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Campservations: OTAs, Day 4

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JACKSONVILLE – Jaguars 2023 Organized Team Activities continued Tuesday.

OTAs mark the first part 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. Tuesday marked the fourth of 10 scheduled OTA practices with a three-day mandatory veteran minicamp scheduled in mid-June.

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

Here are Tuesday'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…

  • Quickness, speed and the passing game typically stand out during OTAs. That's the nature of non-padded, non-contact work and that has been true during the first two '23 OTAs open to the media. Wide receiver Jamal Agnew, whose role increased throughout '22 as coaches increasingly utilized his game-changing speed, had two nice plays early Tuesday and appears likely to again have a key role as a situational big-play player. Trevor Lawrence also continued to show what you expect from a third-year quarterback in his second season in an offense, continuing to show improved accuracy and confidence compared to last offseason. Wide receiver Calvin Ridley, as he did last Monday, showed high-end athleticism and had an impressive intermediate reception late in practice. First-year wide receiver Kendric Pryor had a nice reception on a deep pass down the left sideline.

Brian Sexton, Jaguars Senior Correspondent …

  • With the usual nod to caution with non-padded, non-contact OTA practices, there are a few guys who have stood out over the first two days open to the media. Wide receiver Kevin Austin stood out last year with his size and length, but this year he knows the system and is making his size and length count with big catches down the field. Linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson is a marked man and not for reasons you want, but he's often either in the backfield in position to break up a screen or threatening the quarterback or in good position in coverage. Maybe he has turned a corner? He has stood out so far this offseason. Tight end Luke Farrell is another who seems to have found a new rhythm; he never is going to be Greg Kittle or Travis Kelce, but he's a good-sized guy who could be a valuable back-up and special teamer. After two seasons of relative anonymity, he is making catches and getting up the seam. None of these guys is likely to be a star, but if they're productive role players within the system, the roster is deeper and better.

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

  • At OTA No. 4, it felt like we got to see a little more of Ridley in team work. Head Coach Doug Pederson said that they were holding him back a little just because he has been away from the game for nearly two years. That, of course, does not mean he has not been working on his own – and it shows in a good way. He runs crisp routes, and you can tell he has an extra gear that he is not going to turn on until needed. He also said after practice that with the nearly two-season layoff, his legs are not quite up to what they should be for the season, but that's what this time of year and the months ahead of training camp are for. I can't wait to see Ridley turn it on full speed once training camp and the regular season hit.

Kainani Stevens, Jaguars Team Reporter/Producer ...

  • OTAs resumed Tuesday after a break for the long weekend, and a couple of new faces were in the mix. Left tackle Cam Robinson practiced after missing last week's Week 1 of OTAs, as a possible suspension awaits. The other addition was veteran kicker Brandon McManus, who signed late last week. Pederson clearly is thrilled to have a seasoned player at that position and someone who gives them more flexibility on special teams. For what it's worth, McManus said he reached out to the Jags upon his release by the Broncos and was excited to land here in Jacksonville.

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