JACKSONVILLE – Maybe it wasn’t the best day of
As days early in an NFL career go, Monday was memorable for Jensen, a rookie tight end who played well enough during the seventh 2014 Jaguars OTA practice to draw praise afterward from Head Coach Gus Bradley.
“Some of the skills we saw on tape are what we are starting to see now,” Bradley said following the Jaguars’ OTA practice Monday at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields.
Jensen (6-feet-6, 270 pounds), who played collegiately at Fresno State, signed with the Jaguars as a collegiate free agent shortly after the 2014 NFL Draft. He worked with the Jaguars’ coaching staff at the Senior Bowl, though his practice time there was limited by a sports hernia injury sustained that week.
He worked through the injury throughout the offseason, participating in the NFL Scouting Combine and his Pro Day before undergoing surgery in April.
“I wanted to make sure I could compete in those events,” Jensen said. “I knew it was something I could push through. Once I was done with those, I went ahead and had the surgery.”
Jensen, who caught 26 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns as a senior, said he had offers to sign with several Super Bowl-contending teams after the draft, but chose the Jaguars immediately.
“I got a good feel for Coach Gus and his staff (at the Senior Bowl), and what kind of environment they had in this locker room,” Jensen said. “I had a list in case I wasn’t drafted. Once Jacksonville called me, it was a no-brainer.”
The Jaguars currently have five tight ends on the roster: starter
“This is the NFL,” Jensen said. “These guys are the best in the world. They wouldn’t be here if they weren’t. There’s competition wherever you go, but I just love what they’re doing here.
“This is the best situation for me. I made my decision based on that.”
Bradley said Jensen stood out at the Senior Bowl despite his injury – and not just because of his size.
“We knew he had athleticism to be able to catch the ball,” Bradley said, adding that the Jaguars also want to see how he will perform as an in-line blocker in padded practices during training camp.
*Second-year veteran defensive tackle
*Bradley after practice spoke highly of the team’s effort and intensity during the two-hour session, a contrast to the previous Monday when he spoke to the team during practice about needing better tempo. “Overall, very pleased with today – very pleased,” Bradley said. …
*Bradley said with three OTA practices and next week’s three minicamps remaining, the team could have had a feeling of being “over the hump” in the offseason, “but I don’t see it in our guys the way they’re preparing and coming out. … This was a not a practice where they’re counting the days. They’re making them count and that’s what we like about it.” …
*More Bradley on practice: “We had a very good day. Last time we came back on a couple of days off it was an OK practice that we had some things we needed to work on. So the challenge today after a couple days off was to come back. It was an excellent practice and exactly what we needed and talked about as far as coming out, so I was very pleased with that.’’…
*Bradley said the team perhaps has a better comfort level after two weeks installing the offensive and defensive schemes. “I just felt like they attacked the periods more than maybe in the previous weeks,” he said. …
*Bradley said the addition of rookie wide receivers
*Missing practice were wide receivers
*Bradley said three players have stood out thus far in OTAs: quarterback
*Bradley also said Lewis and wide receivers
*Of second-year veteran