Jaguars Practice Blog

The open to the public portion of Jaguars practice is now completed, and the team appears ready for actual instillation and some unfamiliar opponents. Find out who the team is looking at, how some position competitions are going and a new Jaguar.



Ponder on their Minds

According to NFL Draft Scout.com's Chris Steuber, the Jaguars have inquired about the Florida State practice schedule and quarterback Christian Ponder and guard Rodney Hudson in particular. The Jags haven't drafted a quarterback in any round since Byron Leftwich, and there's a strong possibility that status will change next April.

Smith Likely Done for the Season

Jaguars defensive tackle D'Anthony Smith has suffered what is believed to be a ruptured Achilles which will require surgery. Smith is likely to be placed on the IR when the Jaguars cut their roster down to 75 players.

"In all likelihood we won't get him back," Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said of Smith. "The surgery will be done and we'll get a time frame from the doctors and all that in terms of a recovery date."

Jags Easing up on Practice

The Jaguars began their summer session of practices going pretty much full speed and they really hit the ground running.

"I'm always going to be responsible in terms of looking for what is best for the football team but we want to push our guys," Del Rio said.

The push may be eased up quite a bit after the team suffered injuries to rookies D'Anthony Smith (Achilles), Larry Hart (knee) and Austen Lane (hamstring), as well as wide receiver Nate Hughes (shoulder).

"We may need to alter our plans depending on the injury report. We're getting a few guys banged up and if we need to adjust it, we will."

Williamson Emerging

The wide open competition at the wide receiver position is beginning to play out just as we at JagNation thought. Mike Sims-Walker has been stellar, and Troy Williamson has stepped up when the pads have gone on. Williamson played well enough to earn a starting job last season but his potential breakout year was cut short by a separated shoulder injury in a Week Two game against the Arizona Cardinals.

"I think he feels more and more confident," Del Rio said of the former first-round pick. "The strength is there. He's been completely cleared, really no lingering issues with that and so I think it's great he re-established himself"


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