Three weeks of OTAs, three days of minicamp and the Jacksonville Jaguars are just getting started. And their top acquisitions are standing out so far in camp.
It’s true, the coaching staff won’t be able to completely see what they have on this roster until the team returns for Training Camp and the pads go on. Head coach Doug Marrone has repeated said he is impressed with how the players have come back to TIAA Bank Field in good shape and have shown they are ahead of schedule in what was planned at the start of practice.
Now, it’s time to see what happens a month from now.
Marrone and his coaches spoke about how players have stood out, especially the newcomers to this organization. As I watched from the sidelines, these three players caught my attention and should further progress when training camp starts.
Jaguars offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said he likes the idea of there not being a true No. 1 wide receiver in this group, which will provide for more competition in training camp. Right now, I would say Moncrief and Marqise Lee are No. 1 and No. 1A.
Moncrief’s size (6-foot-2) and his speed off the line of scrimmage could create matchup problems with opposing defenders. It will be interesting to see how he looks when the pads go on and he works more against both Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins – The Jaguars news tight end has received rave reviews since the moment he put a Jacksonville jersey on. So far, he looks to be a solid signing, who will get as he becomes more acclimated to the team’s offense.
Seferian-Jenkins has run smooth routes and has developed chemistry with quarterback Blake Bortles. That’s important since Marcedes Lewis caught five touchdowns last season to lead the team and was one of the best blocking tight ends during his time in Jacksonville.
I love the fact Seferian-Jenkins is excited about being part of this winning formula. He said practicing against the Jaguars defense every day can only make him a better player.
Taven Bryan – The rookie has shown he can learn the team’s defensive scheme quickly and will be an asset on the defensive line. Given that Bryan has been practicing at big end, and will get 25-30 snaps a game, he provides many possibilities for defensive coordinator Todd Wash.
Don’t be surprised if Bryan also sees time inside because of his quickness off the snap and his first step which allows him to get around offensive linemen.
Bryan does not have to put up monster numbers this season to prove how effective he is. All he needs to do is show consistency and improvement as he plays more this year.