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Who's Stepping Up, Who's Rising to the Challenge During Training Camp? | Jaguars Camp Snapshot, Day 5

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JACKSONVILLE – The skies were gray, the pads stayed off and efficiency was high.

That was the scene at the Miller Electric Center Monday, with Jaguars 2023 Training Camp preparing to move this week from the early non-padded stages of camp to the padded – and higher intensity – practices that will define the coming days.

"Now, the physicality becomes real," offensive coordinator Press Taylor said.

Taylor spoke Monday before Day 5 of '23 camp practice, a two-hour non-padded session that featured extensive 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills – and multiple big plays offensively and defensively. Taylor discussed multiple topics early Monday, including the importance of the coming days to the offensive line.

This week will mark the first padded work since the end of the 2023 season, with all NFL offseason practices non-padded with limited contact.

"You certainly get a feel for targeting their understanding of what we're asking them to do," Taylor said. "You want to kind of see who steps up, who rises to that challenge. Does their technique kind of go out the window because now it's a little bit more physical?

"Each week through this preseason, everything ramps up until you eventually line up across from somebody else. The difference from preseason to Week 1 is a huge step as well. There's just going to be a continued growth, especially with these young guys."

The Jaguars early in '23 training camp primarily have worked the following players with the first-team offensive line:

  • Left tackle Walker Little
  • Left guard Tyler Shatley
  • Center Luke Fortner
  • Right guard Brandon Scherff
  • Right tackle Anton Harrison

Left tackle Cam Robinson, the Jaguars' starting left tackle since 2017, will serve a four-game suspension to start the regular season and left guard Ben Bartch – who started the first five regular-season games in 2022 – remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list while recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Little also has worked at left guard at times during camp.

"He's done a good job in there," Taylor said. "That's always been impressive about Walker, his ability to handle things mentally."

Taylor on Monday lauded the line's versatility, particularly beyond the projected starting unit.

"You'll see guys throughout this thing shuffle around, whether it be climbing the right side, the left side, inside, outside," Taylor said. "We're going to have to see some guys snap at some point. We have to continue to see how you could contribute on game day. If you're not a starter, you have to be able to play more than one spot really on the offensive line.

"We'll continue to see that as we go."

Here's a look at Monday's practice:


  • There were multiple big plays Monday, including two interceptions defensively – but the biggest play may have been turned in by reserve wide receiver/returner Jamal Agnew early in 7-on-7 work. Agnew on the play got behind the defense on a deep crossing route and caught a high, arching pass from quarterback Trevor Lawrence for a 60-yard touchdown. Agnew later in practice got behind the defense for a long reception from backup quarterback C.J. Beathard. "That's a great piece to have," Taylor said of Agnew. "If something happens, Jamal could line up today at any [wide receiver] position and know exactly what to do for us. That's a huge advantage for us. We all trust him in what he does. He's certainly a dynamic weapon."


  • Safety Daniel Thomas intercepted a pass over the middle that was deflected as Lawrence threw, returning the interception up the middle of the field for a touchdown…
  • Rookie cornerback Erick Hallett II intercepted a pass from backup quarterback C.J. Beathard that caromed off the hands of wide receiver Kevin Austin Jr., returning the interception for a touchdown…
  • Rookie wide receiver Elijah Cooks closed practice with a 20-yard reception just inbounds near the end zone on a pass from rookie quarterback Nathan Rourke...
  • Running back Tank Bigsby and Travis Etienne Jr. continued to look strong in the early, non-padded portion of camp. Both backs had strong runs in 11-on-11 work Monday, and reserve running back D'Ernest Johnson had two strong off-tackle runs…
  • Reserve running back JaMycal Hasty turned a screen pass into a 20-yard gain early in 11-on-11…
  • First-year wide receiver Kendrick Pryor had a 15-yard reception in 7-on-7, reaching with one hand and appearing to make the reception after bobbling it to the ground…
  • Wide receiver Christian Kirk got open 25-to-30 yards downfield for a reception on a sharply thrown pass over the middle from Lawrence in 7-on-7…
  • Tight end Evan Engram turned a short pass from Lawrence into a 20-yard gain in 11-on-11…
  • Etienne had a nice gain on a screen pass from Lawrence in 11-on-11…
  • Wide receiver Calvin Ridley accelerated past two defenders to turn a short pass into a long gain in 11-on-11…


  • Bartch (knee) and defensive lineman Dawuane Smoot (Achilles) remain on the Physically Unable to Perform list to start camp. Safety Andre Cisco worked early in practice Monday then missed the later sessions while watching from the sideline.

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