JACKSONVILLE – Preliminarily speaking, David Caldwell likes what he has seen.
The Jaguars held their final practice of 2013 minicamp Thursday, marking the end of the veteran portion of the offseason. Caldwell, the Jaguars’ first-year general manager, said with a young roster beginning a building process, there remains much to be determined in training camp and preseason.
But he also said the Jaguars made strides during 2013 organized team activities and minicamps.
And with the veterans now off until training camp begins July 26, Caldwell said there has been a lot to like about what the Jaguars showed during the last five weeks.
“You get a good idea in terms of a guy’s competiveness and his conditioning and take it onto the field,” Caldwell said Thursday after the last of three 2013 minicamps at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields adjacent to EverBank Field.
“Those are key components we’re looking for now. When we get to training camp, it will be another part of the process and we have preseason games. It’s going to be a constant evaluation for all 90 guys.”
Caldwell also said Thursday he isn’t against taking five quarterbacks into training camp. With the signing of veteran
“We’re not opposed to it,” Caldwell said. “It’s a valuable position.”
Caldwell said the quarterback competition – including the recently-signed Kafka and the rookies – will be as open as possible entering training camp; something he said is true throughout the roster.
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“With Coach Bradley and his staff, from the get-go, our central theme is competition,” Caldwell said. “Nothing is set. All starting positions on offense, defense – if they’re coming to training camp, they’re going to have a chance to make their case to be a starter.”
“There’s a lot more competition to be had with preseason, training camp and padded practices,” Caldwell said. “I expect some movement. I don’t know where, or at what positions, but everybody’s going to have an ample opportunity to lay claim to those positions.”
*He likes third-year veteran
*Roster moves are possible during training camp and preseason. The team will have the No. 2 waiver-claim spot through Week 3 of the regular season.
*He expects to have all eight draft selections signed before training camp. The team currently has signed cornerbacks
*Caldwell said he was impressed this offseason by wide receiver
*He expects the Jaguars to make up for the absence of Blackmon early in the season “by committee.” Blackmon will serve a four-game suspension to start the season. Caldwell mentioned rookie