JACKSONVILLE – The pads went on. At last.
That meant a cool, gray early evening in downtown Jacksonville was significant for the Jaguars: the first padded practice of 2018 Training Camp – and thus, the most intense practice of '18 camp so far.
The first padded work meant the first appearance in '18 camp of several anticipated drills – including one-on-one pass rush and 9-on-7 drills. Those are contact-oriented drills we didn't see in '18 camp's first two, non-padded practices Thursday and Friday.
The practice was attended by 4,156 season-ticket members, according to the team.
We'll cover some details of those drills and others in the categories below.
A couple of notes on the injury front from Saturday:
Wide receiver Donte Moncrief, who sustained what appeared to be an ankle injury Friday, worked in individual drills but did not appear in team drills and wide receiver Marqise Lee left practice with an unidentified injury sustained when he landed awkwardly while being covered by cornerback Tyler Patmon.
Here's a look at Day 3 practice:
*Guard A.J. Cann turned in an impressive first padded practice, showing good strength in one-on-one pass rush drills. This is considered an important camp for Cann, a starter in his first three NFL seasons. He is working with the starters early in camp, but could compete during the coming weeks with players such as Josh Walker. The first-team line throughout early camp mostly has been left tackle Cam Robinson, left guard Andrew Norwell, center Brandon Linder, Cann and right tackle Jermey Parnell. Much of the offensive line looked impressive in one-on-one work Saturday, with Parnell showing good strength and power and working without a knee brace. …
*First-year wide receiver DeAndre Smelter had one of the highlight plays of practice, making a twisting catch over cornerback Sammy Seamster during 11-on-11 drills. …
*Second-year wide receiver Keelan Cole got behind the defense in an early 7-on-7 drill for a long touchdown reception from backup quarterback Cody Kessler. …
*First-round rookie defensive end/tackle Taven Bryan looked impressive in his first one-on-one pass rushing drills, showing good leverage and power on several repetitions. …
*Wide receiver Rashad Greene Sr. caught several intermediate and short passes during 11-on-11 drills. …
*Pro Bowl defensive end Yannick Ngakoue looked quick and agile during 11-on-11 drills, beating Parnell early. …
PLAY OF THE DAY
This came from quarterback Blake Bortles and wide receiver Shane Wynn. In an 11-on-11 drill toward the end of practice, Wynn got behind the defense to Bortles' right. Bortles waited for Wynn to clear the secondary, then Wynn turned the play into a long touchdown. Bortles appeared sharp and accurate for the most part Saturday, while Wynn – working mostly with the second-team offense – also used his speed later in practice to turn a short pass to the sideline into a first down.
Tight end David Grinnage was removed from the physically unable to perform list Saturday, and practiced for the first time in '18 camp Saturday night.
Two Jaguars players remained on the physically unable to perform list, with a third not participating on the reserve/non-football injury list. Players on PUP: Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (shoulder) and offensive guard Brandon Thomas (knee). Offensive tackle Brandon Smith remained on the non-football injury list.
Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey remained out of practice and away from the team following the birth of his daughter this week. He is expected back when daughter and mother are settled, Marrone said Saturday.
*Marrone on Saturday also addressed a NFL rule regarding players initiating contact with the helmet, saying coaches have discussed the change throughout the early part of camp. "For the last couple of days now we've talked to them about, 'It's a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate or make contact with his helmet against an opponent,''' Marrone said. "Obviously, that's been a lot of the talk around the league and what we're trying to get accomplished. A couple of head coaches have made tapes, training tapes. We've had the ability to show the tapes to our players. We've shown them all the tapes and we're constantly coaching in our meetings the proper way to play the game. We want them to play the game safely, but yet we don't want to lose the physicality. It's going to be important. Hopefully, everyone's doing it. We have to take the lead on it and do a heck of a job coaching.
*Rookie Leon Jacobs worked with the first team at strong-side linebacker for a third consecutive day to start camp. Jacobs, a seventh-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft from the University of Wisconsin, is expected to compete with second-year veteran Blair Brown for the starting position vacated when Myles Jack moved to the middle on a permanent basis following the retirement of longtime middle linebacker Paul Posluszny. …