JACKSONVILLE – Camp wrapped in fitting fashion.
It was hot again, and this time it was feisty – for a change.
The Jaguars on Tuesday continued preparations for Thursday’s preseason home opener and put a finish on two-and-half weeks of work, practicing for about two hours, thirty minutes in 90-degree temperatures on Day 15 of 2019 Training Camp at the Dream Finders Homes Practice Complex adjacent to TIAA Bank Field.
The Jaguars will play host to the Philadelphia Eagles at TIAA Bank Field Thursday at 7 p.m.
The Jaguars will move out of “training-camp” mode following the Eagles game, and will follow a regular-season format the following week in preparation for the preseason “dress-rehearsal” game at Miami on Thursday, August 15.
Head Coach Doug Marrone, speaking to the media Tuesday morning before practice, said he likely will take the same approach regarding playing time against Philadelphia as he did in a preseason-opening loss at Baltimore last Thursday. The Jaguars held 30 players out of that game.
Marrone said he expects starters and front-line players to play against Miami.
Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey, wide receiver Chris Conley and cornerback A.J. were involved in a brief altercation in the end zone late in practice and were separated quickly without further incident. It marked one of the rare tussles during camp.
“We’re sick of seeing the defense; they’re sick of seeing us,” backup quarterback Gardner Minshew said after practice. “Guys start butting heads a little bit, but that’s part of it. It’s awesome because now we get to come together and put that energy to somebody else.”
Here’s a look at Day 15 practice:
PLAY OF THE DAY
Minshew continued a strong week of practice, as did rookie wide receiver Tre McBride. The two connected at least four times in team drills Tuesday, with the day’s highlight being a pass from Minshew to McBride that McBride pulled down over a defender for a leaping touchdown reception in the back of the end zone.
*Quarterback Nick Foles had completions to Conley and wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. early in practice, and followed that with touchdown passes to Conley and tight end James O’Shaughnessy in a red-zone drill. …
*Safety Josh Moon broke up a pass intended for tight end Ethan Wolf in a red-zone drill, and Wolf caught a pass from third-team quarterback Tanner Lee later in practice. …
*Cornerback Tre Herndon had a nice pass breakup on a pass from Minshew to rookie free-agent wide receiver Tyre Brady in two-minute work late in practice. …
*Cornerback Breon Borders had a nice pass breakup late in practice, and running back Thomas Rawls continued to look quick and effective with a touchdown run in red-zone drills late in practice. …
Wide receiver Marqise Lee remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list. He has been on the list since the start of training camp after missing last season with a preseason knee injury that included a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Linebacker Jake Ryan (knee) remains on the Reserve/Non-Football injury list. Marrone said Saturday it’s uncertain if Lee will be ready for Week 1 against Kansas City on September 8, and said Ryan also is a ways from returning.
Safety Cody Davis worked on the side after missing Monday’s practice, and wide receiver Dede Westbrook, right guard A.J. Cann and left tackle Cam Robinson worked in individual drills, with the following players out of practice: Lee, Ryan, running back Ryquell Armstead, linebacker Quincy Williams, right tackle Jawaan Taylor, tight end Charles Jones, tight end Geoff Swain, tight end Josh Oliver, left guard Andrew Norwell, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi.
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Head Coach Tony Dungy attended practice Monday. Dungy worked with and is close with Herm Edwards, under whom Marrone worked as an assistant from 2002-2005 when Edwards was the head coach of the New York Jets Hall of Fame Head Coach Tony Dungy. “I have always admired him,” Marrone said of Dungy, a member of the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame class.