With the craziness of free agency and the draft growing distant in the rearview mirror, the Jacksonville Jaguars can get their offseason workouts underway. OTAs will play a vital role for the Jaguars this season. Not only will veterans shake off rust while rookies get acclimated to life in the NFL, but the players also have to get accustomed to the new culture instilled by new head coach Gus Bradley.
As six linebackers came off the board in the second round of last month’s NFL Draft, some earlier than expected, it became apparent Geno Hayes would not face additional competition to win a starting position on the Jaguars’ defense.Not that Hayes was glued to his television watching the proceedings.“I’m not one of those guys who are big on paying attention to what they bring in,” he said. “I’ve been around for a while and it’s more about competing with myself.”Competing with himself … and several others.
While it’s nice for a player to retire with a team, not doing so shouldn’t diminish the player’s accomplishments. Garrard is loved by a faction of Jaguars fans, and what he did here was special to many people. Whether or not he is on the team for a day to retire or not doesn’t change that.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Running back Maurice Jones-Drew is likely to be the team’s top offensive weapon again, provided he makes it all the way back from a serious Lisfranc injury in his right foot that cost him 10 games last season and ultimately required surgery. His extensive rehabilitation is ongoing.