What We Learned: 2013 minicamp wrap-up edition
1. Maurice Jones-Drew is confident. Jones-Drew, the Jaguars’ three-time Pro Bowl running back, talked to the media Monday and again Thursday. Each time, he assured reporters he wasn’t worried about being in playing shape next season. He also said again Friday the foot injury that kept him out 10 games last season is healed, and his objective now is strengthening his ankle and conditioning. He’ll continue to do so in Miami, and Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell said Thursday the plan remains for Jones-Drew to be 100 percent when training camp opens July 26. Jones-Drew said while he still has weight to lose, he already had lost a couple of pounds, and is in the 220s. He also noted that he lost significant weight in the offseason as recently as 2011, the year he won the NFL rushing title. He sees no reason he won’t do so again and play at a high level next season.
Austen Lane claimed by Chiefs | jacksonville.com
A day after being cut by the Jaguars, defensive end Austen Lane was claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Chiefs.Lane, who had three sacks in 28 games over three years for the Jaguars, was out of the mix in Jacksonville after the team moved Tyson Alualu to end earlier this off-season.The Chiefs and Jaguars play in this year’s season opener.
Extra Points: Dissecting the Jags' QB situation - KansasCity.com
When you introduce competition into any environment, things tend to get better. Caldwell's narrative was cobbled together with an eye toward creating competition for his two incumbent signal callers, Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne. The Jags were awarded third-year quarterback Mike Kafka off waivers from New England earlier this week shortly after the Patriots jettisoned the former Northwestern star. "I'm really thankful to be here, and I'm happy to be here," Kafka said after being picked up by Jacksonville. "Now, it's time to get to work. Nothing really surprises me in this league. That (signing Tebow) was (the Patriots') decision and now I'm happy to be here. I'm looking forward to getting to work."
Caldwell's First Pitch
Jaguars General Manager Dave Caldwell throws out the first pitch for the Jacksonville Suns.