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Notes and observations: Finishing strong, Jones practices, more

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JACKSONVILLE – Senior writer John Oehser’s Monday Jaguars notes and observations: Defensive end Calais Campbell on finishing strong, defensive tackle Abry Jones and offensive lineman Josh Walker return to practice, more …

1.It’s not ideal, but it’s what’s left. “The biggest thing is finishing strong,” defensive end Calais Campbell said Monday as the Jaguars (4-9) prepared to play the Washington Redskins (6-7) at TIAA Bank Field Sunday at 1 p.m. The Jaguars on Thursday lost to the Tennessee Titans, 30-9, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. It was the Jaguars’ eighth loss in nine games and their second-most-one-sided loss of the season, with Titans running back Derrick Henry rushing for a franchise-record 238 yards and four touchdowns – the most rushing yards the Jaguars ever have allowed an opposing player. “We’ll respond,” Campbell said. “The biggest thing is to keep going, keep pushing. … It’s a situation no one wants to be in – knowing you’re going home when the season’s over. That’s tough. It sucks, but we have to find a way to push and win some ballgames to end the season. You always want to end on a good note, something that can give you some momentum going into the offseason.”

2.The Jaguars could get positive news on the injury front this week, with Head Coach Doug Marrone on Monday saying nose tackle Abry Jones and offensive lineman Josh Walker were “back out on the field” during their Monday walkthrough. Jones missed the loss to Tennessee with a shin contusion, with rookie Taven Bryan making his first start alongside Marcell Dareus and Malik Jackson playing along with Eli Ankou in a reserve role at tackle. Walker has missed the last four games with foot/ankle issues after starting Games 6-9 at left tackle; Ereck Flowers has started the last four games for Walker. Also missing Thursday’s game because of injuries were rookie wide receiver D.J. Chark (quadriceps) and rookie cornerback Tre Herndon; Chark has missed the last three games. The Jaguars on Monday also signed first-year wide receiver C.J. Board to the practice squad; Board originally signed as an undrafted rookie with Baltimore shortly after the 2017 NFL Draft. …

3.Cody Kessler will start a third consecutive game at quarterback for the Jaguars Sunday, with Marrone saying last Friday he wasn’t considering returning to former starter Blake Bortles. Marrone on Monday said Kessler did better throwing downfield against Tennessee than in his first start the week before against Indianapolis. “You’re always going to look at some things that you wish you could have done a little bit more,” Marrone said. “I thought from the first time he played to the second time, he made a good improvement, and we’re looking forward to him to make improvements again coming up this week.” Kessler, who completed 18 of 24 passes for 150 yards and no touchdowns with no interceptions against Indianapolis, completed 25 of 43 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions Thursday. Marrone on Monday was asked how Bortles had handled his role as a backup after 72 consecutive starts. “He’s done a nice job,” Marrone said. “Obviously, I’m sure he’s disappointed, but he’s worked hard in supporting Cody [Kessler] and the rest of the guys.” …

4.The Jaguars two weeks ago not only moved Kessler into the lineup in place of Bortles, they moved quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich into the play-calling role and dismissed offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. The Jaguars have scored 15 points in two games since, with the lone touchdown coming on a seven-yard pass from Kessler to wide receiver Dede Westbrook on Thursday with the Jaguars trailing 30-2. “It’s always tough,” Marrone said when asked about Milanovich’s performance in two games. It’s not like we’re playing with a full hand all the time, but we have guys in there that are trying.” The Jaguars in the past two games have played with just two Week 1 starting offensive linemen – right guard A.J. Cann and right tackle Jermey Parnell. Center Brandon Linder, left guard Andrew Norwell and left tackle Cam Robinson are on injured reserve, as are tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, wide receiver Marqise Lee and reserve running back Corey Grant. “We’re trying to make plays,” Marrone said. “Schematically, when people are making plays, it looks good and when people don’t, it’s tough. It’s a tough situation for anyone to be in, but I think he’s handling it well with the players and the coaches.”

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