Jacksonville, Fla. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Jacksonville Jaguars training camp.
Blake Bortles had a typical rookie practice: a few good throws, a few decent throws, and a few bad ones. But he ended on a good note, hooking up with Damian Copeland on a touchdown pass on a back-shoulder throw. What impressed coach Gus Bradley, though, was the way Bortles responded to the interception. “[Bortles] threw a seam route with two guys on him and he put it right between them,” Bradley said. “He made a great throw. That tells me something right there: He has no fear of failure and that’s a really cool sign for a quarterback.” Bortles’ biggest problem at this point, other than some fundamentals issues, is consistency, but that’s something all rookie QBs battle. Seeing if he can develop some will be something to monitor throughout camp
The day didn’t get off to a great start. When the team arrived at the facility they found it without water because of a broken water main near the stadium. Jacksonville Electric Authority crews worked on the problem and had it repaired within several hours.
Middle linebacker Paul Posluszny talked on Thursday about the need for the linebackers to make more plays and make an impact on the defense, and one of them delivered. Nate Stupar picked off Bortles and returned the ball up the sideline. That was one of three interceptions thrown by Bortles, Ricky Stanzi, and Stephen Morris.
Receiver Cecil Shorts was pulled from practice because of tightness in his hamstring, but the Jaguars made it through the first practice without any other injuries. ... Denard Robinson made a nice run off the right side and put on a quick burst into the secondary for what would have been a long gain. The play earned Robinson a pat on the rear from coach Gus Bradley. ... Winston Guy was at free safety and Demetrius McCray at one corner with the first-team defense. It’s not surprising to see Guy out there because he manned the spot throughout OTAs and minicamp with Josh Evans (bone spur in his foot) out. It was a bit of a surprise to see McCray out there in place of Alan Ball (ankle) instead of Will Blackmon. The Jaguars have been working Blackmon in the slot, though, so that may have played into the decision. ... Jacques McClendon was at right guard with the first-team offense and third-round pick Brandon Linder was working with the second unit. ... A crowd of 1,652 attended practice.