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First Off the Field: Getting real

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Jacksonville Jaguars players run sprints during an NFL football workout, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

JACKSONVILLE – Things started getting real Friday.

After an offseason conducted virtually with no on-field work, and after several weeks of walkthrough-type practices, the Jaguars on Friday did their first team drills of 2020 Training Camp at the Dream Finders Homes Practice Complex.

The Jaguars practiced for close to two hours in 87-degree temperatures Friday.

Quarterback Gardner Minshew II and the first-team offense did extensive team work against the first-team defense in two extended periods, and the starters also worked against one another in an extended seven-on-seven period.

This marked the first time under NFL rules the Jaguars had been able to work in such competitive, team-oriented situations during this training camp. Camp's early weeks were conducted in what the NFL and NFL Players Association negotiated to be a ramp-up period to allow players to work their way into football shape after COVID-19 prevented on-field work in the offseason program.

Here's a look at Friday's practice:

PLAY OF THE DAY

This is a big camp for Minshew, and he looked good through much of practice Friday – particularly on deep passes. Minshew, entering this camp as the starter after taking over for Week 1 starter Nick Foles and going 6-6 as a starter last season, hit on two well-timed accurate deep passes in an early seven-on-seven drill. But the biggest play of the day came in a late team session, with Minshew throwing deep to second-year wide receiver D.J. Chark – who made a twisting, over-the-shoulder reception on the sideline with third-year cornerback Tre Herndon in tight coverage. The play was good for a 30-yard gain, after which Minshew pumped his fists and slapped hands with left tackle Cam Robinson.

STANDING OUT

*Second-year safety Andrew Wingard intercepted an overthrown pass from Minshew to tight end Tyler Eifert in team drills. …

*Fourth-year running back Leonard Fournette looked strong and fast throughout practice, breaking multiple long runs and showing good cuts at the line of scrimmage. …

*Chark had a nice two-handed catch over the middle in seven-on-seven work, and also caught a deep pass from Minshew in seven-on-seven drills. …

*Defensive end/linebacker Aaron Lynch broke up a pass from reserve quarterback Mike Glennon. …

*Glennon had a long completion to wide receiver Chris Conley over rookie cornerback Luq Barcoo in team drills. …

*Reserve quarterback Josh Dobbs had a nice completion to wide receiver Josh Hammond on a deep in in team drills. …

*Rookie wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. also caught a deep pass down the sideline from Minshew in seven-on-seven drills. …

*Running back Devine Ozigbo had several strong runs in team drills, as did running back James Robinson. …

*Running back Chris Thompson turned a short pass from Minshew into a long gain in team drills. …

INJURY WATCH

Tight end James O'Shaughnessy (knee) practiced after working on the side Thursday; O'Shaughnessy's lighter day Thursday was a planned part of his camp schedule as he returns from a torn anterior cruciate ligament that kept him out the final 11 games last season. Linebacker Quincy Williams remains out with a core muscle injury that Head Coach Doug Marrone said Thursday could keep the second-year veteran out for "some time." Rookie linebacker/defensive end K'Lavon Chaisson worked on the side for a third consecutive day because of a minor hamstring issue. Defensive lineman Rodney Gunter remains on the active/non-football illness list.

NOTABLE

*Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue remains away from the team, not having signed the franchise tag the team placed on him this past offseason. Having not signed the tag means Ngakoue is not under contract and his absence therefore does not violate NFL rules. Ngakoue can either sign the tag and play for the Jaguars on a one-year deal or not play in the NFL this season. …

*Three players remain on the team's reserve/COVID-19 list: running back Ryquell Armstead, offensive lineman Tre'Vour Wallace-Simms and offensive lineman Ryan Pope. Reserve/COVID-19 is a new reserve category created by the NFL for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons. …

*Defensive lineman Josh Mauro and cornerback Tramaine Brock, both of whom signed with the team earlier this week, both practiced for the first time Friday after clearing COVID-19 testing. …

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