JACKSONVILLE – Gus Bradley likes what he’s seeing from
Gabbert, competing with
Bradley, the Jaguars’ first-year head coach, praised Gabbert afterward, and said he was impressive not only Monday, but in the team’s scrimmage Saturday.
“I thought he did a nice job going into the scrimmage,” Bradley said Monday after the Jaguars’ two-and-a-half-hour, full-padded practice in 88 degree temperatures at the Florida Blue Health and Wellness practice fields.
“We really watched to see how he would handle that atmosphere where it got heightened a little bit. We wanted to see if guys stayed true, and I thought he did a nice job.”
Gabbert got all of the repetitions with the first-team offense in 11 on 11 Monday, and Bradley said he was impressed with Gabbert on a late drive in practice. On that drive, Gabbert hit long passes down the middle to rookie
The drive ended with an incomplete pass as Gabbert threw the ball away under pressure on 4th-and-goal from the 6.
“I thought Blaine did really well,” Bradley said.
Henne appeared to have an equally solid practice, leading the team’s lone touchdown drive in a live portion of 11-on-11. He capped that drive with a 26-yard touchdown to tight end
At the same time, Bradley said there are still areas Gabbert must improve.
“You’d like to have execution,” Bradley said. “I’m with you on that. We have to capture. That’s the challenge. That’s what (Offensive Coordinator) Jedd (Fisch) and I have talked about. You challenge your red-zone offense and you look at that.”
Bradley said he has yet to decide who will start at quarterback in the team’s preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins Friday.
“We’re going to let this week play out, then decide how we want to do the rotation,” he said.
“We understand if we want to get to where we want to get to, we have to ride out – every day,” Lewis said. “We have to ride out. We can’t get too low if something’s bad or get too high if something’s good. We have to have a workman’s attitude and handle our business.”
“I believe it was nothing major,” Bradley said.
The Jaguars waived wide receiver Taylor Price (foot) and offensive guard Stephane Milhim (knee) from the Physically Unable to Perform list. The two had been on the list throughout camp.
The Jaguars are scheduled to hold a walkthrough at the Florida Blue practice fields this afternoon. They will practice again at 9:55 Tuesday.
PLAY OF THE DAY
The play of the day was very nearly a play to really, really remember.
On the play late in practice in red-zone drills, Gabbert rolled to his right, and threw a high pass to a well-covered Lewis. The tight end reached high, and nearly pulled in a pass for a one-handed touchdown on the sideline.
After the ball caromed from Lewis’ hands, linebacker
“That’s a pick,” defensive coordinator Bob Babich yelled, pursuing the play.
1. Penalties plagued practice early Monday, with officials calling at least seven early in practice, with five defensive offsides.
2 Rookie Ace Sanders caught a 15-yard pass from Gabbert in the early 11-on-11 work.
3. Lewis caught a pair of passes from Gabbert, including a 20-yarder down the left sideline.
5. A wide open rookie
7. Cornerback Marcus Bailey defensed a pass from
1. Lewis: “We approach it the same way every day. That’s what coach (Bradley) tries to preach to us, that if you play hard in practice, you don’t have to change it in the game. We’re going to practice hard, give what we’ve got and live with the results. You shouldn’t have to change who you are.”
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