For the first two days of training camp, I broke down the practice by position group. Today I'm going to look at day three from a bigger picture perspective.
Let's get it!
First off, Doug Marrone met with the media this morning and dove deep into how the Jaguars are more cautious and aware when it comes to injury avoidance. Injuries ravaged the team in 2018, and they don't want to suffer the same fate in 2019. The team is working smarter to make sure that players are ready for the regular season.
Marrone also talked about situational football. It's no secret that the Jaguars have struggled, at times, with situational football at the end of halves and games. The team began work on situational football Friday and will continue to do that throughout camp. Friday the team worked on driving the ball down the field to get into field goal range in a hurry-up situation.
Another key tidbit:
"We are doing a lot of rotations of players," said Marrone. "Whether it be the second QB position or the offensive line, (or) the DBs. There's a lot of things that are kind of going on that you might point out and say 'what's going on?' There's nothing strategically or schematically or depth chart wise that's really going on right now. We're just trying to give ourselves a pretty good look, to give everyone an opportunity. I think as we get into, probably right after that second preseason game, is when you start getting them ready to go in those positions."
Don't read too much into who's where at this point. Still, I'll do my best to share with you who's starting and where and who's getting the back up reps.
The weekend brought with it some exciting developments.
Josh Allen participated in team drills for the first time and ran with the ones during 11-on-11. He also took some vet offensive lineman to school with his outside sped rush in one-on-one drills. Leonard Wester and Cedric Ogbuehi both fell victim.
Starting cornerback AJ Bouye also practiced fully after not practicing on Friday (this goes back to the injury avoidance and prevention theme).
DJ Chark had been a disappointment (in my eyes) the first two days of camp. But on day three Chark came alive and formed a connection with QB Nick Foles.
On Friday Tanner Lee took the second team reps at QB, but on Saturday Alex McGough ran with the second team. Again, the Jaguars are just trying to give everyone a shot at this point, to see what they have. I still think McGough is a much stronger candidate to make the team than Lee. Gardner Minshew, however, is likely to be the second-string QB when it's all said and done.
Dede Westbrook continued to shine on day three. You can put me firmly in the "Dede is going to break out" camp. He makes it look really, really easy.
Speaking of making it look easy. Leonard Fournette has been one of the stars of camp so far. He seems more agile and regularly displays vision that was seemingly lacking in 2018. If Fournette stays healthy, he's going to surprise a lot of people this year with his play on the field.
LF27 met with the media after practice. There's little question that he seems to be a more mature player in his third year. When asked what his expectations were for himself this year, Fournette simply said "Win." He talked about how this year's training camp schedule is more beneficial to the players and that it's the responsibility of the team leaders to make sure everyone is doing what they need to be daily, especially on recovery days.
Marqise Lee, Cam Robinson, and Jake Ryan continued to work on the side. I'll continue to monitor their recoveries.
The pads come on tomorrow. Are you as excited as I am?
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