JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Players are trickling back to EverBank Field Tuesday morning now that the lockout is over.
Team facilities across the NFL were slated to open up at 10 a.m., but some arrived extra early.
First-round pick Blaine Gabbert was the first player to arrive at 7:45 a.m. for his first day of work with the Jaguars. He apparently didn't have a key card or other employee essentials because he parked in the back of the secured players lot.
"It feels good," Gabbert said when asked about arrived for Day 1 of his NFL career. He didn't take any other questions.
"We'll hook him up," coach Jack Del Rio said later.
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Gabbert still has to work out a contract.
But Jaguars general manager Gene Smith did take questions. He was working overnight because he says the NFL moved up the undrafted college free agency. He says it wasn't supposed to start until 10 a.m. this morning, but started with little notice at 7 p.m. Monday night.
He said their college scouts and coaches were ready to start earlier.
"When you have to adjust on short windows like that, you have to be prepared to do so," Smith said.
Jack Del Rio also took some questions, saying he's glad the players are back at work. He also said Gabbert will start going over the playbook with offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, apparently even though he hasn't finalized a contract yet.
Running back Maurice Jones-Drew arrived around 8:30 but didn't take questions. No sign of David Garrard yet.
The Jaguars have a preseason game on August 11.
The lockout ended Monday when players and owners agreed to a 10-year deal. That means there should be another labor stoppage for at least a decade.
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