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Miller Electric Center Welcomes Day 1 of Jaguars 2023 Training Camp | Campservations

July 26, 2023 Training Camp Campservations-Day 1

JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars opened 2023 Training Camp Wednesday.

It was the first day of the second training camp under Head Coach Doug Pederson, featuring an non-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 Wednesday's "campservations:"

John Oehser, Jaguars Senior Writer…

  • The new Miller Electric Center is as advertised: State of the art and functional, it's a major upgrade for all – players, football operations, coaches, fans and media. That's Day One's off-field takeaway. On the field, it was impossible to ignore wide receiver Calvin Ridley. The veteran who last played for the Atlanta Falcons in October 2021 not only showed no signs of a year-and-half layoff Wednesday, he looked like the best player on the field. All three of his receptions showed the athleticism and playmaking ability that has many believing he can make an immediate, major impact on an offense that ranked 10th in the NFL in yards and points last season. "Ridley? He's a dog," outside linebacker Josh Allen said. "That was great to see Day One, to show people who you are. For him to sit out the last year or two … let's see that. To see that today, it's just the beginning."

Brian Sexton, Jaguars Senior Correspondent …

  • The wide receivers are ridiculously talented. Ridley moves as if on rails and breaks routes off so suddenly defensive backs are almost left standing and watching. I spent most of Wednesday's practice following the first guy to wear the number 0 in teal (Ridley) and it was thoroughly entertaining. We already knew about wide receivers Christian Kirk and Zay Jones; they look primed and ready to be even more explosive in Year Two with quarterback Trevor Lawrence in Head Coach Doug Pederson's offense. Now, add rookie Parker Washington – whose feet were blazing fast on the ladders in individual drills, and who is crafty and clever running routes – and Jamal Agnew, and I'm not sure the Jaguars have ever had five receivers this athletic. Lawrence smiled knowingly when asked about it in his post-practice news conference.

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

  • The MEC is real and it is spectacular. From the fans spinning underneath the roof in the grandstand to the amenities for fans, to the field surface, and certainly to the main building itself, this is a football factory – as it was designed. Also real and spectacular: Ridley. Pederson said before practice Ridley was full-go heading into training camp, and it showed. His crisp route-running and stop-and-start ability are top level in the NFL, and he single-handedly could change the entire dynamic of this offense with his big-play threat outside – even if it opens more windows for Kirk, Jones and tight Evan Engram and all the rest. Great first day.

Kainani Stevens, Jaguars Team Reporter/Producer ...

  • Day 1 of training camp at Miller Electric Center allowed fans to see the Jaguars up close and personal for the first time since last season. While the venue change was the star of the show, Ridley served as runner-up. His athleticism and agility cannot be overstated, and are something to behold with your own eyes. I suggest fans find a way to come and see it in person for themselves.

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