JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars got a little healthier on Monday.
Blackmon, a second-year veteran, had been on the Physically Unable to Perform list after offseason groin surgery.
“It’s a great feeling,” Blackmon said Monday after the Jaguars’ two-and-a-half-hour, full-padded practice in 90 degree temperatures at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness practice fields. “I’m just happy to be back out there with everybody practicing and feeling good about it.”
Cyprien, a rookie second-round draft selection, had been on the non-football injury list after sustaining a hamstring injury shortly before camp.
“It was a long time coming,” Cyprien said. “I was happy to be out there, and real excited. I felt pretty good for my first day coming back. There are some places I could definitely improve on.”
Each worked in full pads Monday morning, participating in 11-on-11 drills throughout practice.
“I felt great,” said Blackmon, who caught several passes from both
Cyprien also had an impact. Like Blackmon, he worked with the starters throughout much of practice, and had at least one pass defensed.
The return of Cyprien and Blackmon came as wide receiver
The Jaguars are scheduled to hold a walkthrough at the Florida Blue practice fields Monday afternoon. They will practice again at 9:55 a.m. Tuesday.
PLAY OF THE DAY
The play of the day came from a player who has stood out regularly in training camp.
The play was one of several forced fumbles by the defense on Monday, a day on which the defense seemed quick to the ball early, defensing several passes.
1.The quarterbacks continued to rotate repetitions, with Gabbert and Henne each working with the first- and second-team offenses throughout practice.
3.Blackmon had several sure-handed receptions in practice, including a sideline route late in practice in red-zone drills.
6.Gratz and Cyprien combined to break up a pass from Gabbert in red-zone drills, a play that drew cheers from the defense and coaching staff.
1.Defensive coordinator Bob Babich on Cyprien: “Obviously, he was a little rusty. He hadn’t practiced all training camp, but it was great to get him out there. We really like Johnathan and the players really like him, so it was fun to get him out there.”
3.Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch on Blackmon: “He really competed today. He came out there and he looked like he was ready to go and anxious to go. It was fun to watch him.”
LOOKING ON . . .
*The Jaguars’ defensive line had a strikingly strong effort in the preseason opener Friday, with defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks registering a sack and two pressure in the first half and
*Among the players who were in for the Jaguars on early punt return unit were returner
*Rookie Demetrius McCrary was among those on early punt returns, as were Blake, Allen, Reisner, Grimes and linebacker
*Among the players in with the second defensive unit Friday were defensive tackle D’Anthony Smith, Branch, safety
*Among the players in with the second offensive unit early in the second half were wide receiver