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Jacksonville Jaguars 2024 Rookie Minicamp Highlights

Jaguar fans and media finally got a chance to see Jacksonville’s new class of rookies on Friday. This year’s draft class and 13 undrafted free agents (UDFAs) officially reported for their first day of rookie minicamp on Friday, May 10. Participants ranged from the novices mentioned above to some veterans, who competed on a trial basis (or those who chose to participate to do additional work).

Coach Pederson provided some injury updates and talked about veteran WR Jarvis Landry, among other things before practice, which you can read about here. It was a rainy Friday morning for the team, so practices were held inside the Miller Electric Center indoor facility.

Let’s get to today’s highlights.

Reflexes

Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU

If you’re looking for a highlight to come out of Friday’s minicamp, it was this

Maason Smith, DT, LSU

Without protections, there’s not much to learn from the bigs’ early days at OTA and rookie minicamp. However, I leave you with this gem from Matt House via Shipley.

Jarrian Jones, CB, FSU

Jarrian Jones showed great athleticism today, targeting multiple balls in drills and looking smooth in transition. I look forward to seeing him transition into padded practices, like the local DB guy.

Javon Foster, OT, Missouri

The offensive linemen seemed to be having a lot of fun today.

Deantre Prince, CB, Ole Miss

With the defensive backs on the other end of the field, video was sparse for much of today’s DB drills. However, there was this nugget of pre-practice media availability for assistant general manager Ethan Waugh.

Keilan Robinson, RB/KR, Texas

Cameron Little, K, Arkansas

Jarvis Landry, WR, FA Veteran Tryout

It wasn’t the strongest opening day for Landry, with multiple early falls during drills. The veteran receiver also slipped during his route twice and opted to repeat the exercise. However, Landry finished strong with two deep over-the-shoulder catches near the back of the end zone, bringing both feet down with the toe tap. We are looking forward to a recovery day for Jarvis on Saturday.

Josh Cephus, WR, Texas San Antonio

While we weren’t able to capture any of his many solid captures on video, I’d definitely agree with this shot from Jaguar Report’s John Shipley.

Wayne Ruby, WR, Mount Union

Wayne Ruby started practice by catching his first balls. However, he followed up with two unusual falls and then limped to a stop on a subsequent route. We’re waiting for more information from the team on any specific details of the injury or if he just changed something temporarily.

As a reminder, rookie minicamp is slightly different from the mandatory veteran training camp on June 10, as players cannot participate in pads or perform contact drills during rookie minicamp and OTAs (organized team activities). . However, the team can compete in one-on-one scenarios and simulated team sessions, similar to seven-on-seven flag football games.

Rookie minicamp and OTAs allow incoming rookies and veterans a structured process to get around their teammates, stay active, and begin the communication and brain parts of building a roster. For rookies, it also gets them used to working with the staff, learning scheme terminology, diving into the playbook and competing in the classroom before OTAs begin.

Post-practice interviews

The team returns to the practice field on Saturday (which is closed to the media). The team then has its first OTA scheduled for Monday, May 20 at 11 a.m. The OTAs, which are essentially an extension of the rookie minicamp, will be the coaching staff’s first opportunity to train its entire team of veterans and rookies in football drills, communication and drills as a group.