Jaguars veterans reported to training camp on Tuesday, and with their arrival, the majority of the squad is now in Duval. Yes, Gardner Minshew and his flowing locks are here.
Rookies reported the week prior and have gone through their initial rounds of COVID-19 testing, with Josiah Scott, DaVon Hamilton, Luq Barcoo, and Tre'Vour Wallace-Sims, landing on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. It's important to note that just because a player finds himself on the COVID list does not mean he tested positive. The said player could have simply been in close proximity to someone who ended up testing positive. There's no official timeline for how long a player is required to remain on the COVID list, but multiple negative tests are required for removal.
On Tuesday afternoon, Jawaan Taylor and Ryan Pope were also added to the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Taylor is the first starter to find himself on the list, but this should have little impact on his ability to contribute come the regular season.
No Jaguars' players have opted out of the 2020 season yet.
As for the rest of the training camp, I learned some important dates on a Microsoft Teams call with the Jaguars P/R yesterday. All dates are tentative and subject to change.
Rookies have already begun to participate in on-field walkthroughs and conditioning.
Veterans will begin conditioning and on-field walkthroughs next Monday, August 3rd. That portion of camp will run through August 11th.
On August 12th, the media is set to be allowed to start covering practices. There will still be no pads, and practices will remain short while the team ramps up.
For teams cutting their rosters down to 80 players, which the Jaguars are expected to do, the deadline to do so is August 16th.
On August 17th, practices are expected to start picking up in intensity. Pads will go on, and practice times will gradually increase throughout the days following.
The Jaguars' first regular-season game is scheduled for September 13th, which will give the Jaguars just about three weeks of padded practice leading up to the season opener against the Colts.
Practice squads are expanding from 10 to 16 players, and six of the spots can be taken by veterans and be protected from other NFL clubs.
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