The Jags are likely working more and more in practices on things they feel they are good at, while scrapping more and more of what doesn’t feel comfortable for them. When I visited with offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, we talked about how his unit could simultaneously build confidence while discovering all the stuff it wouldn’t latch on to. "If you take a whole playbook and say how much of this do you do well and how much do you do not as well, there is probably more not as well than well," Fisch said. "That’s the case universally. You want to teach the whole system and then you want to make a decision. Even a team like Houston or Washington with the whole zone scheme, they still teach power. They decide not to run it.
Luke Joeckel made no guarantees. But if Thursday was any indication, and if the rookie first-round right tackle is correct about his hip, the No. 2 overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft could play Saturday. "I feel good – I feel ready to go," said Joeckel, who missed last week’s preseason loss to the New York Jets with a hip flexor. Joeckel spoke an hour after the Jaguars’ Thursday walkthrough practice, which was originally scheduled for the Florida Blue Health and Wellness Practice Fields before being moved to the SeaBest Cool Zone underneath EverBank Field because of lightning.
It doesn't matter how well Chad Henne plays in the final two preseason games.If Blaine Gabbert's thumb has healed by the start of the regular season, he will be the starter.But what happens if Gabbert's thumb isn't healed by the opener and Henne starts and win the opener against Kansas City, which was 2-14 last year..And what happens if Gabbert's thumb isn't healed by the second game and Henne starts and wins the Oakland game. Oakland was 4-12 last year.
Since reporting to training camp July 25, the Jaguars have had 16 practices, one intra-squad scrimmage and two preseason games.Entering Saturday’s tune-up against the Philadelphia Eagles, 29 of the Jaguars’ 88 players are rookies, meaning most have gotten snaps as starters (right tackle Luke Joeckel, cornerback Dwayne Gratz and safety Johnathan Cyprien) or against the starters (everybody else).So who looks good? Who can help the Jaguars this year? Who is under the radar?