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First Off the Field: Clemons attends Day 1 practice

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JACKSONVILLE – A day in, all were present.

All were counted for, too. That included Chris Clemons, and because the veteran defensive end was in attendance Friday, Jaguars 2015 Training Camp had a more complete feel.

Clemons, the veteran Leo defensive end who was the only one of 90 Jaguars players not to report on reporting day Thursday, reported Friday. He did not participate in the team's opening practice of training camp, which was held at 9:55 a.m.

The Jaguars placed Clemons on the active non-football injury list without an exact timetable for his first practice.

 "I wouldn't put any timetable to it," Head Coach Gus Bradley said Friday morning after the Jaguars worked for about two hours, 20 minutes in 86-degree temperatures at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness practice fields.

"He's working out with guys now, with Scott (Trainer Scott Trulock) and with Milo (strength and conditioning coach Tom Myslinski), but it's good to see him back here."

Bradley called Clemons' absence Thursday "a challenging situation."

"I loved the communication (with Clemons)," Bradley said. "I'm very happy that for the most part things got taken care of. Here's here, and I appreciate that part."

Bradley said of Clemons being placed on the non-football injury list, "This kind of came up at the end. We knew in talking to him the last couple of days this was a strong possibility."

Also on Friday, second-year wide receiver Marqise Lee as expected worked full in practice after missing the on-field portion of the team's offseason program with a knee issue. Lee called Friday's work "tiring."

"But it felt good," he said. "As far as where my knee stands, it's just coming back and going out there."

Lee added that he wasn't thinking about the injury during practice.

"If you tend to think about injuries, that's when they most likely happen," Lee said. "You've just to go out there and play."

The Jaguars will hold a walkthrough practice later Friday afternoon, and will hold another practice at 9:55 a.m. Saturday. Saturday's practice is free and open to the public.

"It was a good day for the first day," Bradley said. "I was very pleased with how we came out. We did some subtle things different in practice as far as tempo. I thought the guys adjusted to it pretty well. Overall, very pleased."

 

INJURY WATCH

Jaguars defensive tackle Roy Miller (knee) was limited as training camp practice began. He was the only one of the Jaguars' 90 players to work limited. Defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks (knee) and safety James Sample (arm) opened cap as expected on the Physically Unable to Perform list with running back Storm Johnson on the active non-football illness list and defensive and Cap Capi on the active non-football injury list. Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (knee) will not work in training camp and is expected to be placed on injured reserve shortly before the regular season.

PLAY OF THE DAY

With no pads on the first day of camp, there weren't a slew of huge plays, but cornerback Nick Marshall had one of a few plays to remember. Marshall, a rookie from Auburn University, is transitioning to cornerback after playing quarterback his final two years of college. Early in practice on Friday, Marshall cut in front of a pass from second-year reserve quarterback Stephen Morris and returned it for a touchdown.

HIGHLIGHTS

*The Jaguars opened team drills Friday with a rotation at running back, with Denard Robinson getting the first carry, Toby Gerhart getting the second and rookie T.J. Yeldon. Robinson and Yeldon had long carries early in practice.

*Tight end Marcedes Lewis was heavily involved in the offense on Day 1, and caught several passes downfield.

*Tight end Julius Thomas also was heavily involved in the offense, and caught several short passes before turning them into gains. …

*Wide receiver Arrelious Benn had one of the best catches on Day 1, catching a 20-yard pass in traffic while battling cornerback Jeremy Harris. …

*Wide receiver Allen Robinson had a couple of drops early in practice, but had receptions on crossing patterns downfield in team drills. …

*Lee beat cornerback Dwayne Gratz on a long pass down the right sideline and was open for a deep gain before dropping the pass. …

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