Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Jags Cautious with Beachum

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Jags Cautious with Beachum

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran & Phillip Heliman

Presumptive starting left tackle Kelvin Beachum has missed two consecutive practices with knee soreness, but the Jaguars have a universal response about their concern level: What us worry?

Coach Gus Bradley said after Thursday's workout (no pads) that Beachum had not sustained a setback; he underwent ACL surgery last October but was cleared last week to begin practicing.

"This was our idea about how to go about it," Bradley said of the scheduled rest. "He's been doing good. He wants to speed it up and we're staying true to how we had it set up."

Bradley said a decision on Beachum's status for Friday night's practice is undetermined.

Beachum has taken minimal 11-on-11 work and has not had any individual pass protection reps. The Jaguars open the preseason Thursday night at the New York Jets.

"Initially, when we projected it [during the spring], we thought he would miss maybe [the first] 10 days of training camp and then be ready to go," Bradley said. "But then he [returned] early and our idea was to have this progression."

The Jaguars want to decide their starting offensive line with plenty of time for them to work together. Has that timetable been pushed back?

"We'll see how that goes," Bradley said. "We're always going to try and speed that up and figure it out as quickly as possible. But first and foremost, we're going to make sure we make the right decision."

The Jaguars have showed their hand without Beachum on the field, putting Josh Wells at left tackle and Luke Joeckel at left guard, clearly an indication they prefer a Beachum-Joeckel left side.

After practice, Bradley spent several minutes talking to Joeckel.

"We were just communicating with each other," Joeckel said. "He was asking me how everything was going. It was definitely a good talk."

Said Bradley: "Luke is experiencing some really good success and doing some really good things at left guard. He's playing better at tackle [but] still sees things he needs to work on. …

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