Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Surroundings Lake, Walker Adjusting to Different Team, Camp

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Surroundings Lake, Walker Adjusting to Different Team, Camp

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Waking up on the first day of training camp in a new city wasn't too strange for Carnell Lake. Strange came earlier.

Lake is half of a free-agent class expected to improve a struggling Jaguars defense. As training camp began yesterday, Lake and tackle Gary Walker each spoke about being new, being leaders and being excited about playing for a team with Super Bowl hopes.

Lake talked of something else, too:

How strange it was to no longer be with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"It was weird," the 10-year veteran safety said as the Jaguars opened with two practices at Ferrell Fields. "I was watching the news and I saw the Steelers reporting to camp.

"I knew exactly where they were going. That brought some memories back."

Lake said something else, and Walker -- who signed as a free agent from the Tennessee Titans -- agreed:

The time for memories is over and the time for bringing experience, toughness and improved attitude to what they believe can be a championship-caliber defense is now.

"We've talked about it, Carnell and I, and we basically said that by playing these guys twice a year you can see how strong they are," the fifth-year veteran said.

"Looking at this team last year, the offense was going to get you 21 points. What we've got to do is set our limit as 14 or 17 points.

"We can't get it done ourselves, but we can bring a little more to the table and maybe we can help bring some experience."

Walker, considered Tennessee's best defensive lineman last season, said having played with forceful experienced defenders such as Ray Childress, Micheal Barrow, Blaine Bishop and Cris Dishman helped him early in his career.

Lake, meanwhile, played on some of the NFL's best defenses when he was with the Steelers.

"You kind of learn how the game's supposed to be played," Walker said.

"Hopefully I can be a leader to some of those guys -- not so much talk, but leading by example."

Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin reiterated yesterday that was what made Walker and Lake attractive as free agents -- not only their ability on the field but their ability to lead by example on and off it. …

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