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Campservations: OTAs, Day 7

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JACKSONVILLE – Jaguars 2023 Organized Team Activities continued Monday.

OTAs mark the first part of Phase Three of the NFL's offseason program. Practices are non-padded, but – unlike Phases One and Two – Phase Three can include 11-on-11 work. Monday marked the seventh of 10 scheduled OTA practices with a three-day mandatory veteran minicamp scheduled next week.

All offseason work except the minicamp is voluntary under NFL rules.

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

John Oehser, Jaguars Senior Writer…

  • If there has been an overriding takeaway from the first three open-to-the-media OTA sessions it's that the Jaguars appear as deep and talented offensively as at any time in recent memory. Watching practice Monday, this stood out again when watching wide receivers Christian Kirk and Zay Jones, rookie running back Tank Bigsby and rookie tight end Brenton Strange. There would have been seasons over the last decade when all four would have been considered the team's clear best player at their positions. Kirk and Jones clearly are front-line players who will play huge roles. Bigsby and Strange likely will work into role as the season develops. But none of the four will expected to carry the entire workload at their respective positions. Head Coach Doug Pederson and offensive coordinator Press Taylor won't lack for offensive weapons in this deep, talented offense.

Brian Sexton, Jaguars Senior Correspondent …

  • This team is so far away from the 2021 season – and I am not sure I thought they could make it this far, this fast. There is an interesting blend between the calmness that Pederson and quarterback Trevor Lawrence exude and the intensity with which they go about practice. This team was broken when Pederson arrived in early 2022. Watching the Jaguars Monday, it's so clear that they've fixed the roster, the culture and the expectations. It's hard to watch this team go about its business and not appreciate where they were 18 months ago and where they are today. I thought Pederson and General Manager Trent Baalke would get the job done, but I thought it might take a bit longer. It's going to be fun to watch this team this fall.

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

  • Lawrence and some of the Jaguars offensive players are planning to do offseason work together, though after practice Monday he declined to say where they were meeting. This is more than about just on-the-field chemistry, as the group should get some important time together away from the game. I'm also looking forward to seeing how this pass rush gets going on defense. Will the Jaguars add a veteran piece closer to camp or the season? Stay tuned, but it feels like they're rolling with what they have at the moment considering they've spent plenty of draft equity in the front seven the last few years. At some point, those drafted players just must develop. Also, it was good to see about a couple dozen Jaguars alumni players attending camp Monday, something Pederson enjoys doing to keep the former players involved and connected.

Kainani Stevens, Jaguars Team Reporter/Producer ...

  • The final week of OTAs began on Monday, with the Jaguars looking as fluid as any team can this time of the year. I found the running backs group intriguing Monday as this becomes a more "two-headed monster" approach to the running game. Could this free up the possibility for more involvement with third-year running back Travis Etienne Jr. in the short passing game? I don't think Lawrence necessarily needs any more targets, but that kind of versatility may prove handy later in the season.

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