OTAs Day 4: Foles misses for personal reasons

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JACKSONVILLE – Nick Foles didn’t practice Tuesday.

Foles, the Jaguars’ starting quarterback, missed Tuesday’s Day 4 of 2019 organized team activities for what Head Coach Doug Marrone called personal reasons.

“Nick’s been communicating; it’s a personal situation,” Marrone said Tuesday before OTA Day 4 practice at the Dream Finders Homes Practice Complex outside TIAA Bank Field.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Nick and his family. He knows, like anything else, that we’re here for him.”

Foles’ absence Tuesday left three quarterbacks practicing on OTA Day 4: rookie sixth-round draft selection Gardner Minshew; 2018 sixth-round draft selection Tanner Lee; and Alex McGough, a sixth-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks.

“The football part, we’ll just figure that out,” Marrone said. “My mind is on more so with what’s going on the outside. We’ll split it up, take reps and rotate them around.”

Foles signed with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent in mid-March and has participated in the team’s voluntary offseason program since mid-April. He attended all three days of the first week of OTAs last week.

Marrone also said the Jaguars will practice about a half hour less Tuesday than they did during the three practices on Week 1 of OTAs last week. Temperatures are expected to reach 96 degrees in Jacksonville Tuesday.

“Coming off four days where we had some time off … a lot of times as coaches we want to make sure we get the maximum stuff in game plan-wise,” Marrone said. “We’re always pushing, pushing, pushing. I think that we’ll get everything in. That’s not the problem.  

“You’ll see today that we’ll be out here for a little bit over an hour where normally we’re out there for a longer period of time. We’ll work our way back into it, have the day off tomorrow, then we’ll come back the next day and it will be a hard day.

“We’ll work hard there. Right now, the emphasis of what we’re trying to get done is, ‘Hey listen, it’s very difficult to be here. It’s very hot. We’ve got to get acclimated to that, and these are the things we want to get out here, we want to be practicing in it, so we can get used to it so we can use it as an advantage for ourselves, not only in the beginning of the year, but also at the end of the year.’”

Also, defensive Yannick Ngakoue, cornerback Jalen Ramsey, running back Albert Blue and linebacker Telvin Smith did not attend practice Tuesday. All offseason work, including OTAs, is voluntary with the exception of a three-day mandatory minicamp in mid-June.

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