Training Camp Rookie Report
Quarterback Blaine Gabbert playing with kids from the YMCA.
Editor-in-Chief
Posted Aug 3, 2011
Charlie Bernstein


Jaguars training camp is just about a week old and the rookie class is at the center of attention. We are going to diagnose how each of Gene Smith's draft picks has performed thus far, along with a few undrafted rookies who have a shot to make the roster.

Blaine Gabbert



The Jaguars young quarterback has received a lot of reps with the second team and has looked pretty sharp for a rookie. Gabbert has displayed a huge arm with excellent mobility and a solid ability to read defenses. At times Gabbert has been a bit indecisive which is something that can be expected for a player of his limited experience. Overall, through one week he is standing toe-to-toe with 10-year veteran David Garrard and has thrown much fewer interceptions.

Will Rackley



Interior offensive line play is difficult to evaluate in light contact practices so we really won't know much about Rackley until the preseason games start. At this point he will certainly be in the mix to win the starting job at guard.

Cecil Shorts



The Jaguars receiver from Mount Union has been nothing short of remarkable, as he has showed great polish for a small school guy. Shorts has caught everything thrown his way, whether it's between the numbers, diving to the ground or lunging with one hand. Shorts is bigger than he looked in film and plays quicker as well. Gabbert to Shorts could be a great combination for several years.

Chris Prosinski

Prosinski's athleticism is certainly on display in nearly every drill. He can run and jump, but he's missed several tackles. Prosinski looks like he can develop into a solid safety, but it doesn't appear that he's ready to see the field in an actual game just yet. He also suffered what appeared to be a minor knee injury last night at practice.

Rod Issac



Rod Issac will be in the mix for a job at nickel or dime, but to this point he really hasn't stood out all that much. The good news is that if he's not standing out, he's not allowing big plays. Issac will be another player in which we will have to watch preseason to find out some more out.

Top 4 UDFA's



Marc Schiechl



The pride of the Colorado School of Mines has been a pleasant surprise for the Jaguars throughout the first week of camp. The Division II all-time leading sacker has shown quick feet and pretty good burst and with the current crop of defensive ends, he has an excellent chance of finding a roster spot, especially if he plays well in preseason.

Odrick Ray



The play of the former Tulsa Golden Hurricane star has caused many in attendance to keep checking their rosters looking for number 70. Although undersized for a defensive tackle at 276 pounds, Ray has beaten up the Jaguars interior offensive linemen and has single-handily blown up passing drills by collapsing the pocket. If he continues his play into the preseason Ray has an excellent shot at a roster spot.

Scott Lutrus



Lutrus has good size and appears to have solid instincts and he seems versatile enough to fill in at all three linebacker spots. The game doesn't seem too fast for him thus far and if he can make an impact on special teams there's a good chance the former UCONN Huskie finds a home on the roster.

Armon Binns



Armon Binns looks like a throwback to the not so glory days in which the Jaguars drafted wide receivers that resembled a professional basketball team. Although the likes of Matt Jones, Reggie Williams, Ernest Wilford and company ultimately didn't work out, Binns just might as he catches the ball well at the high point and in traffic. Once again, we will let preseason weed out the players from the wannabees, but Binns could give the Jags a different dimension at the wide receiver position.

Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and the host of “The Sports Crunch” on the Aquarius 7 Broadcasting Network (national), and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering multiple teams in the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie


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