As most of you all may know, this weekend was the Jaguars first Mini-Camp of the off-season. Sadly, due to my very long and tedious move across the southeast I was unable to partake in the madness and excitement of watching grown men touch each other in their underwear while making irrational judgments about players three months away from legitimate football. Thankfully for me, there are some WAY smarter folks out there who actually know what they're talking about with this sort of thing. So rather than fake it and act like I was there or anything of that sort, let's take a look at some valid opinions about the events of this weekend.
Note: The Mini-Camp was only open to the fans and media on Saturday, so we've only got one days observation to chew on.
One featured event of the day was the punting drills by our 4th round pick, Adam Podlesh. FBT says
Another observation that I like is the emphasis on tight ends and especially hearing that Marcades is making great catches and practicing well. FBT noted that
Speed is a consistent theme in all the Mini-Camp reports that I've seen, whether it be WR's Mike Walker and Dennis Northcutt standing out as fast and sticky fingered receivers. I just hope the influx of new blood invigorates the receivers, I'd be very happy to see one of our first rounders relegated, even temporarily, to the bench as a message that it's anyone's game.
Obviously this is just mini-camp, it's no contact, and it's early in the pre-pre-preseason to start making too many serious criticisms and judgments about what we see. I do appreciate the emphasis on passing and offense in the one day exhibition. A lot of criticism was launched at Byron for working out on his own rather than working with his receivers at the Jaguars Facility, but all signs indicate that he's not only trimmer, but still sharp with his WR corps.
Absent from the Mini-Camp was DE Bobby McCray, who's holding out for a contract. Rookie DE Brian Smith (4th round) and 7th round OT Andrew Carnahan did not practice due to injury. Also not practicing were Donovin Darius, George Wrighster, Reggie Hayward, and Marcus Stroud. All are rehabbing from last year.
Well, that's mini-camp. Next for this site is a closer, much closer look at our Wide Recivers, and a guessing game involving the depth chart. That's half the fun of predictions, I can already throw out what I said here. Anyhow, have a great Monday!