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Jaguars' Longest Training Camp Practice to Date Sets the Stage As 'Dog Days' Continue | Campservations: Day 10

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JACKSONVILLE – Jaguars 2023 Training Camp continued Sunday.

It was the 10th day of the second training camp under Head Coach Doug Pederson, featuring a padded practice at the Miller Electric Center. Each day throughout camp, four members of Jaguars Media – senior writer John Oehser, senior correspondent Brian Sexton, senior reporter/editor J.P. Shadrick and team reporter Kainani Stevens – will share an observation.

Here are Sunday's "campservations:"

John Oehser, Jaguars Senior Writer…

  • Sunday's practice wasn't "live," but it definitely was long and hot. That meant Head Coach Doug Pederson, who spoke of this Saturday/Sunday/Monday stretch as the "dog days" of '23 camp, got the adversity he wanted in a two-hour, twenty-minute practice in temperatures in the high 80s at the Miller Electric Center. How intense was Sunday? Running back Tank Bigsby lowered a shoulder on safety Andre Cisco early in an 11-on-11 drill and safety Ayo Oyelola hit running back Snoop Conner. Left tackle Walker Little said Pederson called the team together before Period Eight to talk about the chippiness. If you were looking for "edge," this practice had elements of it. Look for more Monday, when the Jaguars could have live periods on what could be camp's most physical day.

Brian Sexton, Jaguars Senior Correspondent …

  • Nose tackle DaVon Hamilton might not immediately come to mind when you think of Jaguars players who are hard to block. Hamilton is very difficult to block – or at least he has been since getting on the field in full pads last week. Six-feet-four, 335 pounds looks different on everyone. On Hamilton, it looks like a bulldozer pushing through the middle of the pile. Lost in the middle of a busy offseason was a rich new contract for the fourth-year veteran from Ohio State. He has been the most productive pass-rusher thus far in camp. When the talk turns to defense, it starts up front – but it starts with names such as Travon Walker, Josh Allen and Roy Robertson-Harris. All respect to those guys, who are also in the middle of productive training camps. As of Sunday, Hamilton is the best defensive lineman in camp thus far.

J.P. Shadrick, Jaguars Senior Report/Editor …

  • On arguably the hottest day of training camp so far, the first-team offense finished with a bang. With the ball at the three-yard line, quarterback Trevor Lawrence made a quick check at the line and found wide receiver Zay Jones in the back left corner of the end zone with a perfect throw on his final pass of the day. Lawrence's knowledge of the offense – and what the defense is trying to do, plus how to counter it – will be the greatest step in the right direction for this offense. Other key plays: cornerback Montaric Brown and safety Andrew Wingard each had a pass defensed on deep throws. One more padded day this week is coming up Monday.

Kainani Stevens, Jaguars Team Reporter/Producer ...

  • Camp's longest practice of camp thus far featured some extended looks at the offense. The progression from Lawrence is becoming clear. Lawrence is a team leader by the nature of his position, but he now seems to be backing that up with his experience. Wide receiver Christian Kirk remarked earlier in camp that he has witnessed "the light go on" with Lawrence. I have no doubt by the second half of the season Lawrence will be running the offensive portions of practice with little direction from Pederson. Now is the time of training camp where identity is formed and Lawrence has made his presence known.

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