The Jacksonville Jaguars completed their first day of mini-camp with two practice sessions on the practice fields at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in front of approximately 1,900 fans, with 1,024 on hand for the morning workout and 816 for the afternoon session. This marked the fourth-consecutive year that minicamp was opened to the public.
"A stellar start. I liked the energy. I liked the attention to detail. A lot of work that needs to be done, but it was a good start," said head coach Jack Del Rio. "Coaches have been spending the offseason looking at tape and tweaking our system and really anxious to get out here to get started on 2007. So, a lot of energy out there today, some rookies being welcomed into our system. I think overall it's a real solid start for us."
Saturday's mini-camp marked the first action for the Jaguars 11 draft picks, including first round pick Reggie Nelson, and the eight undrafted rookies.
"We threw the whole book at them," said Del Rio on the rookies. "We had three OTAs last week with the veterans. We got to come out here on the field and go full speed with our playbook and we've gone back and started over now, so the rookies are behind but that's by design. They'll catch up. Today, you saw some good things. Mike Walker showed good hands to the ball, good strong hands to the ball. You saw speed from (John) Broussard. We saw some encouraging things here."
The Jaguars practiced with 83 players in attendance in addition to four workout players. Four Jaguars are currently playing in NFL Europa and were not in attendance.
The Jaguars will continue mini-camp on Sunday with two practices and will conclude on Monday with one morning practice. The Sunday practices are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. These practices are closed to the public.