JACKSONVILLE – Here’s what we learned from the Jaguars’ three-day rookie minicamp at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields . . .
2. The transition is going smoothly – as smoothly as possible, anyway. Joeckel, who started at left tackle for three seasons at Texas A&M, is making a much-watched move to the right side. He said while the move has been an adjustment in terms of his “stagger” and switching post feet, overall he is feeling comfortable quickly and expects to be ready in time for the regular season. Jaguars offensive line coach George Yarno said of Joeckel, “He has a great future.” This is a much-watched story, but it would be surprising if there are big-picture issues in this move.
4. . . . and he stands out, too. Cyprien throughout the weekend showed more than athleticism. He appeared to quickly become a leader among the other first-year secondary players, and after a pass breakup Sunday, he leaped through the defense yelling and high-fiving with teammates. It was easy to see why the effusive, energetic Gus Bradley took an immediate liking to him.
5. Everyone’s getting the same look. The message from both General Manager David Caldwell and Bradley before the draft was that the Jaguars would be a place where a free agent could get a fair chance to make the team. That appears to be true, and it extends to workout players, too. Two rookies in camp on a workout basis – running back De’Leon Eskridge and end J.D. Griggs – played well over the weekend, and could be signed to the active roster Monday.
7. Palmer’s not the only one. With just three practices, none in pads – and with two of those practices being in the rain – it was difficult to get a gauge on all 53 players in town this weekend. But Bradley said he liked what he saw from three undrafted rookie linebackers –
8. Rain is just a “thing” to Gus Bradley – and apparently not a very significant thing. The Jaguars practiced Friday and Saturday in steady rains, and Bradley said he was impressed with how the rookies focused despite the elements. Bradley took advantage of there being no lightning on the two days to get work in on windy, rainy days.
9. The secondary will have a new look. That has become more obvious through the offseason, but there was a time in minicamp Sunday when Cyprien was lined up at one safety, with
10. The Jaguars’ secondary is going to be aggressive. You can’t tell everything from a minicamp, but you saw first-hand over the weekend what Bradley has been talking about with aggressive secondary play. Cyprien looked comfortable as the single-high safety and the cornerbacks are going to be asked to play tight a lot at the line of scrimmage.
14. The foundation is being built. Right now, it’s just a foundation. Let’s not lose sight of that, and it’s true the Jaguars haven’t been in pads yet. But you saw speed on offense and defense, and you saw what the secondary might start looking like next season. Next up are organized team activities beginning next week. Seeing how this rookie class fits into the existing structure is the next offseason storyline.