Patriots players said this week that summer practice with the Jaguars showed them how much potential Jacksonville had for the 2017 season.
Jaguars coach Doug Marrone had a point different from the preseason. Marrone said in a conference call on Wednesday that the practice work gave her the opportunity to tell her team how much space existed between her potential and where they wanted to go.
"I really can not talk about how the players saw that," Marrone said. "I saw it because we really had a lot of work ahead of us, I think that's the only thing I learned from practice during those three days of the amount of things that we were delaying and how much land we had to recover in a short time because we were trying to do it, obviously They were all new I felt they were much ahead of us and I think it was good for me to point out to our players how much more we had left, how much time we had to go and how much work we had to invest in. I think that's what I got in those three days ".
The practices with the Patriots are certainly not the only reason why the Jaguars could make a big leap from 2016 to 2017, but the moment seems to have been fortuitous for a team that tries to match the talent with the results.