JACKSONVILLE – David Caldwell likes what he sees.
That doesn’t mean the Jaguars’ second-year general manager sees the team as a finished product or even close, but to say the roster is in better shape than this time last year …
Yes, Caldwell absolutely would say that.
Caldwell on Friday spent about 45 minutes talking to writers before the first practice of 2014 Training Camp, covering various topics about the team. Chief among them was that he likes the potential roster battles and depth at positions such as wide receiver, safety, linebacker and cornerback.
Caldwell said the battles at those positions will be significant.
“There are going to be good battles,” Caldwell said. “There are no free rides anymore.”
Caldwell also addressed the quarterback position, and said he won’t necessarily keep three quarterbacks. He said the plan remains for veteran quarterback
“I don’t think we think too much past Week 1,” Caldwell said. “For us it’s really going to be our team’s maturity and Blake’s maturity in terms of when is the right time. I do believe Chad right now gives us the best chance to be successful on the field.”
Caldwell said Henne also should benefit from having played in Offensive Coordinator Jedd Fisch’s system for a year.
“Hopefully, he’ll make a big jump,” Caldwell said.
Caldwell also said he doesn’t expect a situation at the end of the preseason similar to last season, when the team acquired multiple players off the waiver wire who contributed and started immediately.
“We like our position battles across the board,” he said.
Caldwell also said on Friday:
*He believes newly acquired running back
*He doesn’t expect cornerback
*He has spoken with representatives of wide receiver
*A decision on cornerback