The Jacksonville Jaguars continued training camp today with two practice sessions today in front of 2,144 fans as the team prepares for its first full padded practice on Monday night. The Jaguars completed their only back-to-back days of double practices.
"I always look forward to that. I wish we could fast forward to it," said tight end Marcedes Lewis on the anticipation of Monday night's padded practice. "I think everyone is anxious to put on the pads. There is not too much you can do out at camp in shorts."
Among the players competing for starting roles are fourth-year veteran Khalif Barnes and third-year pro Richard Collier. The two are battling in camp for the starting left tackle spot. Barnes has started the past three years after being selected in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Collier was signed by the Jaguars in 2006 as an undrafted rookie out of Valdosta State.
"I think that it makes the team stronger when you have strong competition and good players across the board. It makes your team from top to bottom a lot better and makes the depth better," said Barnes on the competition at left tackle. "I've felt that I've had to compete every year and it just happens that this is more of a competition because Richard (Collier) is a pretty good player. He is very athletic. There should be some pretty good competition for positions this year and this should be a pretty good one, too."
The Jaguars held their second practice session at 7:00 p.m. tonight under the lights on the practice fields at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. Camp will continue on Monday with two practice sessions at 11:00 a.m. (special teams) and 7:00 p.m. (pads). The night practice will feature the Oklahoma drill.