RTC: Excitement builds after first OTA

There's a lot of excitement surrounding the Jacksonville Jaguars. And it's not just from fans, either.

The players -- veterans and rookies -- said they can feel the excitement about the team's offseason moves and direction of the franchise, writes John Oehser of Jaguars.com.

"It’s very different," defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks said after the Jaguars' first OTA on Tuesday. "It’s different because of the place where the franchise was at, and where people see the franchise going."

Nine draft picks, including quarterback Blake Bortles and receivers Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson, plus the addition of six free agents have people optimistic that 2014 is going to be significantly better than 2013.

"I see the energy,” said defensive end Red Bryant, one of the free-agent additions. "I see the excitement the football team has. I just want to be a part of it. Whatever I can do to help this team be successful, that’s what I want to do."

Here are some additional pieces of Jaguars-related content from around the Web in our Reading the Coverage feature:

The Florida Times-Union's Hays Carlyon writes that coaches praised Bortles after his first workout with the veteran players.

The T-U's Ryan O'Halloran writes that Chris Clemons was the only no-show for OTAs but five other players were held out or limited because of injuries.

WJXT TV-4 sports director Sam Kouvaris and Cole Pepper discuss Jaguars OTAs, among other things, in their latest podcast.