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Training Camp: Day 10 Notes and Observations

Posted Aug 7, 2017

Senior writer John Oehser offers his notes and observations from the Jaguars’ practice against the New England Patriots Monday in Foxboro, Mass., on Day 10 of Jaguars 2017 Training Camp …


FOXBORO, Mass. – The Jaguars worked against the World Champions Monday.

The Jaguars and defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots practiced about two-and-a-half hours Monday morning at the Patriots’ practice facility outside Gillette Stadium. They worked in 74-degree temperature before about 20,000 fans.

Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone spoke to the media afterward, and we caught up with cornerback A.J. Bouye and wide receiver Marqise Lee. Quarterback Blake Bortles and Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin are scheduled to talk to the media Tuesday after practice.

Lee and Bouye were among Jaguars players standing out Monday. They, like Marrone, said they believed the team benefitted from working against New England.

“When you practice like this, obviously against a great football team, then it is going to make our team better,” Marrone said. “There are so many positives coming to work with another team. I feel like we got a great day done today.”

Notes and observations from Day 10 Jaguars 2017 Training Camp practice Monday:

*Marrone said he liked what he saw from Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles Monday, who continued what in the last week has been an efficient camp with few interceptions. Bortles had several nice throws Monday, completing intermediate passes to wide receiver Allen Robinson, tight end Marcedes Lewis and Lee. He was intercepted by Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler. Marrone afterward described Bortles as “calm, cool.” “I think we have to see where we are from that standpoint of being able to get open in a press-man and things of that nature,” Marrone said. “Then, just ball location. I thought for the most part, he seemed to have control.”

*Marrone also praised linebacker Telvin Smith and Lee Monday, saying of Lee: “He made two plays in a row and he has to come back out there and run that third play the same way, the fourth play, the fifth play … This way, if he does get going in a game and we want to go to him, he can continue that because he does have a lot of skill and we just have to get it to where it’s on the field more. He understands that he has to build up to that. That was my conversation with him.” …

*Lee said he likes the progress Bortles and the receivers have made during camp. “We’re getting on point,” Lee said.  “Coming in it was a little bit slow. Things are starting to speed up and we’re getting on the same page as Blake. We worked with him in the offseason, so it wasn’t a big deal as far as getting off page.” Of Bortles, Lee said, “He’s taking his time. That’s what I saw today. He’s taking his time, going through his progressions and reading what he needs to read. He’s making the open pass.”

*The Jaguars’ offense struggled in Monday’s goal-line drill. Bortles fumbled on the first play, then threw incomplete to Lewis. Two runs also failed. “He got stepped on at the goal line, that can’t happen; that is not his fault,” Marrone said of Bortles. “We have to be able to come off the ball better.” The Patriots scored touchdowns on two of four goal-line attempts. …

*Both teams had several dropped passes during early 11-on-11 work. “I am only going to talk about my team,” Marrone said. “We did have some drops early. Again, being able to come out here and focus in, ready to go right off the bat. That is what we talk about. Obviously we can’t afford to have those drops.” …

*Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns left practice Monday with an unidentified injury. He left the field midway through the session and did not return. “They told me they brought him in and one other player just for evaluation and they will tell me when I get in,” Marrone said….

*Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette spoke with ESPN immediately after practice, and talked about several topics including his leap over the line in a goal-line drill in practice last week. Fournette said such a play is definitely part of his style, adding “You’ve got to do whatever, just to get in that end zone.” Fournette, who said the Jaguars’ mentality of being a physical, run-oriented team can be felt “through the entire organization,” also reiterated what he said last week – that his transition to the NFL thus far has been “pretty smooth. “I’ve been playing football my whole life,” he said. “It’s nothing new. You’ve got to study guys each and every day, to get better.” …

*Bouye, among the Jaguars’ top camp performers while going primarily against Lee and Robinson, had a pass breakup Monday. The unrestricted free-agent from Houston called Monday’s practice a test for the entire defense. The Jaguars practiced in pads five consecutive days last week, then had an off day Saturday before a practice and a flight to Foxboro Sunday. “We’re coming along,” Bouye said. “Especially with the way we practice: Everybody’s legs are dead. It’s hard to run. You’ve really got to focus on your technique. We really haven’t game-planned. We’re just out there playing and reacting, so it’s fun to see how we’re playing.”

*Bouye noted that Marrone’s physical, high-strain approach to camp didn’t wane in a new environment. The Jaguars as they have done throughout camp ran sprints after Monday’s practice. “We ran gassers again,” Bouye said. “We haven’t had time to get our legs back, but it’s only going to make us tougher.” …

 

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