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Jaguars OTAs: No Minshew; Lawrence looks sharp in practice

Members of the Jaguars defense on the field during Thursday's organized team activities.
Members of the Jaguars defense on the field during Thursday's organized team activities. (News4Jax)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – On Thursday, the Jaguars continued organized team activities. Energy and attendance are still high for the Jaguars out on the practice field. There were two notable absences from practice Gardner Minshew and Andrew Norwell.

Coach Urban Meyer said it was a “personal day” and that both Minshew and Norwell would return Monday.

The new faces on the roster are already making a notable difference on the practice field. Jihad Ward and Roy Robertson-Harris spent time before practice dancing and hyping up the rest of the defensive line group. That sort of energy was noticeable throughout practice.

One of the biggest takeaways from today is Lawrence is legit.

“I thought he looked great. He had a really good day today,” Meyer said. “He’s just making steady progress. I want to say — I can’t give you percentage of the installation, but we’ve been at it now for three weeks and one of the advantages that we’ve had with Trevor [is] that we’ve kind of made a decision — I can’t remember exactly when — we started working with him a good month before practices started.

After the last open OTA, Meyer expressed that Lawrence had a bit of an off day. That was not the case during the team period of practice. Lawrence was locked in, throwing beautiful passes to DJ Chark, Tim Tebow, Laviska Shenault and James O’Shaughnessy

Notes

• Tebow is continuing to progress as a tight end. He looks like a smooth athlete catching passes. I’d like to see him extend his arms and catch passes away from his body.

• Travis Etienne spent time during a special team’s period working out with the wide receivers.

• Josh Allen looks like he is in great shape and primed to have a big season.

• Jihad Ward wrapped up one period by pancaking the coach to be met by high fives and a chest bump from the coach.

• On the first play of the Team period James Robinson was split out at wide receiver. Could be a sign that Etienne will not be the only running back moving around the formation.

• Marvin Jones continues to stand out. He has the look of a No. 1 receiver.


About the Author:

Jamal St. Cyr is an award-winning sports anchor who joined the News4Jax sports team in 2019.