The Jacksonville Jaguars held two practice sessions today against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the Ferrell Practice Fields. Both sessions were in full pads.
³It¹s a great workout anytime you have the opportunity to go against another team in a controlled practice,² said Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin. ³The players love it when they can go against other players who don¹t know everything they already know.²
Drills practiced by the two teams included 9 on 7, 1 on 1, team drills, red zone, the two-minute offense and special teams. Crowds for the morning and afternoon practices were estimated at 4,000 and 2,500, respectively.
³The crowds were consistent with everything we have seen in Jacksonville,² said Coughlin. ³Our fans are tremendously enthusiastic people who enjoy football. We¹ll never take that for granted.²
The Buccaneers bused to Jacksonville in the morning and back to Tampa after the second practice. ³Jacksonville has been great in getting this going,² said Tony Dungy, the first-year head coach of the Buccaneers. ³Everything has been organized, and we appreciate just getting the opportunity to come here.²
Rookie offensive tackle Jason Dukes suffered a sprained left ankle in the morning practice and did not participate in the afternoon session. Also sitting out the afternoon practice was guard/offensive tackle Marcus Price (low back strain) and offensive tackle Leon Searcy (aggravated hamstring strain). Linebacker Kevin Hardy (groin) and wide receiver Curtis Marsh (hamstring) were limited but participated in both practices.
On Friday, the Jaguars waived rookie offensive tackle Omari Mangrum, who had left training camp on Thursday.
The Jaguars will practice again at 3:20 p.m. Saturday before taking Sunday off from practices.