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Scobee kicks three field goals

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Josh Scobee's chances of becoming
Jacksonville's kicker soared with every kick.

The rookie took advantage of an opportunity to prove he can be
the answer to the Jaguars' kicking woes, booting three field goals
Friday night in a 9-7 victory over the Green Bay Packers.

Scobee, a fifth-round draft pick from Louisiana Tech, missed
three of four field goal attempts in his first two preseason games,
but was perfect on tries of 23, 32 and 43 yards against the
Packers.

"It feels good, man. The first two games were rough on me, but
I just had to keep my head and be confident in myself and go out
and do what I knew I could do," said Scobee, who kicked the
game-winner with 9:18 left in the fourth quarter.

"I wouldn't say I changed anything drastically, I just
concentrated more. Concentrated on exactly what I needed to do and
it worked out."

Scobee also showed improvement on kickoffs after struggling in
practice and in games.

"This isn't what I thought I could do, it's what I knew I could
do," he said. "I just had to go out there and show it, and that's
what I did."

Brett Favre played a half for Green Bay (1-2), throwing a
52-yard touchdown pass to Robert Ferguson in the second quarter.
Backups Doug Pederson, Craig Nall and Scott McBrien shared the rest
of the playing time, but did not come close to getting the Packers
into the end zone.

Favre completed 9-of-14 passes for 127 yards and was intercepted
twice before being replaced by Pederson at the start of the third
quarter. Tim Couch, who missed practice earlier in the week with a
sore arm, did not play.

Ferguson's touchdown was the first for Green Bay's offense
during the preseason. The receiver missed the Packers' first two
exhibitions with a hamstring injury caused by a hyperextended knee
and finished with three receptions for 83 yards.

"He ran a great route," Favre said. "Just like usual, it was
set up by the running game. Ahman (Green) made a great fake, and
the offensive line put a great mask on it."

Byron Leftwich went 13-of-21 for 117 yards for Jacksonville
(2-1), but the Jaguars' first-team offense has yet to produce a TD
in three games. The second-year quarterback had a 38-yard
completion to Jimmy Smith wiped out by a penalty, and breakdowns
forced Leftwich to settle for field goals on two other drives.

The Packers got a scare late in the second quarter when Green
remained on the ground after a 5-yard carry up the middle.

Trainers rushed onto the field and examined Green's left knee
before the Pro Bowl running back, who rushed for 1,883 yards and 15
TDs last season, got up on his feet and walked to the sideline with
what the Packers said was a bruised kneecap.

"When he took that hit on his knee, it moved his kneecap just a
little bit," Packers coach Mike Sherman said. "It scared him, as
well as myself. He could have gone back into the game, but we held
him out."

Donovin Darius intercepted Favre's pass intended for Donald
Driver early in the second quarter and returned it 15 yards to set
up Scobee's 23-yard field goal. Rashean Mathis had the other
interception off Favre, picking off a ball that glanced off the
hands of Bubba Franks.

Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio called Scobee's performance a
confidence booster for the rookie, but said it did not win the
kicking job.

"We've got to find consistency and dependability," Del Rio
said. "Now we'll see how he responds to having a little success."

Incumbent kicker Seth Marler is out for the season with a
quadriceps injury and another candidate for the job, Jeff Chandler,
was released last week after missing two field goal tries against
Tampa Bay.

The Jaguars signed former Buffalo, Tampa Bay and San Deigo
kicker Steve Christie on Thursday, but the 36-year-old did not get
into the game.

Game notes
Jaguars TE Kyle Brady strained the middle finger on his
right hand making a catch in the first quarter. ... Nall sat out
Green Bay's first two preaseason games with a hamstring injury. ...
Leftwich stood on the sideline in the second half with his throwing
hand wrapped. The Jaguars said the hand was sore, but not injured.
... Jacksonville played without RB Fred Taylor, who has a foot
sprain. Rookie Greg Jones replaced him, gaining 79 yards on 18
carries.

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