Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars' Stock Report: Ups and Downs

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars' Stock Report: Ups and Downs

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

Maybe it comes during a meeting with his coaching staff or on the practice field when he sees a player show improvement. And it undoubtedly came Sunday in San Diego when he was watching quarterback Blake Bortles twice lead the Jaguars down the field for first-half touchdowns.

Whatever it is, Gus Bradley is seeing things that give him hope even though the first quarter of the season has started exactly like the first quarter of 2013 - four games, four double-digit defeats.

"We'll get this thing right, there's not a doubt in my mind," Bradley said Monday. "For some reason, we're going through some of these struggles right now, but it's only going to make us stronger.

"Maybe we've got to earn the opportunity for victory and we haven't quite figured it out yet."

There are a couple of things the Jaguars can enter October feeling good about it ... and others they need to get ironed out pronto.

Here is our First Quarter Stock Report:



The four interceptions in six quarters of play need to be cleaned up, but also during that span, he has nine explosive pass plays (gain of 16 or more yards), compared to seven for the Jaguars in their first two-and-a-half games. It's legitimate to wonder if the Jaguars would have squeaked out the Philadelphia game had he been playing and used his athleticism to convert a second-half third down and keep the Eagles off the field.


Sure, he was good during all of the off-season stuff and the preseason, but September is a whole new deal so our guess was that he would slide into a role of 25-30 catches for the season. He'll get that ... by the end of October. He has 12 catches for 254 yards and two touchdowns. Included are receptions of 56, 46, 44, 34 and 21 yards. And now with Cecil Shorts hurt again, Hurns will keep getting chances.


The Jaguars' 12 sacks are tied for second-most in the NFL, a marked improvement from the last two years, when they finished last and tied for last. …

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