Miami Dolphins: Q&A with Jaguars Publisher

Dolphins Report publisher Eric Roddy sat down with Jags Insider publisher Charlie Bernstein to discuss Sunday’s game as the Miami Dolphins take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.


1. What do the Jaguars do best on offense?

Without Julius Thomas, the Jaguars don't have any reliable targets in the passing game so by default they will try and establish the run with T.J. Yeldon and Denard Robinson. The Jacksonville offensive line is improved and they will try to shorten the game as much as they can.

2. How involved do you think the tight ends will be in the passing game?

Marcedes Lewis is the only legitimate weapon at tight end that's healthy, and he didn't have a single target last week against Carolina. Quarterback Blake Bortles said that the team had six plays where Lewis was the first option, but the Panthers bracketed him and it simply wasn't there. The offense will have some plays for Lewis, but coverage will dictate how often he's targeted.

3. What is the best way to attack the Jaguars defense?

The Jaguars held up very well against the run last week, and they will likely try to sell out to stop it again on Sunday. The Jaguars will give up some big plays down the field in the passing game as starting strong safety Jonathan Cyprien will miss the game and rookie James Sample will likely start in his place. There were open receivers last week for Carolina, but they often dropped passes. Since Miami has a better set of weapons, Ryan Tannehill should take some deep shots.

4. We've seen the injury report, who do you expect to play (who is questionable)?

The Jaguars have two players that are listed as questionable, in starting left tackle Luke Joeckel and backup linebacker Thurston Armbrister. Joeckel injured his ankle during Sunday's game and missed some time before returning and re-injuring it in the third quarter. It would be a surprise if he played, and although he hasn't been worth the No. 2 overall pick, Joeckel is miles ahead of his backup, Sam Young. Armbrister is considered a game-time decision and I have the feeling that he will suit up.

5. What are the real expectations of the Jaguars in 2015 and how many games will they need to win for Gus Bradley to stay employed?

The Jaguars are expected to be a better team than they were in 2014, which shouldn't be too hard considering they only won three games. I believe six wins is realistic and if they get to that number and don't get blown out often, Gus Bradley will be safe for another year. When Bradley took over, everyone knew the roster had to be gutted and he wouldn't be judged too much on wins and losses. The roster is improving, but they still have a ways to go and management seems to have a shared vision of what they need to do.

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