When Henne says that, he means quicker in areas that matter in quarterbacking. Some are mental and a lot are physical. Decisions, release, etc.
As a result, with the end of organized team activities in sight – and the end of Henne’s first offseason as the Jaguars’ starting quarterback in sight, too – Henne feels he is better now than a month ago.
That was the objective, and in that sense, OTAs have been productive.
“Overall, it’s been good,” Henne said Thursday following the ninth of 10 scheduled Jaguars OTA practices at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields.
“I think each and every day we improved. There are some really good things going on out there.”
Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley has been consistent in his praise of Henne in the three weeks of OTAs, mainly because Bradley said Henne has been very, very consistent.
“I think he just has a comfort level,” Bradley said earlier this week. “Not too comfortable where he’s still not challenging himself, competing and striving for things, but he’s in a good place right now. He’s really stacked up some good practices.”
Bradley said part of what has been impressive about Henne is his willingness and ability to help rookie
Henne is starting and is expected to start next season, with the Jaguars’ plan to allow Bortles to develop and start when ready. Bradley said Henne has shown increased confidence in his second year in coordinator Jedd Fisch’s offense, and because of that, he has been able to help Bortles.
“He’s been very helpful to Blake,” Bradley said.
Each quarterback looked sharp throughout most of Thursday’s practice. With the wide receivers corps healthier than it has been since Week One of OTAs, Bortles had perhaps his best day of practice with the Jaguars, completing 13-of-15 passes in team work Thursday.
“He did a nice job; did a good job,” Bradley said of Bortles Thursday. “He completed some passes. He didn’t have a lot of reps in a row with both him and Chad but they did a good job executing.”
Bortles had several completions of note, including a 15-yarder to rookie
“I feel good with how I’m throwing the football,” Henne said. “There are obviously some points out there where I could throw better. But the timing has been good with the guys that have been out there. I think we’re getting a grasp of the offense and getting in and out of plays and executing what’s out there.”
Also around the Jaguars Thursday:
*Sanders returned to practice Thursday after being out the last three practices with a thigh injury. Veteran wide receiver
*Bradley said the Jaguars eased Sanders back into practice Thursday with the idea that he can do more in the team’s mandatory minicamp next week. “Ace looked pretty good,” Bradley said. “We’re really trying to get him back and ready to go for next week.”
*Bradley also emphasized that Shorts’ absence remains precautionary. …
*Henne on the absence of seven receivers at times in the last two weeks: “It is a big deal. I think if we had most of our guys out here it would definitely be beneficial, beneficial for the quarterbacks, for them to learn the offense as well, see different coverages and route adjustments. It would definitely be beneficial for them to be out there.” …
*Lewis isn’t done travelling this week. He will travel back to Long Beach Friday afternoon to run his football camp at Long Beach Poly Saturday along with the rest of the Jaguars’ tight ends, Sanders, Brown and safety
*The first-team offensive line looked like this early Thursday:
*The first-team defense looked like this early:
*Rookie free agent wide receiver
*Bradley also mentioned cornerback
*Reynolds and Gratz defensed passes on back-to-back plays late in practice. …
*Six-year-old Isaac “Ike” Yarmon visited Jaguars practice through the Make-A-Wish program Thursday. His wish was to meet Jaguars running back