Jaguars OTAs: Depth will be crucial in the 2021 NFL season

Head coach Urban Meyer of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
Head coach Urban Meyer of the Jacksonville Jaguars (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /
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Head coach Urban Meyer of the Jacksonville Jaguars during Training Camp at TIAA Bank Field (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /

The Jacksonville Jaguars have wrapped the eighth day of organized team activities, and it’s become clear how important depth will be for the Jags in 2021.

OTAs are the time of the year when players are getting acquainted with the playbook, their teammates, and their coaching staff. Thus, it doesn’t make sense to push players more than they need to be. After all, contact is limited and teams want their players to stay healthy. On the other hand, you can have an idea of how the Jags’ rebuild is coming along.

Although this is head coach Urban Meyer’s first year in the NFL, he has experience building successful programs. Some of the decisions he and the team’s brass have made this offseason are already paying off. The Jaguars had the most cap space in the league early this year but instead of chasing big-name free agents, they opted to add depth to the roster. They did break the bank for a few players, such as cornerback Shaquill Griffin and safety Rayshawn Jenkins. Nevertheless, they focused on fortifying a roster that was ravaged by injuries last season.

Sophomore C.J. Henderson and Tyson Campbell are currently doing individual work and haven’t practice with teammates. Jacksonville could easily turn to Griffin, Tre Herndon, and Sidney Jones if they were already in the regular season. Their cornerback room has the potential to be a strength in 2021 and it looks like they will be able to withstand a few injuries, which is something they couldn’t do in 2020.

Here are a few more observations about the Jaguars’ most recent OTA session.