JACKSONVILLE – Twelve days remain until veterans report for Jaguars 2017 Training Camp.
A slew of storylines will be obvious at that time – from the continuing development of quarterback Blake Bortles, to the first training camp under Head Coach Doug Marrone to the development of young defensive players such as Myles Jack and Dante Fowler Jr.
But those are far from the only Jaguars storylines, and the season nearly as much by several under-the-radar players on both offense and defense.
Offensively, this team will be keyed by players such as Bortles, rookie Leonard Fournette and wide receivers Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee. They are high-profile playmakers who must be productive this season for the team to improve from last season’s 3-13 record.
But other, lesser-discussed players are key to an offense that expects to be more consistent in Nathaniel Hackett’s first full season as coordinator.
Here are three under-the-radar offensive players to watch as ’17 training camp approaches:
*Mychel Rivera, tight end. The Jaguars made headlines in 2017 free agency with three major defensive signings: end Calais Campbell, safety Barry Church and cornerback A.J. Bouye. Those moves overshadowed all else in March, but the signing of Rivera just after free-agency’s first wave shouldn’t be overlooked. And while Rivera doesn’t have the name recognition of last year’s move tight end – since-traded Julius Thomas – the Jaguars like Rivera’s production and versatility. A sixth-round selection by Oakland in the 2013 NFL Draft, Rivera caught 146 passes for 1,413 yards and 10 touchdowns in four seasons with the…
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