One more day. It's a mantra 90 players must be saying to themselves as they entered Everbank Field Thursday.
One more day until the practice pads go on and the training begins. This is certainly a season of excitement in Jacksonville, not only for this team, but also for the fans who want to see a winning product on the field.
Hopefully, these fans understand winning will be minimal and the growth and learning curve for this franchise will be set low.
With position battles up for grabs, an offensive line that could be better, a healthy Maurice Jones-Drew and the knowledge that possibly two or even three rookies could start the season in the secondary, this is a team weak on experience and strong on desire. Hopefully this is a franchsie where youth can be served on a weekly basis.
Here are some news and notes as we wait for the start of what could be an extremely exciting sesason.
After three seasons of the team not having home games blacked out, the Jaguars president Mark Lamping said on Wednesday the franchise will again be sold out for all its home games this season.
"First, there won't be any blackouts. We can put that aside. Our goal last year was not to buy any tickets," Lamping told The Florida Times-Union. "That's our goal this year and we're going to do everything we possibly can to achieve that.''
Then there were four
The Jaguars announced earler in the week that they had released rookie free agent quarterback Jordan Rodgers. Rodegers had been injured in rookie minicamp and had not taken snaps with the team since. Rodgers, the younger brother of Green Bay Packers' starter Aaron Rodgers, was signed after the draft from Vanderbilt.
Polk makes it an even 90
The Jaguars have announced they have signed former Seattle Seahawks free agent, Ray Polk. Polk is a safety from Colorado who will provide more competition on the back line in training camp. The former Buffalos starter will fill in while Jonathan Cyprien recovers from a hamstring injury.
The players on the Jaguars roster will be looking to August 27. That is the first manditory cutdown where the roster must be trimmed from 90 to 75 players. Final roster cuts must be made on August 31. Rosters will be lowered to 53 by the end of the preseason.