JACKSONVILLE – Senior writer John Oehser's notes and observations Tuesday from Jaguars 2018 Organized Team Activities Day 4 at the Dream Finders Homes Practice Complex …
1.A.J. Bouye made his first appearance at '18 OTAs Tuesday, and the veteran cornerback made it clear motivation won't be a problem following his first Pro Bowl season. "I still do not get a lot of respect," said Bouye, a 2017 Associated Press second-team All-Pro selection in his first season with the Jaguars after signing as an unrestricted free agent from Houston last offseason. "Nothing is wrong with that. I appreciate it because it motivates me even more." Bouye, who said he missed the first week of OTAs because he had "some stuff I had to take care of," said he has focused during the offseason on advice he received from Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown at the Pro Bowl in February. Brown caught seven passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-42 victory at Pittsburgh in an AFC Divisional Playoff in January. "He saw how I played him in the first game [a 20-9 Jaguars victory in October," Bouye said. "He adjusted and I didn't. He was showing me some of the stuff he was doing, and he was doing it in the walkthrough [at the Pro Bowl]. I was just like, 'Alright. I am going to start playing that [style] and work on certain things with my body just to stay stronger at the top of the route.'" Added Bouye of Brown, "We both have a lot of respect for each other's game.''
2.Bouye's first appearance at OTAs was news in some circles, but the reality is OTA attendance remains one of the more overhyped, over-reported stories of the NFL year. OTAs are voluntary under the NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement, and not attending them doesn't mean players aren't working to prepare for the coming season. Bouye talked extensively Tuesday of work he had done already this offseason, saying he had worked with position-specific trainers and that "it felt good." He also said he is considering not attending some OTA sessions to train with Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey and his father, Lamont, in Nashville. Lamont runs Ramsey Performance Training in Nashville. "I know they are over there working," Bouye said. Bouye also clearly wasn't worried that Ramsey – a first-team AP All-Pro selection last season – has chosen to train with his father rather than attend OTAs. "None of us are really worried because Jalen is Jalen and one thing you say is, 'He's doing whatever he is – but he's always working,''' Bouye said. "We know he is going to be back ready to make plays like he always has."
3.Jaguars offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett spoke to the media after OTA practice Tuesday – and while he spent time talking about quarterback Blake Bortles, he also discussed extensively many other parts of the offense. Among the highlights: his thoughts on the run game, which he described as "more of an attitude." The Jaguars' offense led the NFL in rushing last season, often running against defenses stacked at the line of scrimmage. "A lot of people say they want those explosive plays, and they want the big hits," Hackett said. "But if you're getting three yards, three yards, you're in very manageable third-down situation. That allows you to move the chains. The more you keep grinding on it and keep pushing on it, it's going to allow you to have opportunities for play action and to stay on the field longer and wear the defense down. All of a sudden, things are going to pop. You want to be able to run the ball against every look, but there were some looks last year that were probably not that sound. We still pounded the ball in there and still got positive yards. As long as we're being efficient and getting positive yards somehow, some way, it lets the guys know that was good and that was positive and that the good things are going to come."
4.A major topic early in OTAs continues to be the addition of tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who is expected to add an athletic dimension in the passing game. Seferian-Jenkins has looked smooth early in the offseason after signing as an unrestricted free agent from the New York Jets, appearing to have developed a quick rapport with quarterback Blake Bortles. The Jaguars released long-time tight end Marcedes Lewis shortly after signing Seferian-Jenkins in March. "They're two different guys," Hackett said of Lewis and Seferian-Jenkins, the latter of whom caught a career-high 50 passes for 357 yards and three touchdowns for the New York Jets last season. "Austin's ability to flat-out run is really impressive for as big as he is. I think both are really good at things they specialize in, and I think Austin brings all kinds of stuff to the table. He's a guy we're going to try to get out there as much as possible."