After a slacking Day 5 of training camp, the Jaguars looked much better as they took the field on this very hot morning.
Let's get to the observations.
Allen Robinson and Prince Amukamara
Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson and cornerback Prince Amukamara got into some heat during 1v1's. On a fade route in the red zone, Amukamara believed that he knocked the ball away from Robinson and stuck his finger up at Robinson with his back turned. Little did he know that Robinson caught the ball and saw the action, so Robinson got up with the ball and stuck his finger up to Amukamara in return -- smack talking ensued.
The next time the two faced off in the same drill, Robinson used a nasty jab step on Amukamara before slanting across the field and catching an easy touchdown -- leaving Amukamara in his tracks. Robinson spun the ball on the ground in the endzone to celebrate, which Amukamara proceeded to kick in disgust.
Here's the clip of Amukamara getting beat on the slant route, brought to you by Mike Kaye of First Coast News:
Luke Joeckel looks to be staying at left guard
Kelvin Beachum took today off from practicing as he is still recovering from his ACL tear, which looked to allow Luke Joeckel to take all the first team left tackle reps in his absence.
Joeckel spent the entire practice at left guard with Josh Wells playing left tackle. Wells really isn't any better than Joeckel at tackle -- I would say he's much worse to be honest -- but these moves indicate that Joeckel is being moved to guard full time.
Here's what offensive coordinator Greg Olson had to say about Joeckel's transition to guard:
"He [Joeckel] has done very well. We are happy with the transition that he has made and the competition aspect of it that he is stepping in and competing at that position."
Julius Thomas is fine and the world need not burn
After leaving practice early yesterday due to a sprained ankle, the world began to crumble and everyone was afraid that Julius Thomas would miss significant time.
Little did fans remember that Thomas had gone three straight practices with aggravation in the same ankle, so it was probably best for Thomas to sit some time out.
Thomas was in full pads today and looked to be running at full speed, making cuts up-field and making plays in the redzone -- bottom line is he looks fine.
Surprise players of the day
- Jonas Gray -- Gray played lights out today, scoring two touchdowns by my count on a long run on the left side after making several cuts, as well as on a flat dump off that he turned up-field. Gray received the majority of his reps with the second team, while T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory split reps with the first team.
- Nick Marshall -- Marshall looks to have developed well after being a project at cornerback in his rookie season. Playing with the second team in drills today, he broke up several passes, and even when receivers such as Allen Hurns caught the ball against Marshall, he didn't go down without a fight:
Allen Hurns somehow catches a pass while being tightly covered by Nick Marshall https://t.co/LuvVz62tZc— Zach Goodall (@zach_goodall) August 3, 2016
- Shane Wynn -- Wynn, who is a longshot to make the roster as a 5'6" journeyman receiver, made several impressive catches today, including one on a long pass from Brandon Allen (by the looks of it) in which he jumped over a cornerback, caught the ball, and scored.
Play of the day:
Dante Fowler Jr. had an impressive sack after blowing by right tackle Jermey Parnell (via @MadeByTim):
Quote of the day
Offensive coordinator Greg Olson: (On if Allen Robinson is playing with more of an edge this year) "Yeah, whether it is an edge or more confidence or something to prove. He is playing angry. we have talked to him as a big receiver you need to play big and play that way. i think confidence is a big part of it."