The Jaguars opened training camp to the public today after holding a private practice yesterday, and I was there to take some notes.
Unfortunately, to let Field 1 grow it's grass back and get back into shape, the majority of practice was held on Field 3, the furthest field from the public. So, my observations list is small, but I was sure to pick up on some headlines nonetheless.
The cornerback rotation seems set
After the Jaguars revamped their secondary this offseason, the question has been what will the starting lineup be at cornerback?
The thought has been that Jalen Ramsey would start opposite of Davon House on the outside with Prince Amukamara playing nickel, with Ramsey and Amukamara rotating every now and then at both spots.
For the majority of camp, this has been the lineup, with Ramsey getting most of the reps outside over the past couple of practices. However, the Jaguars have given Ramsey some time at nickel, trying him on some corner-blitzing plays. Today alone, Ramsey was credited with two sacks when blitzing from the nickel spot (per Mike Kaye of First Coast News).
As we are three days away from the first preseason game of the season against the Jets, it's looking more and more like this will be the starting lineup at cornerback.
Marqise Lee fully participates
After missing nine practices, Marqise Lee has finally returned to the field in full pads and fully participated. Although he's missed a good chunk of time, Lee seemed to catch up rather well with the offense during drills today. He was mixed in with the second and third teams for most of practice and made a nice play when he turned and cut up field after catching a pass on a curl route from either Max Wittek or Brandon Allen.
Although it is unlikely that Lee plays on Thursday, it's a good sign that he is back on the field with the offense and catching up after missing valuable time.
Myles Jack truly loves his fans
Every day after practice, Myles Jack has been spending about 30 minutes signing autographs, making sure he signs as many as he can.
I know this isn't really an observation you came looking for, but it's an interesting tidbit. Myles is clearly dedicated to this franchise and appreciates all of his fans. Security actually had to stop him from signing autographs so they can empty the practice area, but Myles didn't listen and went back to sign another autograph (via Brent Martineau of Action News 30):
I was hanging out around where Myles was signing at one point, and while we were talking a fan came up and asked him to sign his custom Myles Jack jersey. Myles was shocked and said it was the first jersey he had seen that had his name stitched on it. He signed it, and then asked me to take a picture with him, the fan, and the jersey:
It's pretty cool to have a young cornerstone player who's this dedicated to the team.
Quote of the day
Linebacker Telvin Smith: (On what the defense is trying to get out of Thursday's game in New York) "Just to see what we are. I think that's truly what the preseason is for -- to see what this team is, to get us going to get that little rust off of our past."