JACKSONVILLE – Here’s this week’s Wednesday wrap up.
On Wednesday mornings during the 2013 regular season, jaguars.com senior writer John Oehser sets the stage for the Jaguars’ Wednesday media access by previewing major topics facing the team. Each Wednesday afternoon/evening, he breaks down what was learned from Jaguars players and coaches that day.
Here’s the wrap up of Wednesday’s five topics as the Jaguars prepared to play the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, Sunday….
2. Is the run defense for real? The Jaguars rank 32nd against the run league-wide, but have improved significantly in recent weeks, allowing 83 yards to Chris Johnson and the Tennessee Titans two weeks ago and 14 yards to Arizona last week. The Texans recently lost running back Arian Foster for the season, but they rank 12th in the NFL with 120.3 yards per game and their downhill, zone-blocking scheme is a core part of their offensive philosophy. “We know Houston is run, run, play-action pass and -… boom,” middle linebacker
3. What do the Jaguars need to do to run? The Jaguars rank 32nd in the NFL in rushing and are averaging 2.7 yards per carry this season. The issue has been more pronounced in recent weeks, with the Jaguars rushing for 1.8 yards per carry against the Titans and 2.0 yards against the Cardinals. Bradley earlier in the week said the team needed to find a way to run, and that figures to be a focus this week. The Texans’ defense is ranked No. 1 in the NFL overall, but is 23rd against the run. “You’re going to have one-on-one matchups up front and we’ll try to double team (defensive end) J.J. (Watt) as much as we can and create some running lanes, but there are some running lanes in there,” Jaguars quarterback
4. How do you stop J.J. Watt? Watt, the Texans’ defensive end, remains one of the NFL’s top defensive players, having registered 8.5 sacks, a league-high 30 quarterback hits and a league-high 15 tackles for loss. He also has three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. “You have to know where Watt is at all times,” Henne said. The Texans move the 3-4 end from side to side, but he’ll perhaps line up most often opposite the left guard position, which could be second-year veteran
5. How’s Poz? Posluszny, who missed last week’s game with a concussion, was cleared to practice Monday and worked limited Wednesday. He said early Wednesday he had worked out Monday and Tuesday and expects to play Sunday. “I’d be disappointed in myself if I didn’t play Sunday,” he said, with Bradley saying that Posluszny took most of the reps in practice Wednesday. Eighteen players were listed on the Jaguars’ injury report Wednesday, with Bradley saying wide receiver