Jaguars News | Jacksonville Jaguars - jaguars.comby John Oehser & J.P. Shadrick
JACKSONVILLE - This week has been intense at times.
That was particularly true Sunday and remained true Monday. And if Wednesday's Day 11 practice of Jaguars 2022 Training Camp was less intense than the others, know this:
There's more intensity coming - and it's all part of Head Coach Doug Pederson's plan.
"It's just the way schedule goes, and the way I set training camp up," Pederson said Wednesday before Day 11 practice at Episcopal School of Jacksonville Knight Sports Campus.
Sunday was perhaps the most physical Jaguars training camp practice in recent memory. Monday was a long, intense practice. It marked an increase in intensity and physicality from the first two weeks, but Pederson said Wednesday that increase had nothing to do with the Jaguars' loss to the Las Vegas Raiders in the preseason-opening Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, last Thursday.
"We follow the plan," Pederson said following Wednesday's unpadded session. "We follow the schedule. It's just the way it is."
Pederson said Sunday's practice was one of two he has scheduled to be high-intensity, all-out hitting with the next - and last of '22 camp - likely to be held Monday.
"Next week will be the same thing: We'll have a couple of hard, long practices," Pederson said. "We don't have pads on that much. I want to make sure we maximize those days and we're getting the most out of it. The guys are doing an excellent job. Those two practices were great and we got good work it.
"It wasn't perfect. We made corrections and it was good."
Added Pederson, "My philosophy is to really have two 'live' days in training camp and really that's it from a live standpoint. The pads are on [the other days], and it's all about fundamentals and working the details and being in position to make the tackle."
With Pederson talking to the media before practice Wednesday, second-year safety Andre Cisco spoke after practice. Coverage of those availabilities can be seen on jaguars.com and Jaguars media channels Wednesday.
The Jaguars worked Wednesday in temperatures that reached 86 degrees and felt like 94. The practice featured a seven-on-seven red-zone period, a team red-zone period, a goal-line period and a two-minute period.
"This is that time in camp, because we've already had a game, to really find out who our 53 are going to be - and start putting those matchups together, start building offensive and defensive packages where we're going to see guys in certain situations," Pederson said. "It just comes with time on the grass. That's the only way to do it."
The Jaguars are practicing on the Episcopal sports campus while construction continues on the Miller Electric Center adjacent to TIAA Bank Field. That facility is projected to be complete by 2023 training camp.
Here's a look at Wednesday's practice:
Practice on Wednesday consisted of mostly light work --without pads - though there were a few moments that stood out:
Quarterback Trevor Lawrence hit wide receiver Zay Jones on a deep pass down the left sideline for at least a 50-yard gain. ...Lawrence later hit tight end Evan Engram up the right sideline for a catch and run for a 40-yard gain. ...Cornerback Tyson Campbell broke up a Lawrence pass intended for Marvin Jones Jr.At the end of the day, the first and second teams worked through a two-minute drill, ending with field-goal attempts. Elliott Fry was no good from 40 yards, and Ryan Santoso missed from 56 yards. ...
Rookie inside linebacker Devin Lloyd could begin working back into practice next week, Pederson said. Lloyd, the No. 27 overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft and a projected starter, has been out since the beginning of camp with a hamstring issue. "I'm hoping to get him through this week and maybe get him back on the grass next week," Pederson said. "He's doing well. You're seeing him in individual drills now, which is a good sign that he'll be back out there into full contact stuff probably next week." Also: defensive tackle Jeremiah Ledbetter and offensive lineman Badara Traore will miss time with injuries, Pederson said Wednesday. Wide receiver Christian Kirk missed practice after turning an ankle Monday.
If the Jaguars defense has been a bit "ahead" of the offense in '22 camp, Pederson said that doesn't concern him. "Honestly, usually is ahead," Pederson said. "It should be. Offense, there's a lot more timing involved with the five offensive linemen and the running backs, and making sure pad levels are the same angle, the quarterback's eyes, the timing, the details ... there's just more timing things in camp. And really probably early in the season, usually the defenses may have a little advantage."