The Jacksonville Jaguars tried to keep Wednesday about as “normal” as could be with team practice and the implementation of the game plan for Sunday’s game with the San Francisco 49ers.
Funny thing is that is a hard task when the game is being played in London, Wembley Stadium is the site of the game, and the media treating this contest more like a Super Bowl atmosphere than anything else. And being the home team in this game, the 0-7 Jaguars are certainly getting the “rock star” treatment.
The Jaguars players were interviewed on their day off on Tuesday, enjoyed the atmosphere and continued to take their usual time with game preparation on the practice field.
This was the first time Gus Bradley had spent any time with the team on the trip. Bradley’s father died on Sunday and he left the team on Monday to tend to his family. Upon his arrival, it was business as usual.
The first year head coach announced that Chad Henne would remain the starter this week, heading into the bye week.
In other news and notes:
The power of Khan
While having the NFC representative in last year’s Super Bowl is pretty cool, nothing may be cooler than having the owner of the Jaguars, Shad Khan in the UK. In addition to being the owner of the NFL franchise, Khan also owns the EPL club Fulham.
According to local media personalities here in Jacksonville, having Khan as part of the festivities has given the Jaguars a boost in media coverage as both the home team and underdog.
Despite the fact he practiced with the team and appeared to show no signs of the injuries that have plagued his so far this season, Gabbert will not return to the starting role with the team he was given at the beginning of the season.
Since the start of the season, Gabbert has broken his thumb on his throwing hand, torn the skin and muscle on his throwing hand, requiring 15 stitches and has sustained a hamstring injury.
No decision has been made about play following the bye week.
Receivers still on the mend
Both Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts remained on the sideline on Wednesday and did not practice. The star receivers are on the mend from injuries they suffered two weeks ago. Both are expected to play on Sunday.
The power of Wembley
The game on Sunday could see the largest fanbase watch a Jaguars game all season.
Wembley Stadium is one of the greatest soccer arenas in the world and holds 84,000 seats - all of which are expected to be full on Sunday. The Jaguars, who are the home team, are a 16.5 point underdog and have lost all their games this season by double digits.