Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson speaks to the media on Day 1 of the 2024 OTAs

JACKSONVILLE – Priority number 1 is simple.

“We just don’t want injuries,” head coach Doug Pederson said.

With that, the Jaguars’ third-year head coach set the tone for Phase 3 of the Jaguars’ 2024 offseason program. The first part of Phase 3, Organized Team Activities, began Monday at the Miller Electric Center.

Phase 3 will end with a three-day minicamp in mid-June that will mark the only mandatory off-season work. While Phase 3 is the closest to “real practice” of the offseason, Pederson said the focus remains on preparation, education and health when the 2024 training camp opens in July.

“It’s good to be able to compete a little bit and compete with each other, but we have to make sure we protect each other,” Pederson said. “We continue to teach, learn and develop.”

Pederson and defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen spoke to the media before Day 1 OTA practice on Monday, emphasizing that the next three weeks are not about evaluating the roster or determining starting positions.

“There’s no pads, so it’s hard to evaluate in terms of making plays,” Nielsen said. “We want to be in a good football position. We want to make it look like football, be in the right places and evaluate from there. We want to have a very good opportunity to grow every day in all those areas.”

Pederson said, “I don’t really go into this with a lot of depth charts in mind. Depth charts don’t matter as much this time of year as continuing to improve.”