JACKSONVILLE – So far, so good.
But if that’s how Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley sees 2013 organized team activities at essentially the offseason’s midway point, he said Friday that part two is as important as part one.
“In our locker room I told them, ‘It feels good, but be careful with that,’” Bradley said Thursday as the Jaguars wrapped up the second week of 2013 OTAs with a sixth OTA practice at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields adjacent to EverBank Field.
“One of the things I talked to our guys about is, ‘Be allergic to the big meal. Don’t feel too good. At this break let’s go home and eat crumbs and continue the mindset that we’re trying to build, take these days off that you have and continue to work out.’
“‘Let’s not see how much weight we gain over this next week and a half. We’ll see how good of shape we come in after this.’ That in itself is a challenge to our team.”
The Jaguars won’t practice next week, and then will return with four OTA practices June 4-7 followed by a three-day mandatory minicamp June 11-13.
The minicamp will be the last work for veterans until training camp begins in Jacksonville at the end of July.
The first two weeks of OTAs have featured significant changes on the defensive line, with
The offensive line also continues to transition to a zone-blocking-oriented scheme. Bradley said competition there – and at the quarterback position – will intensify once the team moves into pads during training camp, but he said the final two weeks of unpadded OTAs will be important in the process of preparing for the competition that will take place in training camp.
“We’ll be watching as they came back,” Bradley said. “It goes back to, ‘Learn the learner.’ Let’s see how they come back now. We give them a little bit of juice here and a little bit of time off. It will be interesting to see how they come back. You can expect that first day of practice, what that’s going to be like. You kind of understand how that’s going to be, so I’m sure they understand that too.”
We close Jaguars 2013 week two of OTAs with what has become a hot issue this week:
“You still feel like they’re getting that comfort level with the offense. I just talked to both of them a couple of days ago and they’re starting to feel more and more comfortable with it. . . . It’s a constant evaluation. A constant evaluation.”
The Jaguars will hold the seventh of 10 organized team activities practices at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields Tuesday, June 4. OTA practices are closed to the public.
AROUND THE JAGUARS
*Veteran defensive tackle
*Bradley said the Jaguars likely wouldn’t be interested in being the featured team in HBO’s “Hard Knocks” series this season. “For us right now it’s such a trust for us,” he said. “Not that it takes away trust, but I just really want to establish ourselves as a coaching staff and as a team. I really want us to concentrate on that. We talked about eliminating distractions, and I feel we’re making progress in that area. I just really want to focus our attention on that and not add more at this point in time. . . . I think it’s going more away from it than to it.”
*First-year wide receiver