Head coach Doug Pederson made waves when he told the media that veteran players would be excused from attending the mandatory minicamp the Jacksonville Jaguars will be holding from June 13 to 15. However, he noted that rookies, players rehabbing injuries, and a selected group of veterans would still need to show up.
This approach makes sense when you take into account that veterans can benefit from the extra rest while players that are needed additional work can get it in the minicamp. In a league in which players are looking for any potential edge, any extra reps or pointers can turn out to be invaluable. With that in mind, here are five major storylines to follow in the upcoming days.
5. Jaguars QB EJ Perry is getting extra work in minicamp
Quarterback is without a doubt the most important position on the football field, so it makes sense for teams to constantly invest a late-round pick in one in hopes of developing him. The Jags didn’t take a single signal-caller in this year’s draft but they did sign E.J. Perry after the fact.
Jacksonville is currently set at quarterback with Trevor Lawrence poised to make a leap in Year 2 and C.J. Beathard firmly entrenched as the top backup. However, it’s not a bad idea to have a No. 3 ready, especially after Beathard suffered a groin injury. While he won’t require surgery and will most likely be back for training camp, the Jaguars need to be prepared in case of contingency.
This is where Perry comes in. He was the lone quarterback that attended mandatory minicamp and thus got all the reps. He will compete with Jake Luton for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart, so any extra work the Brown product can get will benefit him. According to Mia O’Brien of 1010 XL, he’s “made visible strides” since Rookie Minicamp, looking “more fluid and more comfortable when dropping back.