HC Doug Marrone pleased with where the Jaguars are in OTAs
After two weeks of OTAs, Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone told the media on Friday he was pleased with the progress his team has made.
When asked what he thought of how his Jaguars players were progressing prior to the completion of the second week of OTAs head coach Doug Marrone said he was pleased with the progress that has been made.
It was officially the sixth day of practice for Jacksonville, a team that did not key players on the field prior to the morning session.
"“I think the guys that are here are doing a heck of a job. They really are,” he said."
For those of you playing at home, on your scorecards, there should be seven on-field practices remaining, which includes a mandatory mini-camp schedule at the practice facility adjacent to TIAA Bank Field from June 11-13. All of these practices are without pads and contact is not permitted.
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"Per John Oehser of Jaguars.com, “All offseason work with except the three-day minicamp is voluntary. Players such as defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, wide receiver Marqise Lee, wide receiver Dede Westbrook, running back Leonard Fournette, linebacker Telvin Smith and cornerback Jalen Ramsey have missed multiple sessions.”"
For Fournette, it was the second straight day he wasn’t on the field after being present for the first four sessions play the first two phases of the Jaguars voluntary workout program. The former LSU star is expected to be the key component of this offense and will be given every opportunity to reach and surpass the same level of play he exhibited in his rookie season of 2017.
As John DeFilippo, the Jaguars offensive coordinator said during the first week of camp, Fournette will be counted on to do a great many things in the system he has devised. A better 2019 campaign could also help his relationship with the front office, which by Fournette’s account, has been mended this offseason.
Now, with the final week of OTAs on the horizon, there are things the team will work on before the minicamp and break until training camp begins.
"“We’re looking for a good week next week, then we’ll finish up,” Marrone said. “We’re really kind of on the back end. All it really says is we’ve got to make sure we put in the work and it (the season) is going to get here before you know it.”"
The topic of Fournette’s absence shouldn’t be blown up any farther than what it is. This is still a mandatory time period for Jaguars players. And when asked about his performance since the team began the voluntary program, Marrone not having Fournette here isn’t “disappointing” when the 2017 first-round pick and other veterans do not have to attend.
"“It’s hard to use the word ‘disappointing’ when it’s a voluntary period,” Marrone said of Fournette’s absence. “For me, where I can be most productive, is I look at it and just appreciate the players who are here. … When he’s been here, he’s been [performing well].”"