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Bradley: Playing time "kind of a feel"

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JACKSONVILLE –Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley has an idea of how long the starters will play in Friday's preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

But after Friday's walkthrough, he was not ready to give any definite numbers.  

"I didn't talk to them about snap count; I don't want them to think that," Bradley said after a walkthrough of just over an hour on the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields.

"Generally the ones go a quarter, a quarter-and-a-half, and then the twos go second quarter, third quarter, threes go the fourth quarter, something like that. I try to not get into it and tell them how many reps it's going to be. It's just kind of a feel."

Bradley said after two full weeks of training camp, he is excited to see how the team responds when the lights come on for the first time.

"I'm excited to see, not only how we go out there and play but how we go out there and perform in a higher-intensity environment," Bradley said. "We've tried to hype it up and then say, 'OK, now control it so that you play under control.'

"It seems to me that we're a pretty intelligent team. We don't see a lot of mentals (mistakes). Their focus is good. Putting in a whole new offense, I think they've probably picked it up faster than we anticipated. Now it's a matter of going out there and executing."

Notes for Friday's game:

  • In the battle for the starting center job, second-year center Luke Bowanko will start but will rotate time with fifth-year veteran Stefen Wisniewski.
  • Rookie running back T.J. Yeldon will not play to protect a sprained finger suffered in last week's scrimmage, with Bradley saying, "I think it wasn't so much holding the ball, it's more like protection, so you can't put him out there at this point (less than) one hundred percent."
  • Other players ruled out include wide receiver Marqise Lee (hamstring), defensive tackle Roy Miller (knee), defensive end Jared Odrick (knee) and cornerback Peyton Thompson (hamstring).
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