ST. AUGUSTINE – The lights were on, and the mood was right.
And although the temperatures weren’t exactly chilly as afternoon faded into early evening in St. Johns County, the Jaguars’ Monday night practice at Bartram Trail High School …
Head Coach Gus Bradley thought *that* was plenty cool.
“We’re going to do this again – I can tell you that,” Bradley told the crowd after the two-hour, 15-minute session on Day Four of Jaguars 2014 Training Camp.
It was the first time in franchise history the Jaguars had practiced at a local school during training camp, with the idea being to reach into the community. Bradley likes to talk about the team bringing fans along for the journey, and he said Monday was an example of that.
A total of 3,329 fans attended the event.
“When we get excited, we want our fans to get excited,” Bradley said.
“Anytime in training camp you can get away from your home facility and kind of simulate a game day, it’s going to be good for you,” Beadles said. “Obviously, the fan support out here was awesome. We got to see some new people and practice under the lights. I think it went pretty well.”
Veteran tight end
“I thought the defense played really well,” Bradley said. “It was really crisp. I saw a lot of our fundamentals coming through at all positions. I thought the defensive line did a good job, the secondary, the linebackers … That’s how it felt on defense.”
Also, rookie guard
“We’re going to get those young guys in there and get them opportunities,” Bradley said.
Bradley said he was impressed with the team’s ability to focus in a unique situation. He added that the team had fun with the idea, showing high school pictures of various players in a team meeting early in the day.
“I thought it was really good for our team,” he said. “They had fun with it, then embraced it. It was exciting.”
The Jaguars will be off Tuesday, and then return to their training-camp routine Wednesday with a 9:55 a.m. practice at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields. That practice will be the Jaguars’ first in full pads in this year’s training camp.
“It was really good for our team. We’re a younger team, but to be able to leave the facility, come to a different place and try to perform at a high level – I thought they did a good job.”
--- Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley
PLAY OF THE DAY
*This came during a late 11-on-11 period, with quarterback
*Rookie running back
*Defensive tackle Roy Miller had an interception off a tipped pass on first play of an 11-on-11 drill. Defensive end
*Veteran defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks also had a pass deflection in 11-on-11 drills.