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Blake Bortles already impressed with Donte Moncrief

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The Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver group is going to be a fun one to watch shake out during training camp and the preseason. I think the top five of the group is pretty much locked in, but the real fun is how the playing time is going to shake out and who ends up playing where on the field. One player who I am sure will end up starting on the outside is free agent Donte Moncrief, who was signed on a one-year prove it deal, has already been impressing on the practice field.

“It’s been awesome. He has been incredible since the first day he got here. From the time we signed him, we immediately started talking and figured out some time to get together and work together,” Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles said on Thursday when asked about his relationship with Moncrief after practice.

Moncrief is someone a lot Jaguars fans thought would be a smart player to take a gamble on when the team decided not to match the Chicago Bears offer for Allen Robinson, because he shared a similar skill-set to Robinson and it was a skill-set the Jaguars lacked. Moncrief never seemed to get out of first gear with the Indianapolis Colts, but coming to the Jaguars, who are more stable than the Colts ever were while Moncrief was there, could end up revitalizing his career.

“It was good for him to start hearing the language and stuff we were going to do offensively,” Bortles continued. “He has picked it up all really fast. It has been impressive just going through OTAs and then obviously today, the first day, how quickly he has been able to pick everything up … It’s been a good process in building the chemistry [with] obviously, being next to him in the locker room and being able to talk to him and do all that. He’s been awesome from the time he has been here.”

Moncrief reportedly has looked good through the OTAs and made some nice catches in Thursday’s open training camp. It sounds like Moncrief is going to be someone who regularly impresses in training camp, so hopefully it will carry over to game day.