But he said he’s generally feeling better – and playing better – each week, and he’s getting used to his new surroundings. For now, the veteran wide receiver said, he’ll take that.
“I feel all right,” Evans said Wednesday. “It’s still early. I’m still getting accustomed to the language, but it’s coming good.”
Evans, a nine-year veteran, signed with the Jaguars last month after spending an injury-plagued season with the Baltimore Ravens last season. The Ravens acquired Evans in a trade from Buffalo shortly before last season.
“We’re still getting there (physically),” Evans said. “Right now, I’m just trying to have a plan and work it progressively. Right now, I’m going along getting a little better and a little better each day.”
Evans, who missed much of last season with an ankle injury, began his career under Jaguars Head Coach Mike Mularkey in Buffalo in 2004, and said Wednesday he sees Mularkey building a foundation in Jacksonville.
“That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to come here, to be a part of something I felt was going to be a contender come playoff time,” Evans said. “I wanted to be a part of the building process for that.”
HIGH STANDARDS, LOFTY EXPECTATIONS
The good feeling is more than a good feeling to
Nwaneri, the Jaguars’ sixth-year veteran guard, has been one of the more vocal players in discussing just how the team should be improved next season. He said Wednesday the reasons go a bit beyond a new coach and new owner.
But he said those are definitely factors.
“I just think it’s a breath of fresh air,” Nwaneri said. “Everybody’s buying into what Coach Mularkey demands of the team and wants from us in terms of intensity and focus. With Mr. (Jaguars Owner Shad) Khan, there’s a new energy because of how he’s trying to get the Jaguars out there. He’s doing a lot of things here at the stadium, and that matters.
“The attitude of trying to win a championship just brings a new attitude to everybody.”
Nwaneri said that change was needed.
“When you get used to the same thing, it wears on you as a player,” he said. “When the same thing happens year in and year out, it wears on you. You believe in what you’re trying to accomplish, but when you get the same result, you’re like, ‘Is there something more we can do to get over thus hump?’
“With coach Mularkey and the new coaching staff, they’ve set the expectations and the standard so high. Everybody here wants to be a champion.”
WHAT LB BRANDON MARSHALL SAYS
“It is an eye-opener. We’ve just got to try and learn from the vets and take the coaches’ points that the coaches give you and just work hard. . . . Everybody’s fast, everybody’s quick and everybody’s hungry. If you don’t match that intensity you’re going to be left behind.”
WHAT DT JERIS PENDLETON SAYS
“There’s so much that’s being thrown out there. All you can do is just do what you remember and go full speed. That’s basically what you can do. . . . It’s a fun experience, just to get out here and run around and do something that I love to do. It’s a good experience. I’m loving it.”
WHAT CB RASHEAN MATHIS SAYS
“He (strength and conditioning coach Tom Myslinski) is an ex-player so he knows what it takes, even though it’s a different position. He knows that you need to listen to your body. That’s one of his main things. Tell me what your body is saying. He’s always stressing that. Me being a veteran guy and knowing my body, it’s always good to have.”
WHAT WE SAW
The media access is limited to 50 minutes during Jaguars OTAs, so much of what it seen is limited. But on Tuesday, the Jaguars spent a lot of time during the open period with receivers and quarterbacks working together. Quarterback
One area of focus around the Jaguars this off-season is the return of RT
Most of the 90 Jaguars players on the off-season roster will participate in organized team activities practice on Thursday, then finish OTAs with practices next Tuesday through Friday. The team’s mandatory mini-camp is scheduled to run June 12-14. Training camp is scheduled to begin in late July.
*Pendleton has been working more extensively than he might otherwise during OTAs because of the absence of Knighton and Alualu. With the two starters out, D’Anthony Smith and