MOBILE, Ala. – Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley and his staff finally got on the field Monday afternoon.
In front of several hundred scouts, executives, media members and fans, the South team practiced for the first time for nearly two hours at Fairhope High School in preparation for the 2014 Reese’s Senior Bowl on Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.
“Ideally we want to showcase all our guys’ talents, it’s really our objective, but I said also in the process we want to form a team,” Bradley said to a group of reporters following the first South team practice on Monday afternoon.
“We challenged them, now. We had a real high-tempo practice, real challenging practice. I thought they came prepared.”
Bradley said coaching the game gives the staff more access to see players interact in different environments.
“We get a chance to see them in the meeting rooms and how they are around the hotel, and then to come out on the field and see them compete,” Bradley said. “We told them they need to compete in everything that they do and not only get a chance to showcase their talents on the field but off the field.”
Bradley said that he did not focus on a certain position group but rotated through different positions to check progress. One practice day in, and the Jaguars Head Coach said that he liked what the rest of the week should hold.
“Obviously this first day especially, they’re trying to get lined up, trying to do stretch and get a feel for how we’re going to do things,” Bradley said. “As the week goes on I think you can see their spirit. I think what’s big is to see how competitive they are. They all came in, here it is, a game like this, an all-star game, where they really strapped it up and came ready to go. That’s a great thing.”
Fisch on Quarterbacks
Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch worked with the three South team quarterbacks on Monday: Derek Carr of Fresno State, David Fales of San Jose State and Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois.
“I really thought that it was a good day for all three of them the way they started off,” Fisch said. “These guys just arrived in yesterday, they had an install meeting last night, an offense they’ve never heard before, a system they’ve never been a part of, and with no real history in terms of a pro system and then we meet with them for 45 minutes or an hour this morning and then they’re on the field.
“They made really good throws, it was fun to watch it.”
Fisch has an added connection with Carr from working on the Houston Texans coaching staff when his older brother David Carr was drafted.
“I think the last time I saw him (Derek Carr) he was 12 years old running around the practice field, so that was kind of cool.”
Bradley on Duffner
Earlier Monday, Jaguars linebackers coach Mark Duffner accepted a similar position with the Miami Dolphins.
Bradley said that the situation was unique for Duffner in South Florida.
“He was a great man with our organization, and I know our players are going to miss him,” Bradley said. “It was a situation that we sat down and talked and it’s just a unique situation for him. And we both talked about it and we’re sad to see him go.”
Duffner has 17 seasons of NFL coaching experience, including the last eight with the Jaguars.
Around the Senior Bowl:
- Former Jaguars Marcus Stroud and Mike Peterson were on the sideline at South practice on Monday.
- Georgia QB Aaron Murray is not participating in physical work this week, but is involved in meetings and interviews. He said rehab from his knee injury is going as scheduled, but will likely miss the physical portion of the NFL Scouting Combine as well to be ready for his Pro Day. Murray suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in a November game against Kentucky.
- All players participated in the weigh-in at the Reese’s Senior Bowl Monday morning. Tallest player: DT Dan McCullers of Tennessee and Seantrel Henderson of Miami at 6-feet-6 and 7/8. Shortest player: WR Solomon Patton of Florida at 5-feet-8 and ½. Heaviest player: McCullers at 348 pounds. Lightest player: WR Jalen Saunders of Oklahoma at 164 pounds.
- The South team practiced at Fairhope High School on Monday, while the North team worked out inside Ladd-Peebles Stadium, the site of Saturday’s game.
- Both the North and South teams will practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Tuesday, with the North scheduled for 9:30 a.m. CT, and the South scheduled for 1:30 p.m. CT.
This article is driven by TomBush.com.