The Jacksonville Jaguars began their first full week of training camp today, with two practice sessions at Ferrell Fields. The morning session was the first of this year in which players wore full pads.
"It was the first day in pads; they have to get used to them," said Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin. "There is conditioning that goes along with it. The 9-on-7 drill is usually my gauge. It started out a little slow, and then it picked up and got a little better."
Quarterback Jonathan Quinn, who led the Berlin Thunder to the NFL Europe League title last month and is competing for the No. 2 job with Jamie Martin, said, "I would think that coach Coughlin's expectations of me are very high. I am going into my fourth year and more ought to be expected out of me. I have a great relationship with Jamie Martin. We compete against ourselves and are very friendly on and off the field. We help each other out and we root for each other. It will be coach's decision who beats who out. I had a good experience in Europe. Hopefully, it will pay off this season."
Of Quinn, who received considerable game time in Europe, Coughlin said, "He's much more confident. He's not so quick to be upset when the coaches get on him. He doesn't need to ponder things and be overly deliberate. It's been a real positive thing for Jonathan."
Today's practices were the third of 10 scheduled two-a-days during this year's training camp. In the next three weeks, until camp ends on August 20, the team will wear full pads for eight more practices, including both sessions on Friday against the New Orleans Saints.