Storylines to follow at Jaguars minicamp
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – There won't be a huge difference for the Jaguars when they report to minicamp today, from the past three weeks of Organized Team Activities. While OTA’s are voluntary, minicamp is mandatory. None of the Jaguars missed OTA's so there should be any surprises when minicamp opens.
Players still won’t be in shoulder pads and contact will be kept to a bare minimum. Live blocking, tackling and bump-and-run pass coverage won’t be allowed until training camp starts next month.
Here are a couple of storylines to keep in mind over the next three days of Minicamp:
Guess who’s Jack:
Jaguars rookie linebacker Myles Jack missed all of OTA’s while finishing up his semester at UCLA. While the Jaguars were allowed to contact Jack over the past month and a half, he’s missed the opportunity for live reps on the field. Before leaving, Jack said that he would be buried in his playbook in addition to text books. The Jaguars plan for Jack to learn middle linebacker first. We’ll find out soon just how up to speed he is.
Will the defense continue to force turnovers?
During OTA’s the defense played with a lot more team speed. Tashaun Gipson is a true ball hawking free safety. Even Blake Bortles said that Gipson’s ability to cover from sideline to sideline has been eye opening. According to Gus Bradley the Jaguars had 12 interceptions during OTA’s. If not for a couple of drops that number could’ve been much higher.
Who’s in your five?
On offense the Jaguars have a good idea of what to expect from all of their skill position players. There are some questions as to who will start along the offensive line. Brandon Linder is making the transition from guard to center. A.J. Cann is penciled in to start at right guard and the same for Jeremey Parnell at right tackle. Left tackle and left guard are more of a question mark. Mackenzy Bernadeau has gotten the majority of the reps at left guard. While the Jaguars wait for Kelvin Beachum to return from an ACL injury they’ve been giving Luke Joeckel reps at both left tackle and left guard. Offensive line coach Doug Marrone says the Jaguars would like to play their best five offensive lineman, no matter their position.
Come out and see the Jags for yourself:
Practice on June 14 and 15 will take place from 9:35 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Gates will open at 9 a.m. Both of those sessions are free and open to the public, but you first must register at www.jaguars/camp. The final minicamp practice on June 16 will be closed to the public.
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