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First Off the Field: Short work caps rain-shortened day


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JACKSONVILLE – Whatever the venue, this wasn't to be.

As a result of rain and lightning, what was to be an open practice at a local high school instead became a short, closed practice under gray, wet skies in downtown Jacksonville.

The Jaguars, after cancelling a scheduled practice at Mandarin High School because of lightning, practiced for a little more than a half hour at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields Monday night before calling practice around 7:40.

"We pushed it as far as we could go until the weather kept us," Bradley said.

Bradley apologized to those with tickets for the Mandarin event.

"Hopefully, we can do it another time," he said.

The Jaguars, who will have a scheduled off day Tuesday as mandated by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, worked some special teams and individual drills Monday but were unable to get into team pass or run drills.

"We'll have to readjust our install from here on out," he said, "but we'll adjust to it."

Bradley said the original plan around 7:40 was to delay practice, but nearby lightning was expected to linger long enough to make continuing practice unrealistic.

Bradley said overall through four days of 2015 Training Camp the Jaguars continue to "have a lot of work to do in all three phases."

"But I think what I'm most excited about is how they came back and ready to go," Bradley said. "You never start where you left off. I don't think you ever have that mentality, but it was good that a lot of the things you had in OTAs (organized team activities) and minicamp transferred over to training camp."


Defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks (knee) and safety James Sample (arm) remained on the physically unable to perform list with running back Storm Johnson on the active non-football illness list. Defensive end Chris Clemons remained on the active non-football injury list. 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.


*Wide receiver Marqise Lee was not practicing full Monday, with Bradley saying he made a decision to rest the second-year wide receiver. The Jaguars utilize GPS systems to monitor player workload, and Bradley said Lee had a higher workload than other receivers the first three days of practice. "His GPS numbers the last two days were really high," Bradley said. "It was more precautionary on my part." …

*Defensive tackle Roy Miller was given a veterans day off for a second consecutive day. He began camp limited after offseason knee surgery. "We just need him to give it a rest and see where he comes back," Bradley said.

*Bradley said he doesn't expect Clemons or Johnson to participate in practice Wednesday, adding that there is no timetable for the pair to begin practicing. …

*Cornerback Dwayne Gratz missed Monday's practice with tightness in his calf. …

*Bradley said left tackle Luke Joeckel's confidence appears to be "growing with every practice. He's a really competitive person, so it's not surprising to us as a coaching staff." …

The Jaguars held an abbreviated practice at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields on Monday.

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