JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Jacksonville Jaguars training camp.
It wasn’t a good day for the receivers, who dropped four passes during 11-on-11 work – including one in the end zone by Mike Brown. That came on perhaps Blake Bortles’ best throw of camp. He zipped a pass between two defensive backs and hit Brown in the chest, but Brown couldn’t hold on to the ball. Bortles had another good throw down the left sideline that he dropped in over the cornerback that Kerry Taylor dropped. Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson also dropped passes, though cornerback Dwayne Gratz was hanging onto Robinson when he dropped the pass. Tight end Marcedes Lewis also had a pass bounce off his hands, but it would have been a fantastic catch had he hauled it in because Bortles’ pass was behind him.
Wednesday was the first day in full pads and we finally got to see some good one-on-one battles between the offensive and defensive linemen. Left tackle Luke Joeckel had a pretty good day. Defensive end Chris Clemons beat him with an inside spin move on their first matchup but Joeckel came right back and locked Clemons down in their next matchup. Joeckel also had the most impressive block during the drills, pancaking rookie defensive end Chris Smith. Another rookie, guard Brandon Linder, drew the unfortunate task of taking on defensive end Red Bryant. The 6-foot-4, 323-pound Bryant pushed the 6-5, 311-pound Linder back, but Linder never let Bryant disengage or get by. A couple other matchups of note: defensive tackle Jordan Miller beat center Mike Brewster with an inside move but Brewster held the block on their rematch; defensive tackle Abry Jones beat center/guard Jacques McClendon twice.
The Jaguars were the worst team in the NFL in the red zone in 2013, scoring touchdowns only 43.9 percent of their possessions and scoring points on only 75.6 percent of their possessions. They’ve done red zone work in camp but coach Gus Bradley said the Jaguars may do more of it going forward. “I know we got better the last six or seven games of the season in the red zone, but it was an area of emphasis for us [in OTAs, minicamp and training camp],” Bradley said. “So you might see more and more red zone opportunities for us to at least practice and work.” The Jaguars’ first-team offense had some success on Wednesday. Chad Henne hit Robinson in the end zone for a touchdown. Henne also hooked up with rookie Marqise Lee on a short pass near the goal line and Lee fought into the end zone.
Linebacker John Lotulelei practiced for the first time on Wednesday after he passed a physical. He had been on the active/non-football injury list after reporting to camp with a hamstring injury. … Tight end D.J. Tialavea (quad) also returned to practice. … Bradley said cornerback Alan Ball, who is on the PUP list with an ankle injury, may return within the next few days. … Attendance was 1,504.