Vegas Vacation - Garrard and Company

The Jaguars final OTA practice was Thursday afternoon, and it is finally time for the players and coaches to have some free time until training camp begins on July 26th. JagNation checks in to find out what some of the Jaguars will be doing over the next few weeks.

David Garrard and his new found wealth, due to his six-year, $60 million contract extension, will be traveling to Sin City for some R & R. Garrard, showing that he is the ultimate team player and completely appreciative of the players around him that made his 2007 success possible, is taking the Jaguars offensive line with him and footing the bill.

"That's a good idea for your quarterback, take care of the linemen," said Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio. "Take care of the guys up front that make it all happen."

Del Rio is not going to be hitting the blackjack tables with his men, but he said would use the coming weeks to get in some relaxation.

"We're going to do a little fishing, a little golfing, a little down time visiting with the family," he added.

Garrard's jaunt to Vegas with his teammates is not the first long flight a position group on the Jaguars experienced in 2008, as Fred Taylor celebrated his first Pro Bowl appearance by taking the Jaguars running backs with him to Hawaii.

"During the offseason I was honored to make a trip with Freddie T and some other backs to watch him play in the Pro Bowl," said running back Montell Owens. "That was a lot of fun."

Perhaps one of the most exciting trips of the Jaguars break will be from Maurice Jones-Drew, who is expecting his first child. That trip will also involve defensive tackle Derek Landri, who is Jones-Drew's former high school teammate and will also be serving as the godfather.

"I'll get away for about a week," said Landri. "I'll take a week off, Maurice (Jones-Drew) is having a kid. He asked me to be the godfather of a little Mo Jr. So I'll get back home, spend some time with him and his son, and then other than that it's back to working out. Both of us will be back training with our trainer out in Berkley, getting ready for the season. That's Spartan tradition, we don't take too much time off."

Landri appeared to be truly honored by Jones-Drew's gesture—

"For me it was an honor. For a guy that you love and respect that is a brother to me, I don't think there's any higher of an honor that can be asked of somebody. If something ever happens to him or his family, you're the person that's taking care of his child. For me, I don't think there's any other higher honor that you can be asked to do or give."

The Jaguars will get roughly six weeks to rest up until the start of training camp when it is business as usual, this time with a target on their backs. The Jaguars are being celebrated in the national media and seemingly everyone knows how strong of a team they have for 2008.

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