The Jacksonville Jaguars are off until they have to report for training camp July 24. For some, the break will be relaxing. For others, there's probably a little bit of anxiety. Maybe they didn't perform well in OTAs or minicamp, or because of the development of other players they know they're going to be on the bubble in August. They may not necessarily be front-line players, but they've played key roles in the past. Each day this week I'll take a quick look at one of those players who's going to have a lot to prove in camp.
CB Mike Harris
Why he'll make the team: After Alan Ball (86 games) and Will Blackmon (58 games), no Jaguars cornerback has played in more games than Harris (31). That experience makes him a valuable contributor to the secondary, which for the most part is stocked with younger talent. He also is a valuable special teams player, having blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown as a rookie in 2012 and making three tackles on special teams last season. Blackmon has experience both outside and inside, where he has lined up against slot receivers. That's valuable versatility.
Why he should be worried: Harris, who was a sixth-round pick by Gene Smith in 2012, doesn't exactly fit the prototype of what coach Gus Bradley wants in his cornerbacks: long and physical. Harris is 5-feet-10, which isn't small, but he is the shortest cornerback on the roster. He doesn't have particularly long arms, either (32 1/4 inches). While not getting bogged down too much in measurable, consider this: There are guys who play bigger than their size, but Harris isn't one of them. Plus, the Jaguars have been impressed with Demetrius McCray (6-0, 185), the team's seventh-round pick in 2013. He has been working with the second unit.
The bottom line: It'll be interesting to see how much playing time Harris gets during training camp, but it appears the Jaguars want to get Blackmon into the nickelback role. McCray appears to be headed up the depth chart, too. Harris' ability to play inside can't be overlooked, but he's going to have to hold off several players to keep his job.