JACKSONVILLE – The starters will play about a quarter.
That includes quarterback
Beyond that, Bradley said he wasn’t sure about specific playing time when the Jaguars play host to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday at 7:30 p.m.
He said he does know Bortles will not get repetitions with the first team. The No. 3 overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, Bortles has worked with the second team throughout training camp.
And Bradley said that will stay that way Friday.
“We’re not going to (work Bortles) with the starters this game,” Bradley said Thursday after the Jaguars held a one-hour, 25-minute late-morning/early-afternoon walkthrough practice in 90-degree temperatures at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields.
“We’re looking at (Bortles playing) the second quarter. We’ll see how it goes in the third quarter, but we’d like to get him some extended reps.”
Bradley added that Bortles could start the second half.
“He could,” Bradley said.
The Jaguars worked Thursday without pads, conducting a practice that had minimal preparation for Tampa Bay.
“It was a good practice,” Bradley said. “We’re still in that training camp mindset. It was good, even though we took them out of their pads and their helmets.”
Bradley said the general “rule of thumb” Friday will be to play starters about a quarter, or about 10-to-15 repetitions, although that could vary based on situations. If, for example, the defensive line only gets a chance to play the third-down rush group twice in the first quarter, that group could play longer.
“We have some flexibility as far as what we need to see,” Bradley said.
Bradley said a constant message to Bortles and all players entering the first preseason game is not to try to do too much on every play.
“Guys fall trap to it,” Bradley said. “Even eight-year veterans, they get caught up in it. We’ll see. I’m looking forward to seeing it.”
LOOKING ON . . .
*Brown’s return from a hamstring issue not only means he, Hurns and Lee will be the top three receivers Friday, it gives the Jaguars six wide receivers available Friday including
*With starter Gerhart out, Bradley said backup
“We took today to talk a little bit about the players’ roles (against Tampa Bay). We don’t get too specific on it. We give them a general idea. We really just told them, ‘Hey, you play until we take you out. Have that mindset.’ We do have a plan for a lot of them and how much we’re going to play them.’’
--- Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley