Jaguars 2019 OTAs: Three players to watch on offense
By David Levin
There are less than three weeks until the Jaguars begin OTAs at the practice fields of TIAA Bank Field. Here are three players to watch on offense
The Jacksonville Jaguars are in the second phase of their voluntary offseason workout program with more players in the mix now that the team has gone through the NFL Draft, selecting seven players and signing 21 undrafted free agents to the roster.
The team is still adding depth in free agency and looking to get better in preparation for erasing what happened in 2018, a season full of promise yet lacked any kind of success. As the offense learns the new playbook and veterans and rookies alike transition from the offseason to getting ready for OTAs and minicamp, here are three players to pay close attention to in the next few weeks.
Leonard Fournette – He looks leaner. He looks to be in great shape. And hopefully, Leonard Fournette will be more focused on the field in what appears to be a “make or break season” for the third-year running back.
The Jaguars organization is hoping the fourth pick in the 2017 NFL draft will come back this season with a determination and purpose. There is also hope that Fournette, who has not been able to play an entire season his first two years in the league, will be able to give the Jaguars 16 games of consistency.
Last season, Fournette came to OTA’s for one day and then left. He needs to become more of a leader on this football team. It starts here in camp.
There is no reason to believe a healthy Fournette and a solid offensive line could not lead to a 1,200- yards season in 2019.
Keelan Cole – At the start of OTA’s last year, wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell stood at the podium inside TIAA Bank Field and told reporters he thought Keelan Cole would have a breakout season.
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After the first two regular season games, it appeared his words proved prophetic. And then everything spiraled out of control.
Keelan Cole may be on the outside looking in with this group of wide receivers. At best right now he is the team’s fourth option. At worst, he is the fifth option or possibly not on the roster this year.
The speedster must come in re-dedicated and ready to put behind him a poor season which included many dropped passes that cost his team field position and yardage. McCardell and the coaching staff hope Cole returns to his 2017 form with defenders chasing him as he marches to the end zone.
Cam Robinson – Just as Tom Coughlin said at the Jaguars pre-draft luncheon, this team needs Cam Robinson to play left tackle the season.
Even before he went down with an ACL injury in the third game of the season in 2018, they were questions about his footwork and inconsistent play. He lost his second season to injury. How will he look in Year 3?
Having a rookie on the right side in Jawaan Taylor makes Robinson’s return that much more important to the stability of the line. He and left guard Andrew Norwell both have something to prove. If they play better under new offensive line coach George Warhop, this is a unit that could be most improved in 2019.