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Building on the Fundamentals at Jaguars OTAs Day 7

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JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars held Day 7 of 2024 Organized Team Activities Monday.

The team is scheduled to hold 10 such unpadded, non-contact practices at the Miller Electric Center during May/June followed by a three-day mandatory minicamp. OTAs mark the start of Phase 3 of the voluntary offseason program, with teams able to hold 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.

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

John Oehser, Jaguars Senior Writer…

  • Another OTA practice, another workout in caps and shorts. Such is the norm in the modern NFL – but while we have discussed ad nauseam this offseason that it's difficult to judge much about shorts and caps in May, multiple Jaguars players have shown good signs in recent weeks. The really good news for the Jaguars is one of those players continues to be quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who has been sharp – and in control – and Lawrence looked very good during the team periods Monday. "Just the sense of urgency I feel from him, and how on point he is right now at this point in the season, is really good to where we're leading going into the season" tight end Evan Engram said. Also standing at times during OTAs: tight end Brenton Strangeand running back Tank Bigsby. Head Coach Doug Pederson lauded the duo Monday along with other second-year players such as guard Cooper Hodges, wide receiver Parker Washington, defensive lineman Tyler Lacy and linebacker Ventrell Miller. "It's big, going into Year Two for them," Pederson said. "They've had an offseason to kind of rest and get healthy obviously, then going into Year Two there is confidence there. We understand their ability and what they can do."

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

  • Another OTA practice without helmets, so while the pace might be enough to see routes/coverages, it's not close to seeing how players truly play in one-on-one settings or live work. This is very much a teaching period of the offseason. That said, it's a perfect time for Australian tight end Patrick Murtagh – the Jaguars' International Pathway player – to get valuable time on task learning the game. Talking to him after practice Monday, learning the Xs and Os and nuances of the sport are priority No. 1 for him – but we will truly find out the physicality part of the game come training camp in pads. Can he move people? We will find out then. He's also working extra after practice on side skills: Monday was punting (left-footed), Tuesday will be long snapping and later in the week he will get extra Jugs machine catching work. In at least one instance in a 7-on-7 drill Monday, he made a nice catch of a high pass along the sideline in front of a defender. The play in a Day 7 OTA might not seem like much in the grand scheme, but for a player learning the sport and the nuances of a position, such improvement is a confidence-builder. At 6-feet-6, 250 pounds, he looks like he fits in with the rest of the tight ends walking on the field. This could be a long-term project, but he might just be able to find a role in the NFL – with some patience
Jacksonville, Fla. — Jaguars OTAs at the Miller Electric Center on June 3, 2024

Kainani Stevens, Jaguars Team Reporter/Producer…

  • With OTAs wrapping up soon, I focused on Monday on the veteran who will likely be excused from mandatory minicamp next week. On defense, linebacker Foyesade Oluokun commanded the new scheme defense without missing a beat. Signing Oluokun to a contract extension this offseason will keep him as the point person on defense for the foreseeable future. On offense, Lawrence prepares to begin his fourth NFL season. I've seen the connection between Lawrence and rookie wide receiver Brian Thomas Jr. continue to build over the last few weeks. Lawrence on Tuesday lauded Thomas for his intelligence and the speed at which the rookie is picking up the offense. They are already a potent combo based on athleticism alone. Once the chemistry comes together, the Lawrence-to-Thomas connection will be a sight to see.

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