JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Jacksonville Jaguars training camp.
It’s pretty clear that Jaguars players are eager to line up against an opposing team. There was one scuffle and one pushing match on Wednesday. The scuffle involved receiver Chad Bumphis and cornerback Will Blackmon. Bumphis and Blackmon exchanged words after Blackmon knocked a pass away that was intended for Bumphis. The two got facemask to facemask and then Bumphis shoved Blackmon in the head. Blackmon came back at him and that’s when teammates rushed in and broke it up. Both players met after practice, talked for a few minutes and slapped hands. The other incident was pretty mild: Receiver Kerry Taylor and cornerback Jamell Fleming shoved each other for a few seconds.
The Jaguars debuted their lightning package during 11-on-11 scout-team work when the offense was running some of Tampa Bay’s offense. It’s a lineup that features four Leos on the field at the same time: Chris Clemons, Andre Branch, Ryan Davis and rookie Chris Smith. The 260-pound Davis lines up inside as a defensive tackle.
In addition to the news that Toby Gerhart (hip flexor) will not play in Friday’s preseason opener against Tampa Bay and Mike Brown (hamstring) joining the already significant list of injured receivers, the Jaguars had two other players not practice because of an injury: tight end Brandon Barden (illness) and safety Sherrod Martin (groin). Linebacker Geno Hayes and defensive tackle Roy Miller were given the day off. Offensive Cameron Bradfield was out for personal reasons.
The play that drew the biggest reaction was quarterback Chad Henne’s bootleg for a big gain. It fooled the entire defense, and the offensive players, especially the ones watching the play from behind, went nuts. Henne may not be Michael Vick, Cam Newton or Johnny Manziel, but the former Michigan standout is little more athletic than people may believe. He ran track at Wilson High School in West Lawn, Pennsylvania. In addition to throwing the javelin and the shot put, he also was a member of the school’s 4x100-meter relay team that finished fourth in the state meet. Henne said West Lawn had demolished the team that won the state title that year in district competition but couldn’t repeat that because they dropped the baton during the state title race. Henne said he ran the second leg of the relay and his teammate took off too early for the third leg and they botched the exchange.
The Jaguars practice at 11 a.m. on Thursday.