--Backup quarterback Dave Garrard wasn't being overly critical, but he expressed disappointment over speculation that the Jaguars might be considering Marshall quarterback Byron Leftwich with the No. 8 pick in the draft.

"I look at that and wonder," Garrard said after the team's first mini-camp workout. "But it's part of football. They're always going to want competition and I want competition. If I can go out there and show them how I play, they won't feel that need (to draft a quarterback)."

The next day, coach Jack Del Rio took a little dig at Garrard's stance, saying: "We have a scouting position open if he's worried about how we're scouting things."

However, Del Rio also praised Garrard for his performance in mini-camp.

"Garrard had a good weekend," said Del Rio. "I told him to just play football and worry about what you control, and he did that."

--Tony Brackens, who is the Jaguars' career sack leader with 49, played the part of company man when asked about the team surprisingly signing free agent Hugh Douglas to a $27 million contract to play his position. He said he wasn't upset because he understands that there's no guarantee of a full recovery from the microfracture surgery he had last December on his left knee.

"It was fine with me," Brackens said. "I didn't consider it an insult. If you have somebody who's questionable, it makes sense to solidify that position with someone else. Two is always better than one."

The Jaguars would save $5.5 million off their salary cap by releasing Brackens after June 1, but the downside is it'd cost them $2.7 million this year and another $7 million next year in "dead money." The team's No. 2 pick in the 1996 draft would rather not go anywhere else and is willing to restructure his contract to ensure that.

"My whole goal when I first started in the NFL was to start and finish my career with the same team," said Brackens. "Nothing that's happened has changed my mindset at all about wanting to stay here."

Del Rio said he was generally pleased with the team's voluntary mini-camp, which was allowed by the league because he's in his first season as head coach.

"It was a nice beginning," said Del Rio. "The guys came out and worked hard. We have a lot of work to do, and we need that commitment to carry on. This was only a baby step we took." The Jaguars' next mini-camp is May 2-4 and that one is mandatory.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I kept hearing (defensive end) Marco Coleman complain he was holding, so I'm assuming he was doing pretty good." -- Coach Jack Del Rio, on how offensive tackle Maurice Williams fared in his first mini-camp workout since recovering from a broken leg.

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