According to Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley, the number five might become the most important number for this franchise heading into training camp in six weeks.
The number five may represent the number of quarterbacks who are on the roster, looking to become the starter for this franchise.
It would appear that Bradley, along with offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch and team general manager David Caldwell, do not have a true leader in the clubhouse for the position now that OTAs and the mandatory minicamp has completed down at EverBank Field.
“You get a good idea in terms of guy’s competitiveness and his conditioning and take it onto the field,” Caldwell said Thursday after the last of the three 2013 mini camps. “Those are key components we’re looking for now. When we get to training camp, it will another part of the process and we have the preseason games. It’s going to be a constant evaluation for all 90 guys.”
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But for now, it would seem the quarterback position is the most pressing of all.
Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne were the two veterans expected to battle for the starting spot with rookies Matt Scott and Jordan Rodgers looking to become the third passer on the roster. Palmer has been injured and out of action and the team signed New England Patriots’ castoff Mike Kafka this week after the team signed Tim Tebow.
We will not address the Tebow situation in this article.
In other camp notes …
The Jaguars cut Austen Lane on Thursday. According to ESPN.com, “Lane, a fifth-round draft pick from Murray State in 2010, played in 28 games with 16 starts. He had 103 tackles and three sacks. He became expendable with the emergence of second-year player Andre Branch and the move of defensive tackle Tyson Alualu to end."
Maurice Jones-Drew jogged out to the practice field on Thursday, much to the delight and cheers of the crowd on hand. Jones-Drew has been training in Miami, working on his injured foot that required off season surgery. Jones-Drew is expected to be back in August when the team returns for training camp.
Cecil Shorts continued to look every bit the part of the team’s lead receiver. Shorts, who led the team in catches and yards last season, was one of the highlights of the three-day minicamp and should be the No. 1 receiver on the squad with Justin Blackmon the second option once he returns from a four-game suspension at the start of the season.