from Bucs running back Earnest Graham on the third play of the game. That led to a Jacksonville field goal and a lead the Jaguars never relinquished.

Hayward also had a pair of tackles in his limited role back after a sore hamstring kept him sidelined for the first two games.

His return was welcome news to the Jaguars defensive unit, which has been at less than full strength from that position.

With No. 1 draft pick Derrick Harvey entering his fifth week as a holdout at the defensive end spot, backup James Wyche already placed on the DL for the year and reserve Jeremy Mincey still mending a broken wrist suffered this spring in OTAs, the Jaguars needed a solid showing from Hayward with the regular-season opener just two weeks away.

Harvey's value for opening day against Tennessee continues to decrease with the continuation of his holdout. The Jaguars sweetened their offer to the former University of Florida defensive end who they drafted as the No. 8 pick in last April's college draft. The offer is real close to splitting the difference of what the No. 7 pick and No. 9 picks in the draft signed for, but Harvey's agent, Ken Kremer, turned a thumb's down on the team's latest proposal.

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