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First off the Field: Preseason finale starters, reps to be determined

Posted Aug 26, 2014

Jaguars HC Gus Bradley: Playing time, starting roles for 2014 preseason finale to be determined Tuesday night.


JACKSONVILLE – The starters remain to be seen.

So, while who will start and how long starters will play remains unknown, Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley said he does know what he wants from Thursday’s 2014 preseason finale:

A lot more of what he has seen so far – and a little better.

“It’s always tough for the fourth game, because you’re going into it saying, ‘All right, we’ve got the regular season next week,’” Bradley said Tuesday following a 45-minute practice at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields.

“I think for us it’s that discipline. I think we’ve come out with good energy every opportunity we’ve had, either at the stadium or away from the stadium or on the practice field. If we can go out and play with really good energy, good effort and good enthusiasm, I think that’s another piece.

“We’ve done it game after game, and when you do that it becomes real. I think that’s why this game is important, to add to that.”

Bradley, asked specifically about playing time for quarterbacks Chad Henne and Blake Bortles, said the coaches will meet to determine starters and overall playing time after meeting with trainers and doctors on Tuesday afternoon.

“We’ll gather all the information and come up with a plan,” Bradley said.

The Jaguars will play the Atlanta Falcons in the 2014 preseason finale at EverBank Field Thursday at 6 p.m. Tuesday’s work focused on that game, meaning second- and third-team players got most of the repetitions. While Bradley said specifics of playing time for Thursday are unknown, starters and front-line players rarely play more than two series in the preseason finale.

“They (the reserves) are the ones who will primarily play,” Bradley said. “It was good. It accomplished a lot.”

The Jaguars on Tuesday also continued to work multiple players at center, with Bradley saying Jacques McClendon, Mike Brewster and rookie Luke Bowanko all worked there, with Brewster and McClendon also working at guard. Bradley said earlier in the week that those three players all could work at center Thursday with a starter still to be determined.

Bradley also said the team remains hopeful that wide receivers Tandon Doss and Ace Sanders will play Thursday. Doss missed the first three preseason games with an ankle injury and Sanders missed them dealing with personal issues. Bradley said if Doss and/or Sanders play, each will be worked on punt returns.

Also on Tuesday:

*Defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks (shoulder), kicker Josh Scobee (quad) , Zane Beadles (calf contusion), Austin Pasztor (hand), offensive tackle Josh Wells (shoulder), safety Craig Loston (hamstring), wide receiver Allen Robinson (hamstring) and tight end Clay Harbor (calf) missed practice.

*Cornerback Alan Ball (ribs), cornerback Jamell Fleming (oblique) and safety Winston Guy (quadriceps) returned to practice after missing Monday. …

*Wide receiver Marqise Lee missed a second consecutive day for personal reasons, with Bradley saying the rookie is expected to return Tuesday night. …

*The Jaguars moved rookie cornerback Aaron Colvin from the active/non-football injury list to the reserve/non-football injury list – or, the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. The move put the Jaguars at the league-mandated 75 player limit. Under league rules, teams have a five-week window beginning October 14 to begin practicing a PUP player. Teams then have three weeks to move the player to the active roster or he reverts to PUP.

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