Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Bradley: Offense Not Balanced Enough

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Notebook; Bradley: Offense Not Balanced Enough

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Byline: Phillip Heilman and Ryan O'Halloran

Gus Bradley said Monday quarterback Blake Bortles threw more passes during Sunday's loss to Houston than what he considers a good amount for his offense.

"We would like to have anywhere from 25-30 passes per game," Bradley said. "If we are in that range - if we're 19 of 25 for 240 yards - I'm happy. The number that we threw it [Sunday] is not ideal if you want to win a lot of games - not for us anyway."

Bortles completed 32 of 49 passes for 265 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against the Texans, further swelling a run-pass imbalance that has plagued a struggling offense throughout the season.

Bortles leads the NFL with 380 attempts through nine games (42.2 per game), including games of 54, 50 and 49 attempts. The fewest passes he has thrown in a game this season is 33 - doing so in the team's only two wins of the season, against Indianapolis and Chicago.

That heavy workload has resulted in fewer attempts for running backs T.J. Yeldon and Chris Ivory.

The Jaguars are now last in the NFL, running the ball just 31.9 percent of the time. Dallas leads the league in percentage of running plays at 50.7 and is the only team that runs more than it passes.

The Jaguars have rushed for 88.1 yards per game this season (26th in the league) while throwing for 255 yards per game (13th).


Brian Moore, 25, brother of Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith, was killed in a shooting Sunday night in Valdosta, Ga.

The Jaguars granted Smith a leave of absence so he could travel to Valdosta, where he attended high school before going to Florida State.

According to WCTV in Valdosta, police responded to a shooting at a home around 9:45 p.m. Sunday and found Moore dead at the scene.


Additional help along the offensive line could arrive soon as the Jaguars near a decision on bringing offensive tackle Josh Wells back from injured reserve. …

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