Henne, who on Thursday will start at quarterback in the Jaguars’ 2013 preseason finale in Atlanta, said there is plenty to be gained from even a short preseason stint.
And that’s just what the stint will be:
Henne, starting in place of injured
“Whatever (Head Coach) Gus (Bradley) wants, we’re going to go out and try to execute the best we can,” Henne said Tuesday following a two-hour practice at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields.
“Anytime you get an opportunity to compete – myself included – with this team, we’re going to go out and try to win our situations and put some points on the board.”
Bradley said while players such as running back
“It’s a tuneup,” Shorts said. “If I had played the first two games, it wouldn’t matter. I’d be ready. I want a little more, just to be sure. These last two weeks, I’ve been feeling almost back to where I was, but I want that little tuneup – just to make sure.
“The coaches, I trust what they want, but I am going to go them and say, ‘Hey, a little bit more – if possible.’”
“They’re going to get a great opportunity,” Bradley said. “It was a tough situation for them (the first three preseason games), because they might not have gotten many practice reps against the service team getting prepared. This week they’ve gotten a lot more so it will be a great evaluation for them to see how they handle it and handle the team.”
Scott, a rookie free agent from the University of Arizona, was the first quarterback in after Henne against Philadelphia last Saturday. He completed 6 of 11 passes for 52 yards and rushed once for three yards. He has completed 12 of 28 passes for 103 yards in the preseason.
“You can’t go out there and try to do anything special,” Scott said. “You just have to go out there and execute and show the coaches you can lead this team up and down the field and put points on the board. If you start worrying about (reps and who’s making the team), other things start sneaking in. I’m just going to worry about what I need to do.”
Kafka, who spent time with Philadelphia in 2010 and 2011 before being released by New England this past offseason, has completed 7 of 14 passes for 27 yards with an interception in the preseason. He completed 2 of 3 passes for 12 yards against Philadelphia.
“You can’t count numbers,” Kafka said. “For a quarterback, you just have to do your job. You just have to do the best you can, and at the end of the day, you can live with the work you put out there.”
Also around the Jaguars Tuesday:
*Bradley said backup running back
*Blackmon practiced Tuesday for the final time before beginning of his four-game suspension to start the regular season. Blackmon will be allowed to be at the facility and attend meetings during his suspension, but he may not practice or play. He also is expected to play Thursday. “The good thing is he can be around us the four weeks,” Bradley said. “He can be here. I don’t think he can be out at practice but he can be in our meetings. He can be around the team. He can be in the locker room, so I think it’s a great move by the NFL to allow that to happen. To keep him around this environment I think is a good thing.”