Scary articles are posted daily about the Jaguars training camp. Fans read about the retirement of a veteran offensive lineman, Brandon Albert.
Also, they see headlines about Bortles interceptions. As Adam Schechter stated on a Pewter Plank blog, don’t get overhyped about training camp news. Training camp is a time to practice and learn. Every mistake is not the end of the world as we know it. We must relax and enjoy training camp for what it is. Here are some things to look for. First, look at the philosophy of the coaching staff. Next, check out the overall play of the runners and receivers. Also, keep an eye on the play of the offensive line. Finally, look at the injuries to critical personnel.
PHILOSOPHY OF THE COACHING STAFF
We know the new coaching philosophy by the way they run training camp. The previous coaching staff did not emphasize the goal of winning. As Vince Lombardi once said “you play to win the game.” Mark Long of the Associated Press quoted Doug Marrone. “I want to make it tough. I want to create adversity. I want to create a competitive environment, but I also want to create a foundation of how we are going to win.” This quote is welcome news for Jaguar fans who want a winner.
RUNNERS AND RECEIVERS
There are some positive comments about Leonard Fournette. No Jag running back gained more than 500 yards last season. This is not a recipe for success. USA Today reported that Leonard Fournette turned heads in camp as a receiver. He also broke away for a long run against the first team defense. USA Today also reported that the receiver corps is clicking on all cylinders. Football Outsiders says that Allen Robinson has been “lights out” all camp. Additionally, they ranked Marquis Lee as a top twenty receiver. There have been many positive reports. It gives us great hope for the season.
The offensive line is still a work in progress. The line took a hit when Albert retired. There is competition for all the positions. A respected offensive line coach was hired. Pat Flaherty is respected throughout the NFL. The Jaguars also brought two full backs into camp. They gave center Brandon Linder a new contract. It is still an uncertain area of the team. On the other hand, there are positive signs that the line will develop into a winner.
The injury bug has not hit too hard yet. There was an injury to I’Tavius Mathis during drills. The good news is that @bigcatcountry.com reported that he has been released from the hospital. Calais Campbell hasn’t been able to practice yet. Jalen Ramsey is on the PUP list. Campbell and Ramsey were slated to be starters. This could be an issue down the road.
There are no issues with the new coaching philosophy. The running backs and receivers look very impressive. The offensive line has some issues but there is potential. There are injuries but not any devastating ones. All in all training camp is going well. The next step is the pre season.