JACKSONVILLE – Camp wrapped Wednesday – the open part, anyway.
And on the final day of 2015 Training Camp open to the public, the Jaguars went light – relatively light, anyway.
Eleven days into camp and two days before the preseason opener, the Jaguars on Wednesday held their final open practice of '15 camp in shorts, using the day to rest some veteran and injured players. They also used it to do just a little preparation for Friday's preseason opener.
"It was a good day today," Head Coach Gus Bradley said early Wednesday afternoon after the Jaguars worked for about two hours, 20 minutes in 91-degree temperatures at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness practice fields.
"We took the pads off of them, and did a little bit of situations."
The Jaguars will play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday at EverBank Field in the 2015 preseason opener. The team focused one period on the Steelers, but spent most of Wednesday's practice working on themselves.
"The rest was back to fine-tuning and install things," Bradley said, adding that the Jaguars also worked on short-yardage situations Wednesday.
Defensive end Jared Odrick and defensive tackle Roy Miller remained out of practice with knee injuries, and wide receiver Neal Sterling (hamstring) and cornerback Peyton Thompson (hamstring) also remained out. Cornerback Dwayne Gratz (calf) returned on a limited basis after being out for the last week and a half. Bradley said he's not sure yet if Gratz will play against Pittsburgh.
Rookie running back T.J. Yeldon worked for a third consecutive day in a red non-contact jersey. He strained a finger on his left hand in Saturday's scrimmage at EverBank Field and Bradley said he's considered day to day.
Wide receiver Marqise Lee also remained out of practice and is not expected to play against Pittsburgh.
Tight end Clay Harbor, defensive end Tyson Alualu, middle linebacker Paul Posluszny and defensive end Andre Branch had veterans days off Wednesday.
Bradley said the coaching staff will meet Wednesday night to determine playing time and rotation for the Steelers game. A decision on if and how much to play injured players also will be made at that time.
The Jaguars will hold a walkthrough practice later Wednesday afternoon. They will practice again Thursday in a walkthrough practice that is closed to the public.
Defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks (knee) and safety James Sample (arm) remained on the Physically Unable to Perform list with defensive end Chris Clemons on the active non-football injury list. None is expected to play Friday. Rookie defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. is expected to be placed on injured reserve with a torn anterior cruciate ligament shortly before the regular season.
PLAY OF THE DAY
This came in the day's final period, a red-zone offense drill that featured several impressive catches. The best may have come on one of the final plays, when second-year wide receiver Allen Robinson went over cornerback Aaron Colvin and caught a touchdown in the corner of the end zone. It was the sort of play expected from Robinson, a physical, high-point catch over a defender in tight coverage. Wide receiver Tony Washington had a leaping catch in the end zone a few players earlier in the drill. There were few highlights otherwise on a light practice day.