The Jaguars wrapped up their 6th training camp practice and their third consecutive day of fully padded sessions. They've got two more days of padded practice this week.
The Jaguars signed RB Tyler Gaffney to the 90 man roster.
Calais Campbell missed his third straight practice and according to Mike DiRocco of ESPN he has something going on with his lower body. He seems to be walking around just fine on the practice field, he's just not practicing with the team. Regarding Campbell head coach Doug Marrone said "We're being proactive on that", and wouldn't comment further.
During the opening position drills each group was focused on winning the turnover battle. DBs worked on back peddling flipping their hips and catching the ball. The O-Line worked on recovering fumbles. The D-Line worked on strip sacks. Think this regime wants to win the turnover battle in 2017?
Long snapper Carson Tinker tweaked something in his lower body and limped off the field. A couple other guys, including undrafted rookie TE Caleb Bluiett, took reps at long snapper after Tinker's injury.
During 11 on 11 Brandon Linder and Barry Church got into it after a would be Malik Jackson sack of Blake Bortles - the first training camp skirmish of 2017. It was quickly put to rest.
The public was kicked out prior to the end of practice due to weather.
The offense had one of it's better days. Prior to camp being closed to the public, Bortles threw no picks in 7 on 7 or 11 on 11. In 11 on 11 he was 7/10 and was really close to a perfect day. All 3 of those incompletions hit his receivers in the hands. Backup Chad Henne had one of his better days of camp and didn't vacate the pocket early on ever single play today. Brandon Allen also looked pretty sharp and was able to connect with multiple guys on throws that would have gone for first downs and more. After practice Doug Marrone confirmed that Henne is still the number two guy behind Blake.
The WRs had a nice day. Allen Robinson, when targeted, continued to look like the best player on the field. Allen Hurns was mister reliable once again. Marqise Lee didn't have his best practice but was far from a negative, he wasn't able to hang on to one catch. Arrelious Benn was unimpressive as a receiver, but that's nothing new - he's here for his special teams ability. Rashad Greene continued to struggle with drops, but he did make several catches in 11 on 11. Camp darlings Shane Wynn and Keelan Cole continued to show up and made some big plays down field.
The running backs were again headlined by Fournette. He had a couple of breakaway runs during team drills. Chris Ivory was held in check, while TJ Yeldon had one impressive run on the day. Tim Cook displayed impressive physicality again and may find himself a practice squad spot. I'Tavius Mathers was released from the hospital after suffering a spinal chord injury on Tuesday. Fullback Tommy Bohanan made two short catches on the day.
The TEs had a quiet day. Marcedes had a TD graze the tips of his fingers and fly past him. Koyack made several catches in team drills. Alex Ellis made an impressive grab on a fade route that was ruled incomplete due to bobbling, but it looked like a catch to me.
The offensive line continues to create holes in the run game when Fournette isn't on the field. Several runs were bottled up at of behind the line of scrimmage. Marrone said rookie LT Cam Robinson "has a long way to go to be a starting LT in this league . . . "He's going to have to earn it".
The defensive line was impressive again and likely will continue to be. Malik Jackson got a would be sack on Blake Bortles. The rest of the defensive line helped clog running lanes.
Telvin Smith flashed several times again, easily snuffing out a Blake Bortles read option and stuffing a Chris Ivory run. Paul Posluszny missed practice for personal reasons.
The secondary brought more intensity to the table today. Barry Church forced a Marqise Lee dropped TD and DBs were regularly in position to make plays, save when they were covering the Allens. Tyler Patmon drew positive reviews from Doug Marrone and may have an opportunity to make the team as the backup nickel. Josh Johnson came out to practice late following the birth of his baby boy last night.
The Jaguars worked on special teams quite a bit today. Specifically punts. The gunners worked on covering punts inside the 10 with and without a returner in play.
Jason Myers worked on final drive kicks towards the end of practice and made 2/3 under pressure. 3/3 would have inspired much more confidence.
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