JACKSONVILLE -- Improvement can still happen.
That's the view of tight end Marcedes Lewis, and it's a view commonly held around the Jaguars – even at 1-10 and even with the postseason long since eliminated as a possibility.
As Lewis sees it, the team can benefit from the final five games.
The offense can certainly benefit.
Quarterback Blake Bortles can benefit, too.
Shoot, everyone can benefit, and Lewis said the goal is to keep benefitting until there's no more season left to play.
"We've got … what? Five games left? There's time," Lewis said as the Jaguars prepared to play the New York Giants (3-8) at EverBank Field in Jacksonville Sunday at 1 p.m.
"You don't want to go into the offseason with that bad taste in your mouth, and if we start thinking that way right now, then what do we do? There's time as long as we have games left."
Lewis said a key issue for the Jaguars remains what it has been much of this season – doing the little things here or there to turn a close game into a victory.
That's about consistency, and making key plays at key times.
"It's one of those things where we've got to get better," Lewis said. "I know it sounds like a broken record, but it is what it is. It's in black and white. You can watch the film. Sometimes we're great and sometimes we're not. What we have to do is have those good points stack up as opposed to doing something good, then our bad is really bad …
"A turnover when we have momentum … Not being able to fight back when we get punched in the mouth … We have to maximize our opportunities."
Consistency has been a particular issue offensively. While the defense has played well in stretches, a young offense with rookie Blake Bortles starting at quarterback surrounded by mostly first- and-second-year players has struggled to finish drives and to score.
"I'm not going to say they (the last five games) are important to him because of his mojo," Lewis said of Bortles. "He still has that; that's who he is. But I want him to get some wins under his belt. I want him to get that under his belt. The work he puts in on the field, I know he wants it and he wants it right now – and I want it for him. We're going to try to finish this thing off the right way."
The Jaguars enter Sunday's game relatively healthy, with middle linebacker Jeremiah George (ankle) and outside linebacker LeRoy Reynolds (neck) the only players whose statuses are uncertain. Each was listed as questionable on the final injury report.
Defensive end Andre Branch is expected to play for the first time since sustaining a groin injury in a Week 7 victory over Cleveland. He worked full in practice Thursday and Friday.
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