The Jacksonville Jaguars just wrapped up Day 5 of training camp and although there was a late start it was still a great practice.
According to head Doug Marrone’s presser, the practice was moved from a 10:30am start time to 2:00pm due to the team not having enough bodies at the tight end position. The Niles Paul injury led to the signing of tight end DeAndre Goolsby. The team opted for the afternoon start in order to bring him in and conduct his physical.
Midway through, the team announced that the practice was closed to the general public due to inclement weather. Here are some notes from what I could gather in the short time I was there.
Rashad Greene the early favorite for the WR6 position
With five receivers all but assured to make the roster, the battle for the last two spots will be an interesting one to monitor as training camp progresses. Rashad Greene, Shane Wynn, Allen Lazard, and Jaydon Mickens are collectively battling for two spots — assuming the team carries six receivers.
With Dede showing flashes through the end of last season and being a recent draft pick, it would seem that the roster battle is between the remaining receivers for the final spot. Early on, it was thought that Rashad was on the outside looking in due to his wiry frame and injury issues.
However, the team is reportedly high on him and he had an impressive showing today. Greene has been producing throughout camp — with another highlight catch today — and has the ability to return punts.
Blake Bortles looked very good today
By all accounts, Blake Bortles had a strong practice today after an up-and-down last couple of performances. He was charted at 15-for-18 with two touchdowns during red zone drills. That’s notable because it signals Blake’s continued progression as a strong red zone passer.
Jalen Ramsey should go back home
There is no reason for him to be on the field right now.
Ramsey was back to his old self early, with the team electing to give him first team reps despite his recent arrival. With him and A.J. Bouye on the field, the defense produced multiple coverage sacks. Ramsey even had a couple of pass breakups — like this one against Dede Westbrook.
I’ll be on hand to watch the Jaguars practice again tomorrow for Day 6. Let me know if there’s anything you want me to look for or are interested in.