Robinson, a veteran wide receiver and a key off-season free agent acquisition, made a few headlines early in camp with a few dropped passes over the weekend. He had a better practice Tuesday, following that with perhaps his best practice Wednesday morning.
Robinson, who caught 10 touchdown passes for the Dallas Cowboys last season, had a stretch of three consecutive receptions early in 7-on-7 drills Wednesday, then followed that with a 35-yard reception from second-year quarterback
“It’s coming around,” Jaguars Head Coach Mike Mularkey said. “It’s a gradual process. The more and more we do, the better it’s going to get. I told Laurent (Tuesday), ‘If you are pressing or if you feel like you have to do anything more than you’re capable of doing don’t do that. You’re here for a reason. What you did last year is really what got you here. Just relax. Don’t put any more added pressure on because I know you feel like there is, and there shouldn’t be.’”
Robinson said while he wasn’t worried early in camp, he did feel he made progress the last two days.
“It’s coming together,” he said. “I was training, but you can’t train for training camp practices. It’s tough, but you have to get your mind back into it and your body back into it. I knocked off the rust. Now, I’m playing football and having fun.
“It’s definitely a process. People want to judge one day, one play. We have to keep taking our steps, keep walking up the stairs and get to where we want to be.”
A MAN WITH A PLAN
Meester, the Jaguars’ 13-year veteran center, worked on a limited basis Monday and Tuesday, then returned to full-pads work on Wednesday. That’s part of a plan to ensure that Meester is available and ready for the regular season, Mularkey said early this week.
“They talked to me about that when we got back for training camp,” Meester said. “We’re trying to be smart with it. The days I’m up I’ll go full go with it, then we’ll take some time off to stay fresh.”
Meester said he worked limited in training camp last year, too, but whereas last year he took limited reps each day, this year is more of a day-off, day-on approach.
“It’s been good,” he said. “When I saw it, I was like, ‘Whoa,’ but it’s helping me stay fresh. It has been good so far.”
“There’s no question that he (Jaguars right tackle
WHAT WE SAW
Much of the focus understandably has been on the team’s wide receivers, and aside from Robinson, second-year wide receiver Cecil Shorts also has shown progress early in camp. The team worked him at the “Z” receiver position Wednesday after he had worked at the X early in camp, and Mularkey said he stood out there. Mularkey said rookie receiver
The 89 players present will keep to roughly the same schedule for Day 6 of 2012 Training Camp at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields as they have had the last three days. The team will practice twice Thursday – a full practice at 8:30 a.m. and a 4:30 p.m. walkthrough. The 8:30 a.m. practice is free and open to the public.
Time to give credit where it’s due. And while there was much made of the Jaguars’ offense struggling at times early in camp, what can’t be overlooked is the passing game made strides the last two days. That’s not to imply more improvement isn’t needed, but after far too many drops on Saturday and Monday, there have been fewer the past two days. Robinson made a noticeable improvement Tuesday, and although he had one drop early, he also got open for a 30-yard gain on a pass from Gabbert early in team drills. The offense has a long way to go, but on Wednesday morning we may have seen the first signs of chemistry between Gabbert and the team’s key offensive offseason free agent.
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*The Jaguars worked practice on Wednesday with officials who may be called upon to work NFL games as replacement officials this season. The Jaguars typically work with officials on a daily basis in practice, and Mularkey said Wednesday’s crew could be called upon to call league games if the NFL and the officials don’t end their ongoing labor dispute. “It gives a chance for them to work and us to work on our discipline,” Mularkey said. “That’s what we’re doing.” Mularkey said the region area head official set up the replacement officials, and that the group that worked Wednesday will work through Friday’s scrimmage.
*Mularkey said he continues to like what he has seen from defensive tackle
*While Mularkey said he doesn’t know when rookie wide receiver