The Jacksonville Jaguars completed their three-day minicamp today with 89 players in attendance, including 46 rookies and other newcomers.
"It was a good camp, with good enthusiasm," said Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin. "The older
players did a good job with the young players trying to integrate them. The thing you worry about with the young players is the inconsistency. Camp is a long grind. We are all going to be relying on them a lot, without a doubt. I think we are a talented football team, and how deep we are depends on how much help we get from these young guys."
Coughlin also commented on Marcus Stroud and Maurice Williams, the team's first two picks in last weekend's NFL draft. "They worked well and were very impressive in one-on-one. There is strength to be gained in both of those guys, but they are big, intelligent young men who want to learn and listen. They are willing to take coaching. I think they did well. They're going to have to play in some capacity. Hopefully, they'll push for a starting job, or else they'll have to get into the rotation."
The team's 33 rookies will go back to school, but they may return to Jacksonville on May 15 if they have completed their exams. They can then work out in Jacksonville until June 22. The Jaguars' remaining veterans will continue their offseason strength and conditioning program for the next six weeks.
Training camp is scheduled to begin July 26, and the first preseason game will be played August 10 vs. the Carolina Panthers at ALLTEL Stadium. The regular-season opener is September 9 at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers.