Saturday Morning Camp Recap:
First off, all credit for the observations quoted here goes to Tim at Jaguars Journal Tim produces professional grade reports on every aspect of training camp, and deserves far more publicity than he gets in the Jaguar fan community. I wouldn't claim to know him well, but you can't participate on the Jaguars.com Message Boards without coming across FBT.
Now without further adu, here's the re-cap.
Injuries and Recoveries: First thing on everyone's mind is injuries, seeing who's healthy and who's recovered. First on my mind is Reggie Hayward's recovery from an Achilles' tendon rupture. FBT says:
Now, many out there are wondering if Reggie can have the confidence to turn and plant on his ankle after the surgery, that it'll be a confidence issue, rather than a recovery issue. In an interview, Reggie said:
(does that make you more confident?) "Yeah, it's just the confidence and knowing that some time you have to train your mind to get back to where it was after a major injury like that. You can tell someone that it is repaired one hundred percent but mentally they might not think that. Right now it's just the fact I'm getting out there I'm getting used to playing football."
So, Reggie know's what he's got to do to return to form. Always a good thing.
The next recovery on my mind is the worlds most criticized ankle, that of Byron Leftwich. FBT says:
Finally, the status of Middle Linebacker Mike Peterson: FBT says:
First Drills and Practices: From the start it sounds like a big emphasis is on Quarterback footwork under new coach Mike Shula. He likes roll outs and movement out of his quarterbacks without expecting them to become Michael Vick (minus the dog fighting, of course). FBT said that Byron looks:
It sounds like Reggie Williams is starting camp as inconsistent as always, making circus catches and careless drops, but it's sounding like he's become a better route runner than last year. If this is true, then I'm optimistic that he'll become the "in traffic" receiver that he's meant to be.
Charles Sharon made a fantastic "deep sideline catch" that was the best of the first session.
Mike Walker is looking awesome, more to come on this later.
Rise of the Tight End: One thing that was to be expected with Dirk Koetter as Offensive Coordinator is the rising role of the pass-catching tight end. FBT confirms this, reporting:
Most telling from this session, I think, is this:
Conclusions: I'm terribly frustrated to have to report on this without having seen any of this on my own. It's hard being in Springfield Missouri and following the Jaguars sometimes. Once again, thanks to Tim/FBT for the amazing reports. We'll be relying on his eyes here at Big Cat Country!
Notably absent from this report is Ernest Wilford. I'd say that with all the upgrades at WR, he'll be the odd man out at wide receiver.
Also, until we get into serious contact, it's hard to report on the defense and running game.
DON'T FORGET! If you are in Jacksonville, go to training camp on Monday, it'll be the Oklahoma Drill!