Couch Finally Gets Another NFL Chance But is Long Shot to Make Jaguars' Roster
Tim Couch is back in an NFL training camp.
The quarterback chosen first overall in the 1999 draft by the Cleveland Browns was signed Sunday by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Couch last was with an NFL team when he failed to make the Green Bay Packers' roster in the 2004 preseason. He was bothered by a sore arm then and had workouts for a handful of clubs since being released by the Packers, but wasn't signed by anyone until now.
He is trying to revive a career memorable mostly for how disappointing it was during his five seasons in Cleveland. It's a long shot that he'll make the season-opening roster in Jacksonville. The Jaguars already have Byron Leftwich as their starter and have an established backup in David Garrard, and any team that keeps a third quarterback on its roster during the season usually uses that slot for a youngster. But the Jaguars, with third quarterback Quinn Gray hurt, simply needed another quarterback on the training camp practice field, and Couch was chosen after team officials worked out a group of quarterbacks that included University of Maryland product Sam Hollenbach.
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