Is this going to be the season Rashad Greene puts it all together for the Jacksonville Jaguars?
The third-year wide receiver must first stay healthy as he has only played in 17 professional games since being drafted in 2015 in the fifth round out of Florida State. So far, Greene has been impressive during the team’s OTAs and hopes a good showing plus a solid training camp will give him another chance to prove he can help a talented corps of wide receivers.
Greene was clinging to life on the roster last season before being placed on the injured reserve list, where he did not see the field in 2017. The Jaguars added more speed to the unit this offseason, with Donte Moncrief coming over from division rival Indianapolis and ultra-quick D.J. Chark being selected in the second round of the April Draft.
Now, the veteran is once again hoping to catch enough passes and do the right things to get noticed and stick here in Jacksonville for 2018.
Rashad Greene has been impressive so far in the two weeks on the practice field, which has caught the eye of the coaches and his teammates, who are also fighting for roster spots and trying to make an impact early in the process.
"“My mindset hasn’t changed since the day that they drafted me,” Greene said via the Florida Times-Union. “I’m here to work, and I’m trying to do whatever I can do to help this team be successful. I’m just grinding. That’s what it’s about. You can’t substitute hard work. I know I have the ability to do what they ask me. I’m just going out there, staying healthy and putting it all on the line.”"
More from Jacksonville Jaguars News
- Jacksonville Jaguars unlikely to pursue Carson Wentz despite Doug Pederson connection
- Jaguars RB Travis Etienne expected to have bigger impact in 2023
- 5 bonafide stars from the Jacksonville Jaguars 2022 season
- Jacksonville Jaguars haven’t heard any Calvin Ridley news from the NFL
- WR Marvin Jones Jr. will give 110 percent with the Jacksonville Jaguars or wherever he plays in 2023
Greene moved on from a highly successful college career at Florida State where he was Jameis Winston’s top target to being a special teams player and the fourth or fifth wide receiver in the rotation. At 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, he has had to make his mark anyway he could. He is not the fastest player on the field, but his mental game – where he plays smart – should help him while fighting with three or four other players for potentially one spot on the Jaguars’ roster.
Both head coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett have noticed the improved play of their pass catcher. Hopefully, it is an impression that will stick in both of their minds when determining the final 53 players on this roster.
Being injured last season did have an effect on Rashad Greene and how the Jaguars perceive his potential to help the team.
"“He’s fighting for a spot, and he’s doing everything he can to do the right stuff,” Hackett said. “I’m really pleased with how he’s done, just his attitude and everything. He looks like that old Rashad when he came out as a rookie, and I think that’s exciting. He even looks bigger, stronger, more confident.”"