On offense, the team worked primary on running routes during drills. Wide receivers were put in charge of getting away from defenders and in some cases, improvising a route on the fly. Wide receiver Nathan Sassaman burned the defender on an impromptu fly route for a touchdown. During 11-on-11 drills, CJ Bennett had trouble finding the offense, with the defense making at least three interceptions. Ross Metheny did not pass the ball much better, but he did however show great speed scrambling out of the pocket. Wide receiver Corey Besteda once again impressed at practice, making an amazing behind the back one handed catch that left everyone asking “How did he do that?” Jereme Jones also had a good day of practice, catching a deep touchdown pass from CJ Bennett.
The second half had running backs working on holding blocks on passing plays. Terrance Timmons was impressive blocking out of the backfield. After 11-on-11, the team moved to red zone passing. Wide receiver Bryant Lavender and tight end Greg Hollinger had good days, both making great jumping catches over defenders. The team also practiced the 2-minute drill for the first time. The 1’s, led by CJ Bennett, had their drive stopped at the 34 yard line after failing to convert on 4th down. The 2’s, led by Ross Metheny, made it down to the 26 yard line with 10 seconds left before they settled for a field goal.
The defense caused problems all morning. A string of three pass defenses in a row and an interception by a defensive lineman had the defense chanting “D-Block.” Linebacker Ben Giles made a few good plays in zones, while Enrique Williams plowed over running back Demetre Baker on a run up the middle. Defensive Back Eddy Cabrera broke up a few passes as while.
Kicker Michel Chapuseaux was kicking well in what appeared to be his first full day kicking the ball. He and Aleem Sunanon were hitting 45+ yard field goals with ease. Chapuseaux also made a 47 yard field goal on a hurry up play with 3 seconds remaining.
The Jags will have a final practice Friday before their first scrimmage of the fall season Saturday.