TORONTO - It was by no means earth-shattering, just a seven-yard toss to rookie D.J. Boldin in the middle of a morning practice.
And it was one of only three throws Steven Jyles made in limited team drills Monday morning but it was the first of the main training camp and spoke to the progress Jyles is making.
Off-season shoulder surgery has kept Jyles in spectator mode for most of training camp. He has been throwing with staff, but until Monday had not taken part in any team drills.
It was a small step, but a step nonetheless and one that gets Jyles closer to competing for the starting quarterback job with returning starter Cleo Lemon and backup Dalton Bell.
“This morning I pushed myself on a couple of throws and it felt great throwing out there and got a few skelly reps down to get my timing down a bit and work my eyes a little,” Jyles said. “Everything felt good.”
Jyles hopes to continually build on Monday’s workload and then hopefully by practice on Thursday day part in some “live drills” with an eye on possibly getting some reps in Saturday’s exhibition game with Hamilton.
Barker will not rush into anything with Jyles at this point.
“He is a talented player and we don’t want to set him back,” Barker said. “He’s there mentally. With those plays he ran and what he did showed he’s there mentally because the ball came out on time and to the right guys. He understands what we are doing. Physically he can’t do it for a whole practice but that’s OK because we don’t need him to. We need him to get to the point where he can and that’s coming.”