The new labor deal limits the duration and number of training-camp practices, but it says nothing about when the practices can happen.
And so the Jaguars will be doing most of their work when it’s hot.
The Jaguars have announced their training-camp schedule, and the list of practices includes only one evening session: an intrasquad scrimmage on Friday, August 3.
Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union writes that new coach Mike Mularkey has expressed a preference for afternoon practices. That’s a stark contrast to former head coach Jack Del Rio, who routinely practiced at night.
Padded practices typically will start in the morning, at 8:30 a.m. local time. They’ll last two hours and forty-five minutes. Helmetless afternoon walk-throughs will begin at 4:30 p.m. or 4:55 p.m. That order will be flipped for the first two days of camp; per Stellino, the goal is to get the players prepared for the “rigors” of training camp.
Teams began limiting practice time in high heat after the 2001 death of offensive lineman Korey Stringer during Vikings training camp.