It's been four days since training camp started and the Jacksonville Jaguars are making the most of it. Throughout the offseason, they talked about building on last year's success and it looks like they're off to a good start.
Sure, the Jags' offense had a shaky practice Thursday but that's perfectly normal during a time when players are working on their timing and fine-tuning their skills. Before the Day 4 session began, head coach Doug Pederson met with the local media and talked about a wide array of topics. Here are three that stood out.
3. The Jaguars aren't changing their approach to training amid injuries across the NFL
Injuries have started to hit teams, which is expected in a collision sport such as football. That said, it's always frustrating to see players go down because of all the time and preparation that goes into getting ready for the regular season.
Clubs devote time to injury prevention and rehab but that's not nearly enough to stop them from happening. And in the first week of training camp, defensive back C.J. Gardner-Johnson, quarterback Joe Burrow, and cornerback Jalen Ramsey got hurt, just to name a few.
Head coach Doug Pederson recognizes that injuries are unfortunate but there's nothing he can do anything but to prepare to best of his ability.
"I focus on us and what's best for us," Pederson told the media on Day 4, "It's unfortunate, it seems like every year there's a couple guys that they get nicked up early in training camp and I can't necessarily worry about all. I got to prepare the football team the best I can and put them in these tough situations."
"The players do a great job of taking care of themselves and preparing their bodies and they know the risks involved but I don't spend a lot of time worrying about changing something. I have a pulse of the team. If I do want to change something, I will. We're just full steam ahead", Pederson said.
Short of putting players inside a big bubble, coaches can't prevent injuries. Doug Pederson knows thinks and knows that it stings to see players get hurt but his job is to prepare for the 2023 season. And if the Jaguars suffer an injury, he'll need to call the next guy up.