JACKSONVILLE – Here’s What We Learned in Week Two of Jaguars 2014 organized team activities at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields …
1. Gus Bradley liked Week Two of OTAs. OK, so the Jaguars’ Head Coach wasn’t nuts about the start of 2014 Organized Team Activities, Week Two. He was displeased enough with the tempo of practice Monday that he gathered the players in the middle of practice and told them as much. Bradley believes strongly in improving every day, and he said there’s a way “getting better” looks. What he saw early Monday wasn’t that, but by Thursday he said the tempo and productivity improved significantly. Overall, the Jaguars during OTAs have a feel of a team ahead of where it was last year in terms of talent and understanding what Bradley wants. That’s not unexpected in Year Two, but if you’re a Jaguars fan, it’s still what you want to see.
3. The wide receivers are nicked. But that’s all they are, for the most part – nicked. The Jaguars had seven receivers miss time this week with injuries –
6…. which was exactly what was expected. All that stuff we said in No. 5? That was EXACTLY what the Jaguars expected from Bortles, and exactly what is expected from most rookie quarterbacks. Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell said throughout the pre-draft process the quarterbacks in this class weren’t ready to start. That included Bortles and that was why re-signing Henne was a priority. It’s also why you don’t draw hard, fast conclusions from OTAs. What’s going on at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields isn’t a finished script. It’s a rough draft where edges are … well, edgy. It should be considered as such.
7. Bortles has the right approach. Perhaps the most important thing about Bortles’ storyline this week came when he approached Bradley following Monday’s practice. He told Bradley he didn’t think he had a good practice, and asked for input. He then worked with offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch and quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo and had a better practice the following day.
8. Bortles made progress this week. By the third OTA of the week Thursday, Bradley was praising Bortles, saying his body language and approach had improved significantly. He called Thursday a significant step for the rookie quarterback.
10. The Jaguars like the progress of the offensive line. Left tackle
11. The fans are continuing to embrace this thing. The Jaguars drew nearly 2,000 fans to Thursday’s OTA practice, the only session of the 10 OTAs open to the public. That wasn’t as many as attended the recent rookie camp. That drew more than 2,000 and 6,000, but those numbers were Friday and Saturday. Nearly 2,000 people at a Thursday morning *OTA.* That’s impressive, but not surprising this offseason.
12. There’s still a long way to go in the offseason. Two weeks down, two weeks to go. The Jaguars’ four practices next week – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – close out OTAs, with all four closed to the public. The team’s veteran minicamp is the following week, June 17-19, with the June 17-18 practices open to the public.