Skip to main content

Jaguars News | Jacksonville Jaguars -

Trevor Lawrence Reflects on "Fiery" Joint Practices With Lions | Camp Snapshot, Day 17

0817 Camp Snapshot - Second

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – This was a good week, a productive week.

And although it wasn't a game, Trevor Lawrence said this week's work against the Detroit Lions was in a very real sense equally important.

"I think it's great; in some ways, I think it's better," he said.

The Jaguars' third-year quarterback spoke Thursday following the second of two joint practices in as many days against the Detroit Lions at the Lions' practice facility. The teams this week worked extensive 11-on-11 drills with each team's first team offense working often against the other team's first-team defense.

"There was a lot to learn from," Lawrence said. "There was a lot of good and a lot of bad in the last two days. To watch the tape and have this will be really valuable for us."

Lawrence was intercepted once in team work on deep pass Thursday, and was also effective for a second consecutive day with receivers – particularly in red-zone work. He said Thursday the offense as a whole enters the final two preseason games with "some things to clean up procedurally."

"We have to be cleaner," he said. "We have to be more detailed and more consistent. Too many little mental errors. Me as well. It's all of us. We have to be more consistent. Our highs are great. We just have to eliminate some of the lows. That's going to be a big thing for us.

"We're getting better. We don't play for a few more weeks. We have time. But that's the one big takeaway."

Jaguars Head Coach Doug Pederson and Lions Head Coach Dan Campbell structured this week's practices in controlled closed fashion to work on specific areas. Thursday featured extensive team work, special teams work and finished with both teams' first- and second-team offenses working a two-minute drill against the opposing first- and second-team defenses.

"You get to really hand pick the situations you do," Lawrence said. "It's hard in preseason because you don't know which situations are going to come up and how much you're going to play. I thought it was a good week for us situationally to go against another team, another defense.

"We've been seeing our defense all camp. We got to go against another squad that we hadn't seen all their stuff. To get a chance to work against that was good for us."

Thursday's practice for a second consecutive day featured multiple post-practice skirmishes when the Lions' first-team defense faced the Jaguars' first-team offense.

"They talk a lot, but we expected that coming in," Jaguars wide receiver Jamal Agnew said. "It was good work, for sure. That's just us checking each other like, 'Hey man, that was a little too far.' They never got any further than a little shoving and trash talking, but that's just how joint practices are."

Lawrence called Thursday's practice "fiery" at times.

"That's what this game's about," Lawrence said. "I thought it was good. It was really competitive. We were battling. You love to see that. It was cool to see. To see that competitiveness out of everybody was great.

"It makes it fun. With [cornerback] Chauncey [Gardner-Johnson] over there, you get plenty of that. You get a lot of doses of the talking. It was fun. It was really intense. It didn't cross the line too many times. That's the big thing. You still want to protect each other.

"These aren't games. Everyone is trying to get to the fall where the games mean something."

WR Zay Jones (7)


  • Day 2 of joint practices between the Lions and Jaguars was a day without pads – and it was also a day without quite the number of highlights as Day 1's intense, padded work. Wide receiver Calvin Ridley, as he has been throughout Jaguars 2023 Training Camp, was effective and had a particularly productive session late Thursday in an 11-on-11 drill. Ridley caught three passes for a total of 35-to-40 yards in a five-play sequence, continuing to build chemistry with Lawrence in the duo's first training camp together.


  • Jaguars rookie right tackle Anton Harrison continued to look good in early one-on-one pass rush drills; he did not participate in team drills Thursday…
  • Backup quarterback C.J. Beathard had a nice 45-yard completion to wide receiver Tim Jones in early 11-on-11 work…
  • Defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris had a would-be sack in team drills…
  • Wide receiver Zay Jones had a one-handed reception on a pass from Lawrence that was nullified by penalty away from the reception; Jones had a 25-yard reception later in practice…
  • Jaguars running backs D'Ernest Johnson and Snoop Conner both had productive runs in 11-on-11 work…


  • Defensive lineman Dawuane Smoot (Achilles) remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list to start camp
  • Long snapper Ross Matiscik (shoulder) remained out of practice after being injured in Preseason Week 1 last Saturday
  • Defensive lineman Foley Fatukasi, safety Antonio Johnson and offensive tackle Josh Wells all were ruled out for Saturday's game after sustaining unidentified injuries in practice Wednesday
  • Harrison practiced limited Thursday, working early in individual work and missing team drills

Back-to-Back! The Jaguars get to work today in their second consecutive joint practice against the Detroit Lions. Swipe through to view top shots from practice in preparation for our Saturday matchup 🐆

Related Content