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First Off the Field: 8/1

Posted Aug 1, 2013

The latest headlines as the Jaguars conclude the sixth day of training camp.

JACKSONVILLE – Blaine Gabbert progressed a little more on Thursday.

Gabbert, competing with Chad Henne for the Jaguars’ starting quarterback role, was limited for a second consecutive day with a right ankle sprain sustained late in practice on Monday. Gabbert worked in the full-padded practice with both ankles taped.

He participated in positional drills and 7-on-7 work, and also participated in three plays of live team drills.

Gabbert had a similar workload Wednesday, but did not work any “team” that day.

“He was good,” Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley said after the two-and-half-hour workout at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness practice fields.

“In his situation, we wanted to see how he would do in practice. We talked it over with (Trainer) Mike Ryan and he (Gabbert) went that live session. I think that shows great courage and heart to go in there. He’s competing. He’s competing his tail off. That’s what took place.”

Thursday marked the Jaguars’ second practice in full pads after working in shoulder pads Sunday and Monday and full pads Wednesday.

Bradley moved the team into live work Thursday, and for the final half hour of practice, the result was perhaps the hardest-hitting session of the week.

“We felt like we needed some ‘team,’ some live reps,” Bradley said. “We did that at the very end. We got the first, second and third groups some live reps and we need it. It was very competitive. We started practice with special teams with a competitive drill where we called everybody over. Then we went right into one on ones and put the linebackers, running backs and tight ends against each other. . .

“We had extremely competitive one-on-one situations throughout practice, and I thought there were some very good things.”

Tight end Marcedes Lewis and guard Uche Nwaneri each had “veteran” days off.

“That was planned before we started training camp with some of our guys,” Bradley said.

The Jaguars are scheduled to go through a walk-through Thursday evening, and will resume practice Friday at 9:55 a.m. at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness practice fields.

 

INJURY WATCH

Safety Johnathan Cyprien (hamstring) remained on the reserve non-football injury list on the fifth practice day of camp. Wide receiver Justin Blackmon (groin), wide receiver Taylor Price (foot) and offensive guard Stephane Milhim (knee) remained on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Running back Justin Forsett sustained a toe sprain late in practice. He has been working behind starter Maurice Jones-Drew and ahead of third-team running back Jordan Todman.

 

PLAY OF THE DAY

The play of the day on Thursday came from safety Chris Prosinski.

And on this play, the third-year veteran had some help from another third-year veteran, wide receiver Cecil Shorts III.

On the play, Shorts caught an intermediate pass from Gabbert and turned the play into a 20-yard gain. Shorts, the standout player of 2013 Training Camp during the first week, fumbled at the end of the play, with Prosinski picking up the fumble and returning it for a touchdown.

“Everybody has their day in training camp, and that’s going to happen,” Bradley said. “Cecil plays with great pride, and I know he’s probably looking at that play and going, ‘How did that happen? What in the world happened?’ But it’s a great lesson. That’s why we practice and that’s why we have training camp, to try to eliminate those plays in games.”

Said Shorts, “I was going down and someone knocked it out from behind. It was a good play by them and a learning experience for me. I’d rather get it out of the way now.”

 

PHOTO GALLERY OF DAY 6 OF TRAINING CAMP

HIGHLIGHTS

1.Jaguars Owner Shad Khan attended practice.

2.Cornerback Alan Ball had a notable stretch midway through practice, defensing a pass and intercepting another off the hands of Shorts in a team drill.

3.Rookie cornerback Jeremy Harris had a pass defensed in 7 on 7.

4.Linebacker Russell Allen barely missed an interception for a touchdown in team drills midway through practice, failing to hold on to a pass from Henne.

5.Rookie defensive end Paul Hazel had a nice rush for a sack in live drills late in practice.

6.Rookie quarterback Matt Scott looked off a defender and passed 20 yards to rookie Ryan Otten for a gain inside the five-yard line.

7.Tight end Isaiah Stanback caught a 10-yard pass from Scott a few plays before Otten’s reception.

8.Veteran cornerback Marcus Trufant broke up a pass from Henne to Jordan Shipley.

 

LOOKING ON . . .

*Reserve running back Jordan Todman has had a solid camp early. Although not one of the more publicized players entering camp, Todman appears to have taken advantage of the extra reps available because the Jaguars are bringing Jones-Drew back at a measured pace. Todman has had a long run most days, and appears to be running quick and with power between the tackles. He could get significantly more reps now with Forsett injured.

*Offensive tackle Luke Joeckel continues to have the early look you want from the No. 2 overall selection in the draft. Bradley commented early in camp that Joeckel was the very quiet for a No. 2 selection, which is exactly what was and should be expected from a highly regarded rookie offensive tackle. Joeckel is switching from left tackle in college to right tackle in the NFL, a transition that was going smoothly in the offseason and appears to be doing the same now that the Jaguars are practicing in full pads.


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