JACKSONVILLE – They're young, and still very much growing.
That's true of the offense as the Jaguars prepare for the 2014 regular-season opener. It's really true of the wide receivers this week, and it's increasingly true of the offensive line …
Well, it's true in a lot of places around the entire team.
But the Jaguars, 0-2 after a pair of road games against the NFC East, won't be focused on youth Sunday, and they won't be focused on the record as they prepare for their first AFC South game of the season.
They'll be focused on improving from a disappointing loss, and that will mean returning to the style – and the level – they believe they can play.
"We understand the task that we have on Sunday," Head Coach Gus Bradley said this week as the Jaguars (0-2) prepared to play the Indianapolis Colts (0-2) at EverBank Field Sunday at 1 p.m. "Our team is really excited about this opportunity and the opportunity to be home as well."
The Jaguars' wide receiver corps won't be as thin Sunday as many originally expected. Though rookie starter Marqise Lee is out with a hamstring injury, rookie Allen Hurns and veteran Cecil Shorts III practiced full on Friday, were listed as probable and are expected to play.
Sunday's game will be the first this regular season for Shorts, who missed the first two games with a hamstring injury. Hurns sustained an ankle injury in a loss to Washington last week, and practiced full Friday after not practicing throughout the week with an ankle injury. Rookie Allen Robinson and second-year veteran Mike Brown practiced full throughout the week, so Shorts, Hurns, Robinson and Brown likely will be the team's four active receivers Sunday.
The receivers will be one of several areas looking to improve from a 41-10 loss to Washington last week. The young group made multiple mental errors in that game.
That contributed to 10 sacks allowed by the Jaguars' offensive line, a group that will enter the game against the Colts with a dramatically new look. Sam Young is expected to start at right tackle with last week's starter – Cameron Bradfield – having been released Tuesday.
Rookie Luke Bowanko will make his first NFL start at center, making a young line even younger. While guard Zane Beadles has started 64 NFL games, the rest of the line – Young, rookie right guard Brandon Linder, Bowanko and left tackle Luke Joeckel – has made a combined 13 NFL starts.
Chad Henne will start at quarterback for the Jaguars. Bradley said Monday and again Wednesday that the team did not consider making a change at the position to move rookie quarterback Blake Bortles into the starting lineup.
Defensive coordinator Bob Babich said this week there would be no lineup changes on defense. The unit missed 21 tackles by coaches' count and had 10 missed assignments against the Redskins.
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