JACKSONVILLE – Gus Bradley likes a lot about what he knows about
He likes a lot about what he has seen, too.
Bradley said now the challenge is getting those things – much of which he has seen mainly in practice – to translate to the field, a process he said will begin when the third-year veteran quarterback returns to the starting lineup against Indianapolis at EverBank Field Sunday.
“We feel good about him going into this week,” the Jaguars’ first-year head coach said of Gabbert on Monday, a day after a 45-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash.
Gabbert, the starter to start the regular season, had the last of 15 stitches removed from his right (throwing) hand before Sunday’s game. He missed two games after sustaining the laceration on his hand on the final series of a season-opening loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Bradley said the Jaguars ruled Gabbert out early in the week last week because they knew there was a limited chance he would be ready Sunday. But Bradley said Gabbert practiced well Friday, a day on which Gabbert impressed Bradley with his movement and how he threw.
“It looked like he had some freedom,” Bradley said.
Bradley said Gabbert in practice on Friday ran with the scout team, which Bradley said was a matter of Gabbert reading a play off a card and playing relaxed. Bradley said he played well in that situation, Gabbert’s first time running with the scout team this season.
Bradley also said he believes the last two weeks have been good for Gabbert, adding that Gabbert “has some special talent” that the Jaguars want to utilize.
“We really like his traits,” Bradley said. “He does some things well, but he makes some mistakes in decision-making. It’s one of those things where if you give him five things to decide from, at times maybe that’s not the best thing to do for him or for Chad. Maybe we have to simplify it and allow him to play with more freedom.”
Bradley also said Gabbert has matured since the beginning of the offseason, adding that a key with Gabbert may be changing his mindset. Bradley on Monday called Gabbert “a pleaser” in the sense that he didn’t want to take risks or let anyone down.
“We have to change his mindset to say ‘It’s OK. Don’t worry about us. We’ll be fine. The way you please us is to go out there and let loose, and take some risks,’” Bradley said.
Also on Monday:
*Bradley said he remains excited about the Jaguars’ young players, mentioning specifically rookie defensive backs
* Bradley said while the Jaguars had some success running in the second half using gap-blocking schemes that doesn’t mean abandoning the zone-blocking scheme implemented in the offseason. “What’s important for us is to keep that variety,” he said. . . .
*Bradley said coaches spent extensive time reviewing the Seattle game, watching it on the flight to Jacksonville early Monday morning and again Monday afternoon. “We’re trying to take a deep look at things we can do to improve as quickly as possible with some of our scheme stuff,” Bradley said. . . .
*Bradley said he didn’t believe the block by Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate on Lowery that caused the concussion was cheap. . . .
*Bradley said that while rookie cornerback
*Bradley said defensive tackle
*Bradley said running back
*Bradley said wide receiver
*The Jaguars waived wide receiver Jeremy Ebert and signed guard
*Players were off after arriving in Jacksonville from Seattle around 4 a.m. Monday morning.