As the holdout of Jaguars first-round pick Justin Blackmon reaches Day 9 on Friday, talks are continuing between the two sides. Jaguars general manager Gene Smith said he is having "healthy communication’’ with Todd France, Blackmon’s agent. Smith said that was a positive but it remains to be seen if the communication will lead to a breakthrough in the talks that will get Blackmon, a receiver and the last unsigned first-round pick in the NFL, into camp any time soon.
The excitement builds by the day. And why wouldn’t it? It isn’t every day or even every year you see your wife and best friend pursue a lifelong dream on an international stage. That’s what Aaron Ross will do this weekend. But as the Jaguars cornerback prepares to fly to London to see his wife, Sanya Richards-Ross, compete in her signature event, the 400-meter dash, at the 2012 Olympics he said something else is clear, too.
STEPPING FORWARD As Jaguars Head Coach Mike Mularkey sees it, the growth continues for Blaine Gabbert. Mularkey said after Thursday’s practice he liked a lot about the morning’s work, pointing out good route running by the receivers and good tempo overall. He also said Gabbert continued a positive early-camp trend. "He’s taking a gradual step each day," Mularkey said.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Observations and thoughts out of my final practice with the Jaguars this morning: Receiver Cecil Shorts has moved up in the rotation and was prominent with both Justin Blackmon (contract dispute) and Laurent Robinson (being evaluated for a possible concussion) missing.