The news on linebacker Clint Ingram is good. Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said Ingram's sprained ankle is not of the high-ankle variety and Ingram is expected to be out of action for only a few days.
Most of what Del Rio told reporters following Monday morning's special teams-only practice was of a positive nature. Del Rio expressed satisfaction with most of what he witnessed from Saturday's 18-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins in what was both teams' preseason-opener.
"The quarterbacks were very sharp, I thought the receivers were solid and the defense in the first half was very strong," Del Rio said.
Starting quarterback Byron Leftwich completed seven of 10 passes for 78 yards, a one-yard touchdown, no interceptions and a 126.2 passer rating. Leftwich's only negatives were that he was sacked twice and hit hard helmet-to-helmet by Vonnie Holliday, who was flagged for roughing the passer.
Backup quarterback David Garrard was 12 of 16 for 153 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions and a 104.4 passer rating. Garrard completed his first seven and his last five passes, and his only negative was a pass he probably shouldn't have thrown that was nearly intercepted.
"Byron's been very sharp. David's been sharp. Lester (Ricard) made plays," Del Rio said.
Quinn Gray, third quarterback on the depth chart, has been bothered by a high-ankle sprain from the start of training camp. He returned to practice last week but the ankle went south on him late in the week and Gray did not make the trip to Miami.
"We're going to hold him out a couple of more days and let that ankle settle down … and give him a legitimate shot to compete," Del Rio said of Gray.
Tight end George Wrighster did not make the trip to Miami but Del Rio said he "should be back in full action."
Cornerback Scott Starks continues to recover from a broken bone in his hand that limits him to practice only. He is not expected to play this Saturday against visiting Tampa Bay.
"We are still in camp mode. There's still a ton of fundamental work that needs to be done," Del Rio said after sending his team into the third full week of training camp. A continuation of last week's heat wave was on hand to welcome the Jaguars back to the practice field on Monday morning.
"A little sloppy in some of the technique work across the board," Del Rio said of that which he witnessed in Miami that he didn't like. "We got back in some old habits or bad habits we just can't see. The anxiousness led to some sloppiness."
He was probably referring mostly to poor pass-protection by the offensive line.
"There are things we'll work on this week to make sure we do better. You'd like to see some of those things come up. How a person responds is critical," Del Rio said.
Another area of the team that may be of concern is depth at safety. The Jaguars worked out several free-agent safeties on a field adjacent to Monday's special teams work.