If Laurent Robinson’s start was slow, Wednesday was faster. Robinson, a veteran wide receiver and a key off-season free agent acquisition, made a few headlines early in camp with a few dropped passes over the weekend. He had a better practice Tuesday, following that with perhaps his best practice Wednesday morning. Robinson, who caught 10 touchdown passes for the Dallas Cowboys last season, had a stretch of three consecutive receptions early in 7-on-7 drills Wednesday, then followed that with a 35-yard reception from second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert in team drills.
One by one on Wednesday, they approached the owner. Their hands were extended, and in this case, players weren’t just saying hello to Jaguars Owner Shad Khan as he watched training camp practice. For many Jaguars players – including center Brad Meester, tackle Eugene Monroe, tackle Eben Britton, quarterback Blaine Gabbert, linebacker Russell Allen and tight end Marcedes Lewis – Wednesday morning was a time to thank the man who helped make a recent $3 million locker-room renovation happen.
The holdouts of Justin Blackmon, the NFL’s lone unsigned first-round draft pick, and running back Maurice Jones-Drew reached their seventh day Wednesday. Jones-Drew’s holdout is likely to last a long time. Blackmon’s agent is Todd France and this is the second consecutive year he has represented the last first-rounder to sign. Last year, France represented Prince Amukamara of the New York Giants, who was the last first-rounder to sign on Aug. 4. The next day, he suffered a broken foot.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We can’t say the Jaguars defense didn’t get enough credit for its fine play in 2011. The big goal is to play a big role in winning games, and Jacksonville only did that five times. Still, finishing sixth in total defense with the injuries the Jaguars had was an impressive feat. Six starters missed time, with nine defenders who would have seen regular time in at least situational packages ending the year on injured reserve. But total defense is about yards, and games are about points.