Bradley hopes Jaguars grow mentally during joint practices against Buccaneers


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – When the Jaguars take the field on Wednesday it will be a different feel than any practice they’ve ever had in Gus Bradley’s four years in Jacksonville. The Jaguars will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a pair or joint practices, leading up to Saturday’s preseason game at EverBank Field.

Over the course of training camp, players have to guard against going through the motions because they already have an idea of what the person lining up across from them is going to do. Bringing in another team for two practices (Wednesday and Thursday), will ensure that the intensity level remains high.

“I hope when you go against a team, another opponent like that you get a lot of different looks," said Bradley. It is going to challenge us mentally. We’re going to see different looks than what we have seen all through training camp and in the game, which is good.”

Although the next two practices will provide a physical challenge for the Jaguars, Bradley hopes that his team grows mentally from this experience.

“I think it’s more just learning,” said Bradley. “Let’s get everything we can out of these two-day segments. It is still practice. I think we’ll go into it with that mentality, and practice is everything for us. We’re going to compete and we’ll find some areas of weakness and I think that will be great for the coaches to see and it will create discussion and it will just help our growth mentally.”

Over the course of camp players are held out of practice for a variety of reasons. On Tuesday cornerback Jalen Ramsey and middle linebacker Myles Jack returned to practice after having the day off on Sunday. The Jaguars have been taking a cautious approach with cornerback Davon House (hamstring). He also practiced on Tuesday.

Bradley said that left tackle Kelvin Beachum participated in individual drills on Tuesday and received a few repetitions during the team session. Bradley said he and his staff have not decided how much Beachum will participate against the Bucs on Wednesday and Thursday.