On Friday, May 8, Thousands of fans crowded the Florida Blue Practice Field to see the 2015 rookies in action for the first time. Everyone’s eyes were glued to number 56, Dante Fowler, and to the dismay of Jaguars Fans everywhere, Fowler went down with a non contact knee injury. The seriousness of the injury is not yet known. At best, the injury could be a minor tweak. At worst this apparent knee injury could end the heralded rookie’s season before it even got a chance to start.
Prior to Fowler’s injury he looked very impressive.
Here is his finest play:
Aside from the Fowler injury, the mini camp went as expected. It was a fairly bland practice. The two rookie receivers, Rashad Greene and Neal Sterling, both made some impressive catches, but also had some drops that left fans wondering. Tight End, Ben Koyack, looked impressive, aside from one drop that should have been an easy catch. Safety, James Sample looks to be a physical specimen in the secondary.
T.J. Yeldon looked very impressive, save a fumble that he was able to recover. Fumbling was an issue for Yeldon in College, so that is something to keep an eye on.
Third round pick A.J. Cann is big and athletic. It is though to tell anything about lineman in a mini camp, but he does look the part. Perhaps the most intriguing match up of the day, came when two players from the 2013 BCS National Championship lined up against each other. Thats right, for a portion of the practice former Auburn QB, Nick Marshall, was lined up opposite former FSU WR, Rashad Greene. On one play, Marshall was covering Greene, and the quarterback handed the ball of to T.J. Yeldon. If the practice was full contact, Marshall would have been faced with the challenge of tackling Yeldon, Marshall’s former rival from Alabama. After the practice concluded, many players stuck around to sign autographs. Despite the injury to first round pick, Dante Fowler, there was still a buzz in the air after the first practice of the season for the Jaguars.
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