JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars will have the first of their 10 organized team activities Monday. The workouts are closed to the public but open to the media. Here are five things to be on the lookout for during the next month.
Jalen Ramsey's status: News broke Thursday that Ramsey had suffered a small tear in the meniscus in his right knee and will be getting a second opinion next week. The cornerback who was the No. 5 overall pick in April's draft might or might not need surgery, but he’s going to miss some time, possibly into training camp. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley will speak Monday and we’ll find out how much Ramsey will be able to do in OTAs and more details about the injury.
Dante Fowler's return: The defensive end missed his rookie season after tearing his left ACL on the first day of minicamp, so this will be his first time on the field in a team setting since that injury, a span of 380 days. The Jaguars cannot be in pads (helmets are OK) but they can do 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills as long as there is no live contact. That won’t allow us to see how effective Fowler can be as a pass-rusher, but it does provide a chance to see how well he’s moving around and how the Jaguars might plan on using him.
Sen'Derrick Marks' future: The Jaguars signed Malik Jackson to play the 3-technique defensive tackle spot, so Marks has lost his starting job. The Jaguars also drafted Sheldon Day and Michael Bennett is entering his second season. That’s four 3-technique defensive tackles, so where exactly does Marks fit? It’s logical to assume he’s going to be on the field with Jackson on third downs, but how else will he be used? Have the Jaguars lost faith that Marks, who missed nearly all of last season because of knee and triceps injuries, can be as effective as he was in 2014, when he led the team with 8.5 sacks?
Marqise Lee's health: The talented receiver from USC is entering his third season but has yet to have a completely healthy offseason. He missed OTAs and minicamp in 2015 because of a knee injury he suffered during Phase 2 of the offseason program, and missed most of OTAs as a rookie in 2014 because of an ankle injury. Lee is the Jaguars' fastest receiver and offensive coordinator Greg Olson has said repeatedly that having Lee on the field makes the offense even more explosive because of his speed. Lee missed training camp, preseason and six of the first eight games of 2015 because of a hamstring injury, but finally got healthy and stayed on the field for the Jaguars’ final eight games. The Jaguars hope that’s a sign that his run of soft-tissue injuries is over.
New defensive look? There certainly will be changes under first-year coordinator Todd Wash, though they might not be immediately noticeable until the pads go on during training camp. One thing that should be pretty evident, though, is an increase in intensity. Wash is a little more vocal and effusive than former coordinator Bob Babich -- he’s similar in that regard to Bradley -- and it’ll be interesting to see how that affects the defense.