JACKSONVILLE – The sun was down, and the clouds were out.
That made Sunday night decidedly different than the first three days of Jaguars 2016 Training Camp – and that, of course, was the whole idea.
The Jaguars held their first night training-camp practice of Head Coach Gus Bradley's four-year tenure Sunday night at the practice fields adjacent to EverBank Field. The result was a much cooler practice than the first three days of training camp when temperatures were in the 90s and felt 10 degrees hotter.
"I was very pleased with the way the practice went," Bradley said Sunday evening after Day 4 of camp. "It was a good changeup. We talked to our players at the beginning of training camp: 'You'll see some changes in how we're going about it.' Today was one of those days."
The Jaguars worked for about two hours, five minutes in 82-degree temperatures that felt like 88. There also was a breeze throughout much of practice. Bradley said he would consider moving other practices to the evening.
"They really enjoyed it," Bradley said. "Sometimes when you practice in a [cooler] environment like this, you really can concentrate on your technique. I just think the changeup was very good."
Bradley said the Jaguars emphasized red zone Sunday.
"It will be really good tape to watch," he said.
The Jaguars worked in shoulder pads for a second consecutive day, also working one-on-one pass rush drills for a second consecutive day. Kelvin Beachum, returning from a torn anterior cruciate ligament sustained last season and competing with Luke Joeckel for the starting left tackle position, once again participated in team drills but not in one-on-one drills.
Joeckel worked at left guard and left tackle throughout team work, taking reps with the backups at left guard at times. Beachum, working fewer reps than Joeckel because the team continues to be cautious with his return, worked with the first team at guard and tackle.
Defensive tackle Malik Jackson looked good for a second consecutive day in pass rush drills, with defensive tackle Michael Bennett also flashing in that work.
Bradley on Sunday also praised quarterback Blake Bortles, who has looked more consistent and accurate during the first four days of this training camp than in his first two seasons.
"You're seeing first-hand the importance of continuity and being in the same system," Bradley said. "He definitely is owning more of it. He understands the protection and where the issues are and what he wants to attack. I'm feeling a guy who's more poised and more confident."
Jaguars players are off Monday, with a practice that's free and open to the public scheduled Tuesday at 10 a.m.
The Jaguars cleared the fans from the stands about midway through practice because of the threat of lightning, but were able to finish practice around 8:50 after a 6:45 start.
Wide receiver Marqise Lee missed a third consecutive practice, while running back T.J. Yeldon worked after sitting out Friday and Saturday.
Lee sustained what Bradley said was a mild hamstring injury on Day 1 of camp Thursday, the same day Yeldon sustained an ankle injury. Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. and defensive tackle Roy Miller had scheduled days off on Sunday.
Wide receiver Shaq Evans and linebacker Dan Skuta will be evaluated after sustaining unidentified injuries Sunday, Bradley said. Offensive lineman Luke Bowanko (ankle) and defensive end Jonathan Woodard remain on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
"Once he continues to get his feet wet, the sky's going to be the limit for him. At cornerback, you have to have confidence and I think his confidence is far beyond a rookie. He's past that curve."
--- Jaguars S Tashaun Gipson on rookie CB Jalen Ramsey
"I'd be lying if I said, 'We're going to be the '85 Bears [defensively].' At the same time, we truly can be a dominant defense with the guys we've got. We've got dominant guys on every level of the defense."
PLAY OF THE DAY
This came from James Sample during team work near the end of practice. Sample, working at strong safety behind starter Johnathan Cyprien, leaped to intercept a pass from backup quarterback Chad Henne. Sample returned the interception for a touchdown.
*Tight end Julius Thomas continued a good first few days of camp, catching two red-zone touchdowns – including a fade pass from Bortles. …
*Tight end Marcedes Lewis caught a long pass down the middle from Bortles and was knocked to the ground by Gipson. …
*Yeldon had a long run on the first play of run drills early in practice, and running backs Chris Ivory, Denard Robinson and Corey Grant all had long runs. …
*Cornerback Davon House had an interception in 7-on-7 red-zone drills. …