JACKSONVILLE – The objective is usually the same in preseason.
And if the fact that Jaguars starters are playing means added profile, offensive coordinator Press Taylor said that objective for Saturday's 2023 preseason finale remains simple and clear.
"Just a clean operation," Taylor said.
That was the goal in Preseasons Week 1 and 2, when Jaguars starters played sparingly. And it will be the hope when the starters are expected to get their most extensive game repetitions in the 2023 preseason when the Jaguars play host to the Miami Dolphins at 7 p.m.
Jaguars Head Coach Doug Pederson on Monday said he expects the starters to start Saturday, and perhaps play two quarters. The starting offense played three series in a Preseason Week 1 victory at Dallas and did not play this past Saturday in a Preseason Week 2 victory at Detroit.
"You want to see clear communication," Taylor said. "It's our chance to be at home. You kind of want the butterflies of these guys getting in a game and understanding they're about to get tackled. There's pressure on the line. If you don't convert, you're punting and all that type of stuff.
"You really just want to try to get that smoothed out for the guys so that Week 1 it's not the first time they have felt that way – or communicated in a huddle or broken a huddle together."
Taylor said the Jaguars will continue to stick to a "core" game plan Saturday.
"It's not exotic stuff," he said. "You just want to see clean execution and these guys making plays."
Taylor said the plan is for backup quarterback C.J. Beathard to start the second half, with third-team rookie quarterback Nathan Rourke playing "if the situation fits."
"It doesn't always go that way," Taylor said. "We're saying it. It's not stamped. It's not in concrete or anything like that. Things can change. We reserve the right to change depending on whatever happens within a situation, a game, today, tomorrow, whatever that may be.
"C.J. continues to be our second quarterback and Nathan's continuing to compete in that third role right now."
PLAY OF THE DAY
- While Wednesday marked one of the longer practices of '23 camp – and one of the last with the entire session open to the media – it was without full pads and focused heavily on preparation with little if any "first-team-versus-first-team work." First-year wide receiver Kevin Austin Jr. had perhaps the day's highlight play with a long touchdown reception from quarterback C.J. Beathard in a late-practice 11-on-11 drill.
- Rourke finished practice strong with two touchdown passes in red-zone work against the first-team defense…
- Starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence continued to have nice chemistry with the front-line receivers, connecting often with wide receiver Christian Kirk and tight end Evan Engram on intermediate routes…
- Running backs Travis Etienne Jr. and rookie Tank Bigbsy both had strong runs in multiple team periods throughout practice…
- Punter Logan Cooke and outside linebacker Josh Allen returned to practice after missing Tuesday with excused absences for personal reasons
- Guard Tyler Shatley continued to work limited because on an atrial fibrillation early in training camp
- Swing tackle Josh Wells (adductor) and safety Antonio Johnson (hamstring) did not practice
- Guard Cooper Hodges (patellar) and defensive lineman Foley Fatukasi (foot) did not attend practice
- Defensive lineman DaVon Hamilton remained out with a non-football back issue
- Defensive lineman Dawuane Smoot (Achilles) remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list to start camp
- Long snapper Ross Matiscik (shoulder) remained out of practice