The locker in the middle of a row of them sits empty with a No. 32 practice jersey hanging, neat and tidy in this sparkling, new, club-like locker room. On a chair sits an unopened package for Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew. No, it is not a new contract. Nor will there be one coming his way.
Jaguars receiver Laurent Robinson is the first to admit he's not quite in a groove yet at the start of training camp. "I'm just trying to make a play," he said. "I've been struggling. I'm getting off the line pretty good. I just can't catch the ball deep right now. But it's a work in progress. It's going to come."
Although three players on the physically unable to perform list passed their physicals over the weekend, the Jaguars didn't get them back as quickly as they thought they would. Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, tight end Zach Miller and guard Uche Nwaneri will all be reintroduced into practices slowly because of league rules. Their first day back, they can't participate in practices. On the second and third days after coming off the PUP list, those players can have their helmets but not wear pads. Not until the fourth day can they fully participate, if healthy.
Mike Mularkey left little room for misinterpretation. Yes, it's early in training camp, and yes, that's a reason for the Jaguars' wide receivers to have some errors. At the same time, the head coach said Monday it's time for that group to improve.