JACKSONVILLE – Halfway in, all looks good.
That's Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone's assessment of the on-field portion of the 2019 offseason program, which essentially reached its midway point Friday.
"I'm real happy with where we are," Marrone said. "I think the guys that are here are doing a heck of a job. They really are."
The Jaguars held their sixth 2019 organized activities practice Friday at the Dream Finders Homes Practice Complex adjacent to TIAA Bank Field. They are scheduled to hold four more OTA practices next week with a mandatory three-day minicamp the following week.
Those non-padded, non-contact sessions represent the 13 on-field offseason practices allowed by NFL rules.
"I always want to say, 'Listen, I know we have a lot of work ahead of us,''' Marrone said. "But you're always trying to gauge, 'How do you feel? What's going on?' I feel really good."
All offseason work with except the three-day minicamp is voluntary. Players such as defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, wide receiver Marqise Lee, wide receiver Dede Westbrook, running back Leonard Fournette, linebacker Telvin Smith and cornerback Jalen Ramsey have missed multiple sessions.
Marrone said the Jaguars did situational work such as red zone this week, and that the team continues to focus on keeping players healthy for the short- and long-term. Marrone said the Jaguars will cut practice down a bit Friday toward that end.
"We're looking for a good week next week, then we'll finish up," Marrone said. "We're really kind of on the back end. All it really says is we've got to make sure we put in the work and it (the season) is going to get here before you know it."
Also on Friday:
*Marrone discussed the performance of Fournette in OTAs. While Fournette on Friday missed a second consecutive voluntary practice, Marrone said he has been pleased with the third-year veteran's approach overall. "It's hard to use the word 'disappointing' when it's a voluntary period," Marrone said of Fournette's absence the last two days. "For me, where I can be most productive, is I look at it and just appreciate the players who are here. … When he's been here, he's been [performing well]."
*Marrone discussed rookie tight end Josh Oliver, saying that the rookie third-round selection from San Jose State has been good thus far in OTAs. "The things we were able to look at on tape, and the transition of what we were able to see on tape to what he's been able to do on the field has been great," Marrone said. "He can run. He has a real good catch radius. It's difficult without pads to see that [blocking] part of it, but he's always shown the willingness to do it. He has shown good technique and he's eager to learn. I'm happy with where he is."
*Marrone discussed guard Andrew Norwell, saying the veteran was devastated when he had to miss the last five games with an ankle injury last season. "He was extremely hard on himself," Marrone said. "He's obviously a very good football player and he's a very tough individual. He's not someone who has missed anything or games, so that part of what happened to him was very difficult. I can't speak for him, but his actions … there might be a little chip, there might be something there."