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Florida Times-Union reporter Michael C. Wright covers the ins and outs of the Jacksonville Jaguars. In this blog, he'll share behind-the-scenes anecdotes not published within the pages of the T-U, in addition to offering up incessant ramblings about nothing such as road trips, crummy hotels and not-so-delicious press box food. Perhaps he'll even delve into serious discussions about NFL issues. So ask questions, participate in conversations, or just learn more about the Jags.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Agents work as hard as players at NFL Combine

Jason Dillard is the epitome of hustle. A first-year agent based in Sacramento, Calif., Dillard and his company - Signature Sports Reps - represents four players that didn't receive invitations to the NFL Combine.
So to generate interest for his clients, Dillard took to innovation. He printed up several t-shirts with the headline "Have You Seen These Guys?" on the front that contains pictures, highlights and other noteworthy tidbits about his clients. On the back, the shirt reads: 2008 NFL Scouting Combine 2/20-2/26/2008 - MISSING and lists each players' name next to their respective schools.
"It's a little unorthodox," Dillard admitted. "But at the end of the day, I'm trying to make sure these guys get noticed. I'm working my butt off for these guys so they can get an opportunity. None of them were invited to the combine, but I want to make sure they get a chance."
Interestingly, Fresno St. CB Damon Jenkins (his picture and stats are on the portion of the shirt that didn't fit into the picture) played high school football at Concord (Calif.) DeLaSalle with Jaguars RB Maurice Drew and DT Derek Landri.
"I've read a lot about NFL coaches saying they love DeLaSalle guys," Dillard said. "So hopefully they'll like Damon, too."
Dillard says that Jenkins and Drew are good friends.
So, you see, the players aren't the only people working hard at the NFL Combine. Dillard's ingenius idea has drawn quite a bit of interest. In the hallways at the Indianapolis Convention Center, several people are walking around dangling the shirts on their shoulders - some people even wearing them.
That's the epitome of hustle. That's Dillard.


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