JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – Time to load the boys on the bus and go camping. Training camp has officially started in Jacksonville.
The Jaguars travel from TIAA Bank Field to the Episcopal Knight Sports Complex each morning for camp. The setup is phenomenal. This is my fourth Jaguars training camp and by far the best setup I have seen.
Four training camps seems like a small sample, so I’ll defer to our News4JAX sports photographer and producer, Kevin Talley, who’s been to all of the Jaguars training camps. He said “this is the best setup they’ve ever had for us [media].”
Part of that setup means great angles to watch the action. Day 1 isn’t exactly the most compelling of practices as the team is still in the acclimatization period. All eyes, of course, are on No. 16 for every pitch.
Quarterback Trevor Lawrence knows there will be high expectations for him this season. And it’s good.
“I don’t plan on having a bad year,” he said.
These words should be music to everyone’s ears.
7 out of 7
3 for 5, with incomplete passes to Christian Kirk and Marvin Jones Jr.
11 out of 11
3 in 3, including a nice pass to Christian Kirk.
There will be interesting positional battles throughout the camp. A player in a bit of an interesting spot is a former first-round pick K’Lavon Chaisson. He hasn’t gotten off to a quick start in his career as Chaisson enters his third season. Chaisson said he likes the new regime. Josh Allen says Chaisson’s bags are on their way.
“They’re coming!” Allen said.
james robinson does not start camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. This is good news. This means the running back is close to returning to the field, possibly in mid-August. Robinson suffered a season-ending Achilles tear last year.
rookie linebacker Devin Lloyd will miss the start of training camp as he nurses a hamstring injury. Lloyd was still out in the field at camp making “mental representations”.
CJ Beathard did not pitch in any team period. This meant additional repetitions for Jake Luton.
Jamal Agnew is still not at full strength. He’s been working with coaches as they continue to ease him after a season-ending hip injury.
Andrew Cisco aligned with starting defensive backs during squad periods.
Jawaan Taylor took the reps at right tackle with the starting group.
Lujuan Winningham makes the catch of the day by far. Good start to camp for the undrafted rookie. He will need more wow games like this if he wants to earn a spot on the list.
The low point of the day by far came during the 7v7. Trevor Lawrence with absolute heating in the middle for Marvin Jones Jr.. But it passed through Jones’ hands.
Shaquill Griffin was ready to strike today. Even though the team had no pads on Griffin, he landed a solid shot on Nosy Connor after catching a short pass.
Travis Stephen picked up where it left off in the last training camp. The speed is back now, he needs to show he can use it in games.
The tight end will be one of the most competitive spots on the roster. Evan Engram and Dan Arnold the two caught several passes, while the youngsters like Gerrit Prince look slick and show potential.
Grant Morganthe undrafted free agent from Arkansas is noticeably shorter than the rest of the linebackers, but I was impressed with his movement abilities during drills.
benjamin franklin flashed some nice closing speed for a pass-breaking for 11-on-11. It was electric. Sorry, I couldn’t help but make a bad Ben Franklin joke.
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