Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Offense Sharp; MJD Likely to Play vs. Jets

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Offense Sharp; MJD Likely to Play vs. Jets

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Byline: Vito Stellino

The Jaguars appear ready to bring down the curtain on coach Gus Bradley's first training camp Thursday on an upbeat note.

After two subpar practices in a row, the offense rebounded in the next-to-last practice of camp Wednesday.

And the other positive news was that Bradley said running back Maurice Jones-Drew is making so much progress that he will likely play Saturday night against the New York Jets.

It will be Jones-Drew's first appearance on the field since last Oct. 21, when he suffered a season-ending foot injury in Oakland.

Bradley said he was really pleased with the showing of the offense Wednesday, a day after tight end Marcedes Lewis told the players that the way they had practiced was unacceptable.

"I thought they came back and competed," Bradley said. "They refocused and rededicated themselves to the fine details, and it was great to see.

"I felt the difference, and it was a charge. I think it goes back to the routes look crisper. We just had some sloppiness across the board the day before, and I told you through adversity, there's an opportunity for tremendous growth. I was just really excited to see that they took advantage of the day and captured it."

The players practiced in shorts instead of full pads, and the defense didn't appear as intense as usual. Blaine Gabbert completed 13 of 15 passes and Chad Henne 6 of 11. Each got 19 snaps.

Lewis set the tone, catching four passes even though he had limited reps.

Bradley wanted to give him a day off, but Lewis wanted to go.

"I wasn't about to leave on a bad note," Lewis said.

He said the fact he spoke up Tuesday didn't motivate him to want to play. He said he wanted to work on some routes.

"I wanted to get on the same page with Blaine and Chad," Lewis said.

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