NFL Training Camps: Jacksonville Jaguars Rookies Report Today

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 27: Leonard Fournette of LSU reacts after being picked
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 27: Leonard Fournette of LSU reacts after being picked /

The Jacksonville Jaguars are kicking things off by having their rookies report to camp today which includes several players ready to make an immediate impact.

Leonard Fournette could have the biggest impact of any rookie during this first season. He’s expected to be the Jacksonville Jaguars every-down back and receiver plenty of carries. The thought process is that feeding Fournette the ball will limit the mistakes by quarterback Blake Bortles.

This plan has a chance to be effective because of Fournette’s overall talent. He has a rare combination of speed and strength that allows him to move the chains. Fournette is more than capable of leading the NFL in rushing several times during his career.

He should be the main ball carrier despite the presence of T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory.

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Cam Robinson is another rookie who should get an opportunity to make an early impact. He will likely compete against Brandon Albert for the starting left tackle job. However, Robinson also has the skills needed to move inside to guard.

Jacksonville’s left guard position will be an open competition between Earl Watford, Patrick Omameh and potentially Robinson.

Even though the Jaguars are set at wide receiver, look for DeDe Westbrook to carve out a role on special teams. He has a lot experience as a return man and could eventually crack the receiver rotation. Westbrook is a slot type receiver who can also stretch the field.

Dwaune Smoot had a rough final year at Illinois, but flashed top-end pass rush skills the year before. He has a chance to rebuild his value during the up preseason. However, it will be tough for him to crack the deep Jaguars defensive line rotation.

Blair Brown was an underrated pick for Jacksonville. He should be able to make early contributions on special teams and serve as a backup linebacker.