JACKSONVILLE – The Jaguars didn’t want this situation.
But now that it’s here – now that the team will start its backup quarterback in the second game of the 2013 regular-season – Head Coach Gus Bradley said he is comfortable that it’s happening.
That’s because of
Henne, who competed with
“He has some strong leadership,” Bradley said of Henne as the Jaguars (0-1) prepared to play the Oakland Raiders (0-1) at O.Co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., Sunday at 4:25 p.m.
“Just watching him in the huddle out there, the team gravitates towards him. I know he understands the scheme. It has been beneficial for us that he took as many reps as he did (in training camp).”
Henne and Gabbert took essentially equal repetitions in training camp and early in the preseason, with Gabbert being named the starter after the second preseason game. Gabbert sustained a hand laceration Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs that will keep him out at least a week.
“That’s good – I would hope he would say that,” Bradley said. “He’s a competitor. That’s why we have confidence in him playing. I really want him to go out here and capture this and be at his best. That was our conversation today, ‘Don’t wait until Sunday to compete.’”
Shorts, the team’s leader in receiving yards last season, had what Bradley called a “little” groin issue. Bradley said the team was cautious with Shorts through practice.
Also on Wednesday:
*Defensive coordinator Bob Babich said the team is confident in both reserve cornerbacks,
*Jones-Drew on moving forward from a season-opening loss to Kansas City: “I think for everybody, it’s just kind of, ‘Calm down.’ You could see we were doing things that we haven’t done all throughout training camp – just relax. I think you’ll see more execution in the second half in this next game. You’ll see younger guys just getting more comfortable. It was a lot of guys’ first time being in an NFL game so it is a little different and we actually did it against a very good team, so we’ll see how things go. We’re still confident in the playmakers that we have and we’re starting to get a little healthier.”