The Jaguars are "encouraged" by undrafted WR Tobais Palmer.
"We talked about him quite a bit after the rookie minicamp," coach Gus Bradley said. "We really like his speed and we're trying to move him around to find a home for him." Palmer has a history of migraines, and they have forced him to sit out the last two days of OTAs. He has a chance to stick on a roster with a coaching staff promoting competition at every position.
Jaguars DT Tyson Alualu will play defensive end in new coach Gus Bradley's hybrid 4-3 defense.
A three-technique interior pass rusher his first three seasons, Alualu managed just 9.5 sacks across 48 games. The left defensive end spot in Bradley's defense is also known as "five technique" and was manned by Red Bryant in Seattle. Generously listed at 6-foot-3, 304, Alualu is unlikely to give the Jaguars the same kind of run-stopping ability as Bryant, but that'll be his new role.
Jaguars RB/WR Denard Robinson is also taking snaps under center in OTAs.
Asked if Robinson was taking snaps as a quarterback or Wildcat specialist, coach Gus Bradley said "we don't have to tell you." It would be far from surprising if the Jags installed a Wildcat package for the long-time college signal caller, but Robinson isn't going to pop up on the quarterback depth chart. That ship has sailed for "Shoelace."
The Associated Press' Mark Long called Wednesday's OTAs session the "worst day of quarterback play I've witnessed at Jaguars practice in years."
Long's assessment comes one day after he observed Blaine Gabbert "(continuing) to struggle with short passes." In Gabbert's defense, the Jags are installing a new system, but the fact that he still can't even light up practice more than two years after being the No. 10 overall pick is a troubling sign. We'd suspect the Jags pull the plug on the Gabbert experiment early this season, with an eye toward finding his "successor" in the 2014 draft.
Coach Gus Bradley said he's giving suspended WR Justin Blackmon a clean slate.
Blackmon has two DUI arrests and a four-game substance-abuse violation on his resume since 2010. But none of that occurred while Bradley was in contact with the 2012 No. 5 overall pick. The pair is having regular conversations as Blackmon tries to stabilize his life and career. "He's never done anything wrong with me. It'd be different if I was talking to him and I didn't feel like we were connecting at all. I do feel a connection," Bradley said.
Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne are splitting reps at Jaguars OTAs.
"We're rotating by period," coach Gus Bradley said. "There's a lot of competition and they're battling it. Everything we do we're trying to create some sort of competition for our team. Hopefully as OTAs go on, we get more and more of those situations to evaluate them." Bradley is bringing the Seahawks' mantra of competition to Jacksonville. Russell Wilson didn't win the starting gig until August 26 of last season.
Jaguars fourth-round WR Ace Sanders (ab, hip) may not participate in offseason activities until next month.
At 5'7/173, Sanders already had durability questions before he even began his NFL career. Missing the first month of your rookie year won't help. Sanders is aiming to carve out a role in the return game and as depth in the slot.