JACKSONVILLE – Jaguars 2022 Training Camp continued Thursday, but for the final time at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville Knight Sports Campus.
It was the 14th day of the first training camp under Head Coach Doug Pederson, featuring no pads for an hour and a half practice. Each day throughout camp, members of Jaguars Media – senior correspondent Brian Sexton, senior reporter/editor J.P. Shadrick and reporter/host Ashlyn Sullivan – will share an observation.
Here are Thursday's "campservations:"
Brian Sexton, Jaguars Senior Correspondent…
There wasn't a lot of action at the final practice at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville Thursday. The team worked in shells in advance of Saturday evening's game against the Steelers and you see sense the offense laboring a bit to get back into a rhythm after a less than stellar practice on Wednesday. You must hand it to a defense that offers clues that they're coming together and firing on all cylinders. They've challenged Trevor Lawrence and company on every snap this summer, and that has to help them as they work to get ready for the Washington Commanders and the start of the regular season on September 11. Two more days in the sun in Atlanta await after the Steelers and those sessions will be critical for Doug Pederson's final evaluation of his roster.
J.P. Shadrick, Jaguars Senior Reporter/Editor …
There is plenty to focus upon with special teams units, but coordinator Heath Farwell said last week that the unit he watches most closely is punt protection. If that group fails, then punts are blocked and games turn instantly. Also, if the Jaguars offense bogs at the middle of the field, it's a safe bet that punter Logan Cooke is going to leave the other team inside the five-yard line. He did it over and over again Thursday while coverage units worked on downing the ball. Many times, they did not even have to, as it either rested inside the five-yard line or bounced out of bounds. I'm also curious to see how much time Laviska Shenault Jr. gets this week, both as a receiver and as a punt/kick returner. He might not be in the starting three with Christian Kirk, Zay Jones and Marvin Jones Jr. likely leading the way, but there could be other roles for him in the offense or on special teams. The only way to find out what a player can do with the ball in his hands: get him on the field with the ball in his hands. How he performs Saturday in his first preseason action this year might show us a lot.
Ashlyn Sullivan, Jaguars Team Reporter…
After a brutal day of camp on Wednesday, Thursday was a much lighter day in no pads as the Jaguars bid farewell to the Episcopal School of Jacksonville. The team will now get ready for their third preseason game against the Steelers Saturday night and then will travel to Atlanta for joint practices with the Falcons next week. Lawrence and the offense looked more in sync today, and not being in pads certainly helped with that. Lawrence had a couple of nice completions to receiver Zay Jones, a daily trend in training camp. Head Coach Doug Pederson mentioned the starters will go into the second quarter on Saturday and we can expect them to play more in this game than any other preseason game.
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