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Campservations: OTAs, Day 1

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JACKSONVILLE – Jaguars 2023 Organized Team Activities began Monday.

OTAs mark the beginning of Phase Three of the NFL's offseason program. Practices are non-padded, but – unlike in Phases One and Two – they can include 11-on-11 work.

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…

  • There's a limit to what you can judge in a non-padded offseason practice. Within that limitation, let it be said that Calvin Ridley plays fast – and can really get open. That was what the Jaguars wanted to see from the veteran wide receiver, who they acquired in November 2022 trade with the Atlanta Falcons. Ridley, who was suspended by the NFL in 2022 and who hasn't played since October 2021, showed few signs of a layoff Monday. And while it would be extreme to say anyone "starred" in Monday's work, it wouldn't be extreme to say that on at least one play Ridley showed the high-level route-running, speed and ability to get open that had him trending toward being one of the NFL's top receivers before his layoff. He gets open – wide open – pretty routinely and he reportedly has looked outstanding throughout the offseason. If that carries over to the regular season, that should help quarterback Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars' other receivers – and an offense that ranked No. 10 in the NFL – immeasurably.

Brian Sexton, Jaguars Senior Correspondent …

  • It was good to see the entire starting offensive line in front of Lawrence Monday – and for that matter wide receivers Christian Kirk, Zay Jones and Ridley and running back Travis Etienne working out of the backfield. Monday's voluntary OTA session was extremely well attended and why wouldn't it be? This is a team with excitement and expectations around it and according to Pederson, it's also a team with chemistry. "I understand them, and they understand me," he said. "That's why we have so many guys here in this voluntary program. They understand the type of work that we do and that goes a long way, and not just here but into December and January and that's where the trust and camaraderie come into play." If Lawrence takes a step up this season and if linebackers Travon Walker and Devin Lloyd are second-year sensations, this will be a really good team. Talking to guys after practice made it clear they know what's in front of them and they're willing to put in the work to get there.

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

  • It was good to see the full squad – or most of it – on the field for the first time in front of the media. Lawrence looks relaxed and confident. Ridley could bring an extra gear to the offense; it was nice to see him make a catch down the field late in a team period. This is the time for different players to work in different areas, especially on the offensive line. Though we didn't see anything too extreme in this case on Day 1, that will likely be the case in some of the practices we do not get to see. It was a decent start to the final four weeks of the offseason program. This is very much a voluntary and non-contact period, but there will still be some important work done that can carry over to training camp and beyond.

Kainani Stevens, Jaguars Team Reporter/Producer ...

  • OTA are underway for 2023 and we saw near perfect attendance for Day 1. There's no question about players buying into Pederson's program – and hopefully, that translates into more consistency for the team this season. Players are openly setting higher expectations for themselves with several referencing that big game in February as their goal. There's not much to glean from field repetitions at this point in the offseason program, but the turnout speaks volumes.

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