JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars hit the field Tuesday morning for the first of 10 voluntary organized team activity sessions until a mandatory minicamp June 16-18.
Even though the players aren't in full pads and there are some restrictions on what is allowed, there are still several interesting things to watch:
How does Blake Bortles look?
We've heard how much work Bortles has done in the offseason -- working with noted quarterback coaches Tom House and Jordan Palmer on fundamentals and organizing a mini-passing camp out in California with receivers and tight ends -- but this will be the first time we'll be able to see him throw. If you remember, he didn't look very good at the rookie minicamp last May but was significantly better in training camp. Things I want to see: improved fundamentals, better accuracy, and how much of the new offense has has been able to assimilate so far.
How does the addition of T.J. Yeldon impact the running back rotation?
Yeldon was the Jaguars' second-round pick and there's little doubt he's going to be the team's starter, but how do Toby Gerhart, Denard Robinson, Bernard Pierce, and Storm Johnson fit into the rotation? Gerhart will do some H-back stuff but he'll also work as a tailback. He's eager to put the injury-plagued 2014 season behind him, but it's unclear just how much he'll be involved. Robinson is going to get work returning kicks but GM David Caldwell said he'll still be a significant part of the offense. Pierce and Johnson are going to be fighting for carries.
What kind of steps have the second-year receivers taken?
Receivers coach Jerry Sullivan earlier this month that receivers generally make their biggest jump from their first to their second seasons, so the expectations on Allen Hurns, Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee are going to be pretty high in 2015. The drawback is they're learning a new offense so that may set them back a bit. However, the biggest key for this group will be avoiding the injuries that kept them from participating in a lot of offseason work last year. Reps are important, especially with a new offense.
Competition for Josh Scobee?
Scobee is the team's longest-tenured player -- he's entering his 12th season -- and holds franchise records for points (1,022), field goals made (235), most consecutive field goals without a miss (20, tied with Mike Hollis), and longest field goal (59 yards). But there are two other kickers on the roster as well: Kasey Redfern and Jason Myers. I don't think Scobee's job is in jeopardy, but the Jaguars are taking a look at some younger players (Scobee turns 33 in June) in a just-in-case scenario. As in, just in case Scobee has any issues or injuries there are other familiar options available. Even if Scobee has no problems it's not a bad thing to have some competition around to keep pushing him.
Will Chris Clemons be here?
These OTAs are voluntary so he doesn't have to be, but he is the only Jaguars player that hasn't attended the workouts. He's a veteran who knows what he needs to do to keep in shape and remember, he missed some offseason workouts here last season but still played pretty well (8 sacks).