JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In the game of football there’s only so much evaluating that can be done when players are in shorts and tops, but no shoulder pads. But there is one thing we’ve observed during the Jaguars three weeks of Organized Team Activities. The defense is playing with a lot more speed. Even teammates of free safety Tashaun Gipson have raved about how he’s able to cover from sideline to sideline. As a whole the defense has gotten their hands on a lot more balls, which will eventually lead to more turnovers.
“It feels like we’re in position to make more plays,” said Jaguars coach Gus Bradley. “Today was little bit disappointing because I felt there were too many missed opportunities. We had opportunities for interceptions and we had opportunities for big plays on both offense and defense. What I told the team is we have to turn these missed opportunities into greedy opportunities. Now that we’re in position we have to make these plays. Going into mini-camp that will be a big emphasis.”
Last season the Jaguars defense intercepted nine passes which was tied for 26th in the NFL. Bradley mentioned that during OTA’s the defense picked of 12 passes and that’s a higher number than they’ve had in the past. He also doesn’t want players to be satisfied and wants them to have a mindset of always wanting more.
“It’s no longer guys aren’t quite in position,” said Bradley. “We’re seeing guys in position so now go and make the play. Before we weren’t getting as many opportunities to make the plays. But that’s changed from what I’ve seen in OTA’s. Now we have to carry it over to games.”
Next Tuesday the Jaguars will begin a three day stretch of mandatory mini-camp. There won’t be a huge difference between OTA’s and mini-camp because all of the Jaguars veterans were present for OTA’s. Practice on June 14 and 15 will take place from 9:35 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Gates will open both days at 9 a.m. Both of those sessions will be free and open to fans, but they first have to register at www.jaguars.com/camp.