JACKSONVILLE – The time wasn't right. Not yet.
So, while Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone said he has a decent idea of playing time and rotation for the 2017 preseason finale, he didn't share that idea Tuesday.
"I haven't talked to the players yet; I have a plan in my mind," Marrone said as the Jaguars prepared to play the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Thursday. "I just think it's important for our players' mindset to keep them locked in. It's not that I'm playing games or anything like that."
Marrone said he likely will tell the team the playing-time plan after team meetings Wednesday.
Starters and front-line players often don't play extensively in the fourth game of the NFL preseason as teams try to rest players in advance of the regular season. The Jaguars in Marrone's first preseason as head coach have played starters deeper than usual in preseason games.
The Jaguars' first-team offensive line played all but one series of Preseason Week 3 last week, partly because quarterback Blake Bortles was playing while competing for the starting position and partly because Marrone said the unit needed work.
Also on Tuesday:
*Rookie wide receiver Dede Westbrook returned to practice Tuesday after missing practice Monday while in Philadelphia for treatment for an injury. Marrone said while he initially hoped for Westbrook to play against Atlanta that may not happen. "I'm probably more in hoping mode that he plays, but I don't know," Marrone said.
*The following players did not practice Tuesday: wide receiver Rashad Greene Sr., fullback Marquez Williams, guard Earl Watford, running back T.J. Yeldon, cornerback Jalen Ramsey, tight end Mychal Rivera, linebacker Josh McNary and offensive tackle Josh Wells. Marrone said Yeldon could be a game-time decision Thursday, and he specified that the team is being smart with Ramsey. "You don't want to go back-to-back-to-back coming off the injury," Marrone said of Ramsey, who missed the first two preseason games after offseason core muscle surgery. …
*Marrone also discussed Rivera, who has yet to play in the preseason after signing with the Jaguars as an unrestricted free agent from Oakland in March. "It's difficult when a player's not participated at all," Marrone said. "At the end of the day, I think that goes into the decision [on whether a player makes a roster], but you can't cut off your nose to spite your face. That's a tough situation." …
*Marrone said left guard and a "couple more" positions are open in his mind as the team enters the final preseason game. Patrick Omameh started the first two preseason games at guard and Luke Bowanko started there for Preseason Week 3. "I'm not as comfortable as I would like to be at this time with certain things, probably a little more from a role standpoint," Marrone said. "But that [left guard] is one of the ones obviously I'm not comfortable with." …