Wide receiver Calvin Ridley has made a strong impression in training camp but that's not particularly breaking news. The Jacksonville Jaguars knew they were getting a game-changer when they traded for him last year and they've seen him put in the work to get back to greatness since he was reinstated back in March.
Ridley has made several eye-popping catches already in just four days of camp and has gotten nothing but rave reviews from teammates and coaches. Defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell, for one, believes he and cornerback Tyson Campbell benefit from going against each other in practice.
Similarly, head coach Doug Pederson named Ridley and Campbell as two players who have stood out in practice. Just recently, Ridley told Jeff Howe of The Athletic that he's "more motivated than ever and ready to get back whatever I lost." Based on the way he's been practicing, it looks like he's off to a great start.
That said, Ridley isn't the only player that has stood out in training camp. Here are five others who have left a favorable impression.
No. 5 Jaguars player not named Calvin Ridley's who's stood out: Gerrit Prince, TE
The Jaguars prioritized keeping Evan Engram in the offseason. First, they applied the franchise tag on him and later gave him a three-year deal worth $42.5 million. However, they didn't make an aggressive effort to retain their other tight ends, Chris Manhertz and Dan Arnold.
Third-year Luke Farrell could step in and fill Manhertz's role as a blocking specialist. However, rookie Brenton Strange and sophomore Gerrit Prince could also get consideration for significant playing time next season. In particular, Prince has shined in training camp. On Days 2 and 3 of practice, he reached the end zone a total of three times and looks ready to seize a roster spot in 2023.
Also, Prince has gotten praise from head coach Doug Pederson and Engram, who describe the former UAB Blazer as a "fluid athlete" who is "perfect for Doug's offense", per Mia O'Brian of 1010 XL.
There's plenty of time left before the 53-man roster for the 2023 season takes shape but if Prince keeps making plays, his chances of making the cut will continue to increase.