The Jacksonville Jaguars offense had been lagging behind the defense ever since the beginning of training camp on Friday. All of that changed during Wednesday's practice.
Quarterback Blake Bortles had the throw of camp as he hit wide receiver Allen Hurns with a perfectly thrown ball in the seam while Hurns was blanketed by coverage. The toss came when the Jaguars were working on a two-minute drill from their own 7-yard line.
“Yeah, as long as he catches it, I’m fine with it (laughs), but it was a great play by him," Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles recounted. "(The offense) kind of had something drawn up to go the other way and Hurns ended up one on one and beat his guy over the top, so it worked out perfectly and kind of put us in field goal range and all we needed was a field goal, so it worked out well.”
That one play would be a sign of things to come during Wednesday's practice.
“It went well," Bortles said when asked about his practice. "Kind of a rough start, I think I had two MAs in two plays in team takeoff, but after that, kind of got on track. guys did some good stuff. Gus talks about uncomfortable situations and it was obviously humid and hot out and I thought we did a really good job. We had two really good two minute drills and then followed it up with a pretty good practice.”
Bortles was as sharp as he's been since the Jaguars selected him with the third-overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Bortles was confident firing the football, often fitting the ball into tight windows in traffic. He was masterful in goal-line drills as he fired strikes to rookie Rashad Greene, veteran Marcedes Lewis and Free agent acquisition Julius Thomas.
Bortles was asked about the amount of confidence he has throwing the ball to Julius Thomas, who is apparently, "always open."
“A lot, and we’re trying to continue to build it," Bortles said. "We go during inside run after we’re both done and we’ll go on the other field and run some stuff that we don’t get a whole lot of reps at during practice, so we try to build it that way and we’ll continue to do that during practice and after practice trying to get reps and create chemistry that way.”
It was about as perfect of a practice as a team could have. The defense looked fast in individual drills. The young starting quarterback showed the confidence of a burglar and the wide receivers caught just about everything thrown their way. Even the running backs looked fast, while showing good hands and vision.
"I thought the individual periods where the offensive and defensive line got together; I thought the defense had a pretty good day," Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said. "Then, when we did the team sessions, I thought the offense came back and did really well. I am really pleased with how the quarterbacks are playing and coming along. Not there yet, but the arrow is up.”
It's only one practice, but one great practice is better than a bad one. This could be the start of something special in Jacksonville.
Jaguars Offense Sharp On Wednesday
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