Yesterday, I dragged myself out of bed around nine (far too early for a college student in summer), applied some sunscreen, put on last year’s sideline hat and headed for The Jack. When camp started at ten, the heat was already oppressive.
The way camp is set up, there are three fields and the offense is furthest away from the fans. The middle field has the defense and the closest one has three dudes chilling out (also known as special teams). You can get closer to the offense but with my girl crush on our kicker, I was happily staying right where I was. Unfortunately, the only person who did anything fun to watch was our long snapper Joe Zelenka. Josh Scobee teased the crowd by running up to the ball and then not kicking it and Adam Podlesh faked punts by practicing to drop the ball.
Though I don’t say it much, I am going to take this chance to really reinforce how awesome Joe Zelenka is. He is funny and he is amazingly good at what he does. That is probably why he’s been on our team since 2001.
Besides special teams, it was pretty difficult to judge how well the defense was doing. I could see them practicing interceptions/blocking for interceptions but beyond that it was hard to tell. Plus, since they don’t tackle and they don’t have pads on, you really can’t see true performance anyway.
In the back field, you could see a quarterback throwing balls to people who were catching them. Unfortunately, because I was so far away I couldn’t really see who was throwing and who was catching. The only person who stood out was Matt Jones who I still got confused with Richard Angulo. To their credit, the tall white gangly guys were catching the football.
Because I didn’t see much, I am going to rely on news reports to help me out on the breakdown of the offense and I am going to give it to you in a nice breakdown:
Troy Williamson (who I am rooting for like crazy) has continued to do well in training camp:
He beat the defense badly; toasted two defensive backs who could do little more than watch the pass sail over their heads and into Williamson’s hands. Then, there was a pregnant pause. Would the ball stick in Williamson’s hands? Yeah, like glue.
Last night was the first night of Oklahoma drills:
Only a few players are picked for the drill and tight end Marcedes Lewis got the call in each of his first two seasons against Reggie Hayward and Justin Durant. He said he did well both times.
One reason to keep Matt Jones around (from the same article as above):
The Jaguars lost another wide receiver Sunday when Dennis Northcutt suffered a strained back. Coach Jack Del Rio said he’s day-to-day.
Jerry Porter, who is on the physically unable to perform list, is already likely to miss camp. And Reggie Williams is on the non-football injury list. Another receiver, Mike Walker, is limited to one practice a day with a knee injury.
Also, who says Jacksonville doesn’t care?
The Jaguars, who drew 3,346 fans to the two practices Saturday and 2,144 for the two practices Sunday, expect a big crowd tonight.
Football season is almost here and you can feel it in the air.
Tags: Adam Podlesh Dennis Northcutt Jerry Porter Joe Zelenka Josh Scobee Justin Durant Marcedes Lewis Matt Jones Maurice Jones-drew Mike Walker Reggie Hayward Reggie Williams Training Camp Troy Williamson