The Jacksonville Jaguars opened their 2007 training camp with two practice sessions in front of 3,467 fans with all 88 players in attendance, including first round draft pick Reggie Nelson.
"We're pleased to open camp with everybody here, in on time. We've had a real productive start to camp. First, I think it's a credit to Paul Vance and Tim Walsh for working hard in getting the contracts done. It was good that we were able to get everything closed up prior to camp and not have a hold-out situation," said head coach Jack Del Rio. "Day one, first practice, a lot of excitement. It's great to see the fans out here and obviously there's a lot of excitement here in Jacksonville and we appreciate that."
Only three Jaguars – tight end George Wrighster, quarterback Quinn Gray and defensive end Brian Smith – did not participate in practice after being placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
The Jaguars' 11 draft pick, along with seven undrafted rookies, participated in their first official practice sessions at Training Camp. With the departure of both of the Jaguars' starting safeties from 2006, the spotlight is on the Jaguars' top pick Nelson.
"It's all about just playing football. Just got to come out and play football," said Nelson on his role as a starter. "Gerald Sensabaugh is helping me out a lot. Sensabaugh is doing a great job in that area by taking me under his wing. He was just telling me, 'don't take in too much, just take it in a day at a time.' Like I said, that is my thing right now, just to take it a day at a time."
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 Sunday with two practice sessions at 10:15 a.m. (shorts) and 7:00 p.m. (shells). The first full-pads practice will be Monday evening at 7:00 p.m.