The Jacksonville Jaguars will be able to start training camp on time, according to the NFL and ESPN.com.
If you are looking for some good news about your Jacksonville Jaguars then maybe the news of training camp starting on time will give you an extra pep in your step this morning.
Per Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com on June 25, “The NFL has advised its teams to expect an on-time start for training camps next month, league executive vice president/general counsel Jeff Pash said Thursday.”
The Jacksonville Jaguars, along with the 31 other NFL franchises, have been essentially on lockdown, remaining far away from the team’s facility in the wake of the virus’s stronghold on the sports world and the world in general.
Coaches, personnel and players have all been working virtually, and have been learning the offensive and defensive installations by video. Since the Jaguars have a new offensive coordinator in Jay Gruden and a defensive system that will look similar to the 4-3 scheme Todd Wash has installed before but will have a few changes, it’s important this team is able to get on the practice field and apply these concepts in person.
While the NFL does expect training camp to begin on time, the announcement was made that the Hall of Fame Game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers has been canceled. Also, the 2020 Hall of Fame induction ceremonies has been put on hold.
“The league released earlier this month a 13-page document detailing methods and protocols for maintaining social distance and minimizing virus spread at club facilities, where each team will hold training camp this year,” Seifert wrote. “But Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, said the league has not yet finalized its next step, which is to create a coronavirus testing, screening and treatment protocol.”
Head coach Doug Marrone said the team has worked hard this offseason and adapted to the new training schedule. The Jacksonville Jaguars spent a great deal of time starting in March, changing the roster and the makeup of the locker room. Several players who were key to the success of the 2017 team have been traded or released. A younger roster of players who will buy into the plan to help this team grow over time is what the front office has put together.
Marrone has been pleased with what he has seen so far.
“We really didn’t have any glitches,” Marrone said during a video conference with local media on June 12.
The Jaguars will enter camp with 12 draft picks on the roster and Gardner Minshew as the starter from the starter of the season. The defense will be led by second-year pass rusher Josh Allen and middle linebacker Joe Schobert.
As for the League, the plan is to continue towards a start date, making sure everything is in line with protecting the players and staff of every franchise and the league office.
“The NFLPA and the NFL are in the same exact place,” Sills said, “which is we want whatever makes the safest possible environment for all of our constituents, whether they be players, coaches, trainers, medical staff [or] anyone in that team environment. We’re going to work very hard to educate everyone about the steps that we feel collectively are going to be most effective in reducing risk for everyone.”