After going through two-a-days on four of the first five days of this
year's training camp, Jaguars players took the afternoon off after a
morning practice in the rain at Ferrell Fields. Players did, however,
have to attend meetings in the evening.
"That was the design for the middle of the week," said Jaguars
head coach Tom Coughlin. "Basically, we're on a
five-practices-a-week routine. It's designed to get the players
motivated for this practice, and also give them some time to get their
The team will practice at 8:40 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. on Thursday. On
Friday, the only practice will be at 8:40 a.m., and then the team will
leave after dinner for Greenville, S.C. for Saturday's two practices
against the Atlanta Falcons at Furman University.
Of the practices against the Falcons, Coughlin said, "We'll just be
looking at players, and for organization, discipline, football, blocking,
execution. There will not be any design or strategy involved. It'll just
be what we have prepared for at this point in time. The purpose of
working against Atlanta is to work against another team and to be
able to evaluate personnel. We want to put the players into position
where they know what they're doing so we can see them as
football players and athletes and instinctively reactive."
The Jaguars have nine wide receivers in camp in addition to Pro
Bowlers Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell. Of the rest of the
players, Coughlin commented, "It's an area that we've tried to stock
in different ways. We have some big, strong kids that, I think, will
be performers. I hope we're going to get some push for the third
and the fourth positions. These guys have picked things up a little bit
faster than I thought, and they have done a pretty good job with the
strategy that we've taken on here at the end of our first week -
which is basically throwing an awful lot at them in just our
formations alone. Hopefully, once they feel more comfortable,
they'll have an opportunity to show us exactly what they can do. I'd
like for the competition to be high at that position."
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