JACKSONVILLE – The pads went on – all of them this time.
The temperatures stayed relatively high, and the intensity did, too, and that meant that Day 5 of Jaguars 2014 Training Camp felt a little more like training camp.
And as far as Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley saw it, Wednesday morning’s first full day of 2014 Training Camp in full pads was another in a stretch of good practices, with the team coming back with good intensity after a day off Tuesday.
“I was encouraged by what I saw today,” Bradley said early Wednesday afternoon after the Jaguars worked for about two hours and 10 minutes in 87 degree temperatures in the late morning and early afternoon at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields.
The team worked at Bartram Trail High School Monday night, and Bradley said the team’s effort and performance stayed at a high level Wednesday.
“There were times in OTAs (organized team activities) where we had a couple of days off, where we’d practice, have a long weekend and come back the next day and not perform like we wanted to,” Bradley said. “That was the challenge today, was to have a really good scrimmage at Bartram Trail, have a players’ day off and see how we came back and performed.
“I thought it was a nice job by our guys.”
The Jaguars had worked in shoulder pads and shorts Sunday and Monday, but with practice in full pads on Wednesday the Jaguars worked more short-yardage and red-zone situations.
“It was a little different situation – a lot of teaching going on there,” Bradley said, adding that the Jaguars may increase their amount of red-zone work in practice.
“It’s an area of emphasis for us,” Bradley said, “but overall I thought it was good being our first full day in full pads.”
“We haven’t had that conversation yet,” Bradley said. “The H spot is really where we’re looking. That’s where Clay plays.”
The Jaguars will hold a walkthrough practice later Wednesday afternoon, and will hold another practice at 9:55 a.m. Thursday. Thursday’s practice is free and open to the public, and the Jaguars will work that day in full pads.
The team will practice in pads again Friday morning, with a mock game/scrimmage scheduled at EverBank Field Saturday at 6:45 p.m.
Lotulelei (hamstring) was activated from the non-football injury list and practiced Wednesday. Ball (ankle) and linebacker
PLAY OF THE DAY
There perhaps wasn’t one play that stood out above all others Wednesday, but rookie wide receivers
*Competition appears to be increasing on the interior of the offensive line, with rookie