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5 Storylines to Follow During Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp

5 Storylines to Follow During Jacksonville Jaguars Training Camp

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Seen as one of the up-and-coming teams in the NFL right now, the Jacksonville Jaguars have many good ingredients churning in the pot of success, especially after some stellar picks at the NFL Draft. Here are some of the storylines surrounding the Jaguars as they approach the start of training camp on July 24.

5. Expect to See a Great Defensive Line

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5. Expect to See a Great Defensive Line

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When it comes to rushing the passer, no team in the NFL improved its personnel as much as the Jaguars did this offseason. After finishing last in the NFL in sacks each of the past two seasons, Jacksonville went out and grabbed Chris Clemons and Dekoda Watson to play the new "OTTO" position. On top of that, the development of Andre Branch should help add even more pressure in the backfield.

4. Blake Bortles is STILL a Backup

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4. Blake Bortles is STILL a Backup

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This storyline refuses to disappear. We're so accustomed to seeing star rookies step in right away and make things happen that it seems too obscure for coach Gus Bradley to hold the No. 3 pick of the NFL Draft out for his first season. Mind you, this is the right move for Blake Bortles and the Jaguars, but the buzz isn't going anywhere.

3. RG Brandon Linder Could Step in Right Away

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3. RG Brandon Linder Could Step in Right Away

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The Jaguars are in need of more consistent play from the right guard position, so they used a third-round pick this year to add Brandon Linder to fill that void. Veteran Jacques McClendon is also in the hunt for the job, and he actually out-performed Linder through most of the offseason workouts. This will probably be Linder's job by Week 1, but the battle for the position is going to intensify during training camp.

2. Look Out for Denard Robinson

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2. Look Out for Denard Robinson

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Denard Robinson is one of the quickest, shiftiest guys in the NFL, and the Jaguars may get the opportunity to use him this season. After adding about 15 pounds earlier this offseason, Robinson only dropped one pass in nine OTAs and a three-day minicamp. Hopefully training camp can give us some clues as to how the Jaguars could use their offensive weapon this season.

1. The Free Safety Position Needs To Be Claimed

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1. The Free Safety Position Needs To Be Claimed

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After missing all OTAs and minicamp because of foot surgery in May, Josh Evans opened the door for Winston Guy to swoop in and try to prove himself at free safety, getting all the first-team reps. Guy did extremely well during that time, and it's now his job to lose. Evans is certainly capable of coming back in and claiming the job, but his window of opportunity is closing now.