Heading into tonight's scrimmage inside ALLTEL Stadium and only seven days into this year's training camp, the Jaguars have already drawn 13,693 fans to their 2003 practices, only 1,663 fans fewer than the total for the entire 2002 training camp. Tonight's scrimmage is expected to draw 7,000 to 10,000 fans.
The Jaguars held an hour-and-a-half practice session this morning, as they began their seventh consecutive day of practices. "I've been pleased with the effort that this group has put forth," said head coach Jack Del Rio. "I think the commitment that the team made in the offseason workouts, to the start of training camp, was exceptional. Again, the battle cry of the day for me is consistency — that's what I'm looking for. We have had a nice start to camp, a nice first week. The goal for us is to go forward and be a consistent team that continues to build."
At 10:00 a.m. Saturday, the team will have a mock game inside ALLTEL Stadium. The mock game will be a rehearsal for the team's game day routine, except that players will be dressed in shorts and practice jerseys. Immediately following the mock game, players will again sign autographs for 30 minutes along the field walls.
Of the mock game, Del Rio said, "It's not really as much an evaluation tool as the scrimmage is. The scrimmage is live, except for the quarterbacks. Tomorrow morning is going to be a little more of a relaxed mode. Physically and mentally, we'll push the team. We're going to go through a dry run of how we'll approach next Saturday night in Minnesota. We'll go through our pregame routine, line up for the National Anthem, and have a dry run. The coaches will have the headsets on just like a game."