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Gus Bradley: The plan is to get Toby more carries

The Jaguars aren't thinking about resting starters as they prepare for their season finale against the Texans, and if Gus Bradley has his way running back Toby Gerhart will get even more carries on Sunday.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars aren't thinking about next year. In fact, according to head coach Gus Bradley, the team is challenging oft-injured starters to play against the Houston Texans.

After Tuesday's practice, Bradley said he's pushing starters to finish strong and possibly carry an increased workload on Sunday.

"We talk about some objectives we want to get accomplished and how we’re going to go about accomplishing those objectives comes back to our core principles and our philosophy. We put it to challenge last week and we’re putting in the challenge this week, so I think that’s why you’ve seen the players’ urgency like Roy Miller and Andre Branch want to be a part of this."

When asked specifically what that challenge was, Bradley answered: "That's in-house."

Toby Gerhart is another player who played through injury this year, and didn't perform up to expectations. But since Denard Robinson went on injured reserve two weeks ago, Gerhart has been the leader of the Jaguars running game, with 25 of the team's 48 carries, 107 of 258 total yards on the ground, and one of two touchdowns.

Will Gerhart's workload continue to increase going into the final game?

"Yeah, I think to continue in that manner," Bradley said after practice. "The one thing that we noticed with Toby is the more carries he gets it seems like he gets it going a little bit more. The yards after contact I think in seeing that as an inside runner he’s doing some good things. The plan now with the three running backs that we have would be ultimately to get him more carries."