Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson attends Jaguars practice
Urban Meyer gave his players a surprise during practice on Wednesday.
He asked an old friend to come talk to the team.
Jimmy Johnson, who was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame last weekend, watched practice from the sidelines.
Meyer follows Johnson’s path, trying to achieve what he did by making a successful jump into the NFL after achieving success as a college coach.
Johnson won a national championship at the University of Miami in 1987 and was 52-9 in five seasons.
In 1989, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones hired Johnson to become their head coach. Longtime friends and former Arkansas teammates Jones and Johnson have enjoyed success together. The Cowboys won back-to-back Super Bowls in 1992 and 1993 before Johnson and Jones agreed to go their separate ways in 1994.
Meyer made the jump to the NFL after winning two national championships in Florida in 2006 and 2008 and another at Ohio State in 2014.
Meyer on Tuesday asked former Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew to address the team. Jones-Drew currently works as an analyst for the NFL Network.
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Meyer originally planned to cut the training short, but they lasted over two hours in sweltering heat in helmets and shorts. Emphasis was placed on situational work, particularly in the red zone and the two-minute exercise. While working in the red zone, quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw touchdowns at tight end James O’Shaughnessy, Jamal Agnew and James Cotton Jr. Lawrence also threw a touchdown at tight end Luke Farrell, but a hold call canceled the game.
Undecided on QB rotation, starting representatives vs. Browns
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said Meyer and the coaching staff plan to meet over the next two days to determine their quarterback rotation and how long the starters will play in Saturday’s opener against the Cleveland Browns at TIAA Bank Field. Bevell said no decision has yet been made because they want to continue involving players in practice this week. Bevell also praised Lawrence’s rapid development, saying he seems to be really investing in it. Lawrence and Gardner Minshew continue to share first-team reps in practice.
Henderson works for the second day in a row
During training camp, cornerback CJ Henderson trained for two days in a row. He still seems to be getting back into shape, but he received limited reps when working out 11v11.
Back to work
Outside linebacker Josh Allen and wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. returned to practice after missing Tuesday for personal reasons. Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett II and safety Rudy Ford returned to practice after running out of time with undisclosed injuries. Starting offensive goaltender Andrew Norwell was seen working on the side with a coach.
Day full of mistakes
Receivers and running backs dropped several passes during the teamwork. Running back Travis Etienne couldn’t save a screen pass. Rookie wide receiver Jalen Camp bounced a pass to his hands thrown by Minshew near the sideline. Marvin Jones Jr. had a rare fall while performing a slant route. Running back Nathan Cottrell was wide open in the flat on a screen pass but dropped the ball.
The best catches of the day
Lawrence made a low-wing pass into the end zone that O’Shaughnessy maneuvered to the back of the end zone to take a dive. O’Shaughnessy also had a nice catch in the center in front of the linebackers. Wide receiver Collin Johnson reached up to retrieve the ball with his right hand on a pass from Minshew in the middle.