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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Rookie's arrival has a vet licking chops

Times wires
In Print: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 
JACKSONVILLE — Tyson Alualu has a surprise waiting for him when he gets to Jaguars training camp: A matchup in the "Oklahoma drill" against fellow Hawaiian and childhood friend Vince Manuwai.
Alualu, picked 10th overall in April's draft, ended a five-day holdout Monday by agreeing to a five-year contract worth $28 million. The deal includes $17.5 million guaranteed.
The defensive tackle out of California is expected to arrive in Jacksonville today and be on the field a short time later.
Manuwai, a 333-pound guard, requested a matchup against Alualu in the one-on-one drill that has become a tradition at Jacksonville's first full-pads practice. Alualu missed that session Sunday. Coach Jack Del Rio was happy to grant the request.
"Mr. Vince Manuwai would like to welcome him," Del Rio said of the eight-year veteran.
Also, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell met with Jacksonville business leaders, local politicians, team officials and players. He expressed support for the small-market team but also hinted that fans need to do more to keep it in town. The Jaguars had nine of 10 homes games blacked out last season, becoming the poster child for attendance problems and getting labeled a target for potential relocation.

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