JACKSONVILLE – The moment came for
Upon learning of the Jaguars’ transactions to reduce the roster to 75 players, Tinker called his parents and his girlfriend with the news for which he had hoped since April.
The Jaguars’ long snapper job was his.
“That’s a phone call I’ve been waiting for for a long time,” Tinker said shortly after the Jaguars’ two-hour practice Monday morning at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields.
Tinker, a rookie free agent from the University of Alabama, had been competing for the long snapper job with not only fellow rookie Luke Ingram but Jeremy Cain, a seven-year veteran who had spent the last four seasons long snapping for the Jaguars.
“I know with Carson he did a nice job throughout training camp as well and in games and we just felt like we were heading in that direction,” Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley said Monday. “Jeremy (Cain) is very good. It’s not going to be long and he will be picked up, I imagine, because he’s a true pro and very talented.”
“Everything’s different, because each snapper has a different rhythm,” Scobee said. “That’s something we have to get used to. He has been here since OTAs started (in May). It’s not like he just came in this week. We’ve gotten a lot of time in, but now we’ll be able to get it in solely us three – that will make things easier to handle.”
On Cain, Scobee said, “It’s just unfortunate, but that’s life in the NFL. It’s the business side of it. The longer you stay with one team, like me being here – I’ve seen a lot of people leave. He was one of my closest friends. He’s a great guy. It’s the tough part about it.”
Anger, a second-year veteran, said while there will be an adjustment with a new snapper, two weeks should be enough to be ready for the regular-season opener.
“It was kind hard to get our system going with three guys, so it will be good to get a routine going,” he said.
Cain spent time with the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins and Tennessee Titans before joining the Jaguars in 2009. He had been relatively mistake-free in Jacksonville.
“He’s a great snapper and a great guy,” Tinker said. “I’m thankful he was here and I was able to learn a lot from him. He’s a great guy, but they told me I had a chance to compete and I came here and really focused on what I can do.
“He kind of showed me the ropes. As far as long snapping goes, there’s not too much he can tell me. But in terms of being in the NFL and playing in the NFL, he helped me a lot.”
Also around the Jaguars Monday:
*Anger said he had no problem with punting just one time Saturday, and that the lack of work was a matter of rest and giving Ken Parrish a chance to punt before being released Sunday. Parrish punted four times for a 49.5-yard average; Anger punted once for 54 yards. “I got a call from (Special Teams) Coach (Mike) Mallory the day before,” Anger said. “He ran it by me and asked me what I thought about it. It’s not quite, ‘less is more,’ but it’s about having smart repetitions. You do have a pitch count for the season.”
*Bradley said rookie right tackle
*Bradley said wide receiver