3 Jaguars players that have taken steps in the right direction in OTAs

Jaguars linebackers Devin Lloyd and Travon Walker prepare to talk to players during the 2023.
Jaguars linebackers Devin Lloyd and Travon Walker prepare to talk to players during the 2023. / Juston Lewis/Florida Times-Union / USA
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Organized Team Activities aren't nearly as important as they're thought to be but they certainly have value. Otherwise, the Jacksonville Jaguars, nor any other NFL team, wouldn't hold them. Although contact isn't allowed and practices aren't run at full speed, players — especially rookies and newcomers — can benefit from getting lots of reps and a good grasp of the scheme.

In fact, several young Jaguars have taken advantage of this year's OTAs to hone their skills. In fact, these three have recently shown progress.

No. 3 Jaguars player who's made strides in OTAs: Devin Lloyd, LB

After taking Travon Walker with the top pick in last year's draft, the Jags moved back into the first round to select Devin Lloyd 27th overall. The fact that he got off a strong start last season and was an early candidate for the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award made the decision to trade up look great. However, he eventually cooled down and was benched in favor of Chad Muma. Looking back, missing a good portion of training camp with a hamstring injury might have stunted his development.

The good news is that last season is in the books and Lloyd has been working on his craft. Defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell and head coach Doug Pederson recently told the local media that the former Utah Ute has progressed. Similarly, linebackers coach Tony Gilbert said in a recent sitdown that Lloyd is tired of looking at last year's tape, implying that he wants to put them behind him.

Being healthy and no longer having to worry about the draft process should help Lloyd build up more consistency ahead of the 2023 season.