JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …
Josh from Atlanta, GA
So how dynamic is the 1-2 running back punch looking through four days in underwear?
Jaguars running backs Travis Etienne Jr. and James Robinson have looked very good early in Jaguars 2021 Training Camp. Etienne – a rookie selected No. 25 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft – as expected looks fast and quick. Robinson, a 1,000-yard rusher as a rookie last season, looks faster, quicker and stronger than he did last season. This assessment is without seeing either against a live defense. So far, so good. The pads go on Tuesday.
Braddock from Section 205
John, Taven Bryan seems to be reduced to a punch line these days. However, isn't possible that he was a tweener also playing out of position and poorly coached? I think the lights could come on this season. What say you?
It's very possible that Jaguars defensive lineman Taven Bryan could play better at the big-end position than he did at defensive tackle the past few seasons. I have no reason to believe the coaches working with the defensive line last season were deficient, so I have no reason to believe Bryan was poorly coached.
Fred from Naples, Florida
Is Taven Bryan in danger of losing his job?
I believe Bryan will be on the Jaguars' roster this season. Am I certain of that? No. There will be some significant competition around the Jaguars' roster the next few weeks, and one of those competitive positions will be defensive line.
Gabe from Chapel Hill, NC
With regards to Jaguars rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence's "strikingly quick" release, I heard something interesting that helped illustrate this point. Logan Bowles - an NFL photographer who covers the Jaguars and some college games - said on a podcast that when covering one of Lawrence's games in college, he realized he had to always be ready to snap the photo in a split second. With almost all college quarterbacks, he indicated something to the effect of that he could get distracted momentarily or not necessarily have his finger on the button and have to anticipate the exact moment of a pass being thrown. If he did that with Trevor though, he might miss the throw if he wasn't actively waiting for that split second. I thought that was kinda cool.
Indeed it is.
David from Chuluota, FL
KOAF – If you were shown a video of the Jaguars four quarterbacks throwing the football in practice, but we covered up which quarterback was throwing, would you be able to determine who threw the pass based on the flight of the ball alone?
I would be able to tell the passes thrown by Lawrence relatively often. His passes look different – faster out of his hand, with more velocity. I don't know that I could tell the difference between the other three. Lawrence is different. There's a reason he was selected No. 1 overall. One of these things is not like the other.
Terry from Cordele, GA
I would remind Mike from Orange Park who asked, "Why are you the way you are?" If you have to ask you wouldn't understand.
Jake from Cary, NC
After CJ Henderson's shaky rookie performance, I sure would feel more comfortable about him reaching his potential if he was present for these initial practices. Seems like a lot of good progress (both technically and culturally) is being made, and he's not there for it.
Jaguars cornerback CJ Henderson is on the COVID-19/Reserve list to start Jaguars 2021 Training Camp. I have no reason to think he wouldn't be more comfortable being present for these initial practices as well. I don't necessarily think missing four non-contact practices will dramatically change how Henderson plays in 2021.
Tom from Jax
Maybe it would be better to train at altitude so we don't enter the season smaller and weaker than our opponents that train in cooler climates.
My head hurts sometimes.
Ryan from Pontiac, IL
I see a few people have chimed in about CJ Henderson since I asked you about him being a X-factor for this team to have success. My question to them now would be: What have they seen him do that makes them think he cannot be a very good cornerback? He had two very good games: in the Week 1 win against the Indianapolis Colts, and against the Green Bay Packers and Devonte Adams – the latter being thrown to by the MVP of the league and him being a first team All-Pro wide receiver himself. Those two games give me hope. What about you?
I love when people chime in. You get all sorts of "awesome" answers that typically tell you as much or more about the chimer than the subject matter. I have yet to see anything from Henderson that makes me think he can't be really good. He played well in a couple of games as a rookie last season, struggled in some others and therefore was going through an NFL learning curve. He then missed a lot of games because of injuries. That's not a particularly unusual NFL rookie season. His story isn't written yet.
Daniel from Jersey City, NJ
O-man, are the pads on yet and are you wearing any?
No. Yes, but I can't be specific.
Tboy from St Johns/Fruit Cove/Winnersville
John, I just reviewed Coach B's comments on the offense and the early days of practice. Realistically are we on the cusp of "scarin' hell" out of some people with our offense this year? Sure would be great to have the luxury of sending a rested defense back on the field when it's time. Being tired and havin' to play defense ain't fun.
You're referencing Jaguars offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell's comments regarding the offense when speaking to the media this week. It's hard to know if the Jaguars can "scarin' hell" out of people offensively this season. I think they will be improved offensively compared to last season. Lawrence looks like he's taking the early steps of being really good. "Scarin' hell" means consistency and feeling like if the other team isn't scoring every series, they're in real trouble. It can take a while to establish the continuity and fluidity to be capable of "scarin' hell" out of defenses. That's the objective, without question. There are probably some growing pains needed to reach that lofty goal. But better would be good. Better would make the Jaguars more competitive. Better would be a nice start.
Abel from Westside
Aloha KOAF! What do you think about the nickname "The Blond Bomber" for Trevor Lawrence?
Boomgrounder from Duval
Dear Mr. Zone, I appreciate the optimism for the Jaguars passing game, but they are playing touch football at this point. I'm not saying the passing game won't be great, but touch football is a different game than NFL. Football.
I don't recall in the last few days saying or writing that the Jaguars' passing game will be great in 2021. I'm not at all sure that it will be great in 2021. I do recall saying and writing in the last few days that Lawrence has been impressive in the first few days of Jaguars 2021 Training Camp practice, and that that is a good thing. Maybe not "Scarin' hell" good. But good.
Richard from Jacksonville
O'man, Fables, all the way. I hand front row center at what was then the Thunder Dome. Seats 3 and 4. Radiohead opened.
Murmur, but between the first three there's no clear No. 1.
Nick from Palatka, FL
Hey O! Will K'Lavon Chaisson and Josh Allen have more combined sacks than TR16 has TD passes this year? I'm sorry, it's late and I couldn't think of a better question.
I doubt it. I would expect Lawrence to be somewhere in the 20s – perhaps mid20s or better – in terms of touchdown passes. If Chaisson and Allen both reached double digits in terms of sacks, that would be a really good season.
Mike from Atlanta, GA
Who is going to play nickel corner? I thought Sidney Jones played pretty well last year.
Jones did play well at times in his first Jaguars season last season, and I expect he will be one of the team's top four corners. I expect CJ Henderson and Shaquill Griffin to be the starting outside cornerbacks and rookie Tyson Campbell to be the nickel.
Dave from Oviedo, FL
Zone – is it just me or does it seem the return date from the offseason is getting later and later? Do you have any idea when Tony Boselli's vacation ends?
When it comes to NFL training camps, the report dates stay pretty much the same each year these days – so most people's return date stays pretty much the same. Who's Tony Boselli?
Dave from Chuluota, FL
KOAF – Can you confirm that when Trevor Lawrence throws the football in the dark that the ball glows a fiery orange red?
I haven't seen this. I'm not ruling out the possibility.