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First off the field: Tough night in pads


JACKSONVILLE – The pads came on, and that was good.

The Jaguars on Saturday evening held their third full practice of 2017 Training Camp – the first in full pads – and worked for two-and-a-half hours in front of 4,105 season-ticket members on a perfect night in terms of weather on the practice fields adjacent to EverBank Field.

The practice was the Jaguars' first padded work of '17 camp, and the first padded work under Head Coach Doug Marrone.

That was the positive.

Not as positive was the performance of quarterback Blake Bortles, who threw five interceptions during the evening – two in an early 7-on-7 drill and three more in full-team, 11-on-11 drills.

"Anytime someone doesn't perform to what you want to do, you're concerned about it," Marrone said afterward. "He's not the only one who's out there. There were some good things."

Marrone noted that Saturday also was the first time the Jaguars had worked on third-down packages during '17 camp.

"We're going to look at him, and look at those plays," Marrone said of Bortles. "If there are struggles, things we don't like, obviously we're going to be smart enough to throw that crap out. … We'll go ahead and look at it.
We're going to back and look at it from a different view, see what he was thinking.''

Linebacker Telvin Smith had an interception off Bortles in a late 11-on-11 drill that he returned for a touchdown, and safety Tashaun Gipson had an early interception. Third-year cornerback Tyler Patmon intercepted Bortles twice and linebacker Josh McNary also had an interception.

Marrone was asked afterward if he offered Bortles any advice during the evening, or told him to "keep his head up."

"If I have to do that now, we're in big trouble," Marrone said.

A look at the rest of Day 3 of Jaguars 2017 Training Camp:

*Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. had a strong start to padded work on Saturday, looking good in one-on-one pass rush drills and winning three of his repetitions during the period. …

*Quarterback Chad Henne also had a pass intercepted on Saturday. Linebacker Hayes Pullard III caught a deflection for the interception. …

*Cornerback A.J. Bouye continued a strong early start to training camp. The unrestricted-free-agent-signee had a pass defensed, and has had at least one pass defensed every day in camp thus far. …

*Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue also continued a strong early start to camp, registering a sack early in an 11-on-11 drill. …

*Rookie running back Leonard Fournette had a long run in 11-on-11 drills, taking a handoff and charging through the right side of the defense for what could have been a 60-yard touchdown. …

The big play came from wide receiver Marqise Lee, who leaped high over a cornerback on a pass from Bortles and made a 40-yard reception during team drills. Lee along with the Jaguars' other wide receivers – particularly Allen Robinson – have looked strong early in camp. Lee later in practice stood out in an 11-on-11 drill, catching three passes including a 20-yarder on which he broke wide open toward the sideline for a pass from Bortles.

"It's going to extremely tough – not just on players; the coaches have to do a hell of a job, too. It's going to be tough on them. They have to get after it, and the players have to get after it. I've got to do a good job. … Next week will be a hard week.''

--Marrone on five consecutive full contact practices in pads next week

Cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and Aaron Colvin missed practice for a third consecutive day and remain on the physically unable to perform list. Rookie fullback Marquez Williams also is on the PUP list and missed a third consecutive day Saturday..

*Veteran left tackle Branden Albert worked with the starters at left tackle Saturday. He and Cam Robinson have alternated days working with the ones at the position, with Albert working with the first team on Day 1 of camp Thursday and Robinson working with the ones Friday. …

*Third-year veteran left guard Tyler Shatley also worked with the first-team offensive line Saturday. He has worked with the first team all three days of training camp, as have center Brandon Linder, right guard A.J. Cann and right tackle Jermey Parnell. …

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