Kelvin Beachum may be ready for training camp 

The initial report for LT Kelvin Beacham’s return from last season’s ACL tear with the Pittsburgh Steelers was somewhat good news. Now, that return may happen ever sooner.  Beachum was originally expected to return early in training camp; however, he might be on the field from day 1.

This would put Beachum on a list of big-name, injured Jaguars that are expected to be fully healed for the team’s training camp.  Beachum, the team’s favorite to win the starting LT job, defensive lineman Dante Fowler, linebacker Myles Jack, and corner back Jalen Ramsey should all be ready to go. 

Fowler and Jack both participated in minicamp, although on a limited basis.  The four of these guys have another 37 days to go until training camp officially starts. Assuming Beachum beats first-round bust Luke Joeckel, that will give the Jaguars an improved offensive line from last year. The line allowed Blake Bortles to be sacked 50 times, way too much for an NFL team to have any sort of success. 

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Telvin Smith will serve as pace car driver for Coke Zero 400

Linebacker Telvin Smith has been asked to be the honorary pace car driver for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, according to NASCAR. The Florida State product, who was selected in the 5th round of the 2014 NFL Draft, is ecstatic to have this opportunity:

“Im looking forward to this great experience. I’ve never been to a NASCAR even before, so the opportunity to attend my first racerace, as well as drive the pace car, will make for an unforgettable evening.”

The Jaguars and NASCAR continue to build their great relationship together. In 2014, driver Jamie McMurray participated in a Jaguars practice.  

“This year, we’re excited to return the favor and host Telvin Smith at the ‘World Center of Racing’ and have him pace the field prior to the green flag for Saturday night’s midsummer classic,” said Chip Wile, president of Daytona International Speedway.  The race will take place on July 2nd.

Since joining the Jaguars defense in 2014, Smith has been shining.  During his rookie season, he finished with 99 tackles, which was third-most by any rookie in the league.  Last season,  he started 14 games and recorded 128 tackles, while scoring his first career touchdown via interception (featured picture). 

The NFL’s leading 6-tackle game streak-holder, Smith, is a huge part of the way Gus Bradley wants the defense to be played.  His speed and athleticism have made an instant impact on this team, and I expect even bigger things from him this year. 

Allen Hurns is allergic

The Jaguars’ 40 million door man has an allergy that’s pretty inconvenient to a football player. Grass just so happens to be the dirty culprit. It hasn’t seemed to really affect his on-field production, though.  In 2 seasons since being picked up by the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent, Hurns has amassed 115 catches, 1,708 yards, and 16 touchdowns. Hurns cashed in on that production this year, signing a 4-year, $40M deal

Hurns explained to ESPN’s Mike DiRicco

Sometimes I break out, sometimes I don’t. At times it gets pretty aggravating, but for the most part it’s been holding up good. 

Fortunately for Hurns, he only has to take an occasional Benadryl to overcome his allergies. He described it as more of an annoyance than a problem. If you ever see him wearing long socks or sleeves on a hot day, now you know why he does so.