JACKSONVILLE – Jaguars 2021 Training Camp continued Sunday.
It was the 10th day of the team's first training camp under Head Coach Urban Meyer, featuring a mock game inside TIAA Bank Field. Each day throughout camp, four members of Jaguars Media – senior writer John Oehser, senior correspondent Brian Sexton, team reporter Ashlyn Sullivan and senior reporter/editor J.P. Shadrick – will share an observation.
Here are Sunday's "campservations:"
Oehser… There was little new to say about rookie Trevor Lawrence Sunday compared to Saturday – and that's good, because he's starting to show the day-to-day consistency you want from a young quarterback. Lawrence, after a standout start to training camp during non-padded work last week, had a few consecutive practices early this week that weren't quite as impressive. He looked much better and more in control of the offense late in the week – and he followed a solid practice with a few standout plays Saturday with a similar one Sunday. And as typically has been the case during this camp, he had the day's highlight play Sunday – a long pass back across the field to wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. Lawrence said after practice he felt he had good practices the last two days. That's how it looked from this observers' view, too – and that's the sort of progress you want from the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Sunday's scrimmage was actually called a mock game, with Jaguars Head Coach Urban Meyer putting the team in dozens of different situations – down and distance, red zone, two-minute drill, etc. – and working every unit in every one. But to say it was a "mock game" suggests it was casual. It was not. Meyer worked the team hard under a hot sun and just when you thought it was going to let up, he brought them back onto the field and set up another situation and they just kept going. It's going to be hot for the home opener against Denver in September and Meyer seemed to relish the opportunity to put their current conditioning to the test. It was a productive day and there wasn't anything to mock about it. It was real, hard, hot, sweaty work.
Meyer moved practice inside the stadium Sunday morning – and though the team wasn't working in pads or full speed, we saw some really nice things. Running back Travis Etienne Jr. made a series of nice catches outside and down the field. Cornerback Tyson Campbell made a few plays in the secondary. Play of the day: Lawrence rolled right past the right hashmark and then threw deep outside the left numbers and connected with a diving Treadwell for 40 yards.
Remember that Pro Day throw at Clemson where Lawrence swung right and threw across his body down field 40-plus yards to hit his receiver? In the moment, I thought, "That throw will never actually happen again?" It happened Sunday, with Lawrence connecting with Treadwell on a play that got the day's loudest ovation. Treadwell dove to make the catch, and Lawrence led him perfectly past defenders. It is a no-brainer Treadwell makes the team after his performance Sunday.