It didn't take long for newly-acquired free agent Tony Pashos to make himself at home in Jacksonville. A day after signing as an unrestricted free agent, Pashos spent the next morning in the weight room and on the exercise bike at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.
Not much has changed for the offensive tackle since signing with the Jaguars on March 2. He arrives each morning with his new teammates to participate in the club's offseason conditioning program. Each day reaffirms his decision to make the move to Jacksonville as the right one.
"It's a stronger and stronger feeling of this being the right fit," Pashos said. "There are great guys here and good chemistry in the lockerroom."
Pashos, 6-6, 320 pounds, spent the previous four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. He is getting acquainted with his teammates on and off the field. He joined his fellow offensive linemen earlier this week on a trip to Wolfson Children's Hospital to visit young patients in their rooms and sign autographs.
"That is part of gelling as a unit and as a team, putting selfishness aside and becoming one powerful unit to win games," Pashos said. "You have to learn each other, learn who the guys are around you and learning the community is a big thing, too."
Pashos spends his time away from the stadium finalizing his living arrangements with the purchase of a new home and finding his way away around the city. It's not as stressful as it was two months ago for him.
"I think one of the top five most stressful things to do as a person is to move," Pashos said. "You want get as comfortable as you can before you jump into the season, minicamps and other things.
The Jaguars will have their first passing camp in early May. Pashos is excited about getting back on the field and brushing up on his techniques while also learning a new system.
"The thing with offensive linemen is we are not playing a natural position," Pashos said. "When you're growing up and playing in the yard, everyone is throwing, catching and running. Not many people are pass blocking or bending their knees and drive blocking.
"A lot of it has to do with timing and getting back into it. You have to get the coordination back of blocking, bending your knees and going against live action. That is what minicamp does. It reawakens things and you also learn the players next to you in that huddle. It's very critical. I can't emphasize enough how important it is for an offensive lineman to be there and learn it all."