JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Here’s the latest on how the Jaguars plan on breaking up playing time for key players in Friday’s preseason game at Detroit:
Expect Chad Henne to play about a quarter and a half and Blake Bortles to play about a quarter. Coach Gus Bradley said he couldn’t commit to anything firmer than that. “I hate to say exact because it could be depending on reps like it was last week, but that’s the idea,” Bradley said Wednesday afternoon. Bortles is supposed to get time with the first-team offense against the Lions, but whether that means he’ll be working with the first-team offense the entire time he’s on the field has not been determined.
Jacques McClendon will start at center against the Lions. Which player comes in next is uncertain, Bradley said. It’s most likely going to be Mike Brewster, who has started the first two preseason games, but sixth-round pick Luke Bowanko is an option. Bowanko returned to practice on Tuesday after suffering a sprained ankle in last Thursday’s loss to Chicago and took some reps at center on Wednesday. “We’ll find out how he handled today and that, depending on how well he did, will determine our rotation.”
Receiver Cecil Shorts and linebacker Dekoda Watson are scheduled to make their preseason debuts. Bradley said they will get the playing time starters normally would in the first preseason game: about 15 snaps. “We’ll see how the situations present themselves,” Bradley said. “The thing to look for with those guys [is] we’ll try to take them out if it’s extended drives.”