JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars got a bit healthier at center Tuesday.
Robinson has been out much of the offseason and training camp with a hamstring injury.
Bowanko’s progress came during a two-hour, 30-minute practice at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields in which rookie quarterback
Bortles, the No. 3 overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, is working as the team’s backup quarterback, but he is expected to play about a quarter with the first team sometime after the first quarter Friday.
Bortles took seven repetitions with the first team Tuesday – three in a blitz period and four in a team session. He took similar repetitions with the first team Monday.
“I think the whole game speeds up, and I think he adjusted pretty well to it,” Bradley said of Bortles following Tuesday’s practice.
Brewster started at center the first two preseason games, but McClendon worked with the first team there at practice the last three days. Jaguars Offensive Coordinator Jedd Fisch said before Tuesday’s practice McClendon likely will start at center Friday.
“Jacques has played pretty good,” Bradley said. “He’s been playing consistent. We’ve challenged him to play at another level, a level he’s capable of playing. We want to take a look at him in practice.”
Bradley said the coaches planned to meet Tuesday to discuss starters and playing time for Friday night in detail. Bradley said the team also would like to look at Bowanko Friday, and “it depends how his health is.”
Bowanko has not been ruled out for Friday.
Robinson, a second-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft who is expected to play a key role when he returns to health, caught a few passes on the side early in practice and is not expected to play Friday. But Bradley said he may make the trip to Detroit.
“We’ll probably take him on the road with us,” Bradley said. “I think it’s important for him to go through a routine, to go on the road, go through the warmup. I think he’s progressing pretty well to go to that point.”
Also on Wednesday:
*Bradley said he expects linebacker
*Bradley said while some starters will play about three quarters in Friday’s third preseason game, veteran front-line players such as middle linebacker Paul Posluszny and defensive end
*Bradley praised second-year cornerbacks
*Starting right tackle