JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars started looking to the preseason opener Monday. At least a bit.
As they did, wide receiver Marqise Lee participated close to full speed in practice for the first time since the first day of training camp – with Lee's return highlighting Day 10 of Jaguars 2016 Training Camp Monday.
"He went through the whole thing and looked pretty good," Head Coach Gus Bradley after the Jaguars worked for about two hours in 84-degree temperatures that felt like 91 at the practice fields adjacent to EverBank Field.
Lee had missed seven consecutive practices with a hamstring injury before working in individual work Sunday.
"It's great to get back," Lee said. "It's good to be out there with teammates. I was a little rusty, but it felt good."
Lee, who started all four preseason games as a rookie, did not play in the preseason last season. That was one of several stretches in the offseason and training camp he has missed since being selected in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Lee said he wants to play in the preseason opener against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Thursday.
"I'm thinking about playing," Lee said. "I want to. I don't know at this point honestly to tell you the truth, because I look to the coaches. Today was a light day – two or three plays per period. Either way, just being out there is amazing."
Images from Monday's training camp practice.
Bradley on Monday said the team will decide who plays and how much on Tuesday night.
"We'll see how he recovers today and then make a decision from there," Bradley said, adding that Lee potentially could miss practice Tuesday to gauge recovery.
Aldo on Monday, offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum worked on the side in full pads for a second consecutive day as the team continues to be cautious in his return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament sustained in Week 6 last season with Pittsburgh. He is expected to compete with Luke Joeckel at left tackle upon his return.
Joeckel continued to work extensively at left guard in Beachum's absence, with Josh Wells working at left tackle. Joeckel also took first-team repetitions at left tackle with Wells at guard.
Bradley called Monday's work "a good practice," and said the team spent one period preparing for Thursday's preseason opener. Bradley said most of this week's practice will continue to be "training-camp" mode with work focusing on the Jaguars.
"We're not going to put a lot of concentrated effort as far as game plan – just an introduction -… a period here and a period tomorrow [Tuesday],'' Bradley said.
Bradley said the Jaguars emphasized one-on-one work Monday.
"This was I believe our third one on ones," he said. "We really need that work with the wide receivers, the DBs [defensive backs] and the O [offensive] line and D [defensive] line."
Defensive end Jared Odrick (foot) and defensive tackle Malik Jackson (ankle) both missed practice Monday. Neither injury is thought to be long-term.
Center Brandon Linder (groin) worked some individual work and rookie defensive tackle Sheldon Day (back) missed a third consecutive practice. Wide receiver Allen Robinson, defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. and running back Chris Ivory had planned off days.
Offensive lineman Luke Bowanko (ankle) and defensive end Jonathan Woodard (Achilles) remain on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
PLAY OF THE DAY
The play of the day came on the final play of practice, with backup quarterback Chad Henne throwing a quick out to reserve wide receiver Arrelious Benn. The veteran caught the pass on the left sideline, then outran the defense – including rookie linebacker Myles Jack – to the end zone for a 70-yard touchdown reception.
*Wide receiver Bryan Walters caught several passes in the middle of the field, continuing a consistent, productive training camp. …
*Rookie wide receiver Jamal Robinson continued to impress, making a spectacular one-handed catch on the right sideline during one-on-one drills. …
*Running back T.J. Yeldon had a nice run around the right side of the line early in practice. …
*Cornerback Prince Amukamara had a pass breakup in team drills late in practice. …
*Second-year tight end Neal Sterling had a 20-yard reception down the left seam late in practice. …
*Tight end Julius Thomas had a 20-yard reception from quarterback Blake Bortles early in practice. …