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Camp snapshot: Day 13

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JACKSONVILLE – The heat won on Wednesday.

On a day when multiple players left practice with apparent heat-related issues, the Jaguars defense provided a different heat of their own, bringing pressures on third-down situations throughout 11-on-11 work while frustrating the rhythm of quarterback Trevor Lawrence and the operation of the offense with tackles for loss, sacks, interceptions and passes defensed throughout the two and a half hour session.

The offense also suffered key drops by receivers and, at least in one instance, a miscommunication in the backfield on a running play.

"It can be tough when you get in these periods when you're working third and medium-to-long every play and you're seeing every different type of pressure known to man," Lawrence said after Wednesday's practice at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville Knight Sports Campus. "You can't gameplan for it because they have everything in. Honestly, kudos to them (defense) for dialing it up today."

Lawrence added that seeing that type of pressure and defense on tape can help the offense adjust to constantly changing circumstances.

"In the game if they throw something at you that you didn't gameplan for, you know we've already seen it on the practice field," Lawrence said. "Just being able to watch that tape and all of us talk about it together; how we're going to protect it, what are our route adjustments, and also protection-wise, what would we rather be in versus certain looks. The more you can get of that the better – that's just going to help us.

"It wasn't our sharpest day offensively, but that's something I've learned: You've got to be focused on the next day – not worrying about what just happened, what happened yesterday – just focus on the next one."

TAYLOR ON OFFENSE

Focusing back to Friday's Preseason Week 1 game against the Browns, offensive coordinator Press Taylor liked what he saw from quarterback Trevor Lawrence and the starting offense – even with the opening play from scrimmage, a 32-yard completion from Lawrence to wide receiver Zay Jones, repped for the first time in pregame warmups.

"We had never repped that full speed; that's the beauty of preseason," Taylor said before Wednesday's practice. "Normally in a (practice) week you'd get that play in five, six, seven times and work it out.

"We kind of just said, 'Hey we want to do this.' They both, Trevor and Zay, were kind of like, "Well, we really haven't thrown that,' and I'm like, 'well let's get it in pregame (warmups), you don't have to run it, but I want to see the throw and we'll call it good.'"

In their first outing as a whole unit in the preseason, the starting offense had no pre-snap penalties, and few if any play-calling or communication issues.

"What I really liked was the communication, the operation of everything," Taylor said. "There were no pre-snap penalties, everything got off clearly, they communicated really well as a unit – the ones all did – and functioned well. You want to continue to see all the details: the ball security in the pocket, the ball handling with the running backs, the little details in their footwork of things we're working through."

The details and nuances of the new offense are on Lawrence's mind from now through the Kickoff Weekend game September 11 in Washington.

"The majority of the offense is in, we're always adding wrinkles, but as far as our scheme it's in," Lawrence said. "So, it's just mastering that with all the guys, all the timing, anticipation, talking through all the adjustments, every week just watching the film and then making the minor tweaks.

"We have a ton of practices before September 11, and we've got to make all of them count."

STANDING OUT

The defense led the way most of Wednesday's practice, with the first team posting numerous would-be sacks and passes defensed. A few highlights:

  • ·Cornerback Tyson Campbell continues to show well in training camp, and he posted at least four passes defensed Wednesday in both 11-on-11 and seven-on-seven work.
  • ·Trevor Lawrence was intercepted a few times Wednesday: Safety Rayshawn Jenkins in an early 11-on-11 session intercepted a high Lawrence pass over the middle; cornerback Chris Claybrooks intercepted Lawrence late in practice in the front-right corner of the end zone.
  • In an early 11-on-11 period, Lawrence hit wide receiver Christian Kirk 20 yards downfield for a catch-and-run touchdown of about 45 yards
  • Ben Bartch started practice at left guard with the first team, the first practice that he has started with the first team, but he later left practice with apparent heat-related issues.

INJURY WATCH

With a temperature of 89 degrees with 68 percent humidity, the real-feel temperature was near 100 degrees in the bright sunshine Wednesday. Around 10 players left practice for apparent heat-related issues and spent time in the cool tent off to the side.

Rookie inside linebacker Devin Lloyd (hamstring) continues to build toward a return to 11-on-11 work. Running back James Robinson (Achilles) worked in some team reps around the goal line. Robinson was still wearing a red non-contact jersey. Cornerback Darious Williams continues to get team work, but he is also wearing a red non-contact jersey.

NOTABLE I

Third-year kicker Ryan Santoso was seven-of-eight on field goals in an early special teams period and was later good twice from the mid-40s in a late team period. Santoso is the lone kicker on the Jaguars' roster after the team waived/injured first-year kicker Elliott Fry Monday. "He's got elite leg strength," Farwell said of Santoso, who is listed at 6-feet-5 and 258 pounds. "That's hard to find across this league with not only kickoffs but field goals as well. Great leg strength, accuracy is improving, he's doing a good job for us. So, we're happy where he's at." Santoso made one of two field goal attempts this preseason, making a 38-yarder against the Browns last week, and missing from 60 yards against the Raiders in the Hall of Fame Game. "He's doing a really good job, but the reality is every single one of these guys are competing against all these other rosters," special teams coordinator Heath Farwell said. "We're going to keep taking a look across the league, but right now he's our guy and let's see what he does with it."

NOTABLE II

Offensive coordinator Press Taylor said that he enjoys working from the coaches' box instead of the field, though the process of finding the best position for him on gameday continues. "We may still work through it a lot, but I do like being upstairs in the box a little bit. I can spread everything out, I can clear my mind a little bit more, it's quiet, it's calm up there. I enjoy being up there, I'll probably be up there again this week and continue to feel it out and do what's right for us."

PRACTICE SITE

The Jaguars are practicing on the Episcopal sports campus while construction continues on the Miller Electric Center adjacent to TIAA Bank Field. That facility is projected to be complete by 2023 training camp. The Jaguars' final practice at Episcopal is scheduled for Thursday, and the team will finish the preseason and training camp on the game field at TIAA Bank Field and in the Dream Finders Homes Flex Field at Daily's Place.

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