Jaguars Camp Surprises: What Does It Mean?

I know it's only training camp, but….here are some things that we've been noticing. We'll find out in a few weeks what it actually amounts to.

By all accounts the Jacksonville Jaguars are having a pretty good training camp.

There has been just one injury, to Marqise Lee, and it hasn't been major, as he told JagsInsider.com that he's "only going to miss two weeks and it's more precautionary than anything."

The Jaguars offense has looked better than it has in years and quarterback Blake Bortles looks a lot of confident and decisive, as referenced by this Football Insiders piece.

Here are some more of the observations from training camp:

Tight end Marcedes Lewis is having his best camp as a pro. Lewis has caught everything thrown his way and he looks completely energized in what is likely to be his last season with the team. It appears that the 10-year vet has been motivated by the presence of Julius Thomas and Lewis is playing with a chip on his shoulder.

Speaking of Julius Thomas, the guy is always open…even when he's not open at all. Thomas has an enormous catch radius and he comes down with everything. You can see how he caught so many touchdowns in as a member of the Broncos.

With Lewis and Thomas playing so well, the Jaguars red zone offense should be a thing of beauty. The team has had big targets before, but the difference between the Matt Jones, Ernest Wilford and Reggie Williams days and now, is that the players on the Jaguars roster can actually play.

Rookie running back T.J. Yeldon looks smooth. There hasn't been many tackling drills, but Yeldon appears to have really good vision and hands, and it looks like he can be a three-down back. Gus Bradley was hesitant on when he'd name a starter, but the good money is on Yeldon.

The offensive line has real depth. A.J. Cann is a physical monster and he likely won't earn a starting job. It's unlikely that Luke Bowanko will either, and he's played fairly well. The line is coming along well.

Defensively, they have real depth on the line and rookie Michael Bennett is showing himself very well. Jared Odrick has been a beast, and when the team gets Sen'Derrick Marks back the defensive line will be more than respectable.

The secondary has real athletes. They aren't the Seattle Seahawks, but they have long, lean athletes who have done a solid job covering the receivers. Davon House has been a nice addition, and Demetrius McCray and Aaron Colvin have seemed to pick up where they left off last season. The safety position is still a major question mark as Jonathan Cyprien and Sergio Brown still have a lot to prove.

Again, these are just training camp observations and at this point it doesn't mean a whole lot. Still, the team looks deeper and faster than it has in at least five years. That should equate to something when the real bullets fly.

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