With the Jaguars second preseason game a day away, Thursday marked the official end of the Jaguars 2015 training camp. Head Coach Gus Bradley said Thursday that he expects his team will continue to follow the trend he had them on, throughout the camp. He discussed the topic on the Gus Bradley Show, Thursday night.
That’s the great thing about training camp — you do have their focus, they’re staying in the hotel, you take up the majority of their time,” Bradley told host Jeff Lageman. “I think it will be a great challenge for this team. We had a walkthrough (Thursday), actually took the pads off and hats and really challenged them mentally, and they responded very well. So I hope they respond even though we’re breaking camp.”
Now the focus shifts to Saturday’s game and the possibility that the Jaguars will have an extra weapon in the backfield. Bradley said that rookie running back T.J. Yeldon could be in the lineup against the Giants Saturday night. Yeldon, who has been out since suffering a finger injury in the Jaguars’ scrimmage on August 8, will likely be a game-time decision.
“I wanted to play last week, but I couldn’t,” Yeldon told Jaguars.com. “I’ll be excited if I get a chance to play. We’ll see come game day.” Bradley seemed optimistic, but was careful to also stay realistic, knowing this is a preseason game. “We’d like to see him, but I think it’s risk-reward: where are we at with his injury?’’ Bradley said. “We’ll err on caution.”
There are a few players that the Jaguars will not be taking a chance with tomorrow. Wide receiver Marqise Lee, safeties Johnathan Cyprien and James Sample, along with tight end Julius Thomas, have all been ruled out of Saturday’s contest at Met Life Stadium. Chris Clemons, who returned to the practice field earlier this week, will not see action Saturday.
Quarterback Blake Bortles, who played into the second quarter last Friday against Pittsburgh, is expected to play longer against the Giants, as the players continue to grasp the new offense. Bradley is happy with the progress thus far.
“I think we’re further along than we anticipated. Sometimes it takes a while,” he said. “Now, it is a preseason game and there’s not a lot of game planning going on, but still you have to go out there and execute and I thought our execution was pretty good.”
Saturday’s preseason game will air live at 7:30 p.m. locally on all the usual affiliates. It will replay on NFL Network, Monday, August 24 at 10:00 a.m.