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Training Camp: Day 13 notes and observations

Posted Aug 12, 2017

Senior writer John Oehser offers his notes and observations from Day 13 of 2017 Jaguars Training Camp Saturday …


JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars went through their 13th practice of 2017 Training Camp Saturday.

The Jaguars practiced two-and-a-half hours in 86-degree temperatures on the practice fields adjacent to EverBank Field two days after their preseason-opening victory over New England. They will practice again in a closed-to-the-public session Sunday.

The Jaguars are scheduled practice against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the practice fields adjacent to EverBank Field Monday and Tuesday. Those practices will be open to the public.

Cornerback Jalen Ramsey, a 2016 consensus All-Rookie selection, returned to practice Saturday after being activated from the physically unable to perform list. He spoke to the media after practice, and we’ll have that story later on jaguars.com.

Head Coach Doug Marrone also spoke to the media Saturday, covering a variety of topics. Among them: Comments made by Jaguars rookie running back Leonard Fournette following Thursday’s game. Fournette was widely quoted as saying after the game that the NFL was slower than he expected and that his transition has been “easy.”

“I think you’ve got to talk to him, because he said that’s not what he was trying to convey,” Marrone said. “I just told him you better be careful in what you say and how you say it. You better make sure you message it the way you want to or answer the question the way you want to.

“I think [Leonard is] a young player probably trying to show, obviously, [that] he is a confident player, but I don’t think we need to go there with those comments.”

Notes and observations from Day 13 of Jaguars 2017 Training Camp practice:

*Marrone’s thoughts on Thursday’s victory over the Patriots didn’t change much in two days. “Usually I’m dialed into plays, so after the game is over, you know, what I say is what I expect to see,” he said.

*Marrone said Saturday’s practice was as expected on a hot morning two days following the preseason opener: “Coming off a day off, coming back in and getting acclimated to the heat … we had to push them today.”

*Marrone was asked about several players Saturday. Summing up a few: With rookie fullback Marquez Williams coming off the PUP list last week, it’s too early to get a feel for the competition between Williams and veteran Tommy Bohanon … tight end Alex Ellis is “doing all the right things he can do for himself to try make the squad” … defensive tackle Malik Jackson has “really has been playing at a high level, both in the practices – which is impressive – and obviously in the games” … and linebacker Myles Jack “played better in the game [against New England] than some of the practices. I really do. I thought he did a nice job.” …

*Marrone was asked on Saturday about the end of “The Branden Albert Saga.” Albert, acquired in a trade from Miami in March, missed the Jaguars’ offseason program and told the team on July 31 he planned to retire. He then approached the team about playing in the future on August 4, and he and the team mutually decided to place him on the reserve/retired list August 7. The Jaguars released Albert Friday. “As far as I know, I wasn’t really in the saga,” Marrone said. “I was concentrating on the players that were here.  When he was released, he’s released and we just move on.” …

*Two standout players thus far in camp: wide receivers Shane Wynn and Keelan Cole. Wynn, who spent time on the Jaguars’ practice squad last season before spending three games on the active roster, consistently has made plays in camp – and had a long reception from quarterback Chad Henne Saturday. “He goes out there, gives 110 percent every time,” Marrone said. “Don’t be fooled by his size (5-feet-6, 168 pounds): He’s tough as hell, can get off press coverage and make big plays, can run.” Cole caught a 97-yard touchdown pass from Henne Thursday, and – as importantly – has played well on special teams. “You saw him run down there and make the tackle [in coverage],’’ Marrone said. “The things that you won’t see are live kickoff return and getting a good block.  Really, from the standpoint of doing everything that he has to do to make the team, that’s what he’s doing and he’s doing it right now well.” …

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