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 'A Tight End Made' for Head Coach Doug Pederson's Offense | Campservations: Day 3

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JACKSONVILLE – Jaguars 2023 Training Camp continued Friday.

It was the third day of the second training camp under Head Coach Doug Pederson, featuring a non-padded practice at the Miller Electric Center. 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 Kainani Stevens – will share an observation.

Here are Friday's "campservations:"

John Oehser, Jaguars Senior Writer…

  • He was considered by many around the Jaguars a player to watch entering 2023 training camp. Gerrit Prince on Friday continued showing why. Prince, a first-year tight end who spent last season on the Jaguars' practice squad, caught two sharply-thrown passes from quarterback Trevor Lawrence for touchdowns in red-zone work Friday. Prince on the plays showed the crisp route-running from his outside-receiver background, following a Thursday practice in which he had a nice run-after-the-catch on the sideline. Jaguars veteran tight end Evan Engram on Thursday called Prince "a really talented player" and "a really fluid athlete," adding that Prince is "a tight end made" for Head Coach Doug Pederson's offense. "I'm very excited about his future," Engram said. Added Prince, "I'm just trying to take every chance I get and make the most of it. Doug's a tight ends guy. He knows how to get us into space and use our abilities."

Brian Sexton, Jaguars Senior Correspondent …

  • Longtime NFL General Manager Randy Mueller recently wrote in the Athletic that the Jaguars had the most players who are difficult to block in the NFL. He admitted that it didn't show in the statistics in 2022 but that he looked forward to watching this group work towards its potential in 2023. I spent Friday watching those guys. Outside linebackers Travon Walker and Josh Allen fit Mueller's description for sure, inside linebacker Devin Lloyd looks like he fits the bill now that the game has slowed down for him and inside linebacker Foye Oluokun is difficult to keep away from the football. Don't forget about defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris, whose height and length are a big obstacle to overcome. A scout friend of mine added nose tackle DaVon Hamilton, whose body is so wide that getting him out of the way is difficult. I'm looking forward to watching these guys and a few others to see if they reach Mueller's standard.

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

  • Day Three of '23 camp featured a crowd packed with season-ticket members, and they got a front-row seat to red-zone work for the first time. Lawrence looked sharp, and made good decisions overall, as expected. Prince made two spectacular catches in traffic in the back of the end zone, one in seven-on-seven work and another in team drills. I talked with cornerback Tyson Campbell after practice, and he seemed ready to continue to up the intensity. The team practices Saturday, then has a day off Sunday. Full pads go on for the first time Monday – the intensity is upon us.

Kainani Stevens, Jaguars Team Reporter/Producer ...

  • After a day of offensive miscues on Thursday, Engram came out looking prophetic for his observations of his fellow tight end. Engram said that Prince's athleticism was tailor-made for a Pederson offense. On Friday we saw that come to fruition, with two touchdown catches by Prince. He will be a young guy to keep an eye on.

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