FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Change was the Jaguars' watchword Wednesday.
Change in venue, change in opponent, change in states.
As Trevor Lawrence saw it, change was good in this case – and the Jaguars' second-year quarterback said a dual practice with the Atlanta Falcons Wednesday afternoon very much accomplished its objectives.
"It was great," Lawrence said following a two-hour practice at the Falcons' facility. "Just getting to go up against a different team. We're so used to going against our guys. You see the same looks, but also a lot of different stuff.
"You don't do a whole lot of prep, because you're coming here to get some work in and see different structures. You have to adjust on the fly. It's good. It challenges you. I thought we had a great day today.
"I thought we brought a lot of intensity and looked sharp. It was good."
The Jaguars and Falcons worked Wednesday in temperatures that reached 82 degrees and felt like 86. The practice featured multiple periods of team work, with each first-team offense typically working against the opponents' first-team offense followed by reserves working against reserves.
The teams worked in full pads, with a red-zone period near the end of practice.
"It's always fun," Jaguars offensive coordinator Press Taylor said before practice. "When you get a chance to test your system, players, schemes, against an unknown opponent, it's a great opportunity. You spend a little more time somewhat scheming – still not a game week. You get a chance to experiment and see if this works for us or not.
"You're exposing your guys to another defensive system. We've played against our group, Cleveland and Pittsburgh [in the preseason]. We get a chance to continue honing in on what we want to do."
Taylor on Wednesday also discussed right tackle, with fourth-year veteran Jawaan Taylor and second-year veteran Walker Little – splitting repetitions with the first team throughout 2022 Training Camp and preseason.
"There's been a good ebb and flow of, 'This guy had a great day in this situation and this guy had a great day in that situation,'" Taylor said. "One day a guy does a great job in pass protection and another guy does a great job in run blocking. You want to continue to see both of them grow and push each other along the way.
"That's what we've seen so far and that's why we're not in any rush to make a decision. We're not in any panic that we don't have the guy in the building. It's an opportunity to maximize who will give us the best chance at that given week.
"Credit to those guys for the way they've prepared, pushed each other and competed."
"We're still competing," Taylor said.
Here's a look at Wednesday's practice:
PLAY OF THE DAY
- Wednesday's work was comparatively measured, with few big plays downfield and few big hits. An area that stood out for the Jaguars was the offense's red-zone work. This was an area of focus, with Head Coach Doug Pederson emphasizing the area after the first-team offense moved efficiently in Preseason Week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday but failed to score a touchdown. Standing out for the Jaguars near the end zone Wednesday were Lawrence and wide receiver Christian Kirk, with the duo twice connecting for touchdowns on quick out routes. "I thought guys did a good job adjusting routes, getting open," Lawrence said.
- Jaguars running backs Travis Etienne Jr. and Snoop Conner both had strong runs in red-zone work for what appeared to be touchdowns. "We ran the ball great today, which was really good to see," Lawrence said. …
- With the regular season approaching, Wednesday's practice featured few big hits. But Jaguars rookie inside linebacker Devin Lloyd, practicing full for the first time after a pre-training camp hamstring injury, had a big hit on running back Caleb Huntley. …
- Jaguars cornerback Tyson Campbell did a nice job in coverage on Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts, preventing a long completion for a touchdown. …
- Kirk caught several passes for short gains from Lawrence in 11-on-11 drills. …
- Etienne had a nice run around the left side of the line in 11-on-11 drills. …
- Jaguars safety Rayshawn Jenkins made a nice play on the ball for a pass breakup in 11-on-11 drills. …
- Robinson had several nice runs up the middle in red-zone work. …
- Running back James Robinson practiced in team drills but not in a "full-contact" capacity. Lloyd practiced full after rehabilitating a hamstring injury through the first part of preseason and training camp and looked healthy and fast to the ball. Offensive lineman Will Richardson Jr. and defensive tackle Foley Fatukasi (calf) did not practice Wednesday and aren't expected to play in Saturday's preseason finale against the Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
- Defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell on the defense through three preseason games: "It's still a work in progress. We've played together, but not as much as we'd like to. What we do in practice, and what we do against our offense, is really good work. Now, this week is about continuing that work."