20 in 20: Will LB Dekoda Watson be ready for start of camp?

Continuing today and until the Jaguars report to training camp on July 24, I’ll ask/answer one question per day:

4 Will Dekoda Watson be ready for the start of training camp?

Watson, signed on the second day of free agency to fill the Jaguars’ new Otto linebacker spot that will be positioned at the line of scrimmage and be involved in the running and passing games, sustained a groin injury in mid-May.

Watson missed all nine organized team activity workouts and all three mini-camp practices, significant because he’s new to the defense and as former Jaguars linebacker Daryl Smith can attest, groin injuries are tricky and full of potential setbacks.

Watson has been around the Jaguars’ complex this month to continue his rehab and the company line has been that he’ll be available for the start of camp.

On Monday morning, Watson tweeted:

 

@DekodaWatson ·

YO! I just want to train! Am I asking for too much!? Ugh!

 

It’s always tough to read into what a player is insinuating with a Tweet, but that is pretty clear-cut.

If Watson is limited at the start of camp, it will provide second-year player LaRoy Reynolds with a golden opportunity to get first-team reps (like he did during the off-season).

The guess is that Watson will be on a managed schedule early in camp and be ready to start against Philadelphia on Sept. 7.

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Davethecaveman
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Davethecaveman
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 @ 5:06 am

Yea, don't come back too soon. Not until you have to, of coarse. It's pretty common for veterans to complain about petty aches and pains to stay off the hot practice field during those hot practice fields. Then come out like gangbusters later in August.

gunny48.5
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gunny48.5
Monday, July 7, 2014 @ 5:10 pm
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Not holding my breath. Good luck to him but don't come back too soon. That's got to heal properly!