OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The opponent was new, and the competition was real.
That's the objective of NFL dual practices, and the objective was attained Monday for the Jaguars in the first of two practices this week against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens and Jaguars worked for two and a half hours at the Under Armour Performance Center Monday afternoon in temperatures of 88 degrees. The teams worked against one another in various team situations, including second- and third-down scenarios, red-zone and two-minute drills.
"It felt good, going through practice," Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles said. "It's always exciting to go against another team, especially one as talented as Baltimore. They're a really well-rounded team, a playoff team.
"Their defense has been great for a long time, so getting to compete against them was a lot of fun. I thought both sides handled it well."
The teams alternated going first team against first team and second team against second team, and the Jaguars' first-team offense had good success in red-zone drills.
"I thought offensively we were efficient," Foles said. "We were able to work a lot of different situations, which was awesome."
Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone spoke to the media before the session, and Foles spoke afterward. Coverage of those availabilities can be found on jaguars.com.
The teams are scheduled to practice again Tuesday at 1 p.m., with Marrone scheduled to again speak to the media before practice. The Jaguars are off Wednesday and will play the Ravens Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the 2019 preseason opener for both teams.
Also on Monday, Jaguars linebacker James Onwualu was carted off the field during special teams drills early in practice. He had been listed as a starter at strongside linebacker along with second-year veteran Leon Jacobs on the team's first unofficial preseason depth chart Sunday.
Here's a look at Day 10 practice:
PLAY OF THE DAY
On a busy day with the first units often working against one another on different fields, a couple of areas stood out offensively for the Jaguars – running back Leonard Fournette in the passing game and wide receiver Chris Conley. Fournette caught three passes from Foles in an early drill and also was effective in the red zone – scoring on a designed run late in practice. Conley got behind the defense to draw an interference penalty in an 11-on-11 drill midway through practice and caught a long pass from Foles in the drill.
*Jaguars wide receivers Dede Westbrook, DJ Chark and Conley all caught passes from Foles during various drills, and all seem to be developing a comfort level in the offense with the new quarterback. That had been the case in Jacksonville and it continued to show Monday.
*Tight end Geoff Swaim also caught several short passes from Foles. …
*Fournette also was effective in red-zone drills, scoring on a run up the middle late in practice. …
*Jaguars rookie wide receiver Tyre Brady caught a touchdown pass from reserve quarterback Gardner Minshew in red-zone drills late in practice. Minshew took the majority of the second-team reps Monday. …
*Jaguars running back Devante Mays scored on a run in red-zone work. …
*Defensive end Calais Campbell had a huge play in a late goal-line drill, stopping a run and holding the Ravens out of the end zone. …
*Foles was intercepted late on a two-point conversion drill, making a throw that he perhaps wouldn't have made in a non-conversion situation. …
*Ravens outside linebacker Tyus Bowser intercepted a pass from Minshew that bounced off Mays' hands and returned it for a touchdown. …
Wide receiver Marqise Lee and left tackle Cam Robinson remain on the Physically Unable to Perform list; Lee missed last season with a preseason knee injury that included a torn anterior cruciate ligament while Robinson missed the last 14 games of the season with a torn ACL. Linebacker Jake Ryan (knee) remains on the Reserve/Non-Football injury list. Marrone said Sunday he expects to update the return of Lee and Robinson later this week.
Rookie running back Ryquell Armstead was limited with a quadriceps injury, and rookie cornerback Saivion Smith was limited with an ankle injury. Cornerback A.J. Bouye and running back Thomas Rawls also remained on the side with hamstring soreness.
Rookie linebacker Quincy Williams (knee) and rookie tight end Josh Oliver (hamstring) did not make the trip because of injuries.
*Jaguars rookie Jawaan Taylor got his most extensive work yet in training camp with the first team, opening practice starting at right tackle along with Cedric Ogbuehi at left tackle, Andrew Norwell at left guard, Brandon Linder at center and A.J. Cann at right guard.
*Westbrook, Conley and Chark continue to get the first looks with the first-team at wide receiver.
*Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue continued to work with the first team early in practice after ending his training-camp holdout Sunday. Najee Goode continued to work with the starters at first-team weakside linebacker in the absence of Williams, and second-year veteran Tre Herndon continues to work with the starters with Bouye not practicing.