By: Amanda Borges (@Amanda1010XL)
The Jaguars have completed their third day of Training Camp and today was the most physical of them all.
The players sported shoulder pads and helmets and even though some of the veterans had the day off, it was an intense practice. Today, Coach Gus Bradley had the team do one-on-one drills to help evaluate the power and strength of each player. These drills are important to not only show individual capabilities, but also show weakness.
Bradley said after practice that if a player is strained, it shows in the one-on-ones. I didn’t notice any particular players struggling. Telvin Smith caught an interception today. That was a big moment for him since he’s been pretty vocal about stepping up this season and making more plays. I caught up with Smith after practice and he had a smile on his face. He said he’s focused and the key for him is consistency. If he’s consistent, he’ll improve.
Consistency seems to be focus for many other players too. Bradley has emphasized personal improvement throughout camp, saying that each player needs to focus on themselves by taking care of their bodies and keeping their mind focused on improving.
Whatever Bradley preaches to them privately, it’s working.
Tomorrow, Training Camp is at Mandarin High School at 6 PM.
By: Amanda Borges (@Amanda1010XL)
The Jaguars finished their second day of Training Camp and overall, there’s no breaking news to report. Everyone looked fresh and fast, and the energy was high.
Energy is something that Coach Gus Bradley wants to emphasize during camp. He says that creating lots of energy can sometimes be a challenge as training camp goes on. Bradley says focusing on bringing intensity and keeping energy levels high each day, is important. The LEO position has been a topic of conversation since Dante Fowler Jr. was brought in to fill that role, but he’s out with an injury. Now, Chris Clemons is on the Non-Football Injury list and there’s no telling when he will return. So, Bradley is rotating a few different players to get reps at that spot. Dan Skuta, Chris Smith, and Ryan Davis will get reps during camp. So far, Bradley likes what he sees in all three of them.
On the offensive line, the center position is a battle between Luke Bowanko and Stefen Wisniewski. Yesterday, Bowanko got first-team reps and today, Wisniewski was with the first team. Coach Bradley likes what he’s seen in Bowanko, saying that offensive line coach Doug Marrone has been challenging him to try new things. Even when he struggles, Bradley appreciates his enthusiasm and willingness to try new things. Bowanko has the size and strength to compete, while Wisniewski has the experience.
Day Three is tomorrow. The players will wear shoulder pads tomorrow, and full pads on Wednesday.
By: Amanda Borges (@Amanda1010XL)
Training Camp has begun and that means football is in full swing. Let me tell you, the players are ready to be back. Today, the guys were quick, they were sharp, and they were in a good mood. You could see it.
If you take away the lack of pads, it honestly felt similar to a game-time atmosphere. The camp battles are real and the competitiveness is there. Today, Luke Bowanko got the first-team reps at center. After practice, Gus Bradley addressed it saying that they plan to switch it up, meaning that Stefen Wisniewski will get in there, probably as early as tomorrow. Even though the offensive line battles could easily be the most important to watch, the line isn't what stood out today.
Running back T.J. Yeldon is a rock star. He is a play-maker, he’s quick, and he’s competitive. Anyone that goes out to watch practice, notices him and I know he will make a difference this season. Coach Bradley talked about Yeldon after practice saying that even when he makes a mistake, he’s quick to fix it. That is a coach’s dream. Expect him to make big things happen this season.
As I said in my previous blog, there are things during camp that just won’t happen. But, there will definitely be players that show improvement. Blake Bortles looked really good today. He didn’t throw the tightest spirals or complete every pass, but when he did make plays, he was confident, and players noticed it.
Day two of Training camp is tomorrow (Saturday) and it’s open to the public. Head to Jaguars.com/trainingcamp to register.
Here's my one-on-one with WR Allen Hurns, who didn't stand out today, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. He told me what he worked on this summer and how he feels about the new female coach in the NFL.
Jacksonville, FL (July 31, 2015) - The Jacksonville Jaguars are teaming up with the Nimnicht Family of Dealerships to give away a 2015 Buick Encore to a lucky Jaguars fan. The car will be presented on the field during the Jaguars’ preseason game on August 28 at EverBank Field against the Detroit Lions. Fans are encouraged to look for the branded Encore at Jaguars training camp and other events.
The promotion will launch on Friday, July 31 and run through Friday, August 21. Fans must go to www.jaguars.com/Encore to enter, and five finalists will be selected from the entrants.
“We’re excited to continue our great partnership with the Nimnicht Family of Dealerships and to provide our fans with an opportunity to win a Buick Encore through this unique promotion,” said Scott Massey, Jaguars SVP of Corporate Partnerships. “Working with the Nimnicht team to give the keys to a new automobile to a lucky fan aligns perfectly with our desire to give Jaguars fans ‘MORE’ this season.”
The five finalists will each be given two tickets to the August 28 game, and will be brought to the field at halftime. Each finalist will then be given a key that could start the Buick Encore. The finalist whose key does start the Encore will be the Grand Prize Winner.
“We’re very excited to partner with the Jaguars and provide this great opportunity to Jaguars’ fans,” said Billie Nimnicht III, President of Nimnicht Chevrolet and Nimnicht Buick GMC. “We have been tied to the local Jacksonville community for decades with our family business that opened in 1941. The Jaguars bring a sense of pride to our community, and we’re glad to help share in that pride. The Jaguars and the Nimnicht Family of Dealerships are committed to providing more to Jaguars fans this season. We look forward to providing the memory of a lifetime for one lucky fan on August 28.
About Nimnicht Family of Dealerships:
Nimnicht Chevrolet is the #1 Chevrolet dealer in the region and Nimnicht Buick GMC is the #1 GMC dealer in the region. Nimnicht Chevrolet and Nimnicht Buick GMC have been family owned and operated by the Nimnicht family since 1941. Nimnicht Chevrolet is located at 1550 Cassat Avenue and Nimnicht Buick GMC is located at 11503 Philips Highway. For more information, visit nimnicht.com.
By: David Levin (@davidlevin71)
Once the NFL announced that league poster boy Tom Brady would not play the first four games of the New England Patriots, the Jaguars schedule didn’t look that daunting.
True, the team still have major hurdles to get over, but the first seven games of the season, which includes games against Carolina, Miami, New England, Indianapolis, Tampa Bay, Houston and Buffalo could prove to be the catalyst for a winning season.
Or at least a break-even year – which fans here in Jacksonville would take in a heartbeat right about now.
The Brady soap opera has not only affected the Patriots, but the 13 teams on their schedule. And of course, it affects the Jaguars. There is no way Jacksonville would be favored in this game with or without Brady, but not seeing him on the field in Week 3 gives the team a bigger ray of hope and an outside chance of winning a vital game on the road.
Welcome to the NFL, Jimmy Garroppolo.
I haven’t wanted to give my opinion about this Deflategate issue, mainly because it has probably been an ongoing issue in the NFL for years. Whether we want to admit it or not, there is cheating in professional sports. Baseball has been the biggest culprit of the “known secret” for decades. The difference with the NFL and the Major Leagues is that in baseball it is only an issue if you get caught. In football, it speaks more to the credibility of the game and with Brady as the newest star to be at the center of a major issue of ethics, the lines of punishment for his actions are skewed.
Brady’s actions cannot be compared to a player who violates the league’s substance abuse policy or a player who is charged with domestic violence. But don’t misconstrue what I am saying. His actions because they violated the integrity of a contest – a playoff game – are just as severe.
And because of his actions, the four teams the Patriots play in the first month of the season – could benefit. Better yet, they should benefit.
For years, it appears the Patriots have tried to impose their will on the NFL and the sports world. They are the Yankees in baseball, the Detroit Red Wings in Hockey and the Boston Celtics in basketball. Winning breeds hatred. And cheating breeds a different kind of hatred. Brady’s legacy will not keep him out of the Hall of Fame, but it will drum up conversation when he hangs up his cleats and he becomes eligible for induction.
Could it mean he is not a first ballot inductee? Maybe, but more importantly, there is now a black stain on his resume.
The Jaguars need to win their first two games of the season at home against Carolina and Miami. But now, the Sept. 27 date in Boston means so much more. Could the Patriots be 0-2 going into that game and searching for answers? Whatever their record is, the Jaguars have to approach it like every other game – one they expect to win.
But in this case, the chances are that much greater, thanks in part to a man who found out even he cannot break the rules and get away with them.