Jaguars veteran left tackle Branden Albert plans to attend next week's mandatory minicamp.
The former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman told head coach Doug Marrone that he plans on returning to EverBank Field for the first time since his introductory press conference in March.
"He told me he was going to be here, so I take him at his word," Marrone said. "So we'll see."
Albert has skipped the entire offseason program thus far, including all 10 organized team activity workouts. Those workouts were all voluntary.
The Jaguars traded a 2018 seventh-round pick to Miami for Albert at the start of free agency.
Albert is expected to battle with second-round pick Cam Robinson for the starting left tackle job.
The Jaguars have been rotating offensive linemen throughout the offseason. Adding Albert to the mix should shake up the line even further.
“I have to wait and see him," Marrone said about his plans for Albert. "I don’t know if he’s going to pass the physical. There’s a process that everyone goes through and I assume that he would, but you never know. I’m not going to jump ahead of himself. We’ll sit down this weekend and we’ll sit down Monday and we’ll set that plan when it comes. I’m not going to waste a lot of time thinking about it. There’s a lot of other things going on.”
If Albert fails to return for minicamp, he could be fined for each practice that he misses.
More Quick Hits
- Marrone said he doesn't consider OTAs to be practices. He also considers minicamp workouts to be activities.
- Marrone doesn't anticipate returns for safeties Tashaun Gipson and Barry Church during minicamp. He also doesn't expect running back T.J. Yeldon to take part in the workouts.
- Marrone said the Jaguars were able to implement everything they wanted to get done during OTAs. Next week's minicamp will involve a bit more work. He said a normal week of practice won't be established until after training camp.
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