Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; OT Joeckel Impresses

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; OT Joeckel Impresses

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Byline: Vito Stellino

If first impressions are any indication, offensive tackle Luke Joeckel is on his way to becoming everything the Jaguars thought he would be when they made him the second pick in the NFL draft.

Coach Gus Bradley lowered the curtain on the Jaguars rookie minicamp Sunday with a positive review on how Joeckel performed.

"It was good. We were really pleased," Bradley said. "We're hard on him with our techniques and things like that, but he's really smooth, really athletic. I know [offensive line coach] George [Yarno] really likes what he's seen from him. He already has the mindset of being a pro. He has a certain demeanor inside and when he comes out here, he's all business, all business."

Yarno echoed those comments.

"He has excellent movement skills, great balance. He's a very smart kid. He's working hard to get better. He's going to get better. He's fast, competitive. Love what I've seen so far,'' he said.

Joeckel was expected to dominate in the camp because he was playing against other rookies. The challenge for him was moving from the left side to the right side and he seemed to adjust to the move.

"It's feeling a lot better than I thought it would,'' he said.

Yarno said they'll also give him work back on the left side after he gets comfortable on the right side and Joeckel said that will be no problem.

"I can go back there any time,'' he said. "That's really where my comfort zone is."


Of the 19 workout players who got a look in the camp, the two who stood out the most were running back De'Leon Eskridge, who got more snaps because Denard Robinson missed the last two days while attending graduation ceremonies at the University of Michigan, and defensive end J.D. Griggs, who's listed as 244 pounds but said he's actually 262.

Both have a good chance to be signed to the 90-man roster and be invited back for the beginning of organized team activities (OTAs) on May 13 and both have similar stories. …

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