JACKSONVILLE – The fans were there again. This time, they got a break.
That's because there was some cloud cover – and a breeze – at Day 3 of Jaguars 2021 Training Camp as the team worked for a third consecutive day with no contact and no pads at the Dream Finders Homes Practice Complex. But that didn't make Friday easy.
"It's hot out here," center Brandon Linder said after the Jaguars practiced for about one hour, 45 minutes in 84-degree temperatures Friday morning.
It was the second consecutive day fans attended '21 training camp.
Linder, the Jaguars' most-tenured player, spoke to the media following Day 3 practice – as did defensive coordinator Joe Cullen and defensive end/linebacker Josh Allen. Coverage of those availabilities can be found later on jaguars.com and Jaguars Media channels.
Jaguars Head Coach Urban Meyer is expected to address the media Saturday following practice.
Rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, continued to be a major story at '21 camp. He and veteran Gardner Minshew II split repetitions evenly Friday on a day that featured extensive seven-on-seven and teamwork in the red zone.
Both quarterbacks threw multiple touchdown passes in the team and 7-on-7 periods, with Lawrence showing striking velocity on multiple passes into the corner of the end zone in red-zone work.
"Trevor's doing great – poised in the huddle, confident, making some incredible throws, putting the ball on the receivers," Linder said. "It's exciting."
Allen on Lawrence: "I can see the growth he's already made in these first couple of months. It's crazy. The sky's the limit for that guy. I love it."
Cullen discussed multiple players on the Jaguars' defense, and said he was pleased with the retention from the offseason program. He also specifically discussed Allen – a third-year veteran who played in the Pro Bowl following his 2019 rookie season.
"I expect greatness from him," Cullen said of Allen, the No. 7 overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Jaguars will practice again at 9:45 a.m. Saturday with a day off scheduled Sunday.
Here's a look at Friday's practice:
PLAY OF THE DAY
As was the case Thursday, the play of the day came from Lawrence – who consistently has stood out during the first three days of camp. With Minshew taking the first few snaps of an 11-on-11 drill midway through practice – the first offense-versus-defense drill of the day – Lawrence opened his repetitions with a deep pass to wide receiver Jalen Camp. Lawrence avoided pressure on the play and threw a perfect pass to Camp, who caught it behind the defense for a touchdown.
*Lawrence and Minshew both were accurate and effective Friday, with Minshew completing intermediate passes efficiently in early 7-on-7 work. Minshew completed multiple touchdown passes in 7-on-7 red-zone work, including a nice touch pass to wide receiver Phillip Dorsett II in the corner of the end zone.
*Minshew also found wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. in the back of the end zone for a touchdown and wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr.in the front corner of the end zone for a touchdown. …
*Lawrence was accurate throughout practice, following his long pass to Camp by dropping in a 15-yard pass to tight end Tyler Davis and passing quickly into the flat to wide receiver Pharoh Cooper. …
*Lawrence was productive in 7-on-7 and team red-zone work, with a highlight play being a high-velocity throw to wide receiver Laquon Treadwell in the back of the end zone. …
*Lawrence also found tight end Tim Tebow for a touchdown in the corner of the end zone in red-zone work. …
*Rookie running back/wide receiver Travis Etienne Jr. continued to show good quickness and speed, turning a handoff into a touchdown run around the end in red-zone work. …
*Running back Dare Ogunbowale scored on a short touchdown run and capped the play with a quick dance. …
*Running back James Robinson continued a good start to camp with a touchdown run in red-zone work, and running back Nathan Cottrell scored on a touchdown run. …
*Quarterback C.J. Beathard threw multiple red-zone touchdown passes, including one to second-year receiver Collin Johnson and one to wide receiver Josh Hammond; Beathard had a long pass dropped in 7-on-7 work. …
No injuries were reported following Day 3.
*Defensive tackle Taven Bryan, linebacker Dylan Moses, kicker Aldrick Rosas wide receiver Jamal Agnew remained on the active/non-football injury list.
*Cornerbacks CJ Henderson and Chris Claybrooks remained on the COVID-19 reserve/list. Linebacker Leon Jacobs remained on the active/physically unable to perform list.