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Campservations: Day 1

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JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars opened 2022 Training Camp Monday.

It was the first day of the first training camp under Head Coach Doug Pederson, featuring an unpadded practice at Knight Sports Complex at Episcopal School of Jacksonville. Each day throughout camp, four members of Jaguars Media – senior writer John Oehser, senior correspondent Brian Sexton, senior reporter/editor J.P. Shadrick and team reporter Ashlyn Sullivan – will share an observation.

Here are Monday's "campservations:"

John Oehser, Jaguars Senior Writer…

It was Day 1 of '22 camp, which means Day 1 of the critical Year 2 for quarterback Trevor Lawrence – and on a light on-field day, Lawrence's leadership and presence was worth observing off the field. Lawrence as expected carried himself like what he is – the leader and face of this franchise. He spoke of the importance of offseason work with receivers away from TIAA Bank Field, and of camaraderie built on a trip with skill players to the Bahamas in the days/weeks leading to camp. Lawrence led the planning for that trip, another example that he hardly is young in terms of readiness to lead a franchise. Lawrence has been strikingly poised and ready for his face-of-the-franchise role since arriving in Jacksonville as the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft. But after a difficult rookie season on and off the field, it's worth noting that Lawrence appears just as ready for greatness as he did this, this time last year.

Brian Sexton, Jaguars Senior Correspondent…

If there's much to report from Day 1 of camp, something likely went wrong. So, there isn't much to say about Monday except it seems as if it was productive and went according to plan – which is exactly how Doug Pederson wants it. The new head coach has been there and done that. You could feel the vibe from everyone associated with the team that this is a different – and much, much better – way to do business. On a side note, Monday was the first training camp practice away from TIAA Bank Field since the first training camp in Stevens Point, Wisc., in 1995. Camp used to be about getting your team together away from home and building chemistry. That has long since changed with the best facilities like teams use every day. The players probably won't notice much since they're meeting at the stadium and staying in the hotel together, but it's another thing that's different this summer. "It's nice out here," Lawrence said. "The change of scenery is good for us and the time on the bus ride over gives guys a chance to get their minds right about what we want to get done."

J.P. Shadrick, Jaguars Senior Reporter/Editor …

Camp at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville got started with a "ramp-up" day Monday with just a little over an hour of work on the field. The CBA-mandated schedule is designed to get players acclimated to practice conditions, so players are not allowed to wear even spider pads the first two days. The first day in actual shoulder pads will be Saturday, with the first day in full pads is scheduled for Sunday. Lawrence seemed positive about the offseason work and bonding with his receivers/teammates. Now we need to see it start coming together in the coming weeks. It was a good, but short, start to training camp – but in just nine days, some players on this team will be playing in a preseason game. Guys that have questions about roster spots better lock in early this camp, because they historically get the bulk of the Hall of Fame Game playing time.

Ashlyn Sullivan, Jaguars Team Reporter…

Most notable from Monday is the return of running back James Robinson and Travis Etienne Jr. Etienne participated in 7-on-7 Monday serving as running back for first team. Robinson went through drills running off to the side with an athletic trainer. Pederson noted before practice how far Robinson has come, saying he did not have to be listed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, a testament to Robinson being in the building every day coming back from that torn Achilles. Wide receiver Christian Kirk had the grab of the day Monday; with Lawrence throwing about 25 yards down the left sideline over two defenders, Kirk toe-dragged for the reception. This is exactly what we want to see Day 1 after hearing all offseason about this budding relationship between Lawrence and Kirk.

The boys are back as the first practice of the 2022 Training Camp kicks off in Jacksonville.

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