JACKSONVILLE – Gus Bradley liked what he saw Wednesday.
"They're coming in in great shape," he said.
That was the Jaguars' head coach's assessment as veterans reported for 2016 Training Camp Wednesday. Quarterbacks, rookies and first-year players had reported to EverBank Field Monday. The Jaguars' first practice of camp will be Thursday morning at 10 a.m.
As of late Wednesday morning, Bradley said all 90 players had reported.
Bradley, entering his fourth season as head coach, said the team performed well in a Wednesday morning conditioning drill. When asked about the team's roster entering his fourth training camp with the team, he said, "We've got great competition in a lot of spots."
"I'd say it's the highest level of competition since I've been here," he said. "That's a cool thing."
Bradley was asked about high expectations entering the season.
"If I was to address the fans, I know what they want," Bradley said. "I understand all of that. Our team understands that. Everybody in the locker room, everybody on the coaching staff, everybody in the organization wants to win. We'd like to take this team to the highest level and give this fan base what they deserve."
Bradley also covered several personnel issues while speaking with the media late Wednesday morning:
*Left tackle. Kelvin Beachum and Luke Joeckel, who will compete for the starting left tackle job in the most high-profile position battle of training camp, both will work at left tackle and left guard. "I would say you'll see those guys both playing guard and tackle," Bradley said. Beachum, signed as an unrestricted free agent from Pittsburgh in the offseason, has been medically cleared from the torn anterior cruciate ligament that cost him the last 10 games of last season – but Bradley said the team will be careful with Beachum in his return early in camp. "He can come back and you'll see him out there on the practice field, but we'll be smart with him," Bradley said. "It might be where he goes through individual [Thursday] and then we take a look at him and see how he does."
*Jalen Ramsey.The rookie cornerback will begin camp working at both outside cornerback and the nickel position. Ramsey, the No. 5 overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, has been medically cleared to practice at the beginning of camp after missing organized team activities and minicamp with a meniscus tear. As is the case with Beachum, the team will be cautious in his return. "I remember telling you we don't want to put too much on his plate, but we'll start out as training camp starts with him getting some reps at nickel," Bradley said. Ramsey seems likely to eventually start at outside corner, but with third-year veteran Aaron Colvin suspended for the first four regular-season games, the rookie could be an early-season option inside.
*Colvin.The third-year nickel likely will get a normal amount of repetitions early in camp, though Bradley said that could reduce as the regular season approaches as the team prepares other players to play the nickel early in the season. "He'll still get reps," Bradley said. "Those are some of the things we're talking about as a staff. … I would anticipate seeing him going out there right away, but as training camp goes on you might see some of those reps switch."