The Jaguars returned to the practice field on Sunday, donning full pads in front of hundreds of team employees and alumni. Jimmy Smith, Donovin Darius and other former Jaguars watched as the offense and defense took turns trying to establish dominance.
- Quarterback Blake Bortles started off on fire. He began 4-of-4 with a touchdown during 7-on-7 drills. After a break from that action, he came back and went 2-of-4 with both completions leading to touchdowns. The 6-of-8 start displayed Bortles' accuracy and touch in a way that wasn't shown often during the early parts of camp.
The 11-on-11 work was another story. Bortles was up-and-down in the redzone will all 22 players in the tight area. He started the period with a poor throw across the middle that was easily picked off by linebacker Paul Posluszny. Following the turnover, Bortles threw a beautiful ball to tight end Julius Thomas for a touchdown. After a bobbled touchdown catch by wide receiver Allen Hurns, that may have gone out of bounds, Bortles threw another interception to Posluszny.
Later, Bortles remained inconsistent as the Jaguars tried to move the ball. However, he threw a fantastic pass downfield that was caught by Thomas, despite being double-covered and then hit by another safety who had been away from the coverage.
Overall, it was a typical Bortles practice. He is well-documented as a gamer, so there is nothing to worry about here.
- Speaking of Posluszny, he is having a fantastic camp. He has been all around the ball and has had a few interceptions. While he is quick to recognize rookie Myles Jack's future with the team, he is also showing he deserves to be on the field.
For Posluszny, it isn't a competition between he and Jack, it's more of a competition with himself.
"You've got play consistently at a high level," Posluszny said after practice. "That's the thing, to me, we don't look at it as a competition between me versus Myles or me versus Hayes Pullard. It's whoever can play at their highest level consistently and whoever can help the defense the most is going to play."
Head coach Gus Bradley was quick to praise the veteran after practice.
"He's had a really good camp," Bradley said. "He's done just a good job on first and second down and getting a lot reps on third down, really understanding the package. Kind of like how you'd expect from him, but to see him make a couple of plays like that in the tight redzone, it's cool."
- The injury report continues to be a fluid list. Cornerback Davon House (hamstring) returned to practice after missing a session and the scrimmage. Wide receiver Marqise Lee (hamstring) and center Brandon Linder (groin) returned to practice but were limited. Lee had missed six practices and the scrimmage, while Linder missed two practices and the scrimmage.
Running back Jonas Gray (calf) and offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum (knee) wore full pads and brought out their helmets but worked off to the side. Wide receivers Rashad Lawrence (hamstring) and Shaq Evans (lower leg) and guard Kadeem Edwards (ankle) both missed practice. Edwards' injury occurred during the scrimmage.
- There were no fumbled snaps from my vantage point on Sunday. However, there were quite a few drops. Tight ends Ben Koyack and Nic Jacobs continue to struggle with their hands. Hurns also had a drop.
- On a positive note, the defense made a lot of plays on Sunday.
Defensive ends Dante Fowler, Jared Odrick, Tyson Alualu, Chris Smith and Tyrone Holmes all produced clear "sacks." Smith and Holmes both had two sacks. Fowler basically signed up for permanent residency in the backfield on Sunday. The offensive line has to play better but the pass rush is there.
Safey Jarrod Wilson ended practice on a leaping interception of a Max Wittek pass. Wilson had to jump over rookie tight end Braedon Bowman to accomplish the feat. Wilson said he read Wittek's eyes and saw the mismatch with Bowman on a linebacker. He attacked the ball.
Veteran safety Josh Evans also had a really nice day. He had two pass breakups in coverage.
"Just going out there and being the best that I can be," Evans said. "Just cherishing any opportunity I get to go out there and make this team."
- Luke Joeckel remained at left guard with the first team. Tyler Shatley continued to play center with Linder being limited and Josh Wells manned left tackle. Bradley said after practice that Joeckel will continue to play left tackle and guard throughout the week.
- Bowman is easily the most targeted player for rookie quarterbacks Max Wittek and Brandon Allen. The good news is that outside of the Wilson interception, Bowman has caught pretty much everything that has come his way.
- If you come out to practice, chances are that Odrick will yell towards you indirectly at some point. He is probably the team's most outgoing player and it shows on the practice field, especially as of late.
- Tight end Marcedes Lewis continues to make incredible catches. On Sunday, he had a nice finger tip grab toward the sideline with Posluszny in coverage.
- The Jaguars worked on fielding punts and new punter Brad Nortman is consistently getting good hang time.
- Alumni in attendance for Sunday's practice: Ronaldo Wynn, Micah Ross, Dave Widell, Mark Brunell, Scotty McGee, Bryan Barker, Damon Jones, Donovin Darius, Kyle Bosworth. Jimmy Smith, Deji Karim, Edward Thomas, Rich Tylski, Tony Boselli, Jeff Lageman
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