When Sean Considine arrived for a team meeting on Monday morning at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, there was a familiar face waiting on him.
Considine joined his former Philadelphia Eagles teammate Tra Thomas as two of the club's offseason additions. Both players are participating in the club's offseason conditioning program which began Monday.
Considine, who signed on February 27, has made 17 starts at strong safety since being selected in the fourth round of the 2005 draft by the Eagles. Make no mistake, he is looking forward to returning to a starting role.
"I'm down here just to compete," Considine said. "In my eyes I'm competing for a starting safety position. Whether that happens or not, it's going to be up to the competition that goes on and I'm just looking forward to a challenge, which I know I will get down here."
In nine starts at safety in 2006, the former Iowa standout recorded a career-high 107 tackles. He started all eight games in 2007 before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury.
Considine is known for his work on special teams, leading the Eagles in 2008 with a career-high 32 tackles.
"I love playing special teams," Considine said. "I'm willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win. Ultimately if I don't end up earning a starting spot, I'm not going to pout and be a distraction. I'm going to do my best to help this team win ballgames and if that means I'm competing for the first guy down on kickoff coverage, then that'll be what I'm trying to make the Pro Bowl at."
Considine and Thomas played in five postseason games together in Philadelphia including two NFC Championship Games. He is excited about reuniting with Thomas.
"You're talking about a reliable, good football player, and a great teammate," Considine said. "He was a vocal leader in the locker room up there in Philadelphia. I know he's going to be sorely missed. I'm just glad we got him down here in Jacksonville. He's a good player; he'll play hurt. He'll play at a high level hurt. He doesn't miss practices. He's just a real leader and I think it's going to be a good thing for Jacksonville."
Manuwai ready to forget 2008 season
Guard Vince Manuwai was one of 15 Jaguars to finish the season on injured reserve as he missed 15 games in 2008 after suffering a torn ACL in the season-opener at Tennessee. Manuwai has been rehabbing daily with the club's athletic trainers and is looking forward to returning to the field. He doesn't even like the mention of what happened in 2008.
"I'm not really worried about 2008. It happened, it's done," Manuwai said. "So we're just moving on, building up, especially me and Mo (Williams), the guys that were injured last year, that's what we're looking forward to. And we don't even really talk about with the other guys about 2008 and what happened."
Garrard inspired by Oshay
When David Garrard first heard about the injury suffered by Baker County High School football player Oshay Johnson last August, he immediately thought about former Episcopal football player J.T. Townsend. Both Johnson and Townsend suffered spinal cord injuries that left them paralyzed from the neck down.
Townsend has visited several Jaguars practices in the last couple of years. Johnson, along with several family members and friends, was invited to Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on Monday, receiving a private tour and watching the players work out.
The players made a $20,000 donation to Builders Care on behalf of Oshay to help with costs of a new house that was built for him in March.
"We just want to support Oshay and his needs moving forward," Garrard said. "It's a small part because his life unfortunately will never be the same like it used to be. But he can inspire a lot of people, he can inspire a lot of young kids, he can inspire the team. Our thoughts and prayers are always with him. Just any little thing we can do."
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Back to work
Offensive tackle Maurice Williams returned to Jacksonville after taking classes at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Williams was one of 95 players enrolled in the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program, an initiative designed to assist players for their post-playing careers. The program is a joint partnership between the NFL, the NFLPA and the country's most elite business schools.
"It was a great experience," Williams said.
In 2007, Williams attended classes at the Stanford Graduate School of Business as part of the program. The program at the Wharton School focused on financial analysis, entrepreneurship, stock market investing, risk management and community reinvestment with an emphasis on real estate.
Josh Scobee and several of his teammates participated in the Child Cancer Fund Golf Tournament on Monday at Jacksonville Golf and Country Club … Tony Pashos is speaking to The Southside Rotary Club on Tuesday at River City Brewing Company … Safety Reggie Nelson will be hosting a football camp on June 12-15 at Jacksonville University. For more information, please visit www.footballcamps.com … Montell Owens, Alvin Pearman and Chad Nkang will visit Landmark Middle School for a What Moves U event on Wednesday. What Moves U is a program created by the NFL to motivate children to exercise daily. The players will join children in drills outside before talking to them about the importance of exercise and eating healthy
Defensive end Reggie Hayward, the former third-round pick of Denver in 2001, has totaled 38.5 career sacks including 16.5 as a Jaguar. He signed with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent in 2005.
The last word
"We're teaching body positions, we're teaching body awareness, we're teaching foot placement on how they run. We're teaching basically the mechanics of everything. We haven't even really gotten into handling a lot of weight, handling a lot of high loads when it comes to conditioning. We're just basically in the front end of getting this thing knocked out."
Jaguars Strength and Conditioning Coach Luke Richesson