The Jaguars held their fourth day of training camp practices on Monday. While there were significantly less fans at this practice than there were on Saturday night, this one was still well attended.
Right at the start of practice the Jaguars announced that the assumed starter at left tackle Branden Albert would retire. This came as a surprise to all. Albert hadn't looked great to start off camp and was embarrassed by Dante Fowler, who asked to go up against the veteran on multiple occasions, Saturday night in front on 4,000 + fans.
It's now assumed that Cam Robinson will be the Jaguars day one starter at left tackle, but he'll have to earn it - that much was made clear by head coach Doug Marrone after practice. Both Cam Robinson and Josh Wells got reps with the first team at left tackle.
On the offensive side of the ball Blake Bortles looked like a completely different player than the guy who threw five interceptions in one practice on Saturday. He wasn't intercepted at all on Monday and completed his last 14 passes. He showed great chemistry with Allen Robinson, who again had a spectacular day. The star of the practice, however, was Marqise Lee, who despite tweaking something during the practice was able to return. He made several great plays including a would be TD catch on a nine route against CB AJ Bouye. Keelan Cole continued to shine as an undrafted receiver. Westbrook looked explosive. Rashad Greene let an easy catch hit the ground in team drills.
The running backs weren't asked to do too much today, however Fournette continued to look highly explosive. Corey Grant made a catch that might have been a TD in a real game on wheel route.
The tight ends looked mostly sharp. Koyack made several catches during team drills, Sterling made a catch on a play that looked like it would have gone for a first down in a live game. Caleb Bluiett continued to struggle catching passes.
On defense Fowler continued his impressive play in team drills and recorded a would be sack. Coverage was tight on the receivers most of the day, but Bortles was putting the ball in tight spots and the receivers were making nice plays on the ball. Lerentee McCray was immediately sent to the sideline following a play where he accidentally ran into backup QB Chad Henne.
On special teams the usual suspects Lee, Greene, Wynn, and Westbrook fielded some returns. Westbrook continued to look the most impressive back there despite attempting an over the shoulder catch which is a no no in the NFL. On one return he was able to successfully run backwards and reverse field, a play that is generally considered taboo in the NFL.
Myers banged home a couple of really long kicks. He also missed a couple, but they were from what appeared to be 60+ yards. Every FG that was from a reasonable length sailed through the uprights for Myers. Brad Nortman continued to show off this impressive distance and hang time on punts.
Calais Campbell was give a veteran day off.
Things to takeaway from this practice are Cam Robinson's assumed new role as the starting left tackle, Bortles big rebound, and the solid play from the wide receivers as a whole. If Fowler continues to play this well, he may force coaches to consider getting him on the field more in September.
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