JACKSONVILLE – There were things Gus Bradley didn’t like Friday.
That’s expected in a one-sided loss, even a loss in a preseason opener, but Bradley said a day later there were positives to take from his first game as Jaguars head coach, too, most notably the play of the two lines.
Each unit had something to prove entering training camp.
And each stood out at times in a 27-3 loss to the Miami Dolphins Friday night at EverBank Field, with the starting offensive line continuing a strong week leading to the game, and the defensive front showing significant pressure on Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill early in the game.
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“I thought we were active for four quarters,” Bradley said Saturday in his next-day press conference at EverBank Field. “I thought we competed.”
Cyprien and Blackmon have been out since the beginning of training camp, with Cyprien on the non-football injury list with a hamstring injury and Blackmon on the Physically Unable to Perform list after offseason groin surgery.
Bradley said the two are probable Monday.
“That’s two good things right there,” Bradley said. “We’ll wait and see on Monday, but we feel good about that.”
Davis, a first-year end who has impressed coaches through camp and who is competing with
The Jaguars pressured Tannehill throughout the first three series, with defensive end Andre Branch tackling him for a 2-yard gain on the first series after the Dolphins quarterback was forced to run.
“It felt good,” defensive end
Said Bradley, “You could see Sen’Derrick. You see they’re trying to work their games, and how they’re working together. They just have to understand how each one of them operates and what they can do.”
Bradley said as significant as the pass rush was the play of an offensive line that had improved throughout last week. The Jaguars rushed for 126 yards on 26 carries, and allowed just one sack on 42 pass attempts.
Blackmon had gotten into an argument with Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll, and Babin and Blackmon reportedly also had words.
“I brought both of them in and said, ‘Explain this situation,’” Bradley said. “It was good. . . . It gave me an opportunity to check it out, but it was a lot smaller than what I initially thought.”
Said Babin, “It’s an emotional game. It’s how it’s done. It’s football. Whatever happens Sunday happens Sunday, and that’s it.”
Also on Saturday, Bradley said:
*He has yet to decide on a quarterback rotation for the game against the Jets Saturday.
*While first-team wide receivers
*The Jaguars will continue to “put strain” on the team’s four-man rush. That was a focus entering the preseason opener, and the Jaguars blitzed just twice on Friday. Those plays resulted in an interception by cornerback
*The Jaguars stayed simple on the back end of the defense Friday. Right now, the coaches are trying to teach what he calls “the essence of the defense” before moving onto more complex packages. “That’s what we’re teaching them now and that’s why we were so simple,” Bradley said.
*Rookie right tackle