Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars; THREE & OUT

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars; THREE & OUT

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

The usual Tuesday off was replaced by a full schedule for the 3-9 Jaguars. Here are three story lines to follow heading into Thursday's game against 2-10 Houston:

1. EVERY PLAYER WILL SUCK IT UP THIS WEEK, BUT ESPECIALLY JAGUARS DEFENSIVE TACKLE ROY MILLER.

The Jaguars' short week will include no practices in pads and on Tuesday, they weren't even required to wear helmets during their workout.

Players have accelerated their usual schedules of massages, hot tub sessions and ice-pack sessions because of the Thursday night game. Miller's shoulder isn't getting better, but he'll start.

"It's tough for me, but I think our coaches have a great plan for it," he said. "The biggest thing is to go through everything mentally."

The previous two weeks, Miller sat out the Wednesday and Thursday practices; in seven of the first 10 game weeks, he sat out the Thursday workout. He is averaging 37.2 snaps per game.

"I'm going to have surgery but this is something I'll battle until the end of the year," Miller said. "It's a decision I could have made in Week 3 or 4, but I want to fight through it for the team."

2. THE JAGUARS EXPECT J.J. WATT TO BE A HANDFUL AGAIN ON THURSDAY.

Houston lost to the Jaguars on Nov. 24, but it wasn't because of Watt, who had nine tackles, one sack and four additional quarterback hits.

For the season, Watt has played in 93 percent of the Texans' defensive snaps and the coaches have credited him with 98 tackles (17 for lost yardage), 9.5 sacks, five pass break-ups and three forced fumbles.

Watt's non-stop motor is required viewing for the Jaguars.

"The first thing you notice on film is his effort," left tackle Cam Bradfield said. "It doesn't matter what the score is, he's going hard."

Said left guard Will Rackley: "He's very [relentless] and they all go to the whistle and you have to hold your blocks. …

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