The Jacksonville Jaguars completed their first day of mini-camp with two spirited practice sessions on the practice fields at Alltel Stadium with 79 players in attendance in addition to six workout players. The afternoon session was opened to the public for the first time.
"The coaches have been in the off-season grinding away, looking at film, studying the draft, free agency, all that," said head coach Jack Del Rio. "For us to get back out on the grass, teach the guys, start building our team, start working on some of our systems, things that we've cleaned up after looking at last year's game film. So, we're happy to be out there getting started."
Friday's mini-camp marked the first action five of the Jaguars six draft picks, including first round pick Marcedes Lewis, and the 12 undrafted rookies.
"It didn't take long for Marcedes Lewis to show you why he's our first pick. He made some circus catches right away," said Del Rio on the draft picks. "Maurice Jones-Drew, you can see the explosiveness. Their heads have to be spinning though because we threw the book at them. We didn't want to go back and make it real primitive in terms of installation package. We really went full speed ahead and we're going to ask the rookies to catch up. They're going to be working hard to get caught up over this camp."
Jaguars third round draft pick Clint Ingram and the three Jaguars allocated to NFL Europe were the only players not on hand. Ingram was at his graduation today but will be in attendance for the remainder of the weekend.
The Jaguars will continue mini-camp on Saturday with two practices that are open to the public, and will conclude on Sunday with one morning practice. The Saturday practices are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. Free parking will be available in Lot P on the west side of Alltel Stadium and limited concessions will be available.