JACKSONVILLE – Gus Bradley said he likes what he sees on defense lately.
On offense, the story is a touch different.
Such is the back-and-forth, day-to-day nature of an NFL training camp, and Bradley – in his first season as the Jaguars’ head coach – said on Tuesday while the defensive appears to be making strides in recent days the offense could be more precise.
The offense met as a group following practice, with veteran tight end
“We have to be better,” Bradley said Tuesday after the Jaguars’ two-and-a-half-hour, full-padded practice in 88 degree temperatures at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness practice fields adjacent to EverBank Field.
“That’s where it goes back to finishing. When the ball is thrown to you, you have to catch it. if it’s thrown behind you, the quarterback has to throw a better ball. The game is too hard. It’s a precision league. We have to be precise and we’re not precise yet.
“That will be the challenge for our guys each and every day. The good thing is it’s all under our control. We can take care of it.”
Bradley praised a defense that he said for a second consecutive day showed strides in practice after a strong start in a 27-3 loss in the preseason opener to Miami Friday.
“The defense is really improving,” Bradley said. “The defense has shown improvement. The aggressive coverage, guys are understanding more and more. We’re not doing a lot of stuff defensively, so they’re honing in and I think that will pay dividends later on so we can expand our package as guys understand our concepts.”
Also Tuesday, wide receiver
“If it was a normal game, I think he would play,” Bradley said. “We’ll see how it goes with him.”
Offensive right tackle
“We just have to wait and see,” Bradley said. “It’s day to day. We’ll see how good he feels toward the end of the week.”
The Jaguars are scheduled to hold a walkthrough at the Florida Blue practice fields Monday afternoon. They will practice again at 9:55 a.m. Tuesday.
PLAY OF THE DAY
While the offense has struggled at times the last two days, it has received a lift from the return of second-year wide receiver
He made a catch midway through practice Tuesday that stood out.
On the play, Blackmon went deep toward the middle of the field, and quarterback
2.Henne started the day strong with a deep pass to reserve wide receiver
7.Rookie defensive end
1.Bradley: “The big message with this whole week, with our preparation and just day to day, is finishing. I believe we have to learn how to finish. We have to be consistent. That takes some time.”
LOOKING ON . . .
*Blackmon has shown again this week why he is key to the Jaguars’ offense. Though the unit struggled at times on Monday, Blackmon had three or four receptions that other Jaguars receivers outside Cecil Shorts III don’t make routinely. Blackmon has a knack for getting open, and he also controls his body well enough when he’s not open to make receptions many other receivers don’t make.