The weather remains a factor, but as Jaguars Head Coach Mike Mularkey sees it, the work has won out, anyway.
The Jaguars Thursday afternoon worked for about 45 minutes on the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields before lightning forced them to finish the ninth practice of 2012 organized team activities on an upper level inside EverBank Field.
It was the second time in three days weather has forced the Jaguars inside. They moved the entire practice inside Tuesday.
They also had moved a practice inside during a three-day veteran orientation in April, but Mularkey said the team remains on schedule.
“I’d say we are,” Mularkey said. “We’re missing on the physical part of going outside, and a lot of individual work and film work that’s critical for teaching. We’ve missed a couple of individual periods that are one on one instruction.
“We have to deal with the weather and the guys have been outstanding in their ability to adjust, to go out and do what we did on the field today, stop, come back in and change shoes and still finish the practice with all the reps.”
Mularkey said the Jaguars on Thursday did a few things players weren’t expecting.
“That’s what you want – you want a bunch of guys who don’t flinch,” he said.
The Jaguars continue to work toward signing their 2012 draft class, on Thursday announcing they have signed sixth-round selection
Harris, a cornerback from Florida State, was the No. 176 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft and is the second of the Jaguars’ six draft picks to sign a contract. The Jaguars earlier this week signed defensive end
Duration and terms of the contract were undisclosed.
JOHNSON SIGNED, TRENT RELEASED
The Jaguars on Thursday also re-signed rookie free agent cornerback and return specialist
Johnson, a two-time second-team All-Ohio Valley Conference selection at Murray State, originally signed a contract with the Jaguars as a rookie free agent on May 3. He was waived on May 14 after the team signed
Trent, a four-year veteran, played in six games with the Bengals, one game with the Indianapolis Colts and five games with Jacksonville in 2011 after being waived twice during the season.
WHAT MULARKEY SAYS ABOUT DE AUSTEN LANE
“He practices like he’s never had an injury. He has a motor on him that’s 100 mph, but he did spend a lot of time rehabbing (from a season-ending shoulder injury) and coming back to pretty much full strength. We were limiting him early on, and he has been very productive. When you don’t hear a lot about a guy that’s a good thing. He’s doing things right. He’s been a pleasant surprise.”
WHAT WE SAW
On Thursday, we not only saw about 300 high school coaches attending practice, we saw them watch about 45 minutes of practice before moving inside because of threatening lightning. The coaches were attending as guests of the team as part of the Jaguars North Florida and South Georgia coaches clinic. Mularkey had run a similar clinic in Buffalo as the head coach of the Bills from 2004-2005, and the Atlanta Falcons ran a similar program under head coach Mike Smith when Mularkey was there as offensive coordinator the past four years. “We’re really happy with the response,” Mularkey said. The Jaguars practiced at 3 p.m. rather than 11 a.m. to allow the coaches to attend the practice prior to dinner and evening coaching sessions.
With the high school coaches in attendance, the Jaguars quarterbacks appeared to have a good day in the time available outside. The Jaguars worked the two-minute drill for the first time in OTAs, with starting quarterback
Most of the 90 Jaguars players on the off-season roster will participate in organized team activities practices through Friday, June 1. The team’s mandatory mini-camp is scheduled to run June 12-14. Training camp is scheduled to begin in late July.
*Mularkey said wide receiver
*Mularkey also threw out the first pitch at the Jacksonville Suns’ game against the Mobile Bay Bears at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville Thursday evening. Mularkey said while he used to throw batting practice to his sons, it has been a few years since he threw extensively. “I have a ball on my desk and I will throw a couple before I go over there,” he said.