By: Hays Carlyon
Jaguars first-year offensive coordinator John DeFilippo has the scheme close to being fully installed.
DeFilippo met with reporters prior to Wednesday’s practice. The Jaguars will finish their three-day mandatory minicamp on Thursday before taking a six-week break until training camp.
DeFilippo estimated 90-to-95 percent of the install is complete.
“We’ve gotten a lot accomplished,” DeFilippo said. “We’ve thrown a lot at our players to see what sticks and see what they do well.”
DeFilippo said certain specific types of situations won’t be fully repped until camp.
“What we have to hit on once training camp starts is your last plays, your Hail Marys, chunk plays to get the ball in the middle of the field to kick a last-second field goal,” DeFilippo said. “Those types of things, we still have to master. We’ve introduced them, but we haven’t practiced them a ton, so those are the things you really cover in training camp and hone in on.”
The Jaguars will reinstall the offense in training camp.
“I’m a big believer in, ‘We installed it in Phase One and Two, then we came out here and installed it again and then the players will get it again once we get back into training camp,’” DeFilippo said. “So, your goal as a coach and as a coordinator is for those guys to hear things three times before you actually take the field and that’s what we tried to accomplish this spring.”
Receivers Chris Conley, DJ Chark and Keelan Cole have regularly performed well in practice. DeFilippo was asked if his opinion on the receivers has changed in the off-season program.
“I’m going to be flat out honest with you, it has,” DeFilippo said. “We have a lot more speed there than I thought. We have some guys in that room that can fly, some big guys that can fly. … You don’t want all big guys. You don’t want all small guys. You want a good, diverse group in that room that brings different skill sets to the table.”
Tight end is considered arguably the weakest position on the roster. The Jaguars drafted Josh Oliver in the third round and signed veteran Geoff Swaim in free agency to go along with James O’Shaughnessy. DeFilippo is encouraged with that group as well.
“I’m very pleased with our tight end room,” DeFilippo said. “No. 1, those guys are all really smart, especially James and Geoff. They can pretty much line up anywhere. Josh is coming along and he’s working his butt off. He’s just having some rookie issues in terms of lining up and those things, which every rookie is having right now in the NFL. … I’m looking forward to seeing the pads go on to see how well we block at the point of attack. I think we did a good job there this off-season.”
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