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Defense at 80 percent


The Jaguars will conduct a four-day "passing camp" next week, and defensive coordinator Mike Smith hopes to further the progress of a defense that has been exposed to 80 percent of the total defensive package.

"We're going to try to tighten up our insertion from mini-camp. We've inserted about 80 percent of the defensive package up to this point. We're going to tighten up the 80," Smith said.

So, what's in that 80 percent? What will be the defensive philosophy in this new era of Jaguars football?

"It's an attacking, disruptive philosophy. We're going to try to be as disruptive as possible, whether it be through line stunts, blitzes. We want to keep the offense on its heels all of the time," Smith said.

The former Ravens linebackers coach said he was pleased with the talent of his unit's personnel, and with the effort his players are making to learn the new defensive scheme.

"By the time we leave in June, we will have put in our entire defense. The guys have been very attentive in learning the new system. We're going to design our package so we don't overload the players and allow that they can use their physical abilities and play fast," Smith added.

The Jaguars will be on the practice field for about an hour each morning, beginning Monday and continuing through Thursday. Rookies will not be in attendance.

"Give it to them all at once and see what sticks and then pick out portions of the system," Smith said of marrying the defensive system to his players' talents and learning skills.

"The tempo won't be as high-paced as it was in mini-camp. We're going to spend more time on the individual techniques," he added.

As was the case in the April and May mini-camps, "passing camp" practices will not be open to the public. The Jaguars will conduct three brief "veteran" camps in June, after the rookies return to Jacksonville, then break for vacation time prior to the start of training camp in late July.

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