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First off the field: Day 16

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EAGAN, Minn. – The skies threatened rain – and a lot more.

When the threat of weather became reality Thursday, the Jaguars and Minnesota Vikings moved inside temporarily – but the two teams still managed to get in a full practice.

The Jaguars and Vikings practiced for about two-and-a-half hours late Thursday afternoon at the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center. The teams worked in the facility's indoor field for the early part of practice with lightning in the area, then finished with about an hour and a half of work outdoors.

"It was fun; this is a great team to compete against and measure yourself and really just get better," Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell said following the second of two practices in two days between the teams.

Players from both teams met before the first practice Wednesday in an effort to avoid skirmishes between the teams. There were no significant incidents either day.

"We came out with the mentality that we were going to push each other and work hard," Campbell said. "I'm glad we were able to stay focused, and work on getting better. We had no altercations, no issues. It was just two great teams competing, having fun."

Thursday was an improved day for the Jaguars' offense, which was more consistent passing than in Wednesday's practice.

The Jaguars' defense, which started strong Wednesday, turned in a second consecutive strong day. The defensive line pressured Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins throughout, and cornerbacks D.J. Hayden and Quenton Meeks both registered interceptions.

Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. and cornerback Jalen Ramsey again missed practice while serving week-long suspensions. They are expected to return to the team Monday.

Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone spoke to the media before Thursday's practice. Coverage of his media availability can be found on

Campbell and quarterback Blake Bortles spoke to the media after practice. Coverage of their availabilities also can be found on

Here's a look at Day 16 practice:


*The Jaguars' defense stood out for a second consecutive day, with the defensive line performing well against a beat-up Minnesota offensive front. Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue got good pressure during the early indoor portion of practice, with two plays that appeared to have been sacks. …

*Jaguars backup quarterback Cody Kessler connected on a pair of long passes late in the outdoor portion practice, including a 30-yard pass to rookie wide receiver D.J. Chark Jr.

*Meeks continued what has been an increasingly strong camp, defensing a long pass down the left sideline early late in practice and registering an interception a few repetitions later.


Perhaps the most memorable play of the day for the Jaguars came on the final play of the 11-on-11 drill with the first-team Jaguars defense against the Vikings' first-team defense. Cousins on the play threw across the middle, with Hayden cutting in front of the receiver and snatching an interception to end the drive. The play was a fitting end to the day for a defense that started strong Wednesday and appeared to play better Thursday.


Defensive end Dawuane Smoot (ankle), nose tackle Eli Ankou(knee) and guard Andrew Norwell (calf) did not practice Thursday. Smoot and Ankou did not make the trip. While Norwell did not practice, he did dress in pads and was with the team in Minneapolis.

Right tackle Jermey Parnell (knee), and defensive tackle TavenBryan (abdominal) returned to practice and took repetitions in 11-on-11 drills. Rookie offensive tackle Will Richardson Jr. (shoulder) worked on the side.


*Campbell addressed comments from Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey that appeared in Gentleman's Quarterly this week. Ramsey in the article critiqued multiple NFL quarterbacks, praising some and criticizing of others. "He has opinions and he likes voicing them," Campbell said, laughing. "It makes him a special guy. I love how authentic he is. He doesn't beat around the bush at all. Some of those guys might try to play their best games against us, but that's how it's supposed to be."

*Campbell called Bryan "the best rookie I've had" in terms of attitude and willingness to do what it takes to adapt quickly to the NFL. "It's a big statement, and some guys might get upset about that, but he really has done everything that we've asked of him," Campbell said. "He's done it with a smile on his face and he's just a good guy to be around."

*The first-team offensive line on Thursday appeared mostly to be left tackle Cam Robinson, left guard Chris Reed, center Brandon Linder, right guard A.J. Cann and right tackle William Poehls for a fifth consecutive day. Parnell and Norwell had been working with the starters throughout camp before missing Thursday's preseason opener with injuries.

*Cornerback Tyler Patmon continued to work at cornerback with the first-team defense with Ramsey out of practice.

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