Jaguars optimistic Fournette will play against Patriots

Lynette Rowe
September 18, 2018

"Jacksonville has never beaten him?"

"Part of it is just playing together as long as we have and as many opportunities to grow from experience that we've had on the field are really important", Brady said of the nine-year connection with Gronkowski.

One week after swapping shirts with New York Giants super rookie Saquon Barkley, Calais Campbell has an even bigger target in his jersey-collecting sights. This defense may be just as good as an National Football League offense, where every chance to make a play is an opportunity to score a touchdown. Coach Doug Marrone also said it may be a game-time decision as to whether Fournette plays.

The Jaguars aren't sure if Leonard Fournette will play in Week 2. But just as they did against the Jags in January, they struggled on third down against Houston last Sunday, defeating the Texans, 27-20, in their season opener despite a 29-percent (4 for 14) conversion rate that included a 25-percent (1 for 4) performance on third-and-10 yards or more. This weekend once again, it will be the defense on display facing Tom Brady and company. For the Patriots, it's a chance to clearly establish themselves as the best team in the conference.

"The best Blake Bortles I've seen are in games where he drops back to pass, he looks at his first read, and then he takes off", Bruschi said.

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"We just play ball, and we play with each other and for each other".

First, they must get past the Patriots.

"There's going to come a point in the season, possibly even this week, where my number is going to consistently get called", Grant said.

Marrone said that if Fournette plays, his snaps will not be limited. "But just know, just like past year, we've got guys that we're comfortable with covering and we're going to definitely try to take advantage of our matchups and take advantage of our opportunities when we get a chance". Gipson had Gronkowski, who had lined up next to the right tackle, one-on-one, but he slipped just before the ball arrived. "You've seen it throughout the years - whether you put two guys on him, he still goes up and makes a play".

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