Nov 24, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Ryan Davis (59) celebrates after making an interception during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. The Jaguars defeated the Texans 13-6. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Winner: Ryan Davis, defensive end
This may be a bit of optimism on my end, but I am convinced that during 2015 Jaguars training camp the veteran defensive end will finally show that he can put it all together. He’s got a big year in front of him with the injury to LEO pass rusher Dante Fowler Jr. and his efficiency in game situations was nearly unrivaled in the NFL last season.
This year’s training camp offers Davis the opportunity to show he can work on his weaknesses and only get better. It’s his chance to cement himself as a high-motor player who successfully brings pressure on every down. It’s been a long time coming for the fourth-year undrafted free agent, but he took advantage of his opportunities in 2014 and is poised for another big year in 2015.
While the defensive line group as a whole is rather crowded for he Jaguars, Davis should have plenty of opportunities to prove why he was so effective at rushing the passer in 2014 and that the can continue to do so in the future. I’m excited to see his camp and hear what he’s putting together for next season.
May 28, 2015; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) throws during OTAs at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports
Winner: Blake Bortles, quarterback
It’s time for Blake Bortles to show off all that hard work he put in over the offseason. He’s been making sure he’s ready to lead the Jaguars into the 2015 season and Jaguars training camp is the time to let that work shine. The hype for Bortles can begin when he starts to showcase the mechanical improvements that he has been working on and it won’t stop unless he struggles during the 2015 season.
While I expect Bortles to make strides during the 2015 season, those game situations will certainly still have some mistakes. What we all want to see from him is progress. Progress in his mechanics, decision making, and leadership. That all starts during training camp.
I expect we’ll see Bortles come into camp on a high and keep that up through the duration of camp. He’ll have a lot of eyes on him, so the progress will have to show through at each and every stage. Bortles has shown he can bounce back from mistakes and doesn’t let doubt get to him, but to be the leader of this franchise he will have to put some other people’s concerns to rest through his work during training camp. I expect he knows this and he’ll be able to show off a bit.
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