Minicamp Report 5/12

We saw some pretty good things from the Jaguars, especially some of the rookies. This version of practice featured many passing drills, some special teams, and pass blocking.

Lets start with the quarterbacks, the subject that many people around Jacksonville are anxious about: Starter Byron Leftwich looked fit and trim, and threw the ball with pretty good accuracy, especially for a guy who hasn't played in a game since October. Leftwich's footwork seems to be somewhat improved, and he throws as good of a deep out pattern as anyone in the league. There were some moments of inaccuracy, but Leftwich had a good performance overall.

Backup David Garrard was solid. He still seemed hesitant to go through the progressions, but overall he was fairly accurate on the short and intermediate routes. It seemed as if Garrard looked to run even in drills.

Third string QB Quinn Gray did not have a good practice. Gray made some poor decisions and was erratic with many of his throws. The good news is that this is the first session of minicamp, and Gray will have more opportunities to impress the coaches, he's going to need them.

Undrafted rookie Lester Ricard showed an ability to throw the football with some poise, and he had a strong arm. After one session of practice, I believe that he can be practice squad material.

Wide receivers: Reggie Williams had a solid practice. He ran his routes well, and seemed to catch everything in sight. The Jaguars passing game will likely lean on Reggie more often in '07, and he appears to be up to the task.

Matt   Jones appeared to have some kind of injury during practice today. He participated in just a few of the drills.

Newcomer Dennis Northcutt showed speed and suddenness and caught just about everything thrown in his direction. Solid first practice for the Jaguars newest slot reciever.

Rookie WR Mike Walker was possibly the most impressive of the entire group. Walker caught all catchable passes thrown his way, and showed illusive speed and route running abilities. If Walker continues to play as well as he did, it's possible that he can be in the starting lineup sooner than later.

Ernest Wilford had somewhat of a workmanlike Ernest Wilford performance. Wilford didn't make any plays to stand out, good or bad.

John Broussard showed a nice burst off the line, but had quite a few drops.

Offensive line/Defensive line: Definitely a difficult evaluation w/o pads on, but the defensive line, especially the ends, seemed to be two steps quicker than any of the Jaguars offensive tackles.

Special Teams: Wow! Special teams looked very solid, even though there was no hitting. Punter Adam Podlesh looked even better than advertised, as he boomed punts in the neighborhood of 55-60 yards consistently, and very tight to the sideline. Through one practice, the special teams appeared to be the most improved part of the Jaguars team.

In summation, not too much should be made, good or bad from the first practice of minicamp. The Jaguars starting quarterback looked solid, the receivers looked better, especially Mike Walker, and the punter has a very live leg. Take it for what it is, an underwear practice played without hitting.

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