Jags Illustrated Round Table Discussion: What players aren't the media and fans showing enough love to through the first week of training camp.
"Nowadays everybody wanna talk like they got something to say but nothing comes out when they move their lips, just a bunch of gibberish and mother lovers act like they forgot about Dre"
Zac Blobner: Prince Amukamara
Don't forget about Prince Amukamara, his presence this season on and off the field is royally important to the Jaguars success. Prince's 5 years in the league make him a veteran on a very young team in Jacksonville, a team that expects to lean heavily on rookies, and there's a good chance those rookies will lean heavily on a guy like Prince. Whether it's conversations about bouncing back from season-ending injuries throughout his career or telling tales of winning a Super Bowl in front of the New York lights; he will be a guiding force behind Jalen Ramsey and company's growth.
The former Nebraska Cornhusker & BIG12 defensive player of the year has taken a very vocal lead in the offseason so far, bringing the swagger to an otherwise mostly quiet unit. His trash talk was noticeable week one of minicamp, wasting no time getting comfortable in Duval by taking jabs at receiver Arrelious Benn or as Amukamara calls him- Always Blocking. The secondary looks very improved on the field with additions like Tashaun Gipson, and where Prince fits in come game-time remains to be seen.
After signing a one year contract to wear the black & teal this season, he certainly has a lot to play for and the talent to make a Pro Bowl. Although, with guys like Davon House and Aaron Colvin in the mix, playing time isn't guaranteed. The biggest part of Prince's impact will probably be behind the scenes, but that doesn't water down what a player of his caliber means to this football team. #WatchTheThrone
Ben Freid: Jonas Gray
The Jags running back position has become a talking point this offseason. Will Chris Ivory or T.J. Yeldon be the starter? Who will get more carries? It’s no secret the backfield belongs to Ivory and Yeldon, but both of them have had trouble staying healthy. Jonas Gray offers the skillset of a traditional between the tackles runner, with good vision and low pad level. He has also stepped up in big games, in 2014 when he ran for 199 yards and 4 scores on a massive 38 carries against the Indianapolis Colts. Gray can handle the large workload of a workhorse running back, and he is no slouch in blitz pickup. You’re not going to see flash with Jonas Gray, no jukes or spin moves. He is a one cut and run type of back and is perfect for short yardage situations; something the Jags struggled greatly with last year. If Ivory or Yeldon goes down, don’t be surprised if Jonas Gray is called on to carry the load for the Jags run game.
Kerry Belkin: Rashad Greene
Another player you probably shouldn't forget about is Rashad Greene. This is probably one of the most talented Jaguars rosters in regards to the offense in the last decade or so, so it's easy to see why Rashad Greene might get lost in the shuffle. As it stands now, Marqise Lee is out with a hamstring injury that will cost him maybe another week. While he's out, this is Greene's chance to help earn himself a larger role in the offense this season.
In 2015, he had 19 catches for 93 yards and two touchdowns. He also made good plays as the punt returner for the Jaguars, including running one punt back for a score. He isn't a burner by any means, but he's quick and runs good routes. There's no doubt that he'd like to see more opportunities this year, and he's equipped to do so.