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Jaguars minicamp: Hamstring slows Lawrence; Chaisson out due to COVID test

It's the first day of minicamp for the Jaguars.
It's the first day of minicamp for the Jaguars. (News4Jax)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The big story from minicamp Monday: Trevor’s hamstring.

Lawrence practiced with a sleeve on his left leg.

Last week during OTA’s, Jaguars coach Urban Meyer mentioned that Lawrence had tweaked the hamstring. Lawrence participated during individual drills and 7-on-7, but watched all the team portions of practice from the sidelines.

After practice was over Meyer said “we’re just being cautious. That’s that one muscle that — you guys have all seen it like I have, [if] you pull a hamstring at this point, you’re going to miss all your summer conditioning, so we’re being somewhat conservative on it. But he actually could play a game if we had to.”

No real wow plays from the rest of the offense Monday.

Quarterbacks Gardner Minshew and CJ Beathard both took the majority of the reps in the team drills. Minshew looked solid outside of one horrible interception.

On the other side of the ball, we have some official clarification from Meyer on what the defense will be moving forward.

Meyer said “It’s a 3-4”. That means three defensive linemen and four linebackers.

(Every Jags fans takes a collective exhale) Yes, the defense will be a 3-4.

That great news for the front seven. That just happens to be where one of my favorite players to watch in practice plays.

So far, that has been Jihad Ward.

You can hear him from anywhere on the practice field. He is constantly talking and pumping up his teammates. Ward is going to make a huge impact on the locker room. 

Meyer echoed those similar feelings about ward after the first day of minicamp when he said “his [defensive coordinator Joe Cullen] comments were spot on with what kind of worker he is, what kind of teammate he is, and what kind of competitor he is. And so far, he’s been fantastic, so he’s been a great addition.”

Only one player was missing on Monday.

Meyer said after practice that the reason for K’Lavon Chaisson’s absence was a positive test for COVID-19. Meyer said that Chaisson would be retested to confirm that positive test. Chaisson, a first-round pick last year out of LSU, was at the pass rush camp of Broncos linebacker Von Miller over the weekend.

Chaisson responded on Twitter, thanking those who had reached out to him.

About the Author:

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