Over 1,000 Jaguars season ticket holders flooded the Florida Blue Practice Fields this morning to get their exclusive first look at the Jaguars at their first practice of 2016 training camp! The Jaguars offered free Smoothie King and Chick-fil-A to all.
Here I'll do a position by position break down of everything that went down this morning!
Bortles looked sharp for the most part. He made several impressive throws including a deep pass to Shaq Evans and an intermediate 50/50 ball on the sideline to Allen Robinson, who made a leaping catch over Davon House.
Chade Henne looked inconsistent and a little sloppy (when doesn't he)? He did however look very nimble (lol) and on one play was even able to fake Yannick Ngakoue and gain nice yards on the ground.
Brandon Allen continued to show that he has an impressive arm, unfortunately he also continued to struggle with snaps under center, fumbling a snap from Tyler Shatley.
Max Wittek had by far his best day as a Jagaur. On two consecutive plays he showed pocket awareness and escapability and was able to find receivers after manipulating the pocket.
While the QBs looked good as a whole, they were not without mistakes, but we'll get to that in the defensive backs section.
It's hard to tell where runners would actually be brought down in non contact practices, but Ivory continued to look much faster than expected while Yeldon, Grey, and Robinson showed good patience and vision. Corey Grant is just plain fast. He seriously might be one of the fastest players I've ever seen wear black and teal.
You don't need to see a whole lot to know that Hurns and Robinson are special players. Robinson made an awesome 50/50 catch over Davon House on the sideline and kept both feet in bounds. Hurns wasn't asked to do a whole lot, he did have one drop on an easy catch. Hurns will clean it up and be good to go; his hands are not in question.
Rashad Greene looked very impressive making several catches through out the practice. On one play in particular he made an impressive catch over the middle, in a real game situation, however, he would have likely been clobbered by John Cyprien, who was in very good position to make a bone jarring hit.
Marqise Lee did nothing to impress, but also didn't do anything negative on the field. He wasn't really asked to do much on day one.
Bryan Walters continues to be the favorite to be the Jags fifth receiver this season and looked good today, making a nice grab on an underneath route.
Arrelious Benn had an impressive go route from the slot, where he burned Nick Marshall, but the throw was off the mark.
Julius Thomas looked really solid again, continuing his stellar play from Mini Camp. He catches everything thrown in his direction.
Marcedes Lewis had an impressive day as well making an athletic catch running across the middle of the field.
Ben Koyack and Braedon Bowman both made every play that was asked of them.
The tight ends have been featured in the offense a ton this offseason. This could be a sign that the Jaguars offense will have more of a focus on the tight ends in 2016, or it could be the coaches trying to find out what they have with these guys.
It's always tough to judge an offensive line in non contact work, but there are some good notes here.
Luke Joeckel actually started at left tackle, with newcomer Kelvin Beachum starting at left guard. Many thought the opposite may be the case, but this could very well change from day to day in camp.
Malik Jackson continues to look like he will be a disruptive force for the Jaguars in 2016. Yannick Ngakoue looked just as explosive as he did in OTAs, but did have a couple of mental mistakes today. Dante Fowler looks like he will be able to make an impact from day one as the Jaguars LEO. The Jaguars look beastly upfront, Michael Bennett and Sheldon Day are really going to push Sen'Derrick.
The linebacking group is clearly much more athletic this year with the addition of Ryan Davis (formerly only used as a pass rusher) and Myles Jack, plus a healthy Posluszny and Skuta. Myles Jack continued to work with the second team as the middle linebacker. It will be interesting to see if he gets moved around in the coming days.
Jalen Ramsey is clearly on a different level. His size, speed, attitude, and skill were all on display as Ramsey started with the first team and was moved inside to the nickel some. On one of his very first plays Ramsey ran from sideline to sideline to make a play on the ball carrier. It is clear that he will be exciting to watch for years to come in Duval.
Davon House looked pretty solid competing with the Jaguars talented receivers, he even recorded an impressive interception on Blake Bortles who was trying to find Julius Thomas. Nick Marshall had an okay day, while Prince Amukamara and Demetrius McCray were regularly in position to make plays on the ball.
Newcomer, Tashaun Gipson made his impact felt immediately forcing the ball out of Neal Sterling's hands, picking it off, and taking it the other way!
John Cyrien put himself in position to make big plays multiple times through out practice. He's clearly focused and trying to hold off James Sample for the starting strong safety job.
Nortman, the new punter from Carolina, has one hell of a leg. That is all
Overall the Jaguars looked like a talented team. They had high energy, but there were lots of mistakes made and a bit on inconsistency. Look for the Jags to tighten up moving forward in camp.
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