Jaguars rookies won’t be doing much on the field at minicamp


The Dolphins won’t be the only NFL team approaching rookie minicamp differently this year.

They won’t even be the only NFL team in Florida approaching it differently this year. The Jaguars are joining them in altering the process to cut back on drills and other on-field work while devoting more time to meetings at what they’re calling a “rookie orientation.”

Jaguars General Manager Dave Caldwell says that he’d thought about different ways to handle rookie minicamp in the past and that the torn ACL that first-round pick Dante Fowler suffered on the first day of camp last year made it a more pressing issue.

“It’s never really made a lot of common sense to me,” Caldwell said, via the Associated Press. ”You always just crossed your fingers and hoped for the best. I think this gave us good reason to do it. Never did you think it would be something that would be season-ending, but even the little stuff. If a guy pulls a hamstring, then all of a sudden he spends the next six weeks rehabbing instead of getting better, stronger and in shape.”

The Broncos lost third-round tight end Jeff Heuerman to a torn ACL last year and coach Gary Kubiak recently called full-speed practices at minicamp for players who haven’t been on the field in some time “probably not the smartest thing to do.” Another serious injury or two in this year’s camps may have the Dolphins and Jaguars at the forefront of a trend around the league as it comes to handling the first NFL exposure for their rookie class.

11 responses to “Jaguars rookies won’t be doing much on the field at minicamp

  1. The Jags will win their division in 2016. And no, I’m not a Jags fan.

  2. It makes sense. These kids are 21-24 years old and most in the best shape they will ever be in.

    They don’t need windsprints and drills, they need time in a filmroom with NFL coaches building up their football IQ.

    Save the drills for Training Camp in August.

  3. These rookies need to learn before they take the field. They’re in camp because they’ve proven that they can do the basic drills that were occurring when Fowler tore his ACL.

    Absorb the playbook. Get to know your coaches and teammates. Get the feel for the new working environs. When OTAs start and these rookies see the speed, any May practices will be forgotten as they try to keep up. Smart move.

  4. Since the college football season ended, these kids have been doing nothing but getting ready for the combine & their Pro Days. They’ve been doing exercises to make them run the 40 faster or the long jump to get their measurable up. They are not in game shape so why make them do football drills? Get them a playbook, get them in the classroom.

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