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First off the field: WR Marqise Lee sustains mild injury



JACKSONVILLE – This was news Marqise Lee didn't want. Not again.

The Jaguars didn't want it, either, but Lee and Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley both said the hamstring injury that kept the third-year wide receiver out of Jaguars 2016 Training Camp Day 2 practice Friday isn't considered long-term or serious.

"You never want to sit out, but it's no big thing," Lee said early Friday afternoon following a two-and-half-hour practice in 92-degree temperatures that felt like 100 at the practice fields adjacent to EverBank Field.

"That's the biggest thing – I felt it a little bit as far as a little fatigue. I relayed it a little over to Gus and them and they decided to shut me down. We don't want to rush it. I just have to sit back and do what they want me to do."

Lee sustained the injury Thursday in the first practice of camp. Bradley said the injury is considered mild hamstring strain.

"He was out here; you saw him jogging around," Bradley said "It's not going to be an extended period of time; it's that type of injury. We're going to be cautious with it and make sure we do our due diligence."

Lee, a second-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, has dealt with a variety of injuries in two seasons. He worked full throughout the 2016 offseason, participating in all organized team activities and minicamp practices for the first time in two NFL offseasons.

The hope was that he would remain healthy in training camp and continue the progress he made in the offseason when he had looked as explosive, fast and consistent as at any time in his time with the Jaguars.

Lee said this injury "isn't as serious at all" as past hamstring issues with which he has dealt. He said he felt a bit of fatigue in the hamstring after an end-around run early in practice Thursday.

"I know how important this is as far as my process of coming back," Lee said. "I don't want anything to prolong it. I have an opportunity to slow it down. It's not like we play tomorrow. I have some time. I'm not worried."

Also Friday, Kelvin Beachum took repetitions in team drills with the Jaguars for the first time.

Beachum, who signed with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent from the Pittsburgh Steelers in March, spent the offseason rehabilitating a torn anterior cruciate ligament sustained in Week 6 of last season. He worked in individual drills Thursday in Day 1 of training camp.

Beachum as expected worked at both left tackle and left guard on Friday, as did Luke Joeckel. The two are competing for the starting left tackle position, and the player who doesn't win the left tackle position may play left guard.

Bradley called Friday's practice "outstanding" for the defense.

"It was a very, very good day," Bradley said of the defense. "We talk about starting fast. The first couple of plays of most periods, they got the ball out."

Bradley said the defense got the ball out of the hands of the defense six or seven times Friday.

"We just didn't take care of the ball," Bradley said of the offense. "That will be the big message to the team."

Friday's practice was free and open to the public. The Jaguars will have another practice Saturday at 10 a.m. free and open to the public.


Take a look at images from the first day of training camp.


In addition to Lee, running back T.J. Yeldon also missed practice on Friday.

Yeldon, a second-year veteran expected to split carries with unrestricted free agent Chris Ivory, was held out with a right ankle injury. As is the case with Lee, Yeldon's injury is considered mild and Bradley said his status is considered day to day.

Offensive lineman Luke Bowanko (hip) and defensive end Jonathan Woodard (Achilles) remain on the Physically Unable to Perform list.


The highlight of the day came midway through practice in the first team drill. That was when veteran wide receiver Arrelious Benn leapt high for a pass and won the ball over cornerback Davon House. The cornerback had good coverage on the play, and House had his hands on the ball, but Benn caught the loose ball as he fell to the ground for a 40-yard completion from starting quarterback Blake Bortles.


*Wide receiver Rashad Greene had a nice catch near the sideline midway through practice. …

*Wide receiver Allen Hurns had a one-handed reception on a short pass to the right sideline from Bortles late in practice. …

*Ivory showed good speed on a long run over the right side of the line in team drills midway through practice. …

*Wide receiver Allen Robinson had a nice catch on the sideline for a second consecutive day.

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