Jags Practice Blog
The Jaguars began the morning as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Mayor John Peyton and Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver addressed more than 200 local business leaders in the hopes to help the community purchase the team's remaining tickets.
"The commissioner, the mayor and I had a chance to speak to over 200 business leaders this morning, and the purpose of that was to talk about the Team Teal ticket drive," Weaver said. "We obviously talked about some of the great things that's happened in the community in the last week, the naming of the stadium and naming of the practice fields, but it really is about we're now in the red zone with our ticket drive. We've sold more than 13,500 new season tickets. We need to sell another 4,500 to 5,000 to get there."
Roger Goodell expressed both confidence and concern for the Jaguars in their hopes to achieve a sold out Everbank Field this fall.
"We want this team to be successful and we want it to be here, we just want to make sure they're playing in front of large audiences and hopefully sold-out audiences because that's what we expect in the NFL," Goodell told the media. "There's a tremendous fan base for football. It exists down here and I think Wayne and the Jaguars provide a tremendous leadership to put our best product on the field, and I think the business community here is providing great leadership. To talk about this team is great for this community and let's all support it."
Goodell was asked if he had ever second-guessed putting a team in Jacksonville and he simply responded, "No, I don't."
The morning continued for the Jaguars as they help a special teams only practice. Adam Podlesh worked on directional punting and it appears as if that will be the philosophy, same as last season. Podlesh struggled with gross average due to the angled kicks, but the team led the league in opponents yards per return.
One of the team's big free agent acquisitions, three-time Pro Bowler Kassim Osgood displayed his relentlessness for chasing down kicks as he swam through blockers and showed his nose for the football.
"Special teams wise, I'm picking up right where I left off," Osgood explained. "Special teams are all about wanting to do it. If you want to do it you will go out there and perform."
After just over an hour of special teams work, the Jaguars took their afternoon break and returned to Florida Blue Practice Fields for the evening session. The team was without quarterback David Garrard who missed the first training camp practice of his nine-year career as he was granted a day off.
"The old man eventually gets a night off," Garrard joked. "I think you have to be 32 to get a night off. After nine years of training camp, I was given the night off."
Garrard dispelled any myths of an injury.
"I'm going to enjoy it, but I'm ready to get back out here tomorrow."
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Luke McCown received more reps and had his best practice of the summer, as he showed a very live arm while quickly making decisions. McCown led the team to a pair of scores in red zone drills against the first-team defense. The final touchdown toss of the evening was to Jaguars star wideout Mike Sims-Walker, and the play caused the defense to drop to the ground and do push-ups.
In less than positive team news, third-round draft pick D'Anthony Smith dropped to the ground early in positional drills as he appeared to injure his ankle. After getting the ankle wrapped, Smith was carted off the field and likely taken to the hospital for X-Rays and an MRI.
Things got a bit scrappy near the end of practice as a pair of rookies, who incidentally have the same agent went at it. Fifth-round draft pick, defensive end Austen Lane and undrafted free agent Kevin Haslam got locked up as some fists and helmets flew. Other than some hair-pulling and objectionable language, neither player was hurt (at least on the outside).
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