The NFL is moving at a furious pace ahead of the 2022 regular season. The 2022 draft was held less than a week ago and this year’s full schedule will be released in a few days. For now, the league has announced the dates for organized team activities (OTAs), minicamps, and workouts for all 32 teams, including the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Phase I of the NFL’s offseason program, voluntary minicamp already took place this past month and the Jags held theirs from April 26 to April 28. In it, players can’t engage in physical contact and will only partake in strength, conditioning, and rehabilitation activities. Here’s the calendar for the Jaguars’ remaining activities.
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 23-24, May 26, May 31-June 1, June 3, June 6-9
Mandatory Minicamp: June 13-15
Rookie Minicamp: May 13-15
This is Doug Pederson’s first year as the head coach of the Jaguars, so the offseason will be crucial for the team. Make no mistake, every offseason is but Pederson will try to install his system and will try to reverse course and try to foster a healthy culture, something the organization hasn’t had in a while.
What should be expected from the Jaguars during OTAs?
So what do OTAs and minicamps consist of? Phase I (May 2-20) allows for on-field workouts, individual or group instruction, and drills. Also, offensive players can line up across offensive and defensive players. However, players are not allowed to engage in live contact.
Phase II (May 23-June 15) is where organized team activities are held and live contact is still not permitted but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are allowed. Teams can have up to ten sessions but the Jags lost two this year (and were fined $200,000) because of violating the NFL non-contact policy last offseason under former head coach Urban Myer.
The Jaguars could still make changes to the roster ahead of training camp. They just re-sign Adam Gotsis, according to his agent. Last season, the former second-round pick appeared in 16 games with four starts and logged three sacks 27 total tackles, and seven tackles for a loss. He became a key cog in the team’s defensive line rotation, so it’s kind of puzzling that they hadn’t brought him back earlier.
Last year, the Jaguars signed wide receiver Laquon Treadwell in June and while he didn’t make the final roster cuts, he was eventually signed and became one of the team’s primary targets towards the end of the 2021 season. Similarly, Urban Meyer offered Tim Tebow the opportunity to compete for a roster spot as a tight end. He was cut after just one preseason game. It will be worth monitoring if the team’s brass makes any additional moves in the upcoming weeks.