Jaguars starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert’s fractured right thumb continues to get closer to full strength as the team nears its regular-season opener against Kansas City at home on Sunday.However, whether he can start against the Chiefs could come down to the final hours before kickoff. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley hinted after Wednesday’s practice that any final decision might not be made until Sunday morning. Of course, if the Chiefs have to prepare all week for Gabbert and backup Chad Henne, that should only help the Jaguars.
Here’s the second part of our newest feature on jaguars.com. On Wednesday morning, astute readers may recall, we offered five topics to watch as the Jaguars prepared for their first full practice and open-locker room/media access period of the week in preparation for Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. Wednesday is the first day of media access on a normal NFL game week, and therefore a critical time for players and coaches to address key issues.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has no idea what kind of workload to expect this season.But the 2011 NFL rushing champion says he’s ready if offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch wants to give it to him 30 times a game -- or spread out the carries among the other backs and Denard Robinson. "As many as it takes," Jones-Drew said. "I think throughout camp I’ve kind of got my conditioning up. I feel great." Jones-Drew, who led the NFL in rushing with 1,606 yards, missed the final 10 games of last season with a Lisfranc injury. The Jaguars eased him back during training camp, limiting his reps and carries in the games. It was a tough at first for Jones-Drew because it was the first time he had really stressed his foot.
Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis left practice early Wednesday after re-injuring his left calf. Coach Gus Bradley says Lewis' calf "tightened up" early in practice, so team doctors pulled him for further evaluation. Lewis missed part of training camp and the final three preseason games because of the injury. If he can't play Sunday against Kansas City, the Jaguars would be really thin at that position. The team has backup tight end Allen Reisner, but Clay Harbor and D.J. Williams were claimed off waiver last weekend.