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Biggest Takeaways From Day 1 of Jaguars Minicamp at Miller Electric Center

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JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars held Day 1 of 2024 Minicamp Monday.

The team is scheduled to hold two more unpadded, non-contact practices at the Miller Electric Center this week after holding organized team activities the last three weeks. This minicamp, which will end Wednesday, marks the lone mandatory work of the NFL offseason program and closes the offseason.

Here are Monday's "campservations" from four members of Jaguars Media – senior writer John Oehser, senior reporter/editor J.P. Shadrick, senior correspondent Brian Sexton and team reporter/producer Kainani Stevens:

John Oehser, Jaguars Senior Writer…

  • One down, two to go. While the Jaguars' Day 1 minicamp practice marked the first mandatory work of the offseason, Head Coach Doug Pederson allowed multiple front-line veterans to miss this week's three days. Nearly 30 veterans did not participate, including: Running back Travis Etienne Jr., running back D'Ernest Johnson, quarterback C.J. Beathard, safety Andre Cisco, punter Logan Cooke, wide receiver Christian Kirk, quarterback Trevor Lawrence, tight end Evan Engram, safety Daniel Thomas, inside linebacker Foye Oluokon, cornerback Ronald Darby, cornerback Tyson Campbell, inside linebacker Devin Lloyd, kicker Riley Patterson, safety Andrew Wingard, edge Travon Walker, long snapper Ross Matiscik, linebacker Chad Muma, linebacker Caleb Johnson, center Mitch Morse, right guard Brandon Scherff, guard/center Tyler Shatley, offensive tackle Walker Little, offensive lineman Blake Hance, left tackle Cam Robinson, left guard Ezra Cleveland, center Luke Fortner, tight end Luke Farrell, defensive lineman Adam Gotsis and defensive lineman Jeremiah Ledbetter. "I think you get a pretty good idea of where everybody is, where the team is," Pederson said of the voluntary portion of the offseason. "I think it was successful from the standpoint of the way these guys work, the way they came in with the right attitude, good frame of mind. They worked extremely hard in the weight room to get stronger, which we needed to do as well. I think, too, you're seeing the leadership of the team. All the pieces are sort of coming together here at the end. We just have to carry that right into July and August."
Jacksonville, Fla. — Jaguars quarterback Mac Jones (10) during mandatory minicamp at the Miller Electric Center on June 10, 2024

Brian Sexton, Jaguars Senior Correspondent …

  • Two guys who flashed at times last year as rookies but who were lost to injury looked ready to me at practice on Monday. Linebacker Ventrell Miller spent his senior year at the University of Florida battling an injury and spent last season on injured reserve with a torn Achilles. He didn't look like either was on his medical report watching him run around and make play after play in team drills. He's powerfully built – and showed the range and mobility in space to be exactly what they drafted him to be in 2023. He should be an interesting guy to follow in the preseason.The same is true of guard Cooper Hodges, who was a camp favorite last summer but suffered a knee injury at Dallas in the preseason. He looked bigger, and maybe it was just the group of rookies that he was working with, but he looked like a guy who you could plug and play with this fall. Powerful and efficient with his steps and punches to the bag, he remains an exciting prospect despite falling off the radar screen in 2023.

J.P. Shadrick, Jaguars Senior Report/Editor …

  • The Jaguars got to work Monday with mandatory minicamp, but moved practice indoors due to the extreme heat. The practice overall had a very light feel with many veterans given the week off for good attendance in the voluntary period. Outside linebacker Josh Allen attended and practiced, as he did not attend OTAs while training in Arizona, and seemed to be in great spirits. Pederson also praised the offseason work of Walker, who is coming off a 10-sack season a year ago. Two more days, and the players will be officially gone for the summer. Then the countdown to training camp begins.

Kainani Stevens, Jaguars Team Reporter/Producer…

  • With most veterans excused, attendance on Monday featured the rookies, players working through injury and certain key veterans. Allen made his first public practice appearance since signing his new five-year contract. Allen says he remains focused on improving from his career-year last season and bringing all his teammates along with him. Monday's minicamp activities flowed smoothly with new addition quarterback Mac Jones at the helm. The hometown kid adds an interesting dynamic to the team for the upcoming season. Jones' skillset and experience as a starter in the NFL will provide some insurance in case Lawrence gets banged up again like he did at the end of last season.

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