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Campservations: Day 12


JACKSONVILLE – Jaguars 2022 Training Camp continued Monday.

It was the 12th day of the first training camp under Head Coach Doug Pederson, featuring a full-pads practice with live hitting under the lights at TIAA Bank Field. Each day throughout camp, members of Jaguars Media – senior writer John Oehser, senior correspondent Brian Sexton, senior reporter/editor J.P. Shadrick and reporter/host Ashlyn Sullivan – will share an observation.

Here are Monday's "campservations:"

John Oehser, Jaguars Senior Writer…

A few things stood out Monday night. One was the intensity. Another was that quarterback Trevor Lawrence continues to look more comfortable and confident in his second NFL training camp, his first in Head Coach Doug Pederson's offense. The third is that Zay Jones continues to be the Jaguars' standout receiver over the last few weeks. This is no knock on wide receiver Christian Kirk, who – like Jones – signed with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent in March. Kirk, who missed time last week with an ankle injury, returned Monday and continues to appear to be a receiver on whom Lawrence will be able to rely. Jones has shown in recent weeks to be equally as consistent and reliable, catching two passes for 47 yards against the Cleveland Browns in a Preseason Week 1 loss Friday. Jones continued to get open reliably Monday, catching a touchdown pass from Lawrence and making multiple plays on underneath and intermediate routes. The Kirk/Jones duo looks good thus far in '22 camp. Very good, in fact.

Brian Sexton, Jaguars Senior Correspondent…

I admit I was surprised at the intensity of practice Monday evening. It's not close to what it was like 25 years ago, but it's not something we usually see in the NFL in 2022. Most coaches run their training camps like passing camps; everything is about timing and precision. But not Pederson, at least not on Monday night. I cringed the first time defensive linemen Roy Robertson-Harris and DaVon Hamilton brought running back Travis Etienne Jr. to the ground – and then the second and third. Then, finally, I remembered its football. I appreciate a coach doing what he must do – even if it doesn't seem like the prudent thing with a football team in August. They weren't reckless. There was a plan and they stuck to it, but it was fully live and it was fun to watch. He did it after the Hall of Fame Game and the results were undeniable. I'm anxious to see the Jaguars against a team that sets the standard for physical play on Saturday night.

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

Hall of Fame Head Coach John Madden had three rules: 1, Be on time; 2, Pay attention; 3, Play like hell when I tell you to. Pederson might have a few more, but it feels like he's seeing the results of rule No. 3 in return from his team. When Pederson turned a few practice periods into live contact Monday night, the team responded with another intense practice. Yes, there was a small skirmish, and yes, the hard-hitting escalated after that, but that's what happens with competitive people in battles for their livelihood. Pederson has built-in added periods of rest and recuperation in his long-since scheduled training camp, but when he asks for something in return – an intense practice – he seems to get it. That's a great sign of Pederson and the coaching staff continuing to earn the trust of the players.

Ashlyn Sullivan, Jaguars Team Reporter…

The defense must have listened to what we all were saying about the final three quarters in the second preseason game against the Browns a few days ago. While the starters played well in that game, the second and third team defense gave up 24 unanswered points. Monday's practice under the stadium lights proved the defense knows the depth must improve. The defense basically roughed up the offense the entire practice and things were definitely getting chippy. We have seen the trend where a live practice can bring out that intensity. Lawrence had another great night, completing 16-of-20 passes in 11-on-11 period from what I counted; he would have had even more completions if tight Evan Engram caught two passes from Lawrence thrown his way. Engram had a rough practice; he stayed alone on the practice field catching balls from Lawrence and running sprints on his own. Monday was also the first time we saw running back James Robinson taking a few snaps in seven-on-seven, though he didn't catch a pass. Pederson confirmed Robinson will not play against the Steelers this weekend.

On the 12th day of Training Camp, HC Doug Pederson shook things up. Not only was it the first-night practice for the Jaguars, but it was held at TIAA Bank Field. The lights were low and the hits were hard. Click through to see the best photos.

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