Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Pederson announced that changes have been made to the team’s upcoming minicamp, which will now have fewer players than originally expected. The reason for that is that Pederson announced that he is giving the veterans the event off. That said, the last phase of organized team activities will be limited to rookies, select veterans, and injured players.
“I’m still having the mandatory minicamp, mandatory three days, but I’m only doing the rookies, selected veterans and our injured players,” said Pederson on Thursday. “The injured players are guys that maybe finished the season with an injury that worked all offseason. I just require them to stay here and still get treatment and rehab. So, it’s a chance to really work with our young players and some of the selected vets on a little more of a one-on-one basis. We’re going to do that next week, so the veterans are done. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.”
This announcement means that most veterans have wrapped up organized team activities and will be off until training camp, which is expected to start on July 24. From today’s date, that gives them a little over six weeks to rest up and prepare for the hardest practices of the season.
The Jags have 25 rookies on their roster currently. Eight were draft selections in Travon Walker, Devin Lloyd, Luke Fortner, Chad Muma, Snoop Conner, Gregory Junior, and Montaric Brown. As for some notable undrafted rookies they signed, the list includes quarterback EJ Perry, receiver Kevin Austin, and kicker Andrew Mevis, among notables.
Some notable players coming off major injuries include running back James Robinson and receiver Jamal Agnew. Robinson, who tore his Achilles in December, recently posted a video of him running, and though it was not at 100% yet, it was a good sign. Agnew, who injured his hip in November, recently participated in receiver and special team drills on a limited basis.
Both players are set to be huge contributors to the team. Hopefully, we will be able to get an update on them during mandatory minicamp, but it seems the goal is to have them return at some point in training camp.