JACKSONVILLE – Here’s What We Learned in Week 3 of Jaguars 2014 organized team activities at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields …
Surprising my sister at her graduation, and Being able to present her with her diploma. Best feeling ever! pic.twitter.com/qa2YpjHMMV— Marcedes Lewis (@MarcedesLewis89) June 12, 2014
2. Gus Bradley is pleased. Remember Week Two? When Bradley stopped the first practice of the week and talked to the team about tempo, about remembering how getting better looked? Well, something “took” there. Bradley liked the last five practices, and has praised them afterward. He thought this past week was particularly productive.
3. Gus Bradley is *really* pleased. How pleased? Enough to cancel the tenth OTA practice on Friday and take the team to Latitude 30 for team-building bowling. That’s not something you do if you don’t like what’s happening on the field.
4. There are legitimate reasons he’s pleased. Bradley said he likes the execution in practice the last few days, saying of Thursday, “With pads on we’ll see what will happen, but it was good execution.” Added Bradley, “It’s really cool how it’s coming together.”
5. The Jaguars are ahead of last year. Bradley made it clear that OTAs last year were productive, but said on Thursday, “What seems different this year is they have a better handle of the offense and defense and special teams scheme. We have new players but when you have new players the guys that have gone through it once already are helping them. So it’s been a more efficient OTA, I would say.”
7. EverBank Field is going to have pools! We learned this from the national media this week. Hmmm, interesting …
8. And cabanas, too! The national media reported this, too. Three-hundred and fifty five days after Jaguars Owner Shad Khan, President Mark Lamping and the organization announced the state-of-the-art video boards, pools and major renovations, the “breaking” story of these renovations went viral in the Twittersphere this week. Reaction to the “news” was varied, and there were those who had plenty of fun with the pools, but make no mistake: this idea of teams enhancing stadiums to enhance the game-day experience? More and more teams are exploring this, and there almost certainly will be plenty of teams following the Jaguars’ and Jacksonville’s lead on this in the coming years.
Hey @StephenAtHome, why don't you come to Duval and be the 1st person to go in the spas? Then report back.— Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) June 11, 2014
9. Bradley is all about victory. “Victory” is a 2014 buzzword for Bradley. “We believe in getting better and we believe in victory,” Bradley said. “Those two things we keep saying over and over to our team and they’ve done a nice job with it.” But Bradley said he’s not talking about “winning” with victory, necessarily, but a broader concept. “Victory is being the best that you can be,” he said. “We trust if we are the best that we can be the results will come.”
10. The receivers are getting healthier.
11. There will be no Hard Knocks in Jacksonville this summer. The Atlanta Falcons announced on Thursday they will be the team on HBO’s Hard Knocks in training camp in July and August. Bradley didn’t say much about the decision, but he was hardly disappointed that the Jaguars won’t be the featured team. “That’s great for Atlanta,” Bradley said. “I’m excited for them.”
17. Chad Henne remains steady. The Jaguars made re-signing Henne the top priority this off-season, and the reason has been clear during OTAs. Henne has been consistent early, and has been a steadying force – even with the team’s top receivers out. Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch was asked what this week what his anxiety level would be right now if the team hadn’t re-signed Henne. He smiled. “High,” he said.