The Jacksonville Jaguars opened their 2004 training camp with a morning session with all 89 players in attendance including first round draft pick Reggie Williams, who was signed to a multi-year contract today.
"It was a great way to start our season. To have everybody here was huge," said head coach Jack Del Rio. "I thought particularly with our first round draft pick, we seemed liked we were quite a ways apart just a couple days ago. I think it was Reggie's determination to be here. So, I'm proud of the fact we were able to get a deal. We're glad that he's here and able to make our first practice so we didn't come in with any distractions."
Williams, the ninth pick in the NFL draft and third wide receiver taken overall, spent most of the morning practice trying to develop some chemistry with second-year quarterback Byron Leftwich.
"I feel comfortable with Byron. It's still going to take some time though," said Williams. "We got a couple practices in together, throughout the summer, but until you get that real practice with everybody flying around everywhere, that's really where you get your true chemistry going."
The Jaguars held their second practice session at 7:00 p.m. tonight under the newly installed lights on the practice field at ALLTEL Stadium. Camp will continue on Sunday with two practice sessions at 11:15 a.m. (special teams practice) and 7:00 p.m.