The sound of whistles could be heard from a distance, along with coaches yelling instructions on the practice field.

Normalcy returned for Jaguars players and coaches under sunny skies Thursday afternoon, a day after they canceled Wednesday’s practice so players, coaches and team personnel could evacuate ahead of Hurricane Dorian.

Despite blustery winds and rain, Jacksonville was spared the worst from Hurricane Dorian on Wednesday because it passed Northeast Florida nearly 90 miles offshore.

It enabled the Jaguars to resume preparations for Sunday’s season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs despite having one less day of work.

’’I’m glad to see everyone here safe, and our prayers are out to the people in the Bahamas and people up north where the storm is going,’’ coach Doug Marrone said.

Marrone said all 53 players, including 10 on the practice squd, returned safely for Wednesday’s practice. But he added they have a great challenge ahead on Sunday against the Chiefs, a Super Bowl contender who went 12-4 last season after losing in overtime to New England in the AFC title game.

The Jaguars held a scaled-back practice on Monday at their indoor facility before players left to return home to their families in advance of the storm. They had a regularly scheduled off day on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s canceled practice.

''The day off from the hurricane is not going to be an excuse of how play or don’t play well,’’ defensive coordinator Todd Wash said.

The Jaguars' starters went through a significant amount of preparations for Kansas City last week because the final preseason game against Atlanta only involved the backups playing.

''We’ve had some good prep. Not only that, [but] your first couple of opponents, you always work in the spring, too, ’’ Wash said. ''I think it’s very common around the league.’’

But offensive coordinator John DeFilippo still considers it a challenging week, having to change the normal game-day schedule due to the hurricane.

'To be honest with you, we’re all creatures of habit. Coaches, players, we like routine,'' DeFilippo said. ''That’s how we function. We function in routine. Short yardage goes in on this day, third down goes in on this day, red zone on this day. And I think it’s always a fight, and I tell the players all the time, when I tell them something, usually I’m talking to myself a lot of times. And it’s what it is, and there’s nothing you can do. We’re just really looking forward to playing the Chiefs on Sunday, and you roll with the punches. That’s all you can do.”

Players also had the option to watch game tape of the Chiefs on their team-issued iPad tablets, and they stayed in contact with their position coaches by phone.

Cornerback Tre Herndon waited out the storm from his home in Jacksonville and still want through preparations for the Chiefs.

''The DB coach [Tim Walton] got everybody together on the phone and told us what clips to look at,'' Herndon said. ''Football-wise, that's what my off day consisted of.''