Jacksonville Jaguars 2021 rookie minicamp: So far so good

Urban Meyer, head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Imagn Images photo pool)
Urban Meyer, head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Imagn Images photo pool) /
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Jacksonville Jaguars
Urban Meyer, head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Imagn Images photo pool) /

What a difference a year makes, right? Last season, Doug Marrone was the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and quarterback Gardner Minshew II was coming off an outstanding rookie campaign. Nevertheless, Morrone is no longer with the team and is now Alabama’s offensive line coach while Minshew is backing up Trevor Lawrence, the first overall pick in this year’s draft.

All the changes the Jaguars have undergone this offseason, aren’t surprising as they managed to win just one game last season. On the other hand, it was uncertain how significant the changes were going to be, as there was a chance Marrone could keep his job beyond 2020 despite the fact the team lost 15 consecutive games with him leading the way.

In the end, owner Shahid Khan decided against keeping Marrone and brought Urban Meyer to take his place. So far, things seem to be working out even if there have been a few bumps on the road and after giving the roster a makeover this offseason and are already getting their rookies acclimated to the pro game. While it will be a while before this Jacksonville team plays meaningful football, here are three observations about the second day of minicamp.

The Jacksonville Jaguars aren’t having buyer’s remorse on Walker Little.

The Jags made a few peculiar choices in 2021’s draft, including the selection of Stanford offensive tackle Walker Little with the 45th overall pick. This was kind of a surprising choice because the Texas native hasn’t played football since 2019 but Meyer isn’t having second thoughts about drafting him.

In a sit-down with the local media, Meyer pointed out that the offensive tackle is 20 percent body fat and added that his footwork is great. The head coach is excited about having him on the team and mentioned that he’s been outstanding so far.

Meyer also said he wasn’t surprised Little was available when the Jags drafted him and adds that the team did plenty of homework on him. He even thinks the Stanford product would’ve been a first-round selection had he not suffered a knee injury back in 2019.