Jags going heavy with hotter practices


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.

13 responses to “Jags going heavy with hotter practices

  1. The Jags are the Jags. Temperature has little to do with their issues. Once they are done with northern Florida then maybe they can be taken seriously as an NFL franchise.

  2. Yeah it’s going to be really hot. So what? It’s not like the sun is going to be firing rifles at the players while they practice. Give me a break.
    Go Jags.

  3. The NFL schedules 1:00pm games in Florida during September…the hottest month of all in Florida. so morning, late afternoon, evening practices are kind of a non-story.

  4. Okay, every high school in the area has 2 a days as well. These guys are professionals there shouldn’t be an issue. In fact the Jags should use it to their advantage.
    Go Jags!

  5. Taken seriously?

    Of course they don’t have the long term failure of such storied franchises as the Lions. They don’t have a loud-motheed foot-fetish coach. In their time in the league they have had more success than ‘America’s Team’. And the ‘Skins’. And many other teams.

    There are 2 main reasons why they would not be taken seriously: playing in one of the largest stadiums in the NFL…and ‘fans’ who get all of their knowledge from ESPN…at least that ‘knowledge’ they can process while shricking in pre-puberty delight when Berman, Scott, Skippy, etc., appear.

  6. ^^have you ever been in a football practice with a 105 heat index its downright cruel I’m sure its hotter in Florida certain states have a limit for high school practices

  7. The issue is also that in the summer it rains more often in the afternoon here in FL, so its better to get a practice in pads before the rain starts.

  8. Up til the old softy Del Rio got here in 2003, the Jags were almost unbeatable at home. From 1997-2001, the only team with a better home record then the Jags was the Green Bay Packers. So for everyone that thinks practicing in the non-heat is a non-factor…u really need to do your research. I have several friends that moved down from up north and just melt in the heat. Being used to the heat is a mental and physical advantage!

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