JACKSONVILLE – Next up, OTAs.
We’re on to the latest stage of what is misleadingly known as the NFL offseason, and around the Jaguars, the next four weeks of organized team activities – a.k.a., OTAs – will be our latest look into the franchise’s building process.
What will this team look like under Head Coach Gus Bradley?
How is General Manager David Caldwell fitting the pieces together?
We won’t know the final answer until training camp, and we may not actually know it until sometime well after that. This is a building process, not a “snap-your-fingers-and-we’re-suddenly-done” magic act. Still, OTAs do offer a chance at some insight.
The Jaguars will be on the field for 10 OTA practices in the next four weeks – May 13-15, May 20-21, May 23 and June 4-7 – following that with a three-day mandatory minicamp June 18-20. The OTAs are closed to the public.
The OTA dates are open to not only veterans, but to the eight rookies selected in the 2013 NFL Draft and the college free agents signed afterward. Although OTAs are voluntary, attendance during voluntary activities this offseason around the Jaguars has been close to 100 percent, and likely will remain that way with Bradley and a new coaching staff installing new offensive and defensive schemes.
So, what will happen during OTAs? What are the storylines?
Glad you asked. We won’t likely know for sure starters and depth chart when minicamp ends on June 13. Bradley’s theme is competition and getting better, and you’re not going to suddenly halt the competition theme before pads go on in training camp in late July.
At the same time, the next five weeks will provide a glimpse into what to expect, and by mid-June, Jaguars observers should have a clearer idea of where the eight rookies – a class led by first-round right tackle
We should have a clearer idea on some other topics, too, and as the Jaguars prepared for OTAs, here’s a look at 10 storylines to watch the next five weeks:
1) Quarterback I. Who will start?
2) Where’s Robinson?
3) Quarterback II. There’s a lot of intrigue over rookie undrafted free agents
4) What’s Fisch up to? Just what does Fisch’s offense entail? We know it’s going to be about zone-blocking up front, and players have discussed a fast-paced, up-tempo scheme that could have no-huddle elements. It’s no accident few details are being offered. The Jaguars have no incentive to publish the playbook, but there should be a bit clearer idea of how the offensive will look in the coming weeks.
5) Beefing the interior. The exterior offensive line seems pretty well set with
6) Leo, Leo, Leo . . .
7) DB depth. Talk about a different look. Since last season, the Jaguars have overhauled their secondary.
8) Adjustment process. The Jaguars drafted Joeckel with the No. 2 overall selection late last month, and he spent the recent rookie minicamp making the first steps of the transition to right tackle after playing left at Texas A&M. His objective is to be significantly more comfortable on the right side entering training camp, and if early indications are correct, he’ll work enough during OTAs to be ready in late July.
9) Return game. The Jaguars drafted Robinson in the fifth round with kick returner in mind, and wide receiver
10) Help wanted. The Jaguars will be without starting wide receiver
After each of the Jaguars eight selections, Senior Writer John Oehser provided instant analysis. His insight on each draft prospect is listed on our Jags 2013 Picks Analysis Page.
Entering their first NFL Draft in their current roles, fans were wondering how the Jaguars new regime would do. Oehser reflects on what the NFL Draft taught us about the Jaguars decision makers in What We Learned: Jaguars 2013 Draft.
Rookie Minicamp offered staff, fans and media their first opportunity to see the rookie class take the field as Jaguars. Oehser lets the viewers know who and what caught his eye in What We Learned: Rookie Minicamp edition.
Jaguars GM David Caldwell was adamant about the importance of college free agency. The work for the Jaguars front office did not stop at the conclusion of the NFL Draft. Jacksonville added 23 players via college free agency.
The week following Rookie Minicamp offered Oehser an opportunity to catch his breath before Organized Team Activities start. He addresses the four hot button issues surrounding the Jaguars in Fabulous Four.
For those fans that want to get a look at some of the highlights from the past two weeks, check out the videos and photo galleries below.
|Inside the Jaguars: Draft Rewind||Luke Joeckel Arrives in Jacksonville|
|Rookie Minicamp Highlights||Jaguars Rookie Minicamp|