The Jaguars completed their second of three mandatory mini camp practices on Wednesday. The first days storylines were highlighted by the return of Branden Albert to the Jaguars as he ended his contract dispute and the continued absence of several key contributors due to injury.
One of those players who is expected to contribute is Dede Westbrook. He missed most of OTAs and the first day of minicamp, but according to Mike Kaye of First Coast News Westbrook caught passes today. This is key for a player trying to impress a new head coach that harps on availability being a key trait.
Elsewise it has been quiet on the news front, save Blake Bortles speaking to the media after practice.
Bortles appeared calm and cool (as he usually does) and was all business when he spoke. He portrayed a mature "football oriented" player, who is ready to stop being the laughing stock of the league. Whether or not he and his teammates will be able to lift the Jaguars up from the seemingly impossible depths that they have fallen to in recent years remains to be seen.
Towards that end Bortles said that his mechanics have held up so far, a good development in what has been the biggest offseason storyline for the Jaguars. While Bortles may be on his way to a bounce back season, the running game will need to be vastly improved for the Jaguars offense to find balance. Bortles commented on the running game saying "I think the running game is looking really good". It's far from a definitive statement, but it's certainly not a bad thing that the QB feels confident in his rushing attack thus far. In terms of the center position Bortles was asked if the shuffling around is affecting him at all and he said no. Bortles has worked with all three players (Brandon Linder, Luke Bowanko, and Tyler Shatley) at times over the last three seasons and he feels comfortable with all of them.
Bortles said he would return to California to continue working on developing as a QB during the five weeks that the team has off between the end of minicamp and the start of training camp. This time around however the focus won't be entirely on mechanics. He said this time around he'll be working on more "specific" things and will more "dialed in".
The Jaguars last day of minicamp before their five week break is Thursday.
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