JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After a day off following a 17-13 loss to the Jets in their preseason opener, the Jaguars returned to the practice fields, as head coach Gus Bradley called it, "in search of the truth."
"Always trying to find out the truth," said Bradley. "When you get a chance to look at the tape, it's challenging times in film rooms and meeting rooms. The players will have their perspective and coaches will come together and find a lot of answers."
So, what is the truth about the Jaguars after one preseason game?
According to veteran defensive lineman Roy Miller III, the truth is that they need to keep working.
"We can be really good," said Miller III. "If we play fundamental defense, we will be alright. When you turn on the film, the mistakes we made were because we shot ourselves in the foot. With that being said, we still had a good night with the ones on ones. It is exciting to see that on film."
On the offensive side of the ball, wide receiver Allen Hurns sees lots of similarities. He says if they stick to the fundamentals and clean up their mistakes, they will be right where they want to be.
"We have to take things for what it is. Looking back at the game, we had too many penalties," said Hurns. "You have to own up to that, you can't be like, 'that wasn't me' or thing like that, you just have to own it and fix it. That's one thing about this team, Gus and the other coaches aren't going to bash you, but they want you to learn from your mistakes."
After practice on Saturday, it seems like the team got the message according to Gus Bradley.
"What was really impressive was how we attacked today. We really had a good workday. We shortned practice a little bit, but good situational football that we worked on today. It was just a really good day."
It was a good day for left tackle Kelvin Beachum. The free agent signing from Pittsburgh has been rehabbing from a torn ACL and did not play Thursday against the Jets. Beachum was in uniform today, participating in practice for the first time in a week. Although he is making progress, Bradley and the training staff are still being very cautious.
"We would all like to speed this up," said Bradley. "I just trust our training staff and talking to them they say he is making progress every day and it is even happening faster than we anticipated. So, getting that information, I am thinking it is going to happen soon. If they were talking to me any other way like, this could be extended times, there would be more concern."
The Jaguars will practice in full pads tomorrow before taking the day off on Monday. Then later in the week will work with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday and Thursday in joint practices between the two teams.