The status of players such as wide receiver
Bradley said he did know this as of Wednesday:
The team would like to see Jones-Drew, a three-time Pro Bowl running back, play on Saturday against the New York Jets in the second preseason game.
“We’ll see how the next couple of days go, but we would like to get him some playing time,” Bradley said after the Jaguars’ two-and-a-half-hour, full-padded practice in 90 degree temperatures at the Florida Blue practice fields adjacent to EverBank Field.
“How much will be decided in our meeting (Wednesday). I feel a lot better about him this week than last week as far as getting him some reps.”
Shorts III (calf) and Joeckel (hip flexor) each missed practice Wednesday, with Shorts having missed the preseason opener Friday and Joeckel not having practiced since that game.
Bradley said Shorts and Joeckel remained “day to day.”
Bradley said he was pleased with practice Wednesday, saying that special teams set the tone for the day and that the defense continued the recent trend of strong performances.
“They’re competing their tails off,” Bradley said. “You can see it starting to come together. That generally happens a little bit quicker with the defense than the offense.”
Bradley also said the offense had a strong day – this after the unit appeared to struggle with consistency in practice Monday and Tuesday.
“They competed and refocused and rededicated themselves to the real, fine details,” Bradley said. “They came out and it was great to see. It’s really good to see.”
“I felt the difference,” Bradley said. “It was a charge. I think it goes back, too, that the routes look crisper. It was a deal (Tuesday) where we just had some sloppiness across the board.”
Bradley said a decision on who starts at quarterback against the Jets will be made Wednesday evening.
The Jaguars are scheduled to hold a walkthrough at the Florida Blue practice fields Wednesday afternoon. They will practice again at 9:55 a.m. Thursday.
Wednesday wasn’t a day for highlights, but a couple of plays stood out.
One was a long pass from Gabbert to reserve wide receiver
Later in practice, rookie free agent quarterback
1. Tight end
2. Jones-Drew continued to look stronger this week, turning in two strong runs early in team period midway through practice.
3. Gabbert turned in two nice intermediate passes to Lewis in team drills.
4. Scott had two nice deep passes in team drills, with rookie
1. Bradley on linebacker
2. Bradley on the offense: “Through adversity there’s an opportunity for tremendous growth. I was really excited to see that they took advantage of this day and captured it.”
LOOKING ON . . .
*If the Jaguars should be pleased with one area as camp draws to a close, it might be offensive line. The unit had been under scrutiny in the offseason after struggling in pass protection last season. Also, without Jones-Drew much of the season, the Jaguars’ run game struggled for the first time in recent memory. With the addition of Joeckel, the line looked better against Miami in the preseason opener. And with Joeckel’s injury not thought serious, the line appears healthier than last training camp, when guard
*Scott continued to get a lot of work recently in practice. The rookie free agent led one series in 11-on-11 Wednesday on which he took 10 snaps with the third-team offense. That’s one of the longest stretches for any quarterback in team drills this training camp. The Jaguars want to take a look at Scott as a reserve option or practice-squad player, and they also want to make sure the third-team offense is ready to function Saturday against the New York Jets. Reserve veteran Matt Kafka also got extended work with the third team in team drills Wednesday.