The Jaguars and New Orleans Saints held two practice sessions today, with two teams and more than 170 players spread over two fields. Nearly 4,000 fans were in attendance.
"We covered a lot of situations. We didn't do short-yardage and goal-line, but a lot was well-covered," said Jaguars head coach Tom Coughlin. "We had good, physical play this afternoon. The intensity level was up. For our first week in training camp, we did what we had to do. We met our objective today. This morning wasn't as intense as I would have liked it to be, but this afternoon was. They were getting after it."
Jaguars No. 1 draft choice John Henderson had a solid afternoon working against the Saintsâ€™ offense. "He had a good one-on-one and he was ranting and raving over there, and then he got drilled later on," Coughlin laughed. "But I guess he did have a pretty good day. It was good to see that kind of emotion. He was having a good time flying around. It was good to see."
Coughlin also talked about the Jaguars' receiving corps that is missing Jimmy Smith, who is holding out. "They're not being impeded by progress. I know Mark Brunell is very comfortable with Bobby Shaw. The other guys just need to come along. Patrick Johnson had a very good afternoon, and that will help his confidence."
Summing up the first week of training camp, Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell said, "We're improving, but we have a long way to go. Guys are developing, guys are getting better, and so we're making progress, which at this point in training camp you have to do. I feel good about where we're at and where we're going."
The Jaguars will be off on Saturday and will return to two-a-days on Sunday at 8:40 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. at their practice fields adjacent to ALLTEL Stadium. Tom Coughlin will be available after the morning practice, and players will be available during their lunch period, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Radisson Riverwalk Hotel.