By: James Johnson
As you all know the Jaguars are having 2 training camp practices this week open to the public. One of which was yesterday afternoon and one on today starting at 11:15 A.M. till 12:30. Me and the IES team will be heading out to get a glimpse of the team. A couple things I’ve been told to look for and take notes of.
Not much has to be said here he’s the key of the franchise. His progress from next year is vital if this team wants to win. I’ll definitely keep an eye out on Gabbert’s mechanics and will look to see how he’s doing as a field general in Mularkey’s new offense.
There’s no hiding it the Jaguars WR’s group was horrible last year. They put a lot into the position. Though their just in pads WR is a position you still can gain a ton of knowledge from watching in camp. Of course free agent pickup Laurent Robinson has often been said to be #1 on the depth chart, and from what I here has been the best WR at camp. Draft pick Justin Blackmon has believed to be the #2 on the chart next to Robinson. Rest assured I’ll be watching both. Mike Thomas who is believed to be the teams #3 has been struggling in camp to my knowledge and it will be interesting to see how he and free agent pickup Lee Evans are doing in a battle for the #3 spot. I can’t say for sure but 2011 camp star Cecil Shorts is believed to be on the depth chart behind Evans and Thomas. Also I’ve heard UDFA Kevin Elliot and 4th year vet Brian Robiskie are battling for position on the bottom of the chart. On paper the WR’s group looks better than they did last year and I hope to see improvement when I go to watch them today.
Brewster vs Estes
I’ve heard the Jaguars are very high on John Estes as a replacement for the Jaguars current Center Brad Meester. Estes steps into camp this year second on the depth chart with UDFA Micheal Brewster, who was to a steal, behind him. Though you can’t judge lineman thoroughly in padded practices it will be interesting to see who is playing better among the two.
Who will line up opposite to Jeremy Mincey at the DE position ?
With the expected release of Aaron Kampman and Matt Roth leaving the Jags are looking for a starter opposite of Jeremy Mincey. We can pretty much say that Tyson AluAlu, Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton and Mincey are going to start as far as the DL goes, but who will start at the last DE position? The Jags drafted DE Andre Branch in the second round of the draft. He and Austen Lane have said to be a top the depth chart to start. I’ll take notes of who is winning the battle of the two.
If you asked me which position on this roster has the most depth I’d say CB. The Jags added veteran FA Aaron Ross to battle veteran CB Rashean Mathis, who is 6 months removed from ACL surgery. Mathis has said to be participating in the Jaguars training camp, but has been limited to non-cotact drills. I’ve heard that Ross has done well so far in Rashean’s position, and has also been move around in the secondary due to the coaches believing in his versatility. I’ll keep an eye on the battle among the two and will also watch to see how Derek Cox is doing at the other CB starting position. Lastly I’ll look to see how the crowded battle between draft pick Mike Harris, William Middleton, Ashton Youboty, and co is going.