Three days after many of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ roster acquired their first style of enjoying time this season, the Jaguars went all out when it comes to physicality on Sunday, holding probably the most intense tackling shows in current Jaguars camp historical past.
Just a few gamers stood out in a giant manner because the Jaguars tackled the bottom and with no relent. So, who had a giant day on Day 9 of coaching camp at Episcopal College of Jacksonville Knight Campus?
Physicality goes to the following degree as Andre Cisco, Travis Etienne lead huge days
The Jaguars held their most bodily observe of camp by a long-shot on Sunday. The truth is, it was essentially the most bodily observe of any Jaguars camp I’ve lined since 2019, placing even final 12 months’s bodily days deep within the rearview mirror. Sunday’s observe regarded extra like a throwback two-a-days observe than a 2022 observe, which speaks volumes on how a lot of an emphasis the Jaguars are inserting on contact after the Corridor of Fame recreation.
The protection tackled full velocity, placing a number of huge hits on their offensive teammates — hits that might genuinely depend as jaw-dropping collisions on Sundays. The offense and defensive position blocked one another by means of the whistle in a giant manner, engaged on placing the opposing facet within the floor, whereas ability gamers ran behind their pads and lowered the increase as a lot as they’d all camp.
“You simply wish to see fixed enchancment day by day, each week. The set up so far as placing within the data is truly fizzling out now, so we are able to high quality tune assignments, alignments, the small print of routes, the run recreation, the suits for the offensive line, issues like that,” Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson stated earlier than observe. “That is what we have got to see. That is the place the fixed enchancment wants to begin displaying up right here in these subsequent a number of weeks earlier than the common season.”
There have been a number of performs and gamers who stood out — and we are going to get to them — however there have been two gamers on both sides of the ball who particularly had huge days. For the protection, it was second-year security Andre Cisco. Cisco regarded like a star on Sunday, making performs everywhere in the area towards the run and cross.
Cisco had some huge open-field tackles towards the Raiders on Thursday and he continued this pattern on a number of events on Sunday. He introduced down Travis Etienne with the toughest hit of coaching camp on the primary run of group drills, laying Etienne out close to the sideline with an ideal kind deal with that displayed his explosion, closing velocity and aggressiveness.
Cisco additionally had excellent protection on Chris Manhertz to power an incompleteness from the one-yard line, whereas he pressured his first turnover of camp with a tone-setting deal with of Ryquell Armstead on the aim line. Armstead had a head of steam after taking the ball from close to the 15-yard line and regarded like he was only a end away from scoring, however Cisco gave up on the bottom on contact and punched the ball out to power a fumble and restoration from Chad Muma.
As for the offense, the star of group drills was second-year working again Travis Etienne. The Jaguars gave Etienne an enormous workload with the beginning offense throughout group drills on Sunday, changing the touches he did not get when he sat for the Corridor of Fame recreation.
Etienne made a number of standout performs as a receiver, catching a formidable downfield throw from Lawrence towards the blitz that might have gone to an enormous acquire. Etienne beat a defensive again on his route out of the backfield to get separation, too, not a linebacker. Etienne additionally had an enormous acquire on a nifty-looking display, exploding previous the road of scrimmage and into the third degree of the protection earlier than reducing his shoulder on an intense Tre Herndon deal with on the sideline.
As a runner, Etienne had some huge features that confirmed why he might be the favourite to get early-down work. He took one outdoors run to the appropriate for at the least a 20-yard acquire, drawing loud cheers from the sidelines and training workers. On the aforementioned Cisco play, Etienne did some glorious issues of his personal as he broke a deal with on the line of scrimmage after which squeezed his manner by means of a crowd of defenders to get at the least 12 yards earlier than Cisco hit him.
Trevor Lawrence and offense thrives towards blitz however struggles in goal-line
It was a inform of two-halves of group drills for the first-team offense. In some features, the offense regarded as crisp because it has all camp, making throws downfield and in tight home windows and doing a terrific job of selecting up further pass-rushers. However, a number of the red-zone points continued to hold over for each the first- and second-team defenses.
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Within the first part of group drills the place the protection felt a wide selection of blitzes and offered the offense with lots of completely different appears, the offense excelled. Lawrence accomplished seven of his first eight passes, with the lone incompleteness being a near-catch by Marvin Jones on the sidelines. Lawrence accomplished fast passes to Etienne, Christian Kirk, Jamal Agnew and Luke Farrell, together with a giant acquire to Etienne on a cross that was at the least 12-15 yards by means of the air. He did this with a hand in his face on most reps for the reason that protection felt the home, so the effectivity is spectacular.
It was additionally spectacular how effectively the offensive line, tight ends and working backs held up towards the blitz-heavy protection contemplating it was this identical drill the offense had points with every week in the past. The offense additionally transformed 4-of-5 third-and-shorts towards the beginning protection, which featured some huge runs from Etienne and Snoop Conner.
The protection completely dominated goal-line drills, nonetheless. With the ball on the one-yard line, the beginning protection utterly blanked the beginning offense, with the offense scoring zero occasions on 4 performs. This included the defensive position stuffing Etienne on one play, Foyesade Oluokun stopping Conner within the backfield on one other play, whereas Lawrence missed Dan Arnold excessive on one throw and the secondary erased the Jaguars’ tight ends to power a Lawrence throw out of the again of the top zone on the ultimate play. The lone rating was a CJ Beathard to Laquon Treadwell throw towards the second-team protection.
Add in some main stops all through the remainder of the day from gamers resembling Dawuane Smoot, Chad Muma, Travon Walker and Rudy Ford, whereas Oluokun sacked Lawrence throughout group drills after blitzing and getting by Etienne. It was a really back-and-forth day, with every unit making their fair proportion of performs.
Cam Robinson continues dominant camp
Many of the consideration that will get paid to the Jaguars’ offensive line goes to big-money free-agent addition Brandon Scherff or younger potential first-time starters resembling Walker Little or Luke Fortner. However the star of the offensive line by means of camp to this point has been left deal with Cam Robinson, who is usually the forgotten man of the road regardless of enjoying such a key spot and signing a significant deal this offseason.
Robinson has been completely dominant in one-on-ones all through camp and this continued on Sunday as he shutout each Travon Walker and Josh Allen, going 4-of-4 towards the Jaguars’ athletic pass-rush duo who has given each different deal with on the roster points.
This wasn’t the primary day Robinson was flawless in one-on-ones, both. He has additionally had huge wins on Dawuane Smoot, Okay’Lavon Chaisson and Arden Key, displaying off his skill to cease pass-rushers of all ability units. Robinson is enjoying with confidence and brilliance that we have not seen in earlier camps, at the least to not this diploma.
It wasn’t simply pass-rush drills, both. Robinson had a superb day in group drills, paving the way in which within the second-level for a number of huge features to the skin, each on working performs the place he was requested to assault the sting and on screens that requested him to get in area and make a block. He made one such block on Tyson Campbell that he made look straightforward — one thing Robinson remembered about after the play.
Robinson is having pretty much as good of a coaching camp as he has had in years. He legitimately appears like a left deal with who’s enjoying the most effective ball of his life and is able to take that subsequent step ahead, a growth that would make the Jaguars seem like geniuses for extending him.
Play of the day
There are a number of candidates for play of the day after probably the most thrilling practices of camp. Cisco’s hit and Etienne’s huge play on the display each deserve some consideration, whereas Evan Engram had a fabulous landing within the nook of the top zone on an ideal ball from Trevor Lawrence.
Nonetheless, the vote goes to Luke Farrell. The second-year tight finish made some huge catches on Sunday after main the group in receiving yards on Thursday, together with one large catch-and-run towards the beginning protection. Zay Jones had an ideal block downfield to assist spring him and he took benefit by exploding into area and displaying strong velocity.
- The Jaguars had some injured gamers discovered their manner again to the sector on Sunday. Foley Fatukasi has missed most of camp with a calf damage, however he took half in group and particular person drills on Sunday and had a terrific observe. He clearly made a giant distinction to the group’s run protection on the goal-line, crashing each working performs from the one and giving the Jaguars some much-needed muscle up entrance. He additionally had a incredible rep towards Brandon Scherff in one-on-ones that confirmed some uncommon energy. Jamal Agnew additionally took half in group drills for the primary time, and the truth that he took half in essentially the most bodily observe of camp says rather a lot about his restoration.
- CJ Beathard acquired much more group work in on Sunday. He spent the primary week of camp sitting out group drills, whereas earlier this week he started to see sporadic reps towards the protection. On Sunday, he led the second-team offense on ever drive and did not look restricted within the slightest.
- May the Jaguars be searching for new choices for his or her second-team middle? After KC McDermott had snap points in camp and there was a fumbled change throughout the last quarter of Thursday’s recreation, so Darryl Williams noticed all second-team reps with that unit on Sunday.
- Arden Key and Foyesade Oluokun might be the guts of the Jaguars’ protection from a management perspective. It’s onerous to seek out two extra vocal gamers on the sector.
- There was undoubtedly some rising tensions to associate with the added physicality on Sunday. The offensive and defensive traces every acquired warnings throughout group drills, whereas Evan Engram and Rashod Berry exchanged shoves earlier than being flagged and separated.
- Nonetheless no Devin Lloyd for the Jaguars on account of his hamstring damage, so Shaquille Quarterman and Chad Muma rotated with the first-team protection on Sunday.
- Rudy Ford noticed extra second-team reps on Sunday than he has beforehand in camp. He’s additionally clearly the group’s high possibility as a punt gunner, which might be his path from him to the roster.