JACKSONVILLE – The situation is in no way ideal.
But while second-year wide receiver
And Bradley said that’s the objective now.
“It is unfortunate,” Bradley said Wednesday afternoon on Jaguars.com LIVE, which runs on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. on jaguars.com. “You hate to lose a player of Ace’s caliber for a period of time. He’s a great teammate, and players really respect him. He’s very talented.
“But with that being said, a lot of good has come about with this, and we’re not going to miss that opportunity.”
Sanders, who caught 51 passes for 484 yards and a touchdown as a rookie, on Tuesday evening told media on a conference call that he likely will miss most or all of training camp because of personal issues. He also said he likely will be suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season.
The league has not officially announced Sanders’ suspension.
Bradley said Sanders handled the situation as well as could be expected, discussing the issue openly with Bradley and General Manager David Caldwell and speaking on the conference call with local media.
“One of the things we’ve talked about with our program is communication and trust,” Bradley said. “I think Ace really showed that by the way he handled the whole situation. … To have the call last night, I think says a lot about Ace.”
Bradley earlier in the day spoke of Sanders’ situation on Jaguars Today on 1010XL with Mike Dempsey and John Oehser, saying, “Here’s a young man who’s facing it head on, understands the situation and has lot of trust in the organization. He has dealt with it that way. For that part, we’re excited.”
Bradley also on Wednesday he expects Sanders to have a role upon his return.
“There’s no doubt,” Bradley said. “We’ve talked to Ace and said, ‘When you come back from all of this we’re going to welcome you with open arms and, ‘Let’s get back to work.’ We’ve talked to our guys about, ‘You’ve got to get your world right, then the man becomes right.’
“That’s what he’s doing now. He’s getting himself right.”
Bradley on Wednesday also discussed:
*The offseason improvements of the defensive line, an area where the Jaguars signed ends
*The continued development of third-year defensive end