JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Jacksonville Jaguars' training camp.
The Jaguars continue to express confidence in center Mike Brewster, who had two poor shotgun snaps over quarterback Chad Henne's head against Tampa Bay last Friday, but guard Jacques McClendon got first-team reps at center during one 11-on-11 period on Monday. McClendon has been competing with rookie Brandon Linder for the starting job at right guard. Brewster will still be the starter when the Jaguars play at Chicago on Thursday night, though. "We saw some good things on tape from [Brewster]," coach Gus Bradley said. "I know the glaring things were the snaps. But we saw some good things, so he'll be our center going into this game. We're always going to try to find out who's doing well in different situations. If nothing else it creates more depth." McClendon actually has one more snap in a regular-season game than Brewster: He snapped the ball on Brad Meester's pass reception last season. That's the only snap in a regular-season game for either player.
Toby Gerhart (hip flexor) worked off to the side on Monday but the team announced there is a chance that he and reserve linebacker J.T. Thomas (hamstring) will participate in Tuesday's practice. Gerhart hasn't practiced since Aug. 6. The Jaguars are being cautious with Gerhart because they don't want to risk a long-term injury to the player they signed to be their feature back.
The Jaguars continue to tinker with lineups along the offensive line. When McClendon was snapping with the first unit, Linder was lined up at right guard. Linder also snapped with the second-team offense with rookie Luke Bowanko at right guard and rookie Josh Wells at left tackle. Bowanko and Wells had been working with the third unit.
The receivers continue to be plagued by drops. Kerry Taylor, Kenny Shaw and Marqise Lee both dropped catchable balls and Taylor also dropped a punt. Taylor, though, rebounded with two nice grabs later in practice, including a diving catch in 11-on-11. Mike Brown, who had two drops against the Bucs, made a really nice catch in 7-on-7 in which he grabbed the ball with his hands away from his body while cornerback Demetrius McCray was on his back.
The Jaguars ran more blitz periods Monday and it affected rookie Blake Bortles. He wasn't as sharp as he was against the Bucs, when he completed 7 of 11 passes for 117 yards against almost exclusively a four-man rush. On Monday, Bortles forced a ball into coverage that was nearly intercepted by linebacker Telvin Smith and then threw late on a sideline pattern to running back Storm Johnson and cornerback Jeremy Harris jumped the throw and took it back for a touchdown.
The Jaguars will return to the practice field on Tuesday at 9:55 a.m. ET. It is the last practice open to the public.