In an offseason highlighted by defensive acquisitions and improvements, the offense has shown through two days of minicamp that they will not be pushed around by an improved defense. While both sides of the ball traded punches during the team drills in day two of mandatory minicamp, it seems the offense landed more punches than the defense.
Blake Bortles was impressive again. He is showing command of the offense and is clearly the leader of this football team. He threw several nice balls in individual and team drills including a BOMB on a roll out pass to Julius Thomas for a TD.
Speaking of Julius Thomas he was absolutely dominant this morning. He made several impressive catches and reached the end zone a few time to boot. He is clearly performing at a level right now that justifies his huge contract.
Allen Robinson made his return to practice today, even if it was in a limited role. He looked good, running crisp routes and elevating to make catches with ease in individual drills. Speaking of receivers named Allen, his counterpart Mr. Hurns looked impressive again on day two. Despite a dropped touchdown pass by Hurns both of these young receivers showed command of their position.
Marqise Lee and Rashad Greene had solid if not truly impressive practices, both making difficult catches look easy.
Arrelious Benn made several very difficult catches as he fights for a spot on the 53 man roster.
Ben Koyack made his mark scoring two touchdowns on the day.
Third year wide receiver Shaq Evans had a standout performance, catching two touchdown passes and making several other noticeable plays.
The Jaguars are in great shape at receiver, but the running backs, in particular Chris Ivory, continue to look explosive as well. Ivory broke off a would be long run, while Yeldon, Grey, Robinson, and Grant all showed great movement.
Brandon Allen continues to show an above average arm, but he did have his struggles on day two. He had two issues with handoffs, neither of which resulted in fumbles.
While the offense likely won the day, the defense wasn't too shabby either.
Myles Jack improved on day two and displayed his ability to run with receivers deep down the field. He still needs to get more acclimated to making the calls and reading the offense, but overall he's off to a good start.
Another rookie, Yannick Ngakoue, continued to show explosion off the edge. His first step got him several would be sacks/big plays. He will likely be a force for the Jaguars pass rusher sooner rather than later.
The Jags defense continued their string of getting interceptions when Jarrod Wilson picked off rookie quarterback Max Wittek deep down the middle of the field.
Both sides of the ball have looked improved so far and there has been great energy from players and coaches alike.
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