The Jaguars wrapped up their 7th day of OTAs Monday morning. Their practice was moved up from it's scheduled time due to weather concerns - hopefully that won't be an issue in 2018 with the almost completed indoor practice facility.
At this point no major storylines have come from the Jaguars first OTA of week three.
Head coach Doug Marrone spoke with the media following the team's practice session, and in typical Doug Marrone fashion he made sure to be clear that this was an "activity" not a practice. Marrone has been kind natured and witty (at least towards the media) since taking over as the Jaguars head coach. Since the start of OTAs he's made it clear at every opportunity that he doesn't believe that these "activities" are real practices because of their limited nature. There's no hitting, no tackling, no real football. Despite his belief that these aren't real practices, Marrone does believe that these "activities" provide value.
After this week's over we will have done pretty much everything you can do situationally meaning third down, red zone, backed up, two minute, empty, no huddle.
Marrone and his staff are taking these opportunities to make sure the team understands situational football. But he believes the biggest thing is making sure the players are in football shape and making sure they stay in football shape when they are away from the facility.
The focus, again, was to make sure we're in shape. The weather hasn't really cooperated from my standpoint. I actually want it to be the opposite way (not rainy so the team could practice in the heat).
When asked about breakout star receiver Marqise Lee Marrone had this to say:
He's done a good job with his weight . . . he's done a very good job with that now. The key for him is going to be this next two weeks but really this second offseason. When he goes away how he's gonna be when he comes back in for training camp . . . he has the opportunity to do some good things.
Backup safeties Peyton Thompson (FS) and Jarrod Wilson (SS) have both stood out to Doug Marrone during these recent "activities".
But perhaps the biggest non story line that becomes a story line because of the time of year was Doug Marrone's comments on newly appointed starting middle linebacker Myles Jack.
I think it could be better (Jack's transition to MLB). I think he works extremely hard, but again I'm gonna be a lot harder on him. Someone that's calling the defense and in there in the middle. I think it helps to have a lot of experienced people around him. Obviously Telvin's there and Puz in there. He's put in the extra work, he's done a nice job, but I'm always on Myles . . . because I'm always going to try to push Myles to be where he can be. That's the way I like to coach him.
This statement could get blown out of proportion, but hopefully it won't. The point is, from Marrone's view, that Myles isn't yet where he could be as a pro and Marrone is going to continue to stay on him until reaches that level.
Marrone also mentioned that Dante Fowler is in the same boat with Lee in terms of staying in good shape while the team waits for Training Camp. Fowler did miss practice today, but the team knew about it.
Marrone also said free agent acquisition AJ Bouye looks "great".
The Jaguars have 3 more OTA practices this week before they jump into Mandatory Mini Camp the following week. According to Marrone the team will move practice up to earlier in the morning again tomorrow to avoid weather.
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