The Jaguars completed their first day of practices of their 1999
training camp, with two practices at Ferrell Fields. Eighty-six
players took part in the sessions, with unsigned first-round draft
choice Fernando Bryant the only player missing. The afternoon
practice was held in a 101 degree temperature.
"I think the players could have been a little more intense. We're not
in pads yet, so I think our intensity level could be a little better," said
head coach Tom Coughlin. "Of course, I wasn't crazy about the
illegal procedures and the defensive offsides, and things like that.
The enthusiasm was there, so everything was fine."
The team worked mostly on first down and second-and-long
situations on Friday. "It doesn't get real complicated yet," added
Coughlin. "And there aren't multiple positions being played yet,
either, which will come about when you start adding the nickel and
Quarterback Mark Brunell added, "You want to be mentally sharp
and not make mistakes. For the first day, it was a good one."
On the upcoming season, Brunell said, "We have the most talented
team we've had in our history, and guys were excited about getting
the season going. The Super Bowl is the ultimate goal, but that's a
long way down the road and we have a lot of work to do to get
there. The focus is on the first preseason game, and then we'll take
it week by week."
Several players were limited because of injuries, including RB
James Stewart (knee), TE Rich Griffith (knee) and LB Bryce Paup
The Jaguars will also have two-a-day sessions on Saturday at 8:40
a.m. and 3:20 p.m., and players will be off on Sunday.
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