Jacksonville, Fla. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Jacksonville Jaguars training camp.
The highlight of the day may have been Denard Robinson's diving catch of a pass from Blake Bortles down the right sideline. Robinson’s hands have been criticized heavily since his dismal performance in training camp in 2013, but the team revealed in the spring that Robinson was dealing with nerve damage in his hand relating to an injury he sustained during his final season at Michigan. Robinson dropped only one pass in nine OTAs and a three-day minicamp and there is a lot of optimism that he can finally become the weapon the Jaguars envisioned when they drafted him. Today’s catch shows how much he has improved now that the nerve damage has healed. Robinson did later drop an easy pass from Bortles but stayed after practice and ran the same pattern multiple times and caught each pass from Bortles.
Middle linebacker Paul Posluszny talked on Friday about the need for the linebackers to make more big plays. Outside linebacker Geno Hayes delivered one when he picked off a Ricky Stanzi pass and returned it for what would have been a touchdown. Hayes read Stanzi’s eyes and stepped in front of the pass intended for tight end Reggie Jordan.
Rookie defensive end Chris Smith continues to impress early in camp. The knock on him coming out of Arkansas was his height (he’s only 6-foot-1) but Smith knocked down a pass at the line of scrimmage for the second day in a row. "He’s not as tall but he’s got good length in his arms and that’s what’s showing up," Bradley said. Smith also had a nice showing in one-on-one pass rush drills. He got by rookie offensive tackle Josh Wells with a spin move and then came back on the next snap and beat him with a bull rush.
There were no new injuries. Receiver Cecil Shorts (hamstring), tight end D.J. Tialavea (quad), and linebacker J.T. Thomas (hamstring) did not practice. Defensive tackle Roy Miller was given a veteran day off. ... Kicker Josh Scobee showed off his leg by making consecutive field goals from 50, 56, and 64 yards. Scobee has made 23 field goals of 50 or more yards in his career, including a 59-yarder against Indianapolis in 2010. ... Cornerback Will Blackmon also had an interception during one-on-one drills. He was running stride-for-stride with receiver Damian Copeland and snared Bortles’ slightly-underthrown pass.