Jaguars 2012 second-round pick Andre Branch is working as the backup "Leo" to Jason Babin at OTAs.
"Leo" is the primary pass-rushing position in new coach Gus Bradley's defense. It's a weak-side edge rusher who can play in either a two- or three-point stance. Branch was a colossal bust as a rookie, managing one sack across 13 games.
Jaguars DE Jeremy Mincey attributes his disappointing 2012 production to playing too many snaps and consequently wearing down.
Jacksonville had zero depth. "When you're playing 80 snaps, no man to man [defense], can't score any points, that's what happens," said Mincey, whose sack total fell from eight in 2011 to three. "I think [the new staff] went back and watched the film, and you can't blame it all on me. I did what I could. I played hard." Mincey may still not return as a starter in 2013.
Jaguars DT Roy Miller has been limited to individual drills at OTAs due to left knee tendinitis.
Miller has been out the entire offseason with the issue, and he's been "slowly bumping up everything, from conditioning to lifting weights." The soon-to-be 26-year-old said he dealt with the pain last season while with the Bucs. He'll probably be limited for the rest of OTAs, but Miller should be fine for camp.
Jaguars agreed to terms with WR Jeremy Ebert, formerly of the Patriots.
The war will be won with former Patriots. Ebert is the third ex-Pat to arrive in Jacksonville in the past eight days. A 2012 seventh-round pick, Ebert spent his rookie year on the practice squad. Ebert is undersized at 5-foot-10, 194 pounds, but has sub-4.40 wheels. He'll attempt to make the Jags as a slot man/special teamer.
Jaguars agreed to terms with No. 210 overall pick CB Demetrius McCray on a four-year contract.
McCray led the FCS Southern Conference in interceptions each of the past two years. His speed doesn't jump off the page (4.54 40-yard dash), but he's an excellent ballhawker with long arms (33-7/8 inches). He'll look to make the Jags as a special teamer.
Jaguars signed seventh-round CB Jeremy Harris to a four-year contract.
Harris is going to have to put on some weight and get stronger, but at 6-foot-2 he fits Jacksonville's new press-man scheme in the secondary. He also had a valuable pre-draft connection to Jaguars DBs coach DeWayne Walker, Harris' head coach at New Mexico State. Harris will compete for a roster spot in camp.
Rookie WR Ace Sanders (ab, hip) has resumed practicing at Jaguars OTAs.
The Florida Times Union reported on May 15 that Sanders might miss the rest of the month, but he was back working on Monday. Sanders will compete for return duties as a rookie, and push Jordan Shipley for snaps at slot receiver.