I woke up this morning with a ton of Jaguar news to digest so I am going to take a leaf out of my Tampa Bay counterpart‘s book and give it to you in a digest form:
With all the moves made in the off season, expectations are high for the Jaguars:
“Anytime you pick a rising team in the same division as Indianapolis and in the same conference as New England and San Diego, you’re asking for trouble. But the Jaguars have the best chance of any team in the AFC to break through and be better than the power elite of recent years.”
The Jaguars really can taste the Super Bowl this year:
Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio, who spoke to the players at their first meeting Friday night, said: “I don’t have a catch phrase for you, but the message is very solid. As men, you can be what you set your mind on and what you’re willing to sacrifice for, what you’re willing to dedicate yourself to.
“We collectively can be what we set our minds on,” Del Rio added. “Beyond God and family, there should be nothing more important than what we’re doing here. If we can mature as men and give that type of effort, that complete buy-in to that purpose, then we can have a special year. That’s the challenge.”
Some facts about training camp, including schedule and what you can and cannot bring.
Garrard is the reason for the season:
“I think it [the contract with Garrard] really gives us the stability and the continuity that we need to compete at the highest level and bring a championship to Jacksonville and, hopefully, multiple championships,” Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver said.
Jerry Porter and Troy Williamson are expected to be the to go to guys:
“We’ve had positions over the years that there are kind of alarms going off, everybody’s concerned about,” Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. “We’ve approached the wide receiver group kind of similarly. We’ve brought in some talent; we feel like the guys we brought in [will be] able to help.”
First round draft pick Derrick Harvey may not sign contract any time soon:
“Derrick Harvey is a holdout at this point, but we’ll just continue to work and hope that it gets resolved shortly,” Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. “Time missed is time lost. You hope you don’t miss a lot of time because you end up playing catch up the rest of the year, and that’s not the best way to make an impact your rookie year.”
Signed second round draft pick Quentin Groves talks about his first day at training camp:
How did the first day of camp go?
You can never judge because you are still in shirts and shorts. But when the pads come on, I’ll have a better answer. It went pretty well today. We ran around a little bit and had a lot of fun.
What do you expect to happen once you finally start working in pads?
My first real lick in the NFL, that’s probably the biggest thing I’m looking for. A guard pulls, or something like that, is what I will have to put up with, like 300-pound Mo Williams.
Leftwich is still unemployed:
“I’ve got confidence in myself. I won’t allow this to start second-guessing my ability. These types of things happen, man. You’ve got to stand up and see the light at the end of the tunnel. I know I can play the game of football. I’m not going to let anybody tell me I can’t.”
Groves and Harvey have a job to do: go after Manning and Brady:
Del Rio called Harvey and Groves “two guys that can really come off the edge and provide a pass rush. That was something we talked about wanting to address [in the draft].”
And now it is time for me to head out to training camp!