On Saturday I noted that first round pick Luke Joeckel is settling in at his new right tackle position. While there is going to be some time for him to get comfortable in his new role, he is taking all the right steps. ”He’s a note-taker. He comes in early in meetings – the whole thing that goes about being a pro. He’s had an impressive couple of days,” said head coach Gus Bradley on Joeckel, per Jaguars.com. Joeckel is acting like a professional and while some rookies – and even veteran players – take a long time to adjust to professional preparation and play, Joeckel just gets it.
Hard work and preparedness are often overlooked, but when it is instilled in player it makes a big difference.
Senior writer John Oehser outlines how Joeckel is transitioning well to the right side, a place he hasn’t played since his junior year of high school, but what really got to me was that Joeckel is putting in the work and it seems to come naturally to him. It is either a behavior he learned a while ago or he just comes into it naturally. Arriving early, practicing hard, and staying late are the hallmarks of someone looking to succeed.
I’ve seen too many first round busts for the Jacksonville Jaguars to not appreciate the commitment and dedication that Joeckel is showing. It is much appreciated. Offensive line coach George Yarno loves what he has seen so far, and I’m right there with him.
- Luke N. Sims
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