By: Hays Carlyon
Rookies can flash here and there.
However, having consistency is the hardest thing to achieve for a young player in the NFL.
Halfway through OTAs, Jaguars rookie tight end Josh Oliver is starting to show traits of consistency. Is it still early? Absolutely.
Still there’s no question Jaguars coach Doug Marrone is pleased with what he is seeing from the third-round pick.
I asked Marrone about Oliver’s consistency as a pass catcher prior to Friday’s practice, the sixth of OTAs.
“The transition of what we were able to see on tape to what he’s been able to do on the field has been great,” Marrone said. “He’s been able to do the things we ask. He can run. He has a really good catch radius.”
Marrone always mentions the non-contact aspect of OTAs when talking about a young player. However, he does see the signs of Oliver playing with physicality.
“It’s very difficult without pads to see that part of it, but he’s always shown the willingness to do it,” Marrone said. “He has done well in the drills versus bags and things of that nature and has shown good technique. He’s eager to learn and I’m really happy with where he is. It’s going to be exciting to see where he’s at when we start training camp.”
The Jaguars need Oliver to provide an instant impact. James O’Shaughnessy was the lone tight end on the roster to break 100 yards receiving last season. He finished with 24 catches for 214 yards without a touchdown.
Note: You can hear my interview with Oliver on Friday’s edition of “The Frangie Show” on 1010xl.com.
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