One might have figured
One might have figured wrong. Clemons felt no apologies were warranted. After all, it's just his proven stride.
"For the last ... four years I haven't been to an offseason so this is the way I prepare myself," he told the Florida Times-Union. "Gus [Bradley] and I both know that - we walk about that during the offseason every year. I did the same thing in Seattle."
Clemons has certainly done some work outside the facility. He has dropped 17 pounds, checking in at 248.
"My body feels better than it did last offseason," he said. "I played last year at 255, 260 pounds in some games and I felt my productivity went down. My thing this year was to come back lighter and leaner so I can go out and play better."
Clemons skipped a majority of OTAs last season as well. He would have forfeited a workout bonus if he did not attend minicamp. Clemons had 36 tackles and eight sacks during his first season with the Jaguars.
Clemons did not show for the first voluntary practice last week, the second straight season he has skipped OTAs.
This is the second consecutive year that Clemons did not show for the first voluntary practice. He was also the only member of the Jaguars not to show for Tuesday's session — outside of Dante Fowler, who tore his ACL during rookie minicamp.
Clemons did let coach Gus Bradley know that he wouldn't attend. It's unlikely that Clemons will show for practices on Wednesday and Thursday either.
“I’m not going to sit here and say, ‘It’s OK for Chris Clemons (to not attend),’" Bradley said. "We want everybody here. And he knows that. It’s a choice he’s made. It’s voluntary. We’ll take advantage of the time getting a look at other guys and see how they’re doing."
Stanton was ruled out prior to Sunday due to a knee injury. Foote came into the contest listed as doubtful. He's dealing with a knee issue. Jonathan Cooper, who entered the game questionable with a wrist injury, will not play. The other four players listed are healthy scratches.
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