Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Stage Set for Camp Battles; Jags Close "Uneventful" OTAs in Good Health and with Foundation Set

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Stage Set for Camp Battles; Jags Close "Uneventful" OTAs in Good Health and with Foundation Set

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Byline: MICHAEL C. WRIGHT

The Jaguars wrapped up an "uneventful" offseason, coach Jack Del Rio said Thursday after the team wrapped up its final organized team activities session.

Apparently, that's a good thing.

As the Jaguars prepare to take a break from the practice grind before reporting for training camp late next month, Del Rio takes solace in the strides his team made this offseason and the fact the club finished OTAs and minicamp without any serious injuries.

"Part of our work is done," Del Rio said. "We feel like it was a successful offseason in terms of laying the foundation. With that, you're talking about a tremendous amount of coaching, some of the fundamental details we want to do by position, and then scheme-wise we wanted to add to what we've been successful with in the past."

Del Rio said the club was able to install approximately 95 percent of its playbook over the course of the offseason on both sides of the ball. Those cram sessions have set the stage for several position battles in training camp, which begins July 26.

On the offensive line, two younger players, tackle Richard Collier and guard Uche Nwaneri, are trying to overtake a two veterans, tackle Khalif Barnes and guard Maurice Williams.

At wide receiver, assuming Jerry Porter, Reggie Williams and Dennis Northcutt are locks to make the roster, eight players are competing for the last two spots. If the club carries five receivers, Mike Walker, John Broussard, Matt Jones, Troy Williamson and D'Juan Woods appear to be the top candidates for the final two spots.

"The wide receiver group is going to be very competitive," Del Rio said. "We've had positions over the years that there are kind of alarms going off, everybody's concerned about. So we feel like we're making progress there. We'll meet as a staff and talk about how we see positions right now, but depth-chart wise, I don't care to get into any of those kinds of discussions. …

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