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Jaguars Beat Up For Pats

After a dismal performance in the opening day loss to Carolina, the Jaguars responded with a solid game against Miami and earned their first win of the year. It showed a lot of character for this team and Gus Bradley gave all the credit to the players.

“It was them,” he said earlier this week. “They took it upon themselves, they concentrated on the process and stayed true to it.”

If the players were able to rebound without any magic message from the coaching staff after a disappointing loss, handling prosperity shouldn’t be a problem this week, especially with the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots looming on the schedule Sunday.

“It’s a good opportunity for us, a good opportunity,” Bradley said when asked about taking this team on the road to New England. “Guys are excited about it. I really like how we’ve locked it in this week and come back after Wednesday. Like I said, it was a solid day and very sharp practices.”

Bradley termed Wednesday’s practice “Good but not great,” but said the team was much sharper on Thursday and Friday.

Gus is big on treating “The two imposters the same. Prosperity and despair. Learn from both and get better.”

Earlier in the week the Jaguars Head Coach was asked if he thought his team was “snakebit” after the injury to Dante Fowler in mini-camp and the rash of injuries they’ve suffered early in the year.

“The Truth?” he said jokingly after a moment of contemplation before he added,

“We do have quite a few that are down but I look at guys like Sam Young that step it up and had a good game. Peyton (Thompson) made a critical play at a critical time, so I think you look more at the guys that are here and know that when they get their opportunity you’re excited for them.

It looks like Luke Joeckel, Jonathan Cyprien and Brandon Linder will be game-time decisions after their work on Friday. Denard Robinson won’t play because of a knee injury but Toby Gerhart appears ready to see his first action of the year. Bradley said he didn’t think about adding another running back to the roster this week because of they number they kept to start the season.

“You usually have five, maybe four and one (a full back) so we had a little bit higher number of running backs anyway, so it worked out that we had an injury. If we can get Toby back that would be good.”