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2018 Jaguars Training Camp: Observations From Day 6

Zach Goodall

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After a strong offensive showing from Blake Bortles and Co. during Tuesday’s practice, the Jacksonville Jaguars returned to the field today for their sixth day of training camp.

Did Bortles repeat his strong, accurate performance from Tuesday? Who else stood out on the practice field? Let’s get to the observations.

Bortles has a down-day

To answer the question above: No, Bortles didn’t repeat his strong Tuesday showing. The defense had a great day as a unit, making big plays during the entirety of team drills. Two of those plays came back to back on Bortles, where cornerback A.J. Bouye intercepted him on a overthrown pass across the middle and once again on the outside on Bortles’ next rep.

Bortles went 7 for 17 on the day. His interception count in team drills through six days of camp is three, significantly lower than last year’s camp.

Cody Kessler went 8/15.

In his press conference, I asked Bortles how his relationship with left guard Andrew Norwell has come along since his signing:

Chark continues to impress

Bold prediction: D.J. Chark will be this team’s No. 1 receiver before the 2018 season is in the books.

After tracking his routes through four days of practice, Chark has continued to flash his development as a complete receiver. He’s making plays on all levels of the passing game, specifically on slant, post, and go routes. He had two receptions in team drills today, one by the fingertips on a deep ball from Kessler with cornerback Jalen Myrick in coverage.

However, Chark’s highlights came in one-on-one’s in the redzone. He beat cornerback Jalen Ramsey not once, but twice, once on a fade route:

And once on a clean slant route:

During his conference, Bortles said Chark has “gotten better and better every day… He’s obviously got the physical tools… He’s an open book, he learns as much as he can and takes in as much information as he can.”

Defense shines

On top of Bouye’s two interceptions off of Bortles, the Jaguars’ defense forced another two turnovers in team drills.

Undrafted cornerback Tre Herndon intercepted QB Tanner Lee in tight redzone drills on a pass to Allen Lazard across the middle of the endzone. Before that, it looked like the second team the linebacking corps forced a fumble on a run play. Cornerback A.J. Bouye has been impressed with Herndon, as well as Quenton Meeks, so far in camp:

Rookie safety Ronnie Harrison made a big-time, athletic pass breakup during the team’s redzone drills that had the entire secondary group up and cheering from the sidelines. During Bouye’s press conference, he said he felt the secondary started talking trash as soon as cornerback Jalen Ramsey returned to practice after the birth of his child.

Team tid-bits

-UDFA WR Allen Lazard had his second productive day in a row, rcording two catches in team drills. One was on a deep ball from Tanner Lee that Lazard had to cut off the cornerback and leap to grab. He’s starting to enter the mix for the sixth receiver battle.

-Speaking of the sixth receiver battle, don’t count out Shane Wynn. He’s been flashing his speed all camp, and he beat Tyler Patmon on two redzone one-on-one’s today:

 

Zach Goodall covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for the Locked On Jaguars podcast and website. Follow him on Twitter @zach_goodall.

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Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith apparently fined by team

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Dec 2, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith (50) reacts during the first quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The Jacksonville Jaguars have apparently fined LB Telvin Smith for missing three days of mandatory minicamp. This amount, according to Telvin Smith on Instagram, was for a total of $88,650. Telvin Smith decided to leave the game of football for a year last month and has not shown up to any team activities since the season ended in January.

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Smith stated in his Instagram post “Oh y’all  thght [sic] it was a game!!! You say you wanna sit & get ya life right. . . they say nah […] you pay me!!!” also stating “It’s still love!!”

The Jaguars have every right to fine Smith under the current CBA signed in 2011 regarding mandatory participation in team activities. Smith has not yet informed the Jaguars officially of his intentions for the 2019 season, thus he is still considered a part of the team and on the 90-man roster.

It is not yet known whether or not the team has opted to fine DE Yannick Ngakoue who was also missing from mandatory minicamp last week as he resolves his contract with the team.

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REPORT: Jaguars sign WR Tre McBride and DT Kalani Vakameilao

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The Jacksonville Jaguars announced today the signings of WR Tre McBride and Rookie DT Kalani Vakameilalo. Both players had a tryout during yesterday’s minicamp practice. They have waived LB Nick DeLuca and LS Christian Kuntz to make room.

McBride has played for the Tennesee Titans, Chicago Bears, and the New York Jets during his time in the NFL. In 2017 he hauled in eight receptions for 144 yards. His lone touchdown came in 2015 with the Tennesee Titans. The Jaguars currently have 12 WRs on the roster including McBride. They will enter training camp for a battle for possibly five or six spots. Currently, it would be a surprise if McBride makes the team.

Vakameilao went undrafted out of Oregon State where he posted 75 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss.

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Jaguars finalize draft class with signing of LB Quincy Williams

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have officially wrapped up their 2019 NFL Draft class with the signing of third-round pick Quincy Williams the team has announced today. Williams played college football at Murray State as a linebacker and safety and will be playing LB with the Jaguars.

Following the departure of WLB Telvin Smith, the Jaguars needed to find a replacement, and they hope Williams can eventually develop into that role. During OTAs and mandatory minicamp, Williams has taken some first-team reps at LB along with LB Ramik Wilson. The WLB battle will be one to watch during training camp later this summer.

Williams spoke briefly following the signing of his contract stating, “I’ve been dreaming on this and waiting on this moment my whole life,” Williams said. “I’m just here to answer the question of, ‘Who is Quincy Williams?’”

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