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Jaguars fans show up in big numbers for rookie minicamp

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Jacksonville is finding its mojo.  Quickly.

A day after 2,378 fans showed up for the start of 2014 rookie minicamp, a whopping 6,214 attended Saturday’s practice.

The numbers come from the Jaguars’ offical website.  The prior all-time record attendance for any practice was roughly 4,500.  And that came at a training-camp practice, not an offseason session.

While the workouts include only rookie and tryout players, the local excitement surely flows from the team’s aggressive but smart approach to free agency, during which the Jaguars’ front office seemingly settled for a streak of singles and ground-rule doubles in lieu of swinging for the fences.  Throw in a potential franchise quarterback whose initials are B.B. (and not T.T.), and the fans could be claiming prime real estate on the ground floor of a juggernaut to come.

It would be the first time in a long time that the Jaguars contend on a consistent basis.  Contenders or not, the fans are ready to embrace the franchise — and that’s good news for the entire community.

[Photo credit:  Twitter.com/jaguars.]

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65 Responses to “Jaguars fans show up in big numbers for rookie minicamp”
  1. keepongronking says: May 18, 2014 2:34 PM

    How cute.

  2. rynjny says: May 18, 2014 2:36 PM

    Heard there are a lot of fans that got turned away because of the overcrowding too..lot of excitement in Jacksonville with the new regime.

  3. jbaxt says: May 18, 2014 2:37 PM

    For Jag fans, it’s the best time of the year. Because when games start, well, they lose.

  4. shackdelrio says: May 18, 2014 2:38 PM

    It starts at the top. Shad Khan is proving to be an owner willing to spend money to enhance the fan experience. He is also surrounding himself with good football minds. Khan, Caldwell and Bradley have turned around the franchise.

  5. kidder95 says: May 18, 2014 2:40 PM

    Seattle South.

  6. 700levelvet says: May 18, 2014 2:43 PM

    YES!!!!! 4 wins this year

  7. inallsincerity says: May 18, 2014 2:47 PM

    I’ve never visited, but according to a friend of mine that has, there isn’t too much else to do. Just sayin’…

  8. thegreatgabbert says: May 18, 2014 2:48 PM

    It was the sixth highest fan turnout ever for the team, including regular season and playoff games.

  9. wwwmattcom says: May 18, 2014 2:49 PM

    Hating on the previous years bad team?

    Remember that community Kraft was talking about? How is this for community? Of course he is in Martha’s Vineyard this time if year.

  10. wwwmattcom says: May 18, 2014 2:49 PM

    Hating on the previous years bad team?

    Remember that community Kraft was talking about? How is this for community? Of course he is in Martha’s Vineyard this time if year. That’s a nice community.

  11. nofvcksgiven says: May 18, 2014 2:50 PM

    I’m surprised they have fans. That being said, Jacksonville is on the rise. KHAAAAAAN!!!

  12. dapop says: May 18, 2014 2:55 PM

    Wow almost as much as a Jags regular season game!

  13. eaglesw00t says: May 18, 2014 2:59 PM

    Have the Jaguars EVER contended on a consistent basis? They were an expansion team when I was in high school, and I can’t recall 5 consecutive winning seasons in that time

  14. dennisatunity says: May 18, 2014 3:01 PM

    As a Seahawks fan, I hope you guys have a exceptional year. Gus Bradley is a class act. I hope BB does really well, too.

  15. j0esixpack says: May 18, 2014 3:01 PM

    Nowhere to go but up from here (then down again)

  16. pathsovglory says: May 18, 2014 3:02 PM

    but I thought they needed Johnny Football to “put butts in seats”?

    stop

  17. woodygg says: May 18, 2014 3:03 PM

    That’s why I laugh when people say you should draft a Manziel to sell tickets. That is very short term thinking because if they don’t win quickly with Manziel, people will stop buying tickets. The biggest reason people will buy tickets consistently is to have a winning product on the field. That is what will sell tickets.

  18. nativeraider says: May 18, 2014 3:06 PM

    Good for them. I used to like the Jags back in the Brunell, Taylor, Smith, McCardell and Darius days. See you in the playoffs in a year or 2, a Raiders fan.

  19. alshonbrandontandem says: May 18, 2014 3:08 PM

    All kidding aside, I seriously thought their were on 7 Jag fans alive. Wow, I guess I was wrong.

  20. orecic76 says: May 18, 2014 3:09 PM

    If u not from Jacksonville, u wouldn’t understand!….just saying….Let the haters keep hating that’s all they’ve been doing anyways…DUUUUUUVAL!

  21. palatypus says: May 18, 2014 3:17 PM

    inallsincerity said, “I’ve never visited, but according to a friend of mine that has, there isn’t too much else to do. Just sayin’…”

    Daytona Beach is an hour and a half away. This displaced Seahawks fan will be making the drive from Pensacola to get Red and Clem’s autographs on my Super Bowl program.

    Then I’ll hit the beach.

  22. donnymacjack says: May 18, 2014 3:18 PM

    @Jag fans. If you don’t already you are going to absolutely love having Gus Bradley as your HC. The guy just has a certain confidence…moxy if you will.

    His players love to play for him and he comes from a program that loves to emphasize the positive under any and all circumstances. That simple attitude of posi-speak in everything you do is really embraced by players…especially those that have had coaches who rip and tear them down and try to coach out the bad, rather than coaching in the good.

    Gus knows that 99.9% of these players play for the love of the game and he will let them become the best they can be. You too will have winning program and hopefully it will be sustained for decades.

    As a diehard Seattle fan I’d love to play you guys in the SB down the road a year or three. Have a great season. Go Jags!!!!

  23. ravenswhat says: May 18, 2014 3:37 PM

    No pressure Blake. lol.

  24. thraiderskin says: May 18, 2014 3:38 PM

    That is great news for Jacksonville, they need something to go their way.

  25. bassplucker says: May 18, 2014 3:49 PM

    Good for the Jags. That division is so blah it would be nice if they can put a turnaround season together this year.

  26. jimbo75025 says: May 18, 2014 4:01 PM

    Good luck to the Jags-I think 90% of all NFL fans want to see them turn it around. While they really haven’t been down too long they have been way way down. Their fans deserve some excitement and success from the team.

  27. wallabear says: May 18, 2014 4:17 PM

    Bortles threw two (2) INTs versus South Florida and versus South Carolina in 2013, not teams with great defenses to begin with. So now, put him in the NFL against teams like the Steelers, Giants, Bengals, Ravens. Well, hate to be the bearer of bad news, Jags fans, but don’t expect anything better than a 4-12 season in 2014, at-best.

  28. arothmeelerbucs4me49 says: May 18, 2014 4:19 PM

    As a Bucs fan it is good for the whole league to have thriving franchises. Best of luck this year to both the Jags and Browns!

  29. foolmeonce says: May 18, 2014 4:28 PM

    Not much to do in Jax. Impressive though, since this is almost as many people as they put in the stands on Sundays.

  30. dan073eb says: May 18, 2014 4:33 PM

    But but but blackouts and tarps and no fans and tebow and espn says!

  31. kevinhello says: May 18, 2014 5:00 PM

    So awesome! Folks who find a reason to hate on the Jags for this? They’ll find a reason to hate on the Jags for anything. Not worth anyone’s time…

  32. deezenucks says: May 18, 2014 5:14 PM

    Jag fans understand its not a quick process, their not gonna win the Super Bowl next season but it’s great to see the progress and support is still there.
    Here’s the thing, in a couple years when Mannings and Brady’s retire and the Broncos and Pats and Steelers rebuild the Jags will be in solid position to be AFC contenders for years under Gus.
    So get your jokes in now and mark my words, it’s happening and the haters won’t know how to make sense of it

  33. steve3579 says: May 18, 2014 5:28 PM

    As a pats fan I’m excited to see the jags go in another direction….they have a great coach and drafted for their needs should be interesting

  34. natijim235 says: May 18, 2014 5:29 PM

    maybe this year they can take the tarps off the upper decks like a real stadium

  35. thingamajig says: May 18, 2014 5:29 PM

    So is Khan out looking for someplace to store the tarps?

  36. kidder95 says: May 18, 2014 5:36 PM

    Seattle is rooting for Jacksonville. Come join us at a Super Bowl in 2015.

    Let the haters hate. You guys are on your way. When that D starts hitting their stride this year, watch out!

  37. crip2nite says: May 18, 2014 5:50 PM

    I think the Browns will have a better season this year.

  38. smillr58 says: May 18, 2014 5:59 PM

    London Jaguars

  39. dadsource says: May 18, 2014 6:01 PM

    Nothing to do in JACKSONVILLE????? Other than world class fishing, golf, seafood, boating, beaches, and being able to spend 12 months a year outdoors……yeah, not much. Not if only the dang New Yorkers and Jersey-ites would leave!!!!!!

  40. raidermark says: May 18, 2014 6:03 PM

    So they’re averaging home game attendance numbers. Nice

  41. packersgreenbay says: May 18, 2014 6:20 PM

    Jacksonville has a giant stadium to accommodate for gator bowl. The tarps on the seats bring it down to a regular nfl capacity of around 67,000. Small market team in a stadium that can hold up to 85,000 people… U do the math. Jacksonville has done a 180 since the 2009 season, blackouts just don’t happen anymore.

  42. ubepunkedagain says: May 18, 2014 6:29 PM

    Maybe they can get them to attend actual games now?

  43. emma333 says: May 18, 2014 6:35 PM

    Same tired old jokes about tarps, 12 fans, blackouts….that’s ok…the culture is changing in Jacksonville, and for some reason that bothers some people. Go figure.
    By the way, there is plenty to do here, year round. We don’t have to worry about snow or ice. Just golf courses, beautiful waterways and beaches..

  44. baldbuc says: May 18, 2014 6:38 PM

    Maybe the station in Orlando that carries the AFC games will stop showing this during Jags games …

    “Due to NFL rules we are forced to air Jaguars road games. We apologize for this inconvenience.”

  45. Dogsweat says: May 18, 2014 6:40 PM

    Will they travel St Louis, one the Rams leave and the Jaguars replace them?

  46. rollteal says: May 18, 2014 6:47 PM

    This is not the Jaded Jaguars of old this is essentially a brand-new organization. It’s still playing in the 4th largest stadium in the National Football League while still being in the 2nd smallest market & still one of the newest, while also building the world’s largest scoreboards with pools & cabana ext because we have a Owner with conviction and a vision for this football program long-term in Jacksonville. #DDOA
    #DTWD

  47. tennesseeoilers says: May 18, 2014 7:20 PM

    I miss the days of the late ’90s and early 2000′s when the Jags and Titans were the leaders and biggest rivalry in their division. For that reason, I’m hoping this is a return to form for them.

  48. rockenroni says: May 18, 2014 7:20 PM

    Thanks Khan for saving our Jaguars we are back on the road to a championship!

  49. gojags436 says: May 18, 2014 8:06 PM

    @ raidermark – Raider fans are the LAST fans to be making cracks about attendance numbers. 2013 NFL attendance numbers shows Raiders dead LAST.

  50. cervetta12 says: May 18, 2014 8:35 PM

    I bet they paid ppl to show and pretend to be fans, anything to prevent the move to LA lol

  51. tushymcspankspank says: May 18, 2014 8:52 PM

    Listen, all team’s can’t be good every year (Coming from a just-until-recent-long-suffering niner’s fan), so why been a dumpster and hate on the people who support their team? Trolls.

  52. tushymcspankspank says: May 18, 2014 8:54 PM

    *be a dumpster

  53. allenjaymosley says: May 18, 2014 9:05 PM

    Contenders? With Chad Henne as the starter this year, they’ll be drafting in the same spot next year. Sitting their 3rd overall pick til next season is insane. So those 6,214 fans or coaches won’t really know if they have a Stud or Dud in Blake Bortles til 2015? Dumb

  54. realnflmaster says: May 18, 2014 9:38 PM

    Just imagine how many fans they would get in London!

  55. oldcracker says: May 18, 2014 9:52 PM

    Curiosity seekers getting in their last looks as the convoy of Mayflower vans roll down I-10!

  56. clintblairjr says: May 18, 2014 10:21 PM

    Its only bc they drafted a Florida guy too bad Bortles will get killed behind that front bc he holds on to the ball too long!

  57. blancodiablo says: May 18, 2014 10:40 PM

    Same old clowns hating on Jacksonville. Hate away as we know the cities you live in. We know your crime rates, your cardboard housing, etc. Its funny.

    But please focus on tarps, London, LA…whatever you have to do.

  58. warjag55 says: May 19, 2014 12:06 AM

    NFL Network and ESPN has done a good job brainwashing their viewers that the Jags are going to LA. Now that has passed with the 2027 extension signed by Khan.

    The media is now coming for your town now!

  59. SAV says: May 19, 2014 12:31 AM

    I just had an auditory memory of an 80′s song by Poison…

    “Give em something to believe in…”

  60. 904forlife says: May 19, 2014 1:55 AM

    Not a lot to do have you ever been to Jacksonville beaches,golf,night life keep your mouth shut if you don’t know what your talking about!!!!

  61. ruthlssjag says: May 19, 2014 3:14 AM

    Let the trolls keep trolling. Theses same ppl will ALL soon-to-be jumping the Jags bandwagon.
    Message to the hater’s:
    I totally understand “hater’s gonna hate,” but at least make logical sense of what you’re cracking jokes about — a little research won’t hurt any of u!
    For the rec’s folks, the culture here in Jax is thriving under Owner Shad Khan — the “Self-made Billionaire if u will.” Our GM Dave Caldwell has a bright mind & has “already” cleaned up our former GM’s mistakes. Our coach is Gus Bradley…. enough said.

  62. cylondetector says: May 19, 2014 5:53 AM

    Good luck to Jacksonville from a Patriots fan.

    Its not easy watching the same team struggle for years and years – Jax, Tampa, Buffalo (even tho they are a divisional rival its still painful to watch), Oakland, Minnesota etc.

    It would be nice to see the fans of those teams rewarded for their loyalty.

  63. evansvc says: May 19, 2014 8:02 AM

    What would it hurt??? Bring in Vince Young and give him a fair and honest tryout….

  64. jagsfan2012 says: May 19, 2014 8:06 AM

    Not much to do in Jax? Well, this weekend I went to the beach, played a round of golf and caught a play downtown. It’s Monday and I’m absolutely exhausted, but luckily we don’t have much to do.

    For all those looking to hate and jabbing about us moving to LA or London, it’s not going to happen. Khan is investing millions in our stadium, wants to invest millions more in a project outside our stadium in an area called the Shipyards. He has already invested millions in downtown in the two years he has been here.

    Get over yourselves and look at the facts. Worry about whatever allegiance you may have.

  65. thommyberlin says: May 19, 2014 9:34 AM

    … has anyone noticed how big the o line of the jags is now? I know they’re a new bunch who haven’t put it on the field and it takes time to really work together, but wow…. these guys are huge.

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