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Chris Clemons missing OTAs not a surprise or an issue for Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Veteran defensive end Chris Clemons was the only player not in attendance Tuesday when the Jacksonville Jaguars began the first of 10 organized team activities (OTAs) workouts.

It wasn’t a surprise to coach Gus Bradley, though, because unlike last season Clemons spoke with Bradley and let him know he wouldn’t be attending the voluntary workouts.

"We communicated and he continually communicates with [defensive line] coach [Todd] Wash," Bradley said. "Obviously we’d like to have everybody here. He knows our feelings."

Clemons is entering his second season with the Jaguars. He signed a four-year, $17.5 million contract ($5.475 million guaranteed) last March after playing 10 seasons with Washington, Oakland, Philadelphia and Seattle. He missed the first three OTAs in 2014 before joining the team. He reported in shape and went on to finish second on the team with 8.0 sacks.

The 10 OTAs are voluntary. The only time Clemons would be required to be in Jacksonville would be for the mandatory minicamp June 16-18. Bradley said he knew it was likely Clemons wouldn’t attend every OTA because Clemons skipped some when the two were in Seattle (Bradley was the Seahawks' defensive coordinator from 2009-12).

"I’m not going to sit here and say, ‘It’s OK for Chris Clemons,’" Bradley said. "We want everybody here, and he knows that. That’s a choice he makes. It is voluntary and I think we’re going to take advantage of the time getting guys we need to look at, guys like Chris Smith and [Nordly] Capi, see how they’re doing. We’ll take advantage of that time to see them.

"I have faith in Chris Clemons. I know that he’ll come back. He’s never not come back ready to go but I don’t want to assume that. I would like to see him back here but we’ll work through it."

In talking to several players, it doesn’t appear that Clemons’ absence is a problem.

"I don’t think Clem has been to an offseason workout in probably seven years," defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks said. "I guess that’s what he’s been doing. He’s always come in and done his job so I don’t think it’s an issue.

"That [showing up in shape and ready to go] is all that matters. … We didn’t change the defense. He knows the defense; he knows the scheme, so we’ve all got confidence in him."