Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Notebook; Bortles, Greene Are on Same Page

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Notebook; Bortles, Greene Are on Same Page

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

Lined up as the right slot receiver late in Wednesday's minicamp practice, Rashad Greene caught two darts from quarterback Blake Bortles.

The first was a bubble screen-type play that gained two yards (before the whistle blew) and the second a crossing route that gained 18 yards.

The plays were the latest examples of Bortles and Greene being on the same page, critical because miscommunications in the middle of the field - where Greene calls home - could result in turnovers.

"We're more comfortable at what we're doing and how we're supposed to do it," Greene said of him and Bortles.

Greene has worked exclusively as an inside receiver this offseason and getting major first-team work. His production will be important because opposing defenses figure to devote extra resources to Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and Julius Thomas.

"Anyway I can contribute and help out is cool with me," Greene said. "I just want to make a difference and get the ball in my hands and make plays."

Greene never got a chance to be comfortable last year. He was slowed in the preseason by Achilles tendinitis and then tore thumb ligaments in the Week 2 win over Miami, keeping him out seven games.

But Greene was able to play the final seven games, finishing with 19 catches for 93 yards (two touchdowns).

"That helped a lot," he said. "I never checked out mentally when I was hurt and was on top of the playbook, but it was great that I didn't miss the entire season. I was able to finish on a good note and carry it over to this season."

Besides receiver, Greene will also be the Jaguars' top punt returner - his average of 16.7 yards per return would have led the NFL if he had more attempts.

STRIDES MADE

There's a long time until the Jaguars open against Green Bay on Sept. 11 and a long list of things to address, but defensive coordinator Todd Wash feels his group has made acceptable strides during the offseason program.

"We've accomplished a lot," he said. "The biggest thing we're looking for right now is consistency. We have a couple of good days and then we have a not-so-good day and [within a practice], a good session and then a not-so-good session. …

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