Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Henne Preparing as the Starter

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Henne Preparing as the Starter

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Byline: Hays Carlyon

Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne is preparing to start the final preseason game on Thursday against Atlanta at EverBank Field.

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley won't decide on Henne's status until Tuesday. It isn't uncommon in the league for starting quarterbacks to sit the final preseason game.

However, Henne hasn't led the offense to many points. He has protected the ball, throwing 38 times without an interception. Henne's passer rating in the preseason is 90.9, well above his career mark of 75.3. However, his 25 completions have only traveled 230 yards and he's thrown one touchdown pass.

If Henne does start, it's unlikely he would play for more than a dozen snaps before the Jaguars send in rookie Blake Bortles.

"Gus hasn't said anything yet," Henne said. "I'm assuming that I'll go in there and play a couple series or whatever he wants. ... I can get some good work with the ones and some of the receivers."

If Henne plays against the Falcons, there are areas where he'd like to see improvement.

"Just attacking the red zone," Henne said. "We've had field goals at times and we need to score more touchdowns in the red zone. I think each game we've been improving on third down. There's been improvement in that area. I think the red zone is what we want to hammer down on."

DOSS BACK AT PRACTICE

The Jaguars' punt return game got a boost on Monday when receiver Tandon Doss returned to practice for the first time since July 31.

Doss injured his ankle on the final play of practice running a route in which his legs tangled up with linebacker Geno Hayes.

The Jaguars hoped that Doss would be back for the regular season opener at Philadelphia on Sept. 7 and now that appears to be a reachable goal.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Doss led the NFL in punt return average last season at 15.6 while playing for Baltimore. Doss has caught 26 passes for 428 yards and one touchdown in his previous three seasons.

The Jaguars signed the 24-year-old Doss in the offseason to a two-year, $1.5 million contract.

The Jaguars have struggled to generate solid returns this preseason, averaging 4.3 yards on eight attempts. Receiver Chad Hall, cut by the team 10 days after signing on Aug. 6, remains the team's leading returner with 18 yards.

"We'd like to get more with our punt return," Bradley said. "Hopefully now with Tandon coming back - I should say we hope to see him on Thursday and get some reps there. We'll see what he can do. He took some reps today. Our fingers are crossed that he'll be able to play [Thursday]."

In other injury news:

- Rookie receiver Marqise Lee and defensive tackle Abry Jones missed practice for excused personal reasons. Hayes got a veteran's day off.

- Bradley ruled rookie receiver Allen Robinson (hamstring) out for Thursday. …

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