Jaguars begin voluntary virtual offseason program

John Reid
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Florida Times-Union

The Jaguars launched their virtual voluntary offseason program of classroom instruction and workouts using video conferencing on Monday.

With all NFL facilities closed indefinitely due to coronavirus pandemic, the NFL and the players union agreed to allow all 32 teams to implement a virtual offseason program for players.

After wrapping up the NFL Draft Saturday, Coach Doug Marrone helped the Jaguars kick off their voluntary program by addressing a video conferencing call Monday morning of more than 90 people that included players and coaches.

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Jaguars will play four days a week to meet virtually with their position and special teams coaches.

According to the NFL Network, 12 teams began their virtual offseason programs last week.

The Jaguars were among the remaining 20 teams that waited until Monday to start.

However, several Jaguars players like offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor got a jump on the virtual program by already working out at home to stay in shape.

“Before I found a trainer, I was at home running on my own,” Taylor said. “Even though the virus and stuff are going on, I still am focusing on the certain things I need to get better at.”

The “Virtual Period″ will run through May 15. Monday was the deadline date had to launch its virtual program. Participating players will earn $235 daily, and each rookie player will receive a minimum of $135.

Under the league rules, no teams will be allowed into their team facilities for on-field work until all facilities across the country are opened. The decision to open will be made by the NFL, based on the latest medical recommendations and regulations from public authorities.

The Jaguars added some First Coast-area talent to their roster Saturday, selecting former Oakleaf High School star Shaq Quarterman with the 140th pick in the fourth round.

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