3. Several Jaguars are working their way back from injuries
Injuries are an inherent part of football and no player is actively looking to get hurt or miss time. However, players can and will always suffer injuries in spite of the precautions they have. There are currently a few Jaguars recovering from injuries and head coach Doug Pederson made the right call when he asked them to come to minicamp.
Return specialist Jamal Agnew, safety Rayshawn Jenkins, cornerback Darious Williams, defensive tackle Malcom Brown, defensive back Rudy Ford, and defensive tackle Jay Tufele all suffered injuries last year or earlier in the offseason, and all of them attended Monday’s minicamp session, per John Shipley of Jaguar Report. Even if they can’t partake in team activities, Pederson doesn’t want them to miss rehab or have any setbacks.
Agnew made big plays on offense and special teams before a hip injury cut his 2021 season short. Jenkins was part of the starting lineup for most of the year before he suffered an ankle injury. Brown started every game last season and was an important cog in the defensive line rotation. Williams joined the Jags in free agency and is expected to be a key cog in the secondary. Ford was asked to line up in the slot with Tre Herndon dealing with an MCL injury.
As you can see, most of them played important roles for Jacksonville last year and will once again be expected to contribute this upcoming season, so the sooner they recover, the faster they can get on the field.