JACKSONVILLE – The search for consistency continues.
That’s true for the Jaguars’ offense overall early in 2013 training camp, and while it remained true for quarterback
He knows the mistakes he made Saturday morning aren’t acceptable.
And he knows it’s an area that needs to improve.
“They can’t happen,” Gabbert said of at least three fumbled snaps that stood out Saturday in what at times was a difficult second day of 2013 training camp for the second-year veteran.
“That falls on me. You’ve got to get with the center and get snaps. They’re going to happen, but it’s an unforced error that you can’t afford to have.”
The play of Gabbert and
Henne drove the Jaguars to an apparent touchdown in the two-minute drill, though officials waved off the touchdown to
Observers and media rushed to judgment on the day, with many proclaiming Henne to have had the better day. Jaguars beat reporter Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union unofficially had Gabbert 18 of 30 in 11-on-11 with Henne 18 of 24, noting that Gabbert’s biggest issue was the botched snaps.
Such will be the nature of the coming weeks:
Just where does the competition stand? Bradley said the reality is it’s early, that competition will continue, and that Henne and Gabbert will continue to split reps with the first- and second-unit as was the case Saturday. When asked about Gabbert’s fumbles, he said while he did good things, the fumbles certainly weren’t acceptable, and that they wouldn’t be tolerated. Mostly, he said, the early part of camp is as much about how a player responds to a difficult day as how he performs on the good ones.
“We might look at them as a whole but right now we’re saying let’s see how they bounce back, everything’s in, let’s go and let’s see what takes place,” Bradley said.
Gabbert said for now the focus is improving an overall offense that has been inconsistent early in camp, whoever the quarterback.
“We talked about it after practice – there are a lot of ups and downs right now,” Gabbert said. “(offensive coordinator) Jedd (Fisch) mentioned it to me, it’s like an echocardiogram. What we’re trying to do right now is be consistent. We have three great plays and one bad play; four great plays and one bad play; two good plays and one bad play.
“What we’re working through right now is getting back into the swing of things and getting our level of play very consistent. That’s our main focus right now. We’re going to keep working on it.”
*While temperatures were again around 88 at the end of practice, players said afterward practice didn’t seem as warm as Saturday’s, when several players experienced problems with cramps.
*One of the standout players early in camp has been wide receiver
*Meester said Miller came off a little low in a pass-rushing drill. “It seemed like a bull rush,” he said. “We’re not in pads and it’s not really a bull-rush time. It led to a little argument. That stuff’s going to happen a thousand times before the end of camp. I didn’t think it was that big of a deal. We didn’t fight. We didn’t swing.”
*Attendance at practice was 2,067, according to the team.