The Jacksonville Jaguars completed the second day of their three-day minicamp today with two practice sessions.
Head coach Tom Coughlin commented on rookie defensive tackle John Henderson, the team's No. 1 draft choice in last week's NFL draft. "John had a nice morning today. He was quicker off the ball today and was obviously very physical," Coughlin said. "He stayed low with his shoulders this morning, and I like that. As he gets more comfortable and has more knowledge, I will ask him to do more and he will get better and improve."
Another rookie being watched closely is quarterback David Garrard, a fourth-rounder who is trying to win the backup job behind Mark Brunell. "We are going to let David get more snaps in the next two practices," said Coughlin. "We will rotate the quarterbacks around. He is getting limited snaps and he's either all or nothing. We need to work more with him and give him more time. He's into it. We have him repeating the play call and then Quinn Gray (a rookie quarterback from Florida A&M) tells them what the coverage is. They obviously have had a lot thrown at them. Last night we probably put in three more protections, about six more runs and 12 new passes. So they are spinning, but they will be alright."
Another job up for grabs is placekicker, where three players are trying to replace Mike Hollis, the team's kicker in its first seven seasons. "They were off and on," said Coughlin of Jaret Holmes, Derek Schorejs and seventh-round pick Hayden Epstein. "Yesterday in the afternoon we kicked them a lot and each one of them missed two (field goals). This morning it was probably even again. There was some difference in the ball striking this morning; I look at that as well. They are competing and it will be interesting to see this thing play out. We will see who can do it under pressure."
The three-day minicamp will continue on Sunday, with the final practice at 9:45 a.m. Players are practicing in shorts without pads.