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First off the field: Healthy, and heading on the road


JACKSONVILLE – They're getting healthy and headed on the road.

The first part is a huge positive for the Jaguars as they prepare to play the New York Jets Sunday, and the second part? Well, that needs work.

That's because the heading-on-the-road part is an area where the Jaguars have struggled for nearly two calendar years. They haven't won a road game since early December 2013, Head Coach Gus Bradley's first season with the team.

That's a streak of 12 consecutive games, the longest road losing streak in franchise history.

And it's something the Jaguars must change.

"It's really important, just as far as this team and where we're at right now," wide receiver Allen Hurns said as the Jaguars (2-5) prepared to play the New York Jets (4-3) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Sunday at 1 p.m.

"If you want to be a good team, you have to win on the road and at home. We have to take that next step."

Images from Thursday's practice as the Jaguars prepare to face the New York Jets.

The Jaguars beat the Buffalo Bills, 34-31, at Wembley Stadium in London the week before last Sunday's bye. But while that game was away from EverBank Field, it is a Jaguars home game.

The Jaguars' last road victory came on December 1, 2013. That was when quarterback Chad Henne threw a late touchdown pass to wide receiver Cecil Shorts III in a 32-28 victory at Cleveland. That victory gave the Jaguars a three-game road winning streak, with the team having won back-to-back games at Tennessee and Houston in November.

The Jaguars lost the 2013 regular-season finale at Indianapolis, then lost eight regular-season road games last season. They lost at New England, Indianapolis and Tampa Bay in a three-game stretch in September/October of this season.

"We have to take advantage of our opportunity, and once we get in that environment, ball is ball,'' Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny said. "We can't worry about the New York Jets' crowd or anything like that. Once we get there everything should be focused on football and nothing else.

"We say, 'We have to be able to compete at a high level in any environment.' That means going on the road, being able to win at home and being able to go on the road and have success there.

"If we're going to be a successful team we need to be able to do that."

Also on Thursday, the Jaguars had perhaps their healthiest roster for a practice yet this season.

Safety Josh Evans and guard Zane Beadles, who missed Wednesday's practice with groin and foot issues, respectively, returned to practice on a limited basis. That left wide receiver Marqise Lee as the only active player not practicing.

Bradley said Beadles has a chance to play Sunday after leaving the victory over the Bills with the injury.

"I think initially it was that he may not have a chance this week, but I know he's really trying to find a way to get back in there," Bradley said. "I think we'll just keep evaluating that."

Lee has missed five of the first seven games with a hamstring injury. Hurns (thigh/ankle) worked limited for a second consecutive day, as did rookie safety James Sample (shoulder). Tight end Julius Thomas (abdomen) worked full for a second consecutive day.

Bradley said the team may decide later Thursday on a starter opposite cornerback Aaron Colvin. Dwayne Gratz, Davon House and Demetrius McCray are rotating in practice this week. Bradley said McCray "showed up better" Thursday than Wednesday.

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