Patriots Talk: Jaguars Have Some Things To Say About The Join Practice With the Patriots
Jaguars Talk About Joint Training Camp With New England
The Patriots welcomed the Jacksonville Jaguars for practice this week ahead of the two teams’ opening preseason game of the 2017 season. This year marks the 58th annual training camp for the Patriots, including their 15th consecutive camp at Gillette Stadium. The 2017 season marks the sixth straight year that the Patriots will hold joint practice sessions. Last season, the Patriots hosted the New Orleans Saints and the Chicago Bears.
Here’s what the Jaguars had to say about the Patriots:
Quarterback Blake Bortles
On the Patriots defense:
They do things differently than our defense, which we have been seeing for the past [nine] practices … It’s making sure we’re on the same page as everybody, the adjustments are correct and we’re getting in the spots that we need to.
How the Patriots defense played him:
Up front, [the Patriots] single everybody up and that made everything one-on-one as far as the blocking schemes and then they do a lot of different things in coverage with their safeties, whether they’re sprinting their guys down or staying high and doing different stuff.
Cornerback A.J. Bouye
On the Patriots’ offensive efficiency:
Going against the best quarterback in the NFL … we know how efficient their offense is. They’re smart with the ball. They don’t cause many turnovers, so even to play tight coverage every down gives us a positive going into the next day.
Defensive back Barry Church
On how the Patriots can help Jaguars veterans as well as rookies:
Definitely a great challenge. You’re going against the world champions and the best in the league as of last year. Not only for the younger guys, but for a guy like me as well, it was a great experience.
Executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin
The advantage of practicing with (and against) the Patriots:
We’re trying to do the best we can with our team. Obviously, a very good — the world champions. If you’re going to make a decision who you’re going to work with, there’s nothing better than working against Bill Belichick and a world championship team. They’re a good football team.
Wide receiver Marqise Lee
On the differences between the Jaguars and Patriots defense:
It’s improvement for each and every player. You get used to going against the same technique, as far as me going against [cornerback] A.J. [Bouye] 24-7. Now, I get a different technique with [Patriots cornerbacks] Malcolm Butler and [Stephen] Gilmore. They have different techniques even though they’re on the same team.
Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone
Assessing the gains of practicing against the Patriots:
Like I said before, there are so many positives coming to work with another team. I felt like we got a great deal done today. We have to go ahead and look at the tape and be able to improve. I think when you practice like this, obviously against a great football team, then it is going to make our team better. That really was the goal coming up here.
I think it gives us a good feel for where we are. Obviously they are a great team and we have a lot of respect for both the coaches and the players.