5 Jacksonville Jaguars to watch ahead of OTA #7

Organized team activities are winding down for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Soon, the mandatory minicamp will begin and the Jaguars will be at another key stage of the offseason.

But first comes Monday. On Monday, the Jaguars will take to the practice field again in hopes of honing their skills and taking games from the classroom to the field under new head coach Doug Pederson.

So which Jaguars are worth keeping an eye on in Monday’s testing and why? We break it all down below.

Mr. André Cisco

The days of waiting for Andre Cisco to get his chance seem over. The former third-round pick got 100% first-team reps safe in last week’s OTA practice, with Pederson himself naming Cisco alongside Rayshawn Jenkins when summing up key high school highlights . Cisco looks like an impact player in the Jacksonville high school.

“He’s done a really good job this offseason getting there. He’s a great communicator, just watch him with the defense and how he moves and how he adapts,” Pederson said. Again, it’s going to be really good for him once we get the pads on and see his physique and how he can play. He’s a very good football player for us and I’m happy to see him during training camp.

The No. 65 overall pick from Syracuse last year, Cisco started just three games and played 242 defensive snaps (22%) as a rookie as Andrew Wingard got the go-ahead to start at Security. Cisco thrived in his limited appearances, forcing two fumbles and nearly recording an interception against the New York Jets while collecting 26 tackles and missing just two. Monday will be another chance for him to consolidate his starting role.

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OT Walker Small

Nobody knows who starts at the right tackle for the Jaguars this year. Jawaan Taylor could have the first hand on 2021 second-rounder Walker Little given he was the first to get reps at right tackle last week (Little was at left tackle with Cam Robinson not in practice ). Little eventually slid to right tackle, moving Taylor to left tackle, creating some interesting momentum moving forward.

No one will earn the right tackle during OTAs. The pads aren’t even in place and the offensive linemen clearly can’t play to their full level of intensity and physicality. But it still makes it interesting to examine how the Jaguars mix up Little and Taylor in practice and what that might mean moving forward.

WR Laviska Shenault

If one were to do a wide receiver depth chart for the Jaguars today, 2020 second-round pick Laviska Shenault likely wouldn’t be found with the rest of the starters on offense. Shenault has been a Day 1 starter in each of the past two seasons, but the former Colorado star has a number of players ahead of him in Marvin Jones, Christian Kirk and Zay Jones, leaving Shenault as the No. 4 receiver and a second – team possibility.

But can Shenault make enough of an impression in OTAs to change that? He had a great day of practice last Tuesday, bringing in the catch of the day and showing strong hands throughout practice. He’s also leaning into the returner position, giving him a chance to make an impact on special teams and add to his value. Shenault is likely underrated at this point, but continuing a strong offseason could give him more of a chance.

RB Ryquell Armstead

It’s hard for ball carriers to make an impact in OTAs because everything is on air; any carry under center or shotgun has weird timing and overall feel due to the lack of pads. Still, it’s worth tracking fourth-year running back Ryquell Armstead given the Jaguars still don’t have James Robinson on the practice field and don’t have other established veterans in that position.

Armstead got a good run with the Jaguars’ starting offense last week, seemingly behind Travis Etienne on the depth chart but ahead of rookie running back Snoop Conner. While Conner will likely win the No.3 running back role before the start of the season, it’s worth noting that Armstead has earned some trust from the coaching staff, giving him a chance to carve out a name for himself. place on the list.

CB Gregory Junior

Sixth-round rookie cornerback Gregory Junior had his ups and downs in practice last week. He nearly knocked out Jake Luton for a pick six, but also allowed the aforementioned catch to Shenault. The Ouachita Baptist product clearly has a chance to earn a spot on the depth chart, however, by running with second defense and showing strong movement skills.

How high Junior can climb on the depth chart is limited as the Jaguars clearly have Tyson Campbell, Shaquill Griffin and Darious Williams in the top three spots. But the Jaguars still have a number of options to work out at their points from depth, and Junior looks like he has a legitimate shot at earning a spot.

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