Jacksonville Jaguars training camp thoughts


I try to provide examples of camp in pictures because I am not very good at keeping track of everything going on.  It is the best I have to offer. But some others have a great nack for covering all the action. The best example of this is BleacherReport’s Tim McClellan reports. I may not agree with everything, but it is worth reading. Here are a few links for you to consider:

August 3 evening report 

August 3 morning report

Monday August 2 report

Overall summary of camp issues

Here are three guys I think the Jaguars can cut right now and use the spots for better players:

Trevor Harris QB Edinboro University.  In the Peanuts cartoon, Snoopy would begin dancing by moving his feet at a blur, he called it “Happy Feet”. That phrase translated to a fault quarterbacks exhibit when nervous. They stand in one spot and their feet run in place. They lose their ability to plant quickly and deliver. Trevor Harris has a horrible case of Happy Feet. Watch him sometimes. He is so nervous to get rid of the ball and he he doesn’t have a strong arm. Trevor won’t make it.

Brock Bolen FB Louisville. Brock looks imposing. When you see him walk by, he is a mountain of muscle. The trouble is a FB must block. During the “protect your quarterback” blocking drill, Ernest Wilford walked up to him, stood there and faked him out. Time and time again Brock Bolen was left on the ground blocking air. Brock was invited back again this year, but I don’t see anything in him I trust on the field.

Zack Potter TE Nebraska. Big man, bigger than Marcedes at 6’7″ and 280 pounds. Why are they trying to make him a tight end? He was a decent defensive end for Nebraska. He can’t catch and struggles in blocking from what I saw.  I don’t understand what the Jaguars are trying to do with him, but I don’t see a strong NFL future.

Concerning Gene Smith.  I am beginning to wonder if he falls in love with his players? His comments on Don Carey were curious. If you put Reggie Nelson on the field next to Don Carey, you would get a higher level of play out of Reggie Nelson. But Gene is touting Don Carey and almost ready to dismiss Reggie. I really think this about Gene, guys drafted by Shack Harris are nothing to Gene except taking up a spot one of his guys should have.  I like the roster moves thus far, but those were easy moves. The next layer will come when Gene must cut his own guys.  Then we will see where he really is. I might be wrong about him, I probably am. Just putting it out there.

Well, time to cut the grass. I can’t pretend to be busy much longer. Have a good Sunday everyone.

- Terry O’Brien

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  • zoltanfrombudapest

    Interesting article Terry.
    I think Bolen, Potter, and Harris will most likely all make the team (At least the practice squad). Potter will push Wilford; Bolen is the insurance policy of Greg Jones; and Harris will be the 3rd QB.

    As far as you said about Gene and the love of his picks and players he brought in. I agree (sadly). Because sometimes; he bring bad people (Brian Russell comes to my mind…) and keep it. And sometimes he get rid “Harris players” under value. Derek Landri was picked up by Carolina within 24 hours after Gene cut him- It means to me; he had value. I have my trust on Gene; but I’m must say; The concern I have with him are growing! I hope this draft class; he brought this year performs well- because if so; then I put my words back. But if these players will be not as productive as they been praised by Gene and others- WE HAVE A PROBLEM!…

  • http://bigcatcountry.com Collin

    I have to disagree about Bolen, I know you’ve seen him some, but I have hopes he can make it. The kid is supposedly a killer lead blocker…

    IF what you’re saying about his pass protection is true though, then that is disconcerting…

    Zach Potter is lost to a numbers game. He’s playing to put his tape out there. I’m psyched about Marcesdes Lewis though. For Jack to be saying what he is about him, I believe the quote was something along the lines of “vast improvement”… The guy was already a beast. I can’t wait to see him this season.

    • http://www.blackandteal.com tkopa

      I will post pictures of Brock blocking.

      I am believing we have beasts developing in MJD, Marcedes, Eugene Monroe, Daryl Smith, Aaron Kampman and Derrick Harvey. If Vince Manuwai develops and Eben Britton develops, do we have the start of a new Jaguar run at the top?

  • http://bigcatcountry.com Collin

    on a side note, anyone see matt jones tonight? He played pretty well I thought. Nice hands. If he keeps that up, maybe he’ll land somewhere.

    Also… Why do I like T.O… Does anyone else? He’s such an egomaniac. He’s fun to watch on the field though. Why?

    I can’t seem to figure it out, but I thoroughly enjoyed watching the miscreants on the Bengals tonight. Ochocinco, T.O. Pacman, and Matt Jones, just to name a few. Nice to watch this soon to be train wreck leave the station tonight.

    • Luke

      Yeah, I like T.O. too. In fact, he is my favorite part of the Bengals now that he’s there. I think he plays a solid game. But it’s more than that. It’s the way he moves that is so great. He flows as he plays. It’s as if he understands his position and his body fits the position so well that he is able to make it appear simple.

      To top that off, T.O. still has the skills to be a force. His attitude is terrible, but he always puts in effort (unlike Randy Moss on any rushing down) and he wants to have the ball in his hands. And when the ball is in his hands, he does quite well. I like T.O. It’s a shame his attitude is so horrendous.

    • zoltanfrombudapest

      Yeah; Matt was (other then Shipley who had a 68 yard run) the only bright spot in the Cincy offense. There 1st team O can’t do nothing with Dallas 2nd D: Is that a warnuing sign that Dallas will be that good? OR just Cincy is overrated because if 2009?

      Dallas; they looked good; espcially on D- which is not a good news for team (Like the Jaguars) who feal faace them.