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Jackson, Smith, Stokes Get Tryouts


It's open season in the free agent market, and Wednesday the Green Bay Packers are giving tryouts to a pair of former first-round draft picks.

Working out at the Packers' practice facilities will be former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Akili Smith and former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver J.J. Stokes, both June 2 cuts. Former Atlanta Falcons receiver Willie Jackson also will get a tryout.

Smith was the third overall selection of the 1999 draft out of the University of Oregon, but has played in only 22 games over his four NFL seasons. He made one appearance in 2002, starting against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and going 12-for-33 for 117 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception.

For his career, Smith has completed 215 of 461 passes (46.6 percent) for 2,212 yards, five touchdowns and 13 interceptions. A mobile quarterback, he has also rushed for 371 yards on 70 carries.

Stokes is approaching what would be his ninth NFL campaign.

The 10th overall pick in the 1995 draft out of UCLA, Stokes has spent his entire pro career in San Francisco, tallying 327 receptions for 4,139 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Stokes played in 13 games last season, making 32 receptions for 332 yards and a touchdown.

Jackson, a fourth-round pick by the Dallas Cowboys in 1994, spent the 2002 season with the Falcons, playing in seven games and making 18 receptions for 199 yards. For his career, he has 277 catches for 3,583 yards and 13 touchdowns.

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