The Jacksonville Jaguars held their first special teams practice in today's morning session on the practice fields at Alltel Stadium. The second practice of the day was at 7:15 p.m. under the lights, with the team wearing "shells" for the first time.
In the special teams practice, rookie second-round draft pick Maurice Jones-Drew saw action on punt returns for the first time during training camp.
"Returning punts on special teams is all about being comfortable," said Jones-Drew. "When you are comfortable you can do a lot of things. Right now I am trying to work at it and have fun. We were rating each other on how perfect we could be. I got a couple of tens today so I'm getting there. You're not comfortable until you get all tens."
Camp continues on Monday with two practice sessions at 10:15 a.m. (shorts) and 7:15 p.m. The first full-pads practice of training camp will be at the Monday evening session.
"I look forward to hitting, just because you are going against Mike P (Peterson) and the defense," said Jones-Drew on the upcoming padded practice on Monday evening. "It's good when you get the pads on because you get the best of them. Once you get the pads on you see the real men who are really good. That's when you gain the respect of your teammates. I can't wait to show them that I want to play."
NOTE OF THE DAY: IMPORTANCE OF SPECIAL TEAMS: The importance of special teams does not go unnoticed by Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio. The club will hold seven practices from July 30 to August 17 that will be devoted entirely to special teams. History shows almost 50 percent of NFL games throughout the regular season will be decided by seven points or less. The Jaguars had 10 of 16 games decided by seven points or less in 2005 and 4 of 16 decided by three points or less. In the past two seasons under Del Rio, the Jaguars are 16-5 in games decided by seven points or less and 8-3 in games decided by three points or less.