Jaguars put on pads for first time with Hall of Fame game in four days
The Jacksonville Jaguars tied full pads on Sunday at the Episcopal School’s Knight Campus.
Or, as a third-year linebacker Steward of the Shaq said, “the day of judgment”.
There were no memorable successes as the team trained for an hour and 50 minutes in temperatures that were still in the 80s when they were finished for the day around 10.40am.
But Quarterman said just running and working out in the pads is a lot harder than helmets and shorts for OTAs, minicamp and the first five days of training camp.
“In OTAs, everyone wears shorts and shirts, moving really fast,” said the Oakleaf and University of Miami graduate. “But when you put on those 8 pounds of pads, you can really play ball and really fight.
“It’s every day, every game, a 100% battle. You can win a game, but you can’t get too high because you have to come back and dominate again and dominate again. It’s really the battle constant of which will dominate all day.
Offensive Guard Brandon Scherff said moving to full pads may take more work, but it’s also more natural for a football player.
“It’s nice to put pads on and be able to feel like you’re in football,” he said. “You know, with the shells, you go full speed but you still have to take care of each other. But with pads, you can get those real adjustments that [offensive line coach] Phil [Rauscher] always speaks in meetings. So it’s nice to be able to get that fit, get the real grips. We have a pretty good group and are excited to keep piling on one day at a time.
Pederson remains civilian
Jaguars coach Doug Pederson still had some ground rules. Players weren’t supposed to take the floor, for example, and there wasn’t a hit that drew oohs and aahs.
“For the first time in the pads, the #1 thing is player safety,” he said. “Train hard, train fast but be smart about it…get used to wearing the extra gear. We have to make sure we play smart, heady and control that.
The offense struggled on its first possession in a team period, with the quarterback Trevor Lawrence completing only 1 of 6 passes. But one was a deep pass to wide receiver Christian Kirk that cornerback Shaquille Griffin had a veteran play, another was a drop off tight end Evan Engram (his second in two days), one ball sailed through the hands of wide receiver Marvin Jones and the other was ejected and lost by wide receiver Laviska Shenault when he stopped running on a pattern.
Lawrence corrected Shenault on the play and the two connected on the same pattern later in practice.
Lawrence, who quickly became team leader, shouted to Shenault: “It’s perfect!”
Better as the day progressed
The offense looked better in another team period with Lawrence completing 3 of 4 passes. But backup quarterbacks Jake Luton and Kyle Sloter struggled with some of their reps — though Sloter did do a nice pass to rookie wide receiver Lujuan Winningham, who occasionally flashed in training camp.
The Jaguars practice Monday and Tuesday and miss Wednesday for a day trip to Canton, Ohio, for the Hall of Fame game against the Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday (8 p.m., NBC).
Pederson said he has yet to decide how many snaps first teams on either side of the ball will get.
“It’s going to be exciting to put the team on the pitch against another opponent, for all of us,” he said. “I haven’t set any parameters on playing time yet. As far as possible, I will try to have as many young players as possible. We still have a few days of training left. »
Jags sign ex-Chiefs center
With a crowded tight room and third-team center KC McDermott having trouble breaking the ball last week, the Jaguars signed center Darryl Williams on Saturday and waived tight end Naz Bohannon.
Williams (6-foot-2, 305 pounds) was released from Kansas City’s 90-man roster on June 14. He’s been on the Chiefs’ practice squad for most of the past two seasons and spent time with New England in the offseason. He has yet to appear in an NFL regular season game.
He started three years at Mississippi State and served as team captain. Williams won SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week twice as a senior in 2019.
McDermott, behind rookie Luke Fortner and swingman Tyler Shatley, had two high shotgun hits during a practice last week.
Bohannon (6-5, 232) had gained notoriety by attending Clemson’s pro football day, having played basketball for five seasons, four at Youngstown State and last year with the Tigers. He averaged 9.4 points and 7.4 rebounds during his college career and in 2020-21 for Youngstown he averaged 16.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
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